Lego Zoom 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 plugins.  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.

I also used VM Natural Legoland Plugin and VM Toolbox ZoomBlur Plugin.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Open up the tube that you wish to use.  On keyboard press Shift + D to duplicate.  Close the original tube.

2.  Resize the tube so that the longest dimension is no more than 350 pixels.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.

3.  In top menu, click Image > Canvas Size.  Set width & height to 350 pixels.

4.  In Layer Palette, right -click on tube layer and choose Duplicate.  Duplicate the layer 2 times so that you have 3 copies of the tube.

5.  Hide the top two copies by clicking on the eye in the Layer Palette, and click on the bottome layer to activate it.

6.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > VM Toolbox > Zoom Blur.  Apply these settings:  Amount = 110, Adjust = 32.

7.  Right-click on the bottom layer and choose Duplicate so you have 2 copies of the ZoomBlur.

8.  On the duplicate layer of zoom blur click Image > Flip.

9.  Then click Image > Mirror.

10.  Then in the Layer Palette, slide the opacity level on the bottom layer to 50, and the duplicate layer to 60. 

11.  Now Click on the layer above the 2nd zoom blur (copy of tube) and click on the eye to UNhide that layer.

12.  In top menu, click Image > Resize and Resize the layer to 80%.  Be sure that Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

13.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > VM Toolbox > Zoom Blur and apply these settings:  Amount = 127, Adjust = 155.

14.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > VM Natural > Legoland and apply these settings:  Points = 14, Radius = 114, distortion = 0, order = 122, transparency = 0.

15.  In top menu click Selections > Select All. Then Selections > Float.

16.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugins > Flaming Pear> Super Blade Pro.  Apply any blade pro preset that you wish.  I chose M_coconutice.q5q . Selections > None

17.  In Layer Palette, click on top layer to activate.

18.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize to 80%.  Be sure that Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

19.  Right-click on one of the layers in the Layer Palette, and choose New Raster Layer.

20.  In the Layer Palette, drag this new layer to the bottom.  Flood-fill this layer with a color or gradient that compliments your tube.  You need to flood-fill here because of the slight transparency of some of our layers.

21.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > merge all (Flatten)

22.  In top menu, click Selections > Select all.  Then Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 5.

23.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert.

24.  Apply the same Super Blade Pro preset that you used in Step 16, or flood-fill with a complimentary color.

25.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert.

26.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 2, Opacity - 100, blur = 5, color = black.


27.  Apply the Drop Shadow effect again, but this time change vertical & horizontal = -2, everything else the same. Selections > None

Now save the image as .jpg.



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