I was playing around with creating a new flag for a new country, and trying to recreate the look of the current Democracy 3 ones. With a little messing around and following a similar method to the one Cliffski shared in creating the Democracy 2 flags, I managed to come up with something I think works rather well, and I thought I would share in case anyone else wants to make use of it. Note that I did this with Photoshop, and so that’s what the instructions apply to. EDIT: I’ve now added GIMP instructions too, a few posts down.
First of all, download flag_blank.jpg (see attached), which looks like this:
Open this up in Photoshop. The first step is to save a copy of this as a .psd file (this is needed for a later step). For simplicity, I recommend flag_blank.psd.
Now get a copy of whatever flag you want to use (I’m using this Greek flag from Wikipedia as an example):
Copy this and paste it as a new layer on top of flag_blank.jpg. Now stretch this layer so that it covers the area of the flag. This actually works best if it overlaps the top and bottom borders by a few pixels.
Now, with this new flag layer selected, go to FIlter > Distort > Displace, and in the dialog box that pops up make sure says ‘Horizontal Scale: 10’ and ‘Vertical Scale: 10’ and click okay. Now you’ll be asked to pick a file, so pick the flag_blank.psd you created earlier.
You’ll now have a distorted looking flag, but it doesn’t have the highlights/shadows you want. To get those, look over to your list of layers and (making sure you still have the flag layer selected) look for a drop-down menu that currently says ‘Normal’. Click on this, and select ‘Overlay’. If you’ve done it right, the result should look something like this:
Now just save it as ‘flag_.jpg’ and there you have a country flag that fits in with the rest of the Democracy 3 ones.
I hope this helps!