Hi. I am making a map for a fantasy book and need to be able to duplicate mountains quickly. Is there a way to take a mountain (already drawn, colored, and cut out) and duplicate it without creating a new layer? I've tried creating brushes and stamp patterns but neither does the simple task that I'm looking for. I just want to be able to place a full image the way you would place any shape with a paint brush. Any Ideas? Any help is appreciated!
I am not clear why you would not want your "mountains" to appear as a separate Layer. By having that artwork as a Layer, you can use other functions, such as Layer Masks, to alter it.
Maybe I am just missing your desired result.
i agree with Bill. with your mountains on separate layers, you can overlap and add some dimension to the piece. i think we are both missing your desired result. can you post a screen shot of what you are trying to achieve?
It would be easier for you to edit the mountains later on if they were all in seperate layers. However, creating a brush for the mountains should do the simple trick. Why was it not working for you? Make sure you had a transparent background.
Well, what I have done is created six or so simple mountains of varying size and shape that I want to place over and over again (the map requires a few hundred to create the look of a mountain chain). So i'd like to be able to just select one, place it somewhere on the map, then select another one and so on. They will all be on the same layer; other elements of the map will be on separate layers.
Here is an example of what i'm making:
Take the time to do the creation of all your image elements carefully, or you risk having it look as though it's done poorly by someone who doesn't care. The eye/brain can easily pick out things that look exactliy alike.
Once you get one mountain on one layer, it's easy to duplicate layers, and transform them separately, change colors, use shadows, distort etc.
Plus being on separate layers one appears in front of the other.
Just a quick, simple example...
Yes, with each mountain on a separate layer I could overlap them, but I was hoping to find a way to place them over and over just by clicking within the same layer, given the sheer number of mountains that is required.
Message was edited by: Alphus Domitar
Thanks for the replies everyone, I really appreciate it. However using separate layers is not realistic for me, as my particular project would require hundreds of them. Is there really no way to stamp a pre-made image over and over in photoshop?
Alphus Domitar wrote:
Is there really no way to stamp a pre-made image over and over in photoshop?
Yes, there is the Clone Stamp Tool.
Here's an example with just one clone source stamped several times onto a layer. The stamps can be as colourful as you desire, of course. The CST panel will let you use multiple sources and scaling to provide variety.