Watercolor Webset

or Stationary

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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 wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro 9, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

This tutorial assumes you know how to use your web page creator or stationary creator (such as IM Letter Creator)  to put the pieces together.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

I.  Create the Header

Create the header first.  Then your background colors and images should be chosen to complement the header image.  For this webset, you will create the header image by following the Watercolor Blur Tag Tutorial.  Clicking on that link will open the tutorial in a new window.  Follow the tutorial and be sure to save in psp format with layers still available.  Complete the tutorial through Step #13.

1.  Open the header psp image.

2.  Press SHIFT + Duplicate to duplicate the image.

3.  Add the header text greeting (hello, Welcome, whatever) in whatever font and whatever size.

4.  Add your watermark!

5.  Save this as a jpeg.

II.  Create the Border Background

1.  Open up the header psp image you made from Part 1.

2.  Choose the Selection tool and set it to square.

3.  Draw a square around the part of the header image that you want to use for the background.

4.  In the top menu, click Edit > Copy Merged.

5.  In the top menu, click Edit > Paste > Paste As new Image.

6.  In top menu, click Effects >Image Effects > Seamless Tiling.  Check off Corner, Bidirectional, and linear.  Horizontal & Vertical Offset = 0, Transition = 100.  Minimize this tile.

7.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 150 x 200

8.  In the Materials (color Palette), click on Texture.  Change the texture to the graphic seamless tile you had just created in Step 6.  Angle = 0, Scale = 100.

9.  Flood-fill the new image with this tile.

10.  In the top menu, click Layers > New Raster Layer.  Drag this new layer to the bottom of the layer palette.

11.  In the top menu, click Image > Canvas Size.  Change the Width = 1600, Height = 200 (or the height of the image you created in Step 7.  I make my background borders 1600 wide for stats, where many only make them 1024 wide.  I use 1600 because of the resolution that my computer is set at.  The other size does not fill my screen.  Be sure the placement is set at center left (see bottom of graphic).

12.  Use the eye dropper on the background of your header psp image, to grab that color (if you don't remember the color # you used).  Flood-fill the background of this webset image (size 1600) with that color.

13.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 25 x 250.  I always use the height about 50 pixels longer than my background will be.

14.  Set your foreground color for a gold gradient.  I used angle = 130, and background color to a dominant color from your background tile.

15.  Flood-fill this bar image with the gold.

16.  Choose the Selection tool, and click on Custom Selection Icon in the selection tool options bar at the top.  See arrow in pic below

17.  In the Custom Selection box, Set  Top = 0, left = 2, right = 23, bottom = 250 (or whatever your height is for the gold bar)

18.  Flood-fill the selection with your background color.

19.  Choose the selection tool, and click on Custom Selection.  Change the left = 3, right = 22.  Flood-fill with gold

20.  Choose the selection tool, and click on Custom Selection.  Change the left = 5, right = 20.  Flood-fill with background.

21.  Choose the selection tool, and click on Custom Selection. Change the left = 6, right = 19.  Flood-fill with gold.

22.  Choose the selection tool, and click on Custom Selection.  Change the left = 8, right = 17.  Flood-fill with background color.  In top menu, choose Selection > Deselect.

23.  In the Layer Palette, left-click and hold on the bar layer, and DRAG the layer onto the background image for the webset.  It will appear as a new layer in the center of the background.  With the mover tool, move the bar to cover the edge where the two backgrounds meet.  See pic below.

24.  In top menu, click Layers > merge > Merge All (Flatten)

25.  Add your watermark to the background!

26.  In top menu, click on Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling.  Check off Edge and Vertical.  Set Width = 5, and transition = 100.

27.  Now save this background tile as a JPEG.

III.  Graphic Buttons

The stationary will need a creator's graphic (if you like) and the webset will need some buttons.

Open up the psp image for the header.

1.  Press Shift + Duplicate to duplicate the image.

2.  Resize the image:

for Guest Book:  Make width = 200 pixels

for creator's graphic:  Make width = 100 pixels

for buttons (mail, home, etc.):  Make width = 125 to 150 pixels

3.  Add the text to your graphics, and save each one as a jpeg.

IV.  Horizontal Bar

A simple horizontal bar can be created by:

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 450 x 6 or 8 pixels

2.  Flood-fill this image with the gold gradient or background color you have been using.

3.  Save this as a JPEG.




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