Dot Matrix 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 a plugin or filter.  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 Tronds Filter 1 .

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size 300 x 300

2.  Choose the paint can tool, and flood-fill with a gold gradient.

3.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Then click on Selection > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 4 pixels.

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

5.  Flood-fill this layer with a color from your tube that you plan on using.

6.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on this color layer and choose Duplicate.

7.  In the top menu, click Effects > Plugins > Tronds Filters > Bordere I

8.  The filter put this black "net" on the layer.  With the magic wand set to tolerance = 0, choose the click on the black net.

9.  Press the delete key.  This deletes the black.

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

11.  In the top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 2, Opacity = 50, Blur = 3, Color = Black.

12.  Open up the tube you wish to use.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.  Now click back on the dot matrix image.  In the top menu, click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.

Use the Deformation tool to drag in or out so that the tube fits just inside the gold border.

13.  Right-click on the tube layer in the Layer Palette, and choose Duplicate.

14.  In the Layer Palette, HIDE the duplicate layer of the tube by clicking on the eye, and click on the original tube layer to highlight it.

15.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > Tronds Filter > Bordere I

16.  With the magic wand, click on the black "net". 

17.  Press the delete key on the keyboard

18.  Apply the same Drop Shadow as before.  Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.

19.  In the Layer Palette, UNHIDE the top layer.

20.  In the top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize to 85%.  Be sure that Resize all Layers is UNCHECKED

21.  With the mover tool, move the tube into position.

22.  In the top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 2, Horizontal = - 5, Opacity = 50, Blur = 10, Color = Black.

23.  Now save this as  JPEG.  File > Export > JPEG Optimizer.



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