Seascape Mask 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 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 Seascape Masks

You will also need some tubes.  I chose  a mermaid, but you can use what you like.

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

1.  Open up the two mask images in PSP and minimize to use later.

2.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 600 x 500. 

3.  Flood fill the image with a gradient color of your choice.  I chose blue since the mask is a seascape.

4.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose New Raster layer.

5.  Flood fill this second layer with a different gradient or color.  I chose a darker blue.

6.  In top menu, click on Layers > New Mask Layer > From Image

7.  In the Source window choose the mask BeachSceneMaskRDB.

8.  In the layer Palette, right-click on the Group layer.  Choose Merge > Merge Group.

9.  In the top menu, choose Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, Color = Black or darker color of background

10.  In top menu, choose Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

11.  In top menu, choose Layers > New mask Layer > From Image.  Choose the Mask8_Kreations.msk

12.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on Group layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.

13.  In top menu, click on Effects > 3 D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply same settings as before.

14.  Open up the tube you wish to use.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.

15.  Click on the mask image.  In top menu, click Edit > Paste > As New Layer.  With the mover tool, move the tube into position.

16.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical = 5, Horizontal = 0, Opacity = 45, Blur = 15, Color = black or darker color of background.  Make sure there is a check where Shadow on new layer.

17.  In the Layer Palette, click on the bottom layer (background).

18.  In top menu, click Selections > Select All.   Then click Selections > Float.  Then click Selections > Defloat.  Then click Selections > Invert.

19.  In the Layer Palette, click on the shadow layer. Press the delete key on the keyboard.  This removes the shadow that extends beyond the background, so that when we save as a gif, the edges will be crisp.

20.  In top menu, choose Layers > merge > merge visible.

21.  Save this as a .psp for a blank tag

22.  Then add your name or other text.  Save as a GIF.

Here's another example I made.

Now for the next one, I wanted to use a different background.  So I found a painting/image that I wanted to use, but I had to make it into a mask.  To make it into a mask, Click on Image > Greyscale.  Then save it as a .jpg file somewhere.

And so this tag has a dragon background rather than the seascape.



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