Flag Tutorial

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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 used may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Download Supplies.  Place redwhiteRDB gradient in gradient folder.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Note:  There is a companion tutorial to this one (Animated Flag Tutorial).  If you want to animate your flag, then you will need to do only steps 1 - 19)  .

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 500 x 300.

2.  In the Material Palette, choose redwhiteRDB gradient.Angle = 0, Repeats = 12.  (Real flag as 13 stripes, so could reduce Repeats to 6 or 7)

3.  Flood fill your new image with this gradient.

4.  Choose the selection tool set to Rectangle.  Draw a rectangle that starts at (0,0) and stops at (220, 165)

5.  In top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.

6.  On the new Layer, flood-fill the selection with color = #000040

7.  In top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.

8.  Choose the Preset Shapes tool, set to star (see pic below).  Set foreground color = null, background color = white. 

9.  Draw a small star on the top layer, about 1/5 the size of the height.

10.  In the Layer palette, right-click on the star layer and choose duplicate.  Duplicate 8 more times.  Now you should have 10 star layers.

11.  Use the mover tool, to move the stars into a line.  I used the bottom edge of the blue field to line them up.

12.  In the Layer Palette, hide the stripes and the blue field layer (bottom 2 layers) by clicking on the eye.  All you should see is your row of stars.

13.  Right-click on one of the star layers and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

14.  In the tool menu, choose the deformation tool (2nd tool).  Push in the right or left edge to make the stars fit inside the blue field only.  You don't want your stars to extend outside the blue field.  Now click on Mover tool.  You have to UNhide the stripes and blue field layers to see them.

15.  In the Layer Palette  right-click on the star layer and choose duplicate.  Duplicate 3 more times so that you have 5 star layers. 

16.  With the mover tool, arrange your 5 rows of stars within the blue field.

17.  It would be a good idea to save this now keeping the layers intact!  File > Save As.  I called my FlagLayers.psp

18.  In layer palette, right-click on any layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.

19.  Now save this again with the layers merged. File >Save As.  I saved mine as Flag.psp

(Note:  It is this saved file that you will want to use to animate your flag.)

20.  Now we need some room to make the flag wave.  In top menu, click Image > Canvas Size.  Width= 550, height = 350.  Centered.

21.  In top menu, click Effects > Distortion > Wave .  Apply these settings:  for horizontal displacement Amplitude = 1, Wavelength = 50, for vertical displacement amplitude = 5, wavelength = 70, transparent.

22.  Now we will add some shading to add depth.  Choose the Lasso tool set to freehand.  Hold the Shift key down and select the areas of the flag that you want to be dark.  Right-click to close the lasso.

23.  In the top menu, click Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast.  Brightness = - 25 (negative), Contrast = 0.

24.  With the lasso tool select the region of the flag that you want to have highlight.

25.  In the top menu, click Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast.  Brightness = 20, Contrast = 0.

26.  In top menu, click Selection > None.

27.  Now export your flag as a GIF.

I decorated mine with some tubes before I exported.


If you would like to make an animated waving flag, go here.


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