Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tag from an Image
In the zip: SK Tag 14.pspshape, Christmas Kids.jpg, SK Eyelet, Texturizer Plugin. Download Zip Here There's also in png format the tag shape and eyelet.

SK Tag 14.pspshape: place this into your Preset Shapes folder.
SK Eyelet: Tube this yourself if using PSP.
Texturizer.8bf: Place this into your Plugins folder.



1. Start out by opening a new transparent image, 600 by 600 pixels.
2. Set your foreground and background to black. Although it doesn't matter what colour it is set to, black is just the easiest to see against the background of your transparent image.
2. Click on your preset shapes tool, and choose SK Tag 14. Line Width is 1, Anti-alias and Create as Vector is checked, and draw out your tag shape. Leave space at the top, bottom and sides.
3. In the layer palette to the right, click on Vector 1 and choose Convert to Raster Layer, and rename it to Black.
4. Go up to the Selections tab, choose Select All, up to the Selections tab again, choose Float, then back up to the Selections tab and choose Defloat.

Your tag image should now have marching ants all around it.

5. Open up your Christmas Kids.jpg from the zip file. Go up to the Edit tab, and choose Copy.
6. Click on your canvas with the tab shape to make it active and go up to the Edit tab and choose Paste, then Paste As New Layer. Name this layer Kids 1. Your canvas should look like the picture below

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7. Use your Mover tool to position the kids picture evenly inbetween the marching ants, making sure to leave a little bit outside the marching ants on the right side and bottom. See above picture.
8. Go up to the Selections tab, and choose Invert. Your marching ants should still be all around your tag, but now, they also should appear all around the border of your canvas as well.

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9. On your keyboard, hit the Delete Key. Those extra parts of the Kids picture should have now disappeared like in the picture below.

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10. In the layer palette to the right, click on the layer named Black to make it the active layer. Go up to the Selections tab and click on Select All, up to the Selections tab again choose Float, then back up to the Selections tab and choose Defloat. The marching ants should now appear all around the black tag image only.
11. Click on the Kids 1 layer in the layer palette, then go up to the Layer tab at the top, and choose New Raster Layer. Name this layer Kids 2.
12. In the layer palette, click on the small eye icon next the the layer named Black to turn it off, and merge visable the 3 remaining layers.

You should have only 2 layers in the layer palette now. Merged and under that should be Black (which is still turned off). You can turn this layer back on if you like, it doesn't really matter. Now, we need to use the clone tool to fill in the empty space at the top of the tag.

13. Click on your Clone tool and use these settings: Brush is Default Round, Size is 40, Hardness is 50, Step is 25, Density, Thickness, and Opacity are 100.

We want to fill in the top of the tag with just the plain purple with the small white snowflakes, so the best place seems to be on the left where I've indicated with the red circle.

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14. Make sure the layer called Merged is highlighted and active. Right click in our selected space (doing this tells psp to use this section as our fill pattern), then using your left mouse button, click and drag upwards, filling in your empty portions.

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You will need to right click, then left click and drag upwards several times to fill the entire top portion. Make sure you go around the edges of the tag a few times to be sure that there are no missed spaces. And don't worry, the marching ants will prevent you from putting colour outside of your tag shape. When you get to the part where the little girl has the glow above her head, make your brush smaller, right click on a target section then left click in small spots all around her glow so it does not show visable darker shades of colour. You can also turn down the opacity to about 50% for that part, and use the Soften tool to blend around it. Don't worry if you can't blend it perfectly. When we add a texture to it, you won't even notice.

Use your imagination. Add some snowflakes of your own, some stars or sparkles ect.... One of my favourite tools is the Lighten/Darken tool. Activate the Lighten/Darken tool. Set your brush at an appropriate size for your tag, Hardness and Step are 25, Density and Thickness 100%, Opacity at about 80%. Right Click and drag on portions of your picture such as the red on the little boys hat, the little girls dress and hat, and the black on the panda bear and boys shoes. The Darken tool just brings out the colour so much more. Look at the difference in colour between the picture above and the one below.

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15. In the layer palette, delete the layer named Black, then go up to the Selections tab and select Select None.


Texture and Bevel:

PSP and Photoshop have built in texturizer features for you to use, but I mainly use an additional plugin called Texturizer. I don't remember where I got this from, but I've included it in the zip if you would like to try it. It has 4 main textures, brick, burlap, canvas, and sandstone, but you can import your own textures that you've found on the net or that you've made yourself. Handy little plugin to have.

Same goes for the Bevel. PSP has tons of settings to choose from, you just need to play around and find one that suits your needs. In the picture below I've used the Texturizer plugin and a PSP bevel.

