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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Twill Tape

This tutorial will show you how a make a twill tape (or ribbon) in Photoshop.

1.  Open up a new canvas the width of your desired tape.  Make the height the same as the width.  My canvas is 3600 x 3600 because my final twill tape will be 3600 pixels wide.

2.  Fill the canvas with a color of your choice.

3.  Select the Halftone Pattern filter (Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern) not the Halftone filter in the Filter menu.

4.  Change the size to make the pattern more or less obvious.  Increase the contrast to sharpen the lines.

Size = 2
Contrast = 20
Pattern Type = Line

5.  Go to the Image menu and select Arbitrary for Rotate Canvas.

6.  Select 45-60 degrees as your angle of rotation.  Choose CW for clockwise.

Angle = 45
CW = Checked

7.  Select the bottom half the canvas with the rectangular marquee tool.

8.  Flip the selection horizontally.

9.  Ctrl + D to de-select.

10.  Reduce the size of the canvas (Alt + Ctrl + C) to your desired width and reduce the height to 300 pixels.

Width = 3600
Height = 300
Anchor = Center

11.  To give the tape some texture, add 15% noise (Filter > Noise > Add Noise).

Amount = 15
Distribution = Gaussian
Monochromatic = Checked

The twill tape is now complete.


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria


  3. A very useful tut.
    Thank you so much.