Splash of Color

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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 masking 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.

I also used Crescent Moon plugins.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

There are two methods.  Method 1 adds a splash of color to a black and white image.  Method 2 adds a splash of black and white to a color image.

1.  Open the color jpg image of your choice.

2.  On keyboard press Shift + D to duplicate this image.  Minimize the original for later use.

3.  On the duplicate, in the top menu, click Image > Greyscale.  Then Image > Increase Color Depth > 16 million colors.

4.  Open up the original image.  In top menu click Edit > Copy.  (Minimize original again)

5.  Click on the greyscale image.  In top menu click Edit > Paste as New Layer.

6.  In the Layer Palette, drag the color layer below the greyscale layer.

7.  Click on greyscale layer in Layer Palette.

8.  In top menu click Layers > New Mask Layer > Show All.

9.  Set the foreground color to black (#000000) and background color to white (#FFFFFF).

10.  Choose the paintbrush tool.  Set it to size = 10, Hardness/density/opacity = 100.  You may need to change your paintbrush size to a smaller number as you get closer to edges that you will paint.

11.  Be sure that you are on the greyscale mask layer.  Paint over one of the roses (or whatever you choose) with black.  Painting over with black will "uncover" the color layer below this layer.  As you get closer to the edge of the flower, change your paintbrush size to a smaller size.

12.  If you paint something black that you do not want to "uncover", paint over that region with white.  Painting over with white will "cover" the color layer below this layer.

13.  When you are through uncovering what you want to uncover, in top menu click Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten).

14.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Check Symmetric.  Change color to white.  Set size = 3.

15.  With the magic wand, select the white border.  Flood fill this with a gold gradient (or apply a gold Super Blade Pro preset).

16.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert

17.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 2, Opacity = 50, Blur = 10.

18.  Apply the cutout a second time, BUT with Vertical & Horizontal = -2

19.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Color = white, margins = 20.

20.  In the Material Palette, set the foreground to Pattern.  Click on it, and choose the original image.  Set the angle = 50, Size = 75.

21.  With the magic wand, select the white border. 

22.  Flood-fill the white border with the pattern.

23.  In top menu click Effects > Plugins > Crescent Moon > Tri-Mirror-Tile  Apply these settings:  Tile Size = 95, Source Position = 80, Transparency=0.

You can see from my graphic that this plugin picks up colors from the center of the image:

24.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Size = 3.

25.  With Magic Wand, select the white border & flood-fill it with the same gold gradient used before.

26.  Now save image as a jpeg.

METHOD TWO:

1.  Open the color jpg image of your choice.

2.  On keyboard press Shift + D to duplicate this image.  Minimize the original for later use.

3.  On the duplicate, in the top menu, click Image > Greyscale.  Then Image > Increase Color Depth > 16 million colors.

4.  Open up the original image.  In top menu click Edit > Copy.  (Minimize original again)

5.  Click on the greyscale image.  In top menu click Edit > Paste as New Layer.  Leave the color layer as the top layer.

6.  In top menu click Layers > New Mask Layer > Show All.

7.  Set the foreground color to black (#000000) and background color to white (#FFFFFF).

8.  Choose the paintbrush tool.  Set it to size = 10, Hardness/density/opacity = 100.  You may need to change your paintbrush size to a smaller number as you get closer to edges that you will paint.

9.  Be sure that you are on the COLOR (top)  mask layer.  Paint over one of the roses (or whatever you choose) with black.  Painting over with black will "uncover" the B&W layer below this layer.  As you get closer to the edge of the flower, change your paintbrush size to a smaller size.

10.  If you paint something black that you do not want to "uncover", paint over that region with white.  Painting over with white will "cover" the B&W  layer below this layer.

11.  When you are through uncovering what you want to uncover, in top menu click Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten).

12.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Check Symmetric.  Change color to white.  Set size = 3.

13.  With the magic wand, select the white border.  Flood fill this with a gold gradient (or apply a gold Super Blade Pro preset).

14.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert

15.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 2, Opacity = 50, Blur = 10.

16.  Apply the cutout a second time, BUT with Vertical & Horizontal = -2

17.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Color = white, margins = 20.

18.  In the Material Palette, set the foreground to Pattern.  Click on it, and choose the original image.  Set the angle = 50, Size = 75.

19.  With the magic wand, select the white border. 

20.  Flood-fill the white border with the pattern.

21.  In top menu click Effects > Plugins > Crescent Moon > Tri-Mirror-Tile  Apply these settings:  Tile Size = 95, Source Position = 80, Transparency=0.

You can see from my graphic that this plugin picks up colors from the center of the image:

22.  In top menu, click Image > Add Borders.  Size = 3.

23.  With Magic Wand, select the white border & flood-fill it with the same gold gradient used before.

24.  Now save image as a jpeg.
 


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