Ink Paint effects
I recently wanted to have something on my map that looked like ink (for a frame). So I started to explore a bit the possibilities that the "displace" effect has (inspired by this discussion by @WeathermanSweden), especially when used multiple times.
I wanted to get something similar to a watercolour but, after some testing, I stumbled in something that resembles (for me at least) oil colour or wax colour. I created different sheets where the effect works better for lines of different widths but is always based on a series of "displace" effects and some edge fade. For the displace I created some .png files (displace maps). This can definitively be improved but it doesn't look too bad:
The first two are not super nice and have a touch of waterish... The wider the line, the better the "oil effect".
Of course, it can be used on text:
Or with textures rather than solid colours:
A quite different result can be obtained just by moving up and down the effects on the sheet. For example:
This is an "old ink" effect (for narrow lines).
The wider the line the closer to wet paint or spray it becomes:
These are all based on "normal" png files:
that was originally provided by @WeathermanSweden.
Using "bump maps" can also result in interesting things (those seem to work, generally, on a more detailed scale, given the same "displacement amount" and "texture size") and you can easily get them from the web.
Below two maps (Mike Schley inks) with the 4 sheets used for the examples above.
To use them just copy the .png images to the "...CC3Plus\Filters\Images" folder.
I suggest to play around a bit to get how the displace efefct works (also trying other displace map files). Adding "blurs", "fades" and "transparencies" can also give some interesting extra twists.
I think I will explore a bit more this topic, maybe combine the two methods and post the results here.