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Posted by Disgustipater, on 2010-05-31 15:17:12

Weathering wallpaper in Photoshop?

My set is going to be a wallpapered room that I want to look old. Is weathering the wallpaper in Photoshop before printing it out feasible without making it look too 'manufactured' and flat? Or is physically stressing the wallpaper the better option?

Posted by josefuentes, on 2010-05-31 16:22:43

I would imagine it would be better to make weathered wall paper, outside of photoshop, just imagining the outcome already seems pretty flat to me. But if I were to do it on one of my own projects what would be best is to print out the design of the wall paper and weather it by hand, like stains, maybe some dirt, to get the smudged look and I might also burn it a bit with a torch if there was a fire or something. Then just glue it on to the set wall.

Posted by leevi, on 2010-05-31 16:51:17

Definitely by hand!! After you've attached the wall paper, you can rub it with a dirty water and sponge or a rag. Nice dirt comes from indian ink or an acrylic paint mixed with water. I suggest very mild mix! You can get nice mold/water damage effect by dipping a paint brush into the indian ink water and 'spraying' the water by pulling the brush with your thumb. You should first make some test walls and spare few hours just to test different ways of weathering. Use your imagination!!!

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-05-31 18:58:39

With all the inkjet printers I've used, the ink will run if it gets a few rain drops on it - so I don't think I could age it with water based inks and acrylics. Those are pretty much what I would normally do to age things too. I have never done wallpaper, but I also have a set in mind where old Victorian wallpaper would look good. I had looked around for wrapping papers that might work as wallpapers but didn't like any that I found, so I had come around to the idea of drawing my own or photographing some original wallpaper and scaling it down, then printing it out. Then I'll face the same problem. Possibly I could use a clear matte spray or fixative first, haven't tried it yet. I could take it somewhere with a Laser printer to get a few sheets done, I don't think they run in water. Also, shellac can add brown stains without making the ink run.

Posted by Disgustipater, on 2010-05-31 19:16:53

Yeah, I was going to get some laser copies done for the exact reason you mentioned. I'll have to test it on another sheet of laser printed paper I have, just to be sure. It doesn't have to look falling apart, but I don't want it to look brand new either. Hopefully a little weathering will go a long way.

Posted by BIG NICKEL, on 2010-07-15 19:50:34

I would use Tea or a used tea bag it makes paper look tan to brown

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-07-15 20:49:18

I've printed up several sheets of mini wallpaper on my inkjet printer - didn't remember the suggestion of getting it laser printed in this thread. So I've done a light spray of clear enamel over the front to try and protect the ink from running - don't know if it will work though, so I will test a bit before I stick it on the wall. Maybe I can get away with water-based staining, maybe not. I still suspect I can't use a water based glue on the back without it soaking through to the ink. Maybe getting laser prints done is still the best way to go, even though I've run through a lot of ink doing it myself. My set walls are almost ready so I'll find out soon. I was limited by the height of an A4 sheet of paper, I could really do with longer strips printed on A3. I made it as a scale version of a 2 ft wide strip, so I will have actual joins, but I didn't want to have to join one strip above another,. So I have planned to make half-panelling for the bottom of the walls. That takes the wallpaper up to just above the door frame height in a single piece. But if I take it somewhere to print and they have A3, that would be much better. I took a Victorian floral wallpaper design and modified it to make a little face - not that anyone will see it, it will be tiny on the set. This is not the full width of the strip. http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/dc/user_files/13698.jpg