Saturday, October 11, 2008
Suede Looking Ribbons
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Supplies: SK Suede Ribbon Greyscaled, SK Perfect Stitch. Download Here

This tutorial will teach you how to make the ribbon in the above picture. It is for psp users. This tut is done in PSP 8, but can be done in any version as well, although my screenshots will look different than yours, and some of your tools may be in a different loction in your version of PSP. I originally did this ribbon mainly in photoshop, but will do my best to duplicate it using PSP.

1. Open up SK Suede Ribbon Greyscaled from the supplies zip. Hold down your Shift key on your keyboard and hit the D key. This will duplicate our ribbon so that we are not working on the original and you can reuse it later for another ribbon. Close out the original ribbon.

* Next, we need to recolour this by using the Manual Colour Correction function.

* If you are using PSP version 9 and above, for whatever reason, corel has decided to hide this feature. Go to Khiba's site and scroll down till you see the heading Customize! Retrieve PSP 9 Unused Tools". Watch her little viewlette on how to unhide this feature.

2. Go up to the Adjust tab at the top, over to Colour Balance, then down to Manual Colour Correction. You will see this box pop up.

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Where it says Source, you are going to put in a medium shade of grey that you choose from your greyscaled ribbon. I choose to use #CBCBCB.
Where it says Target, that is where you put in a colour that you want your ribbon to change to. I chose a light shade of pink #EEBABC. Hit OK when you are done.

3. In the layers palette on the right, right click on your ribbon layer and from the flyout choose Duplicate.

* You should now have an exact copy on top of your original pink ribbon.

4. Hide the duplicated ribbon layer. Click the eye icon next to it to hide it.

* We are going to be doing the background pleats of the ribbon.

5. Click on your ribbon layer (the one that is not hidden) in the layer palette to make it the active layer.

Go up to the Effects tab at the top, then down to Texture Effects, and over to Blinds and use these settings:

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* You should have something that looks like this:

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6. Unhide the duplicated ribbon layer from the layer palette and click on it to make it our active layer.

* Now we are going to work on the top part of our ribbon.

7. Go up to the Selections tab at the top, click Select All, then back up to the Selections tab again, and click Float, then back up to the Selections tab and click Defloat.

* You should have marching ants all around your ribbon.

8. Go up to the Selections tab again and down to Modify, then over to Contract and put 6 in the Number of Pixels section and hit OK.

* Your marching ants should have contracted inward by 6 pixels like the picture below:

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* Now we need to get rid of the parts of the ribbon that is outside of our marching ants so that we can see our pleated edge on the layer below.

9. Go up to the Selections tab at the top, and click Invert. Now hit the delete key on your keyboard.

10. Go up to the Selections tab and choose Select None.

* This is what you should have so far:

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11. In the layer palette, right click on your top ribbon layer (not the pleated one) and choose duplicate.

* You should have in your layer palette, 2 copies of your plain ribbon and one copy of your pleated ribbon.

12. Make sure you have the copy of your duplicated ribbon as our active layer ( it should be highlighted blue in the layer palette and it should be the one on the top of the other 2) now, change the blend mode to Multiply. See pic below:

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* Yours should have changed from the lighter pink to a darker pink like the picture below:

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13. Now use the sliders and lower the opacity of that layer to 80%.

14. Hide the pleated layer in the layer palette and right click on one of the remaining layers and from the flyout choose Merge, then Merge Visable. Unhide the pleated layer.

* Now we need to lighten the top ribbon in places and darken it in others.

15. Make sure you are working on the unpleated layer and click on the lighten/darken tool. Choose the default, soft round brush,

Size 33
Hardness 50
Density and Thickness 100
Opacity 18
Mode Lightness

*** With the lighten/darken tool, if you click with your left mouse button it will lighten, and if you click with your right mouse button it will darken.

16. Using your left mouse button to lighten, run your brush down the middle of the ribbon in strokes rather than one continuous line. Try not to hit the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, lighten around them. We want those to stay darker than the middle. That's what gives the ribbon it's shape. We're going to do this several times, so don't worry if you think you aren't doing it right, or it's not lightening enough. Here's what mine looks like after the first pass. It's just a very subtle lightening.

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* Now we are going to darken it around the edges. Like i explained earlier, if you use your right mouse button, it will darken the image, but i find that very awkward to keep it clicked down and use it that way. So, up at the top you will see Swap Mouse Buttons. Put a check in there. With that check in there, it is going to allow you to use your left mouse button to darken instead of the right mouse button.

17. Keep the settings the same on your lighten/darken tool and just brush around the edges using short strokes. Go farther down into the ribbon near the middle in some places just to give it a bit of dimension. Also, mix some diagonal strokes in there rather than using all straight across strokes, but be sure to keep the middle the lightest part of the ribbon. You can also increase the Opacity to about 25 if you feel you need to.

* See how the 2 effects makes it look like the ribbon is puffed up and curved a bit?

