Peacock Frame

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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 layers.  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 Peacock Tube.  I did not create this tube.

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 a 500 x 400 transparent image. 

2.  Choose a gradient to match the tube.  Set the gradient to Linear Style, Angle = 120, Repeats = 0.

3.  Floodfill your image.

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

5.  Choose the same gradient, but change the Repeats = 2.  and flood-fill this layer.

6.  In top menu, click Selections > Select All.  Then Selections > Modify > Contract Selection.  Contract by 10 pixels.

7.  Press the delete key on the keyboard.

8.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 5, opacity = 60, blur = 5, Color = dark version of your gradient or black.

9.  Apply a drop shadow again, but change Vertical & Horizontal = -2, Color to a lighter shade than your gradient.

10.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the frame (top) layer, and click duplicate.

11.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize = 95%.  Make sure that Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

12.  Right-click on the copy Layer and choose Duplicate.  Resize 95%

13.  In Layer Palette, hide the bottom background layer by clicking on the eye to make a red X.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Right-click on the merged Layer and choose rename.  Rename this layer Frame.

14.  Open the peacock tube.  In the top menu, click Edit > Copy.

15.  Click on your frame image.  In the top menu, click Edit > Paste > As New Layer.

16.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Resize = 68%.  Make sure that Resize All Layers is UNchecked.

17.  With the mover tool, move the peacock to the upper left corner.

18.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the Peacock layer and choose Duplicate.

19.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip

20.  In the Layer Palette, hide the frame and bottom layer by clicking on the eyes.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Rename this layer Peacock Left.

21.  In the Layer Palette, right-click Peacock Left Layer and choose Duplicate

22.  In the top menu, click Image > Mirror.  Rename this layer Peacock Right

23.  In the Layer Palette, right-click Peacock Right Layer and choose Duplicate.

24.  In the top menu, click Image > Rotate > Free Rotate.  Click Right, 90.

25.  In the layer Palette, Right-click on the top layer and choose Duplicate.

26.  In the top menu, click Image > Flip.

27.  In the layer Palette, make sure that Frame and bottom layer are still hidden.  Right-click on top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  Rename this layer Peacock.

28.  In top menu click Effects > 3D Effects Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  vertical & horizontal = 5, Opacity = 60, Blur = 5, Color = dark version of your gradient color or black.

29.  In the Layer Palette, click on the bottom Layer. 

30.  Open the tube that you want to use in the background.  In the Layer Palette for that tube, left click on the tube layer, hold the mouse button down, and drag the layer on top of your frame image, and release the mouse.  The tube should be added to the layer above the background layer.

31.  Slide the opacity bar of this tube layer to 50%

32.  Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Visible.  I renamed the layer background.

33. In the Layer Palette, right-click and choose New Raster Layer

34.  Choose the text tool from the left menu.  Set the text to a fat font.  I chose Bell Bottom Font .  Set it to Selection, size = 72 (depends on font), and any color.  It doesn't matter.

35.  Type your name and it will appear selected on your image.  Do not attempt to move it!

36.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply  Vertical & Horizontal = 5, Opacity = 60, Blur = 5, Color = dark color of your gradient, or black.

37.  Apply a second drop shadow, but change Vertical & Horizontal to -1 (negative)

38.  Deselect (Selections > None).  With mover tool, move the name into position.

 

 



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