Mosaic Sun

This tutorial was created July 4, 2002 © Copyright Bunny's Attic.
*terms of use*

Shopping List! =)

Paint Shop Pro, a 30 day trial program can be downloaded here

You will need this gold glitter fill. Unzip and minimize it in Paint Shop. You can download it here.

You will need the Sun N Moon font. You can download it here.
It's the ninth one down.

When you've got all that, come back and we'll get started! =)

1. Open a 400 x 400 Black image. Go to your layer palette and right click on the background layer, click on Promote to Layer. Right click again and Rename your image mosaicsun. You will need to "save" your image every fews steps so you don't lose your work if Paint Shop "encounters a problem and needs to close." Doncha' love it when that happens! I will remind you to save your work throughout the tutorial. =)

2. Do NOT add a layer for this step. Get your Selection Tool, Circle, Feather 10, Antialias checked. Start your circle at 200, 200. (you can see these numbers at the bottom left corner of your Paint shop screen.) Draw it out until the second set of numbers read 325, 325. See screen shot below.

Screen Shot 1

3. Change your foreground color to Pattern using the flyout menu in the styles area. Click on the color box there and find your gold glitter fill, 100 percent, Angle 0. Flood Fill your circle selection and deselect.

Screen Shot 2

4. Go to Effects, Texture Effects, Mosaic-Antique and use these settings ... then Save your work.

Mosaic Antique settings

This is what you should have so far.

Screen Shot 4

5. Go to Effects, Geometric Effects, Curly Q's and use these settings...

Curly Q settings

6. Sharpen. Here's what we have now... Save!

Screen Shot 6

7. Go to Colors, Adjust, Brightness/Contrast and choose 18 for brightness and 15 for Contrast.

Screen Shot 7

8. Next we are going to add the Sun ding to our image. Click on your Text tool and click in the center of your image to bring up the Text Entry box. First find your Sun N Moon font in the drop down menu, size 200, Bold checked and make your foreground and background colors, pattern, gold glitter fill. Type in the letter k, lower case. Check to make sure Antialias and Floating are checked then click OK.

9. You will probably need to move your sun to the center of the image with your Mover tool. We will add an Inner Bevel then you will see it more clearly. =) Go to Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel and use the Round preset.

Screen Shot 8

10. Go to Effects, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow and use these settings..

Make sure your Shadow color is Black

Vertical= 4 Opacity= 100

Horizontal= 4 Blur= 8.6

Apply the drop shadow one more time but change the Vertical and Horizontal settings to -4.


Drop Shadow results

11. Now you can use your Mover Tool again if you want to make any changes to where your Sun image is placed on the background. Then Deselect and Save.

12. We are going to resize this image before we do the framing. Go to Image, Resize and use the settings below, resize your image one more time, then Sharpen. Save.

Resize Screen

13. Let's start on the framing! Change your background color to White and choose Solid fill in the Styles palette. Go to Image, Add Borders, and add a 10 pixel symetrical border. Using your Magic Wand, Tolerance 0, Feather 0, select your white Border. Your gold glitter pattern should still be available as your foreground color so Flood fill your border with that now then Save your work.

14. Now we need to brighten the gold again so go to Colors, Adjust, Brightness/Contrast and choose 18 for Brightness and 15 for Contrast.

15. Go to Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel and apply the Round preset. Change your Depth to 5 and the Shininess to 33.

16. Change your background color to Black and go to Image, Add Borders, and add a 15 pixel symetrical border. Using your Magic Wand select the Black border and go to Effects, Texture Effects, Mosaic-Antique. Use the same settings as before. You will see that it has pulled some of the gold glitter into the black border, we want that to happen! Deselect and Save.


Screen Shot 11

17. Change your background color to White and go to Image, Add borders and add a 10 pixel white symetrical border. Select the white border with your Magic Wand and Flood Fill with your gold glitter fill.

18. Go to Colors, Adjust, Brightness/Contrast and choose 18 for Brightness and 15 for Contrast. Then go to Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel and apply the Round preset, changing the Depth to 5 and the Shininess to 33. Deselect and Save.

Resize and Sharpen your image. Add your watermark and you are done!


Mosaic Sun

Here's how it looks done in silver.


Silver Mosaic Sun

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial ! =)


~ Back to Tutorial Index ~

All graphics and tutorials ©bunnysattic 2002