Box Lines Tag

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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to use masks.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro 9, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Download the BoxLines Mask by right-clicking on the link and choosing Save As Target.

1.  Open new, transparent image, size 400 x 400.

2.  Flood-fill this image with a color or gradient of your choice (this will be the trim color)

3.  In the top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.

4.  Flood-fill this image with a second color or gradient of your choice (this will be the background color)

5.  Open the BoxLines Mask in PSP and minimize it.

6.  Click back on the tag image.  In the top menu, click Layers > New Mask Layer > From Image.

7.  In the Source window Drop-down menu, choose BoxLinesMaskRDB.  Select Source Luminance.  Click ok.

8.  In the top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge Group.

9.  In the top menu, click Selections > Float.  then Selections > Defloat.  Then Selections > Invert

                           

10.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V & H = - 1 (negative ), Opacity = 100, blur = 1, Color = #404040

11.  KEEP the selection.  In the top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V & H = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, Color = Black.

12.  Choose the selection tool from the tool menu.  Set to Rectangle.  Then click on the Custom selection icon in the selection toolbar at the top (see circled pic)

13.  Set the Custom Selection to these settings:

14.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V&H = 2, Opacity = 100, Blur = 5, Color = black

15.  In the top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V&H = - 1 (negative), Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, Color = #404040

16.  In Layer Palette, right-click on the top layer (Group), and choose New Raster Layer.

17.  Open up the tube you wish to use.  Edit > Copy.  Then click back on the tag image.  Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selection

18.  Lower the opacity of this layer to 30 or 20%.

19.  In the top menu, click Selection > Deselect

20.  In top menu, click Edit > Paste > Paste As new Layer

21.  In the top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize the tube to about 75% (or whatever size you're happy with for your tube).  Be sure that Resize All Layers is UNCHECKED.

22.  In the top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V&H = 3, Opacity = 70, Blur = 10, Color = black

23.  Now choose the font tool, and set the foreground and background color to white.  I used the Signature font to make my watermark, and my my name at the top.  I created both on their own layers. (Layers > New Raster Layer).  Watermark is size 11 and name is size 24.  Then slide the Opacity of each of these layers to 50%

24.  Now change the font to a fancy font, and foreground & background colors to the same trim color that you used in step 2.  Size = 60 points.  Type your name, and then apply the same Drop Shadow as in step 22.

25.  Merge the layers:  Layers > Merge > Merge All (flatten).

26.  Save this as  a JPG.  File > Save As.

 

 
 


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