Eye of Xero

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to use plugins.  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 X2, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

 

Download Xero Plugins, Sets 3 & 4, and install.

 

1.  Choose a photo that you want to use.  SHIFT+D to duplicate.  Close the original.

2.  Resize the photo so that the biggest side is no bigger than 400 px.  Image > Resize.

3.  Effects > Plugins > Xero > DuoChrome.  Highlights = bright/light color from photo, Shadows = dark/medium color from photo, tone = 0 for both, perserve colour = 127, overall strength = 127, gradient type = cosine, breakpoint = 134, transition = 12

4.  Effects > Plugins > Xero > Fritillary  Granularity = 5, aggression = 46, tesselation = 42, variation = 61

5.  Effects > Plugins > Xero > Soft Vignette    Gradient shape = elliptical, effect type = foreground colour, pattern type = solid, repeats = 4, width = 0, height = 0, strength = 255

6.  Image Add Borders.  CHECK symmetric, size = 10, color = black

7.  Open up the tube that you wish to use.  Edit > Copy

8.  Click on the image.  Edit > Paste as New Layer.  with the mover tool, move the tube into position near the edge.  Make some of it run off the edge.

9.  Select > Select all

10.  Select > Modify > Contract by 10

11.  Selections invert

12.  Click DELETE.  This will delete the part of the tube that extends over the border.

13.  Optional:  add a corner decoration.

14.  Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

15.  Save as a JPEG.  File > Export > JPEG Optimizer

 

 


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