Gold-Trimmed Column

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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 intermediates to learn how to use preset shapes and to shade.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 8, but the steps may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

1.  Open a new file, 400 X 400. 

2.  Choose the Selections Tool and click on the custom Settings button (circled in the picture--you find this in the top tool options box)

3.  In the cusom Settings box, type in these selection settings:  Top=25, left = 100
right = 200, bottom = 375.

4.  Flood-fill the selected area with white.  Selections > None.

5.  Right-click on layer in Layer palette and click New Raster Layer and name the new layer Stripe.

6.  Click on Custom Settings button again.  Type in these settings:  top = 25, left = 251, right = 270, bottom = 375.

7.  Make sure you have the Stripe layer activated in the Layer Palette and flood-fill the selected area with white.  Selections >None

8.  In Layer Palette, right-click on Stripe Layer and choose duplicate.

9.  From the left tool menu, choose the Deformation Tool (under cursor).  This will put some handles around the copy of Stripe Layer.

10.  Drag the right center handle in towards the center so that the strip is now HALF as wide (see pic)  Click on the Selection Tool.

11.  In top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Selections > Float.  Either flood-fill this half-stripe with a gold pattern or gradient or apply a gold plugin.  I used a gold preset in Super Bladepro .  Selections > None.

12.  With the mover tool, drag the gold stripe so that it is centered over the white stripe. (See pic below). 

13.  Hide the bottom layer, by clicking on the eye (glasses in PSP 7).  A red X should appear on that layer.  Then right-click on the stripe layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

14.In top menu, click on Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 0, Horizontal = 3, opacity = 30, blur = 10, color = black.

15.  Apply a second drop shadow, but change the horizontal = - 3 (negative).

16.  With the mover tool, line up the merged stripe with the left end of the column base (bottom layer).  Use the squares in the transparent layers as a guide.  This stripe should center in that left square (see pic below). 

17.  Right-click on the merged stripe layer, and choose duplicate.  Move this copy to  center it in the 3rd column of squares (see above).

18.  Right-click on the top stripe layer, and choose duplicate.  Move this copy to center it in the 5th column of squares (see below).

19.  Right-click on the top stripe layer, and choose duplicate.  Move this copy to center it in the 7th column of squares.  This will actually place this stripe off of the column base, only the left shadow will be on the base (see above).

20.  Hide the bottom layer (column).  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > merge visible.

21.  In the Layer Palette, Click on the bottom layer (column) to highlight it.  Then with the magic wand (left tool menu) click on the transparent area.  This will select the area outside of the column

22.  In the Layer Palette, click on the top layer (merged stripes) to highlight it.  Then press the DELETE key on the keyboard.  This deletes the shadow outside of the column area.  Selections > None

23.  Right-click on the top layer and choose New Raster Layer, naming the layer TOP.

24.  Click on the Selections Tool from the left Tool menu, and then click on the Custom Settings Button.  Apply these settings:  Top=50, left = 70, right = 230, bottom = 66.

25.  Flood-fill this selected area with white.

26.  In the Layer Palette, Right-click on the TOP layer and choose Duplicate.

26.  In the Tool Menu, choose the Deformation Tool (under cursor) to put handles around the copy of  TOP

27.  Drag the bottom center handle UP to about midway, making this copy HALF the size of the original TOP layer.  Click on the Selections Tool

28.  In Top Menu, click on Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow, and apply the same drop shadow settings, but with Vertical = 3 & Horizontal = 0

29.  Apply a second drop shadow, but with Vertical= - 3 (Negative)

30.  Right-click on the TOP layer and duplicate.  Hide this layer

31.  Also hide the top layer that you put shadows around.  Click on the Column layer (bottom) and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

32.  With the Magic Wand, click on the transparent area around this merged layer.

33.  Then Click on the very top layer and press the DELETE key.  This will delete the shadow that extends beyond the column.

34.  Hide the Merged (bottom layer) and click on the top layer.  Right-click and choose Merge > merge Visible

35.  Right-click on the top merged layer and choose Duplicate.

36.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.  With the mover tool move the base into position along the bottom of the column (unhide all layers!)

37.  In top Menu click Layers > Merge > Merge Visible and save as a psp tube.

You can now decorate your column with vines or flowers, or whatever!  Here's one partially decorated. *S*

Please click here for a tutorial that uses this column.


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