Camouflage 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 and color adjustment.  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!

You will need a tube of a face.  Sorry, I do not have permission to share the tube used in my tag.

You will need to download this mask:  Half-Stripe (This mask was created by me!)

1.  Open up the face tube that you wish to use.  Press SHIFT + D to  duplicate the tube.  Close the original.  Open the HalfStripe Mask and minimize.

2.  Resize the tube if necessary to about 400 pixels.

3. (Optional-- Step 3 & 4 is not necessary if your face tube has no transparency) In the top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.  Name this layer Background. 

4.  In the Layer Palette, drag the Background layer to the bottom.  Flood fill it with a background color.

5.  In the Layer Palette, Right-click on the face layer (should be the top layer) and choose Duplicate.

6.  In the top menu, click Layers > New Mask Layer> From Image.  In the source Window, choose HalfStripeRDB.

7.  Right-click on the Group layer and choose Merge > Merge Group

8.  We need to know the size of the graphic.  Click on Image > Image Information and remember the Image Dimensions (see the circled part in the graphic)

9.  Choose the Selection tool and set to Rectangle.  Click on the Custom Selection Icon in the selection toolbar at the top.

10.  In the Custom Selection box type these settings:  Top = 0, left = 0, Right = half the width, Bottom = full size of the height.

11.  You will now make your stripes a different color.  In the top menu click Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize.  I wanted blue stripes so I set my Hue to 160 and Saturation to 63.  Play with the numbers to get the color you want.  The Hue number will change the color and the Saturation will change the deepness/brightness of that color.

12.  In the top menu, click Selections > Invert.

13.  Now we will change the right half stripes to a DIFFERENT color.  In the top menu, click Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize.  Set the Hue & Saturation to DIFFERENT numbers so that you use a DIFFERENT color.  I chose green.

14.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select None

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

16.  In the Layer Palette, change the opacity of the Group (stripes) layer.  Slide the Opacity layer to about 76.  You may have to adjust this number for the colors that you used.

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

18.  Flood-fill this layer with a gold gradient.   In the top menu click Select > All

19.  In the top menu click Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 3

20.  Press the Delete key.  You will now have a gold border.

21.  Set your foreground to the gold gradient, and the background to NULL

22.  Choose the Pen tool.  In the pen tool bar at the top, set the Mode = straight segment, create as a vector CHECKED, Width = 3

 

23.  Starting from the TOP at about 10 pixels (see top ruler on the image), Hold the SHIFT key down and draw a segment from 0  on 10 pixel line to 100 (read from left ruler).  See picture and arrow.  Holding the SHIFT key down  makes certain that the vertical line will not be jagged. 

Draw a second line from the 20-pixel mark on the top ruler.  This line should start from 0, and go down to 100. 

Draw a third line from the 30-pixel mark on the top ruler.  This line should start from 0, and go to 150.

24.  Right-click on the vector layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

25.  Right-click on the Raster 1 layer (the 3 lines) and choose Duplicate.

26.  In the top menu, click Image > Mirror.

27.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.  This layer of lines should now be located at the bottom right corner of the image.

28.  Right-click on the Copy of Raster 1 Layer and choose Duplicate.

29.  In the top menu, click Image > Rotate > Free Rotate.  Choose Direction = Right, Degrees = 90.

30.  With the mover tool, move these bars into position at the lower left corner (see pic below)

31.  Right-click on the Copy (2) of Raster 1 and choose Duplicate.

32.  In the top menu, click Image > Mirror.

33.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.  This 4th layer of lines should now be located in the top right corner.

34.  HIDE all layers except for the 4 line layers and the border layer (the top 5 layers).  You hide a layer by clicking on the eye of that layer and choosing it to a Red X.

35.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

36.  Apply a drop Shadow.  Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  V & H = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, Color = Black

37.  Now you will Type your name.  Chose a fat font.  I chose BigNoodle Tiling.  Set it at a large size (I chose 108), Stroke = 2.  Create as Vector.  Set foreground to the gold gradient.  Background to a color from your image.  Type your name.

38.  Grab the rotate handle on the text vector box and rotate so that the name is going vertical as in pic below, and align the name along the center divider line.

39.  Apply the same drop shadow settings as before.

40. Now change your Font to a smaller cursive script.  I chose LainieDaySH, Size = 48.  Set the foreground to the same color as the background-- both a darker color than the one used in typing your name in Step 38.  Type your name again.

41.  Move this name up to the stripe at a right angle to your other name

42.  Right-click on this vector layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer

43.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten).

44.  Save this image as a JPEG.  File > Export > JPEG Optimizer.

 

Here's another example.

 
 

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