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Continue to switch back from light to dark to achieve a look that you like. Don't forget when you are going back to lighten to uncheck the Swap Mouse Button.

18. You can also go back to an opacity of 18 and darken the pleated parts of the ribbon as well, but not too much.

19. When you are satisfied with how it looks, in the layer palette, right click on one of the layers and from the flyout choose Merge, then Merge Visable.

20. Open up in your psp, SK Perfect Stitch.jpg from the supplies zip. Click on the File tab at the top of your psp and go to Export, then to Custom Brush. In the box that pops up, give your brush a name and hit ok. You can name it the same as mine SK Perfect Stitch if you want so that it will be easy to find if you do this tut again.

21. Change your foreground colour to the slightly off white colour #EFEFEF.

22. Click your paint brush tool on the left hand side and leave all settings at it's default, except change the rotation to 90, and the Step to 35.

23. Create a new layer by going up to the Layers tab at the top and coose New Raster Layer.

24. Place your cursor at a point near the beginning top edge of the ribbon and just click once.

* You will see just one small stitch.

25. Scroll to the very end of your ribbon, hold down your Shift key on your keyboard and position your cursor where you want the very last stitch to appear and click once.

* You should now have a straight line of evenly spaced stitches. You can change the spacing of the stitches by changing the number in the Step section. The higher the number the more space between stitches you will have, the lower the number the closer together the stitches will be to each other. Here's what my first line of stitches looks like:

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26. In the layer palette, click on the stitches layer to make it active if it isn't already. Now, right click on it and choose Duplicate. Use your mover tool to drag the second stitch layer down to the bottom portion of the ribbon and line it up with the top stitches.

27. Turn off your ribbon layer in the layer palette and right click on one of the stitches layers and choose Merge, then Merge Visable.

28. Turn your ribbon layer back on.

29. We need a slight drop shadow under the stitches so, go up to the Effects tab, then to 3D Effects, then over to drop shadow and use these settings:

vertical and horozontal is 0
opacity is 25
blur is 7
colour is #221D12

30. Right click on one of the layers and choose Merge, then Merge Visable and you are done. Here's what mine looks like:

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TOU:

If you do this tutorial, your end result is yours to do whatever you wish; give it away as a freebie, use it as part of a kit, or sell it for profit. You may not make this into an action or script to give away as a freebie or to sell for a profit. A mention or a link back here would be appreciated but is not mandatory. Please do not share the supplies or tut through email or any other means. If you are using this or any of my tutorials for your groups or as part of your own tutorial, please post a link to the tut on my blog and let your members download the supplies from my blog for themselves.
 
posted by Scrap Stuff by Shawna at 9:45 PM | Permalink | 18 comments
Shiny Buttons
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Needed: EyeCandy 5 Impact

Supplies zip you can get HERE. You need to put the 2 Eye Candy 5 glass presets into the Alien Skin EC 5 Impact folder/Settings/Glass

1. Open up a 400 x 400 transparent canvas.

2. Put your foreground colour to #059EE4 and your background colour to #A1E1FF and click OK.

3. Click on your background colour again and then click on the Gradient tab at the top. Change your settings to the ones in the picture below:

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4. Click on your Preset Shapes tool on the left and scroll down till you find the Ellipse. In the options bar at the top:

Anti-alias is checked
Create as Vector is checked
Line Style is Solid
Width is 1

5. Hold down your Shift key and draw out a fair size circle on your canvas.

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6. In the Layer Palette on the right, right click on Vector 1 and from the flyout choose Convert to Raste Layer.

* Decide what you want to put in the middle of your button. It can be text, tube, photo, or whatever you want. In the supplies folder, I've given you a sample flower bunch to use for this tut.

7. Copy and paste your image into the middle of your circle.

8. Now give your text, or tube image a slight drop shadow. Use the settings like in the picture below.

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9. In the Layers Palette, right click on one of the layers and choose Merge, then Merge Visable.

Here's what mine looks like now:

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10. Go up to the Effects tab, then down to Plugins, then from the list find Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 Impact, then click on the Glass Option.

11. On the left you will see User Settings. Choose on of the glass presets from the list. I'm going to be using Simple Glass Button 02. Select it then click OK.

Here's mine:

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* You can add any extra highlights on it, or when in the EC Glass options, fool around with the different reflections and settings in there to get different looks.

TOU:

If you do this tutorial, your end result is yours to do whatever you wish; give it away as a freebie, use it as part of a kit, or sell it for profit. You may not make this into an action or script to give away as a freebie or to sell for a profit. A mention or a link back here would be appreciated but is not mandatory. Please do not share the supplies or tut through email or any other means. If you are using this or any of my tutorials for your groups or as part of your own tutorial, please post a link to the tut on my blog and let your members download the supplies from my blog for themselves.
 
posted by Scrap Stuff by Shawna at 9:40 PM | Permalink | 22 comments