"Trellis Signature Tag"

This tutorial was created June 03, 2004
ęCopyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.

* Terms of Use *

This tutorial was written for PSP8.
The Picture Frame feature I used for this tutorial is not available in earlier versions of PSP.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 8, a 30 day trial program can be downloaded here.
Eye Candy 3
(I have included a "workaround" for Eye Candy 4000 too.)
The beautiful rose tube made by Steph Staker who graciously agreed to let me use it for this tutorial and to also offer it for download here. Please visit her site, she has some great tutorials and tubes! http://www.stakerfamily.com/psp.htm

Wild White Roses tube

Let's get started!

Open your tube, "Wildwhiteroses.psp"and duplicate it, (Window~Duplicate) and close the original.

Go to Edit~Copy.

Open a new canvas (File~New) Width 550, Height 400, Resolution 72.000,
Raster Background "checked", Color ~ "Transparent" checked.

Go to Edit~Paste as a new layer.

Go to Image~Resize,

Height and Width 90%, Resample using "Bicubic", Lock Aspect ratio "checked",
Resize all layers "unchecked".

Repeat this step three more times. (When I resize this way I don't need to sharpen the tube.)

Go to Adjust~Brightness and Contrast~Brightness/Contrast and type in 13 for Brightness and 7 for Contrast. Click ok.

Click on Raster 1 in your layer palette. Using your Eye Dropper Tool, hover over your flower petal. Right click to select a dark color as your background color. Then choose a lighter color by left clicking to add this color as your foreground color.
( The colors I am using are #EDECE4 for the foreground and #A4AE9F for the background.)

Using your Flood Fill Tool, left click to fill your Raster 1 layer with #EDECE4.

Go to Layers~New Raster Layer, you can name this layer "Trellis". Using your Flood Fill Tool again, left click to fill this layer with #EDECE4.

Go to Image~Rotate~Free Rotate. Direction "Left", Degrees check "Free" type in "45", Check "All Layers", leave the next one unchecked. This step will cause your canvas to enlarge but we will crop it back later.

Go to Effects~Eye Candy 3~Weave,
Ribbon Width 17, Gap Width 19, Fill Gaps unchecked, Shadow Depth 30, Thread detail 11, Thread length 8, Smear Threads checked.

Click the check mark to apply.

** If you are using Eye Candy 4000 **
Use these settings...
Ribbon Width 17, Gap Width 19, Shadow Strength 30, Thread Detail 11, Thread Length 8, Smear Ribbons checked and in the "Gap Fill" box check "Make gaps transparent".

Click ok to apply.

Now go back to Image~Rotate~Free Rotate. Change only the Direction to "Right" and click ok.

While on your "Trellis" layer, click on your Selection Tool, with the settings below. Then go to "Create selection from" (see pointing finger below) and click on "layer Opaque".

Go to Image~Crop to Selection. Now you should have your original canvas size back again.

Let's add a drop shadow to your Trellis. Go to Effects~ 3D Effects~Drop Shadow. Settings are Vertical and Horizontal "-4", Opacity "64" Blur "6" and Color "#7D8C76". Click ok.

In your Layer palette, click on Raster 2, which should be your tube layer. Apply your drop shadow again, but change the Opacity to "95" and the Blur to "13", Horizontal and Vertical are the same settings as before.

Go to Layers/New Vector Layer. Name this layer "text". Using your Text Tool, with these settings.....

Click on your canvas, type in your name, or whatever you decide you'd like your tag to say. Click OK. Since we used Vector text, you can adjust the size, angle and position of the text by using the bounding box. When you are happy with your text, go to your layer palette, right click on your "text" layer and click on "Convert to Raster layer".

Now we will add a little bevel to our text. Using the Selection Tool, same settings as before EXCEPT "check" Anti-Alias, draw a selection around your text. Click on your text to select it. Go to Selections~Modify~Contract. Type in "1" and click ok. Now go to Effects~3D Effects~
Inner Bevel. Use these settings..

Go to Selections~Select none.

Let's add a drop shadow to the text now. Go to Effects~3D Effects~Drop Shadow. Same settings as we used for the tube shadow, except change the Blur to "4". Click ok.
One of my favorite "finishing touch" features in PSP8 is the picture frames! Go to Image~Picture Frame and in the preview window find "Edge brush 02". The only thing you need to check in this window is "Frame inside of image". Click ok.

Go to Layers~Merge~"Merge All (Flatten)", Add your watermark and you are done!
You may resize your image if necessary by going to Image ~ Resize and check "resize all layers".
I resize my images the same way as I do tubes, by 90% until I get the size I want.

I hope you enjoying do this tutorial and like your results!

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