A Shadowy Reflection

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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 upper beginners to learn how to use the deformation tool and the wave tool.  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 8.01.   You can use PSP 7, but the pictures in this tutorial and some of the locations of the tools apply to PSP 8.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

1.  Open up the tube that you would like to use.  Press Shift and D at the same time.  This will duplicate the tube into a new image.  Close the ORIGINAL. Save the duplicate image in psp format.

2.  Now we will resize the tube.  In the top menu, click on Image > Resize.  See the graphic below.  Change the dimension windows to pixels and make the height 300.  The width will automatically adjust to a number in proportion to your original.  Mine changed to 240.  Click ok.

3.  Whenever you change the size of a picture you should sharpen it.  In the top menu, click Adjust > Sharpen >Unsharp Mask.  In the window that comes up, set the radius = 2.00, strength = 30, and clipping = 5.  Click ok

4.  Now we will adjust the canvas width to get some room.  In the top menu, click on Image > Canvas Size.  At the top you see the image dimensions.  Mine is 240 by 300.  You need to change the width to a number that is at least 60 pixels more.  So I did 240 + 60 and entered in the number 300.  Make sure your height REMAINS 300.  At the bottom click, on the center arrow to center the image.  Click OK.

5.  Now we will resize the image again, but this time only the tube, not our image space.  In the top menu click Image > Resize.  Change the Dimensions to Percent and set width = 80.  The height will automatically adjust to 80.  At the bottom take the check OFF Resize all Layers.  Click ok.  Only the tube should resize.

6.  Sharpen the image again.  In the top menu, click Adjust > Sharpen >Unsharp Mask.  In the window that comes up, set the radius = 2.00, strength = 30, and clipping = 5.  Click ok

7.  In the tool bar, choose the mover tool (see pic below).  Left click on your tube and hold, while you drag the picture to one side of the window.  I wanted my shadow to be on the right side of my tube, so I dragged the tube to the left edge.  SAVE

8.  We are going to be working with layers, so we will name our layers to keep track of them.  In your Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose Rename.  Type in Shadow for the name.  Click ok.

9.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the shadow layer, and choose DUPLICATE.  Now you have a copy of the shadow layer.  Right-click on the copy layer, and choose RENAME.  Call this layer tube.  Your tube layer should be on top, shadow layer on bottom.

10.  Hide the tube layer by clicking on the glasses of that layer.  A red X will show on it.  Click on the shadow layer to highlight it.  We are working on the shadow layer now.

11.  In the left tool box, select the deformation tool (circled).  You will see some handles appear around your image.  Click on the upper right handle (the square where the red arrow points).  Hold the mouse button down and drag that handle up and to the right.  Since this will be the shadow, it doesn't matter if the picture stays in proportion or not, but you have enlarged the picture.  click on the Selection tool

12.  In the top menu, click Effects > Distortion Effects > Wave.  Change the settings to:  Horizontal displacement, amplitude = 5, wavelength = 30.  Vertical displacement, amplitude = 5, wavelength = 50.  Click OK

13.  UNhide the tube layer, by clicking on the red X.  Make sure that the shadow layer is still highlighted.

14.  In the left tool bar, choose the deformation tool again.  There are some handles in the center of the picture, one at the center and one a little to the right (connected to the center handle with a line).  When you run your mouse over the handle that is connected to the center (red circle), you get some turn arrows to appear.  Click and hold on this handle and turn the shadow layer by dragging up or down.  I turned to the right (dragged down) because I wanted my shadow on the right side.  Turn it as much as you want to, but try not to let your shadow run off the screen.  Now click on the center handle (the one not circled) and hold, dragging your image so that the feet of the shadow line up with the feet of the tube.  Click on the Selection tool.

15.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the shadow layer and select New Raster Layer and name this layer Background.  With the left mouse button, click on the background layer and hold.  Drag the layer down below the shadow layer.  Check to make sure that your layers are in the same order as mine (2nd picture below).  SAVE

Now you must decide what you want to do with your picture.  Do you want to make it transparent or make it into a calling card (like the picture above?)  Both instructions are on the next page.  And if you saved your image at the end of Step 15, then you can always do one, and go back and do the other!  Click on the link to take you to the instructions you want to use:

Transparent Sig Tag

Calling Card


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