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Next, we are going to make the eyelet: (my eyelet used is included in the zip)

1. Change your foreground and background to white. Click on your Preset Shapes tool and set it to Ellipse. Hold down your shift key and draw out a small circle the size you want your eyelet to be.
2. In the layer palette, right click on Vector 1, and choose Convert to Raster Layer.
3. Go up to the Selections tab, choose Select All, up to the Selections tab again and choose Float, then back up to the Selections tab and choose Defloat. Marching ants should now be all around your white circle.
4. Go up to the Selections tab again, then choose Modify, then Contract. Set the number of pixels to 10 and click ok. Now hit your Delete key. Go to the Selections tab and Select None.

At this point, it's up to you how you want to design your eyelet. You can use Super Blade Pro, or some other plugin to create it.

5. I've just used a simple silver eyelet that I made with SBP. Once you've done that, postion your eyelet evenly onto your tag, and click on the Tag layer itself. Activate your Eraser tool and set the brush size to about the same size as the middle of your eyelet and just start erasing.
I've put a very small drop shadow under my eyelet as well. V and H is 1, Opacity is 32, Blur is 7, Colour is #221D12. That's pretty much all there is too it. I've showed you a few key points in this tut such as the Lighten/Darken aspect, Cloning, Trim off the excess to shape around a tag ect...... You can apply these to other projects as well. And don't forget to USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!!

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Monday, December 3, 2007
Grosgrain Ribbon
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Supplies Needed: PSP, and SK Grosgrain.bmp, which you can get HERE. Put this in your "my textures" folder in PSP.
I've found that this works best when using darker shades, as opposed to light colours.


1. Start out by opening a new transparent image the size you want your ribbon to be. Add about 50 extra pixels to the width and height of it so you have some room to work with, and because you need to crop off the ends as well, and you don't want your ribbon to come up short.
2. Set your foreground and background colour to #800000.
3. Click on your Preset Shapes tool, set it to Rectangle, Anti-alias and Create as Vector are checked, Line Style is solid, and a Width of 1, and draw out your ribbon shape.
4. In the layer palette to the right, right click on Vector 1 and choose Convert to Raster Layer.

This next step will give the ribbon some light areas and is not necessary to the tutorial. I just like the look of it. If you want just a uniform colour ribbon, skip to step 6.

5. Click on your Lighte/Darken tool in the tool bar on the left ( its the black and white octagon icon), and use these settings:
Shape is default round brush, Size depends on the size of your ribbon, make it almost as large as the heigth of your ribbon, Hardness is 25, Step is 25, Density is 100, Thickness is 100, Rotation is 0, Opacity is 53, Mode is RBG.
Use the lighten option to put some light spots in various places on your ribbon. See picture below as an example.

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6. Go up to the Effects tab, then to Texture Effects, then to Texture and find SK Grosgrain.bmp in the texture drop down box. Use these settings:

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You should have something that looks like this.

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Don't be afraid to use your lighten and darken tool to give it some extra shades and highlights. Now, to make it more realistic looking, we need to give it some noise.

7. Go up to the Adjsut tab and choose Add/Remove Noise, then to Add Noise. Set it to Gaussian and check Monochrome and change the number to anywhere from 10-15, depending on what looks good to you. I've used 11 on this one.

Now for the edges.... There are 2 ways of doing this. Step #8 will give you the bordered edges from picture A at the bottom, and Step #9 will give you the edges like in picture B.

8. Go up to the Selections tab, choose Select All, up to the Selections tab again, choose Float, back up to the Selections tab and choose Defloat. Go up to the Selections tab again, choose Modify, then choose Select Selection Borders. Use these settings.

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*Go up to the Layers tab and create a new layer.

Now we are going to use the Cutout effect to put a darker shade over the edges, and it gives it a beveled look.

*Go up to the Effects tab, choose 3D Effects, then choose Cutout. *When doing ribbons of another colour, for the shade colour, set it at your original colour of your ribbon, which was #800000 in this case, then change it to a few shades darker than our original.

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*Create a new raster layer, then go up to the Effects tab again, choose 3D Effects, then Cutout and change the vertical and horozontal from -3 to 3, and change the shade colour to #A00000. *Again, I had set it at our original ribbon colour and went a few shades lighter.

You should have something that looks like this

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*Go up to the Selections tab and choose Select None.
*In the layers palette, merge all visable layers together.
*Click on your Selection tool, set it at rectangle and chop off a bit at each end so they are not so squared off. And, we are done ribbon A :)

9. On the left tool bar, click on your selection tool and choose rectangle. Draw out a long rectangle on your ribbon like in the picture below.

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10. Go up to the Effects tab, choose 3D Effects, and go to Inner Bevel and use these settings.

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11. Go up to the Selections tab and choose Select None.
Normally, you'd just repeat the same step to get the bevel on the bottom edge as well, but it turns out to be a lighter shade than the top, so what I do is....
12. Go up to the Image tab, choose Flip, then repeat steps 9 and 10 to get the same bevel on the bottom edge.
13. Go up to the Selections tab and choose Select None.

And we're done ribbon B :)

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