Gold Mesh 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 intermediates to learn how to use alpha channels.  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 Mesh Template.  This template will look blank, but it actually contains saved selections as alpha channels.

1.  Open the PSP Mesh Template.  On the keyboard press the SHIFT + D keys.  This duplicates the template.  Close the original.

2.  Flood-fill the blank canvas with a gold gradient.

3.  In the top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Then click Selections > Modify > Contract Selection.  Contract by 5.

4.  Right-click on the layer in the layer Palette and choose New Raster Layer.

5.  Flood-fill this selection on this new layer with black.  Select > None

6.  In the Layer Palette, Right-click on the top layer and choose New Raster Layer., call this Gold Horizontal.

7.  In the top menu, click Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load from Alpha Channels.

Choose Selection #1 in the Load from Document.

8.  Flood-fill the selection with the gold gradient.

9.  Right-click on the Gold Horizontal Layer and choose New Raster Layer, call this Gold Vertical.

10.  In the top menu, click Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load from Alpha Channels.

Choose Selection #2 from the drop down menu

11.  Flood-fill this selection with the gold gradient.

12.  In the Layer Palette, slide the opacity to 50% for both the Gold Vertical and the Gold Horizontal Layers.

13.  Right-click on the top layer and choose New Raster Layer.

14.  With the Selection box tool set to Rectangle, Draw a rectangle selection area that goes from about 100 to 300 horizontally, and from about 60 to 240 vertically.  This doesn't have to be exact.

15.  Flood fill this box with the gold gradient.

16.  In the top menu, click Selection > Modify > Contract Selection.  Contract by 3.

17.  Flood-fill this selection with black, same color as your background.

18.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Duplicate.

19.  In the top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize to 60%.  Be sure Resize All Layers is UNCHECKED.

20.  With the mover tool drag this smaller box to the upper left corner.  In the Layer Palette, drag this layer below the LARGE rectangle layer.  (This small box layer should be the 2nd layer from the top).

21.  Right-click on the small box layer and choose Duplicate.

22.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip

23.  In the top menu, click Image  > Mirror

24.  Open up the tube that you want to use.  Edit > Copy.  Click on your Mesh template, and click Edit > Paste > Paste as New Layer.

25.  In the Layer Palette, click on the LARGE Rectangle layer to highlight it.  Choose the magic wand tool and click on the space in your template OUTSIDE of the large rectangle.  (See selected part of picture below)

26.  In the top menu, click Selections > Modify > Expand selection.  Expand by 4 pixels.

27.  In the Layer Palette click on the tube layer to highlight it.  Press the Delete key on the keyboard.

26.  Right-click on the tube layer and choose Duplicate.

27.  In the top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize 60%.  Be sure Resize All Layers is UNCHECKED.

28.  If you look at your template, you may see part of the tube that you thought you had deleted earlier.  That's because the delete only deleted what was within the template area that we could see, and as you can see the bottom half of my tube was outside the part that we could see.  If this is true for you, too, then choose the selection box tool set to Rectangle and draw a rectangle around the part of the tube you want to delete.  Press the delete key.

29.  Drag this copy of the tube layer down 2 layers so that it is BELOW the Large Rectangle layer.

30.  Right-click on the copy of the tube layer and choose Duplicate.

31.  With the mover tool, move this copy over to the other small rectangle (lower right corner)

32.  Slide the Opacity to 30% for each of these small tube layers.

  33.  Click on Layers >  Merge > Merge Flatten.

34.  Add your name and watermark and save as a JPG.  File > Save As
 


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