PREPARATION

1. Launch Paint Shop Pro and open the tube

2. Shift+D to duplicate it

3. Close the original

Making gradients, patterns and setting the Materials Palette

Switch between colors, gradients and patterns by clicking the corresponding button in
the Materials Palette




4. Activate the Dropper Tool (E)

5. Left click a darker color in the tube to set the Foreground and Stroke color in the Materials Palette

6. Right click a lighter color to set the Background and Fill Color in the Materials Palette

7. Set the Foreground and Stroke gradient to Settings:
Foreground-Background
Angle 45
Repeats 1
Invert is not checked
Style is linear

8. Set the Background and Fill gradient to Settings:
Foreground-Background
Angle 45
Repeats 7
Invert is not checked
Style is linear

9. Set the Foreground and Stroke pattern to Gold Foil Settings:
Angle 90
Scale 100

10. Activate the Selection Tool (S) Settings:
Selection type: Rectangle
Mode: Add (Shift)
Feather: 0
Anti-alias is checked
Click the Create selection from: Layer opaque button



11. Image>Crop to Selection

12. Image>Resize Settings:
Width: 88 percent
Height: 88 percent
Resample using: checked
Smart Size is selected
Maintain original print size is not checked
Lock aspect ratio: checked
Resize all layers is not checked

13. Shift+D to duplicate

14. File>Save As a PSPimage and name it "unalteredtube"

15. Minimize it

Working with the maximized copy

16. Image>Resize Settings:
No larger then 300 pixels on the largest side
Resize all layers is checked

17. Shift+D to duplicate

18. File>Save As a PSPimage and name it "resizedcopy"

19. Minimize it

Working with the maximized copy

20. Layers>Load/Save Mask>Load Mask From Disk Settings:
(even if using a misted tube)
2020
Source luminance is clicked
Fit to layer is clicked
Invert transparency is not checked
Hide all mask is clicked

21. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

22. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling at default



23. Set this as the Background and Fill pattern in the Materials Palette Settings:
Angle: 90
Scale: 50

24. Minimize the pattern

This is how your Materials Palette should be set up






FRAME

1. Maximize the image named "resizedcopy"

Skip the following drop shadow if using a misted tube

2. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 4
Horizontal: 9
Opacity: 75
Blur: 26
Color: dark color from the gradient
Shadow on new layer is not checked

Everyone continue here

3. Layers>New Raster Layer

4. Layer>Arrange>Send to Bottom

5. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F) Settings:
Match mode: None
Sample merged is not checked
Blend mode: Normal
Opacity: 100

6. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to gradient

7. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

8. Effects>Plugins>Alien Skin - Swirl 2.1 Settings:
Whirlpool spacing 34
Smear length 16
Twist 88
Streak detail 51
Warp and Smooth are both checked

9. Effects>Plugins>Mehdi>Fur Settings:
Density 22
Length 15

10. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

11. Selections>Select All

12. Effects>3D Effects>Cutout Settings:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 78
Blur: 28
Shadow color: dark color from the gradient
Fill interior with color is not checked

13. Selections>Select None

14. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Symmetric is checked
Color is any not in the edges of the image

15. Activate the Magic Wand Tool Settings:
Mode:  Replace
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Sample merged is not checked
Contiguous is checked
Feather: 0
Anti-alias is not checked

16. Select the border

17. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

18. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to pattern

19. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

20. Selections>Select None

21. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

22. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

23. Select the border

24. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

25. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

26. Selections>Select None

27. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

28. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

29. Select the border

30. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

31. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

32. Selections>Select None

33. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

34. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

35. Select the border

36. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

37. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

38. Selections>Select None

39. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

40. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

41. Select the border

42. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

43. Left click it to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

44. Selections>Select None

45. Image>Add Borders Settings:
10 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

46. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

47. Select the border

48. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

49. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to gradient

50. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

51. Effects>Plugins>Alien Skin - Swirl 2.1

52. Effects>Plugins>Mehdi>Fur

53. Selections>Invert

54. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: -1 (negative)
Opacity: 75
Blur: 3
Shadow on new layer is not checked

55. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: -1 (negative)
Horizontal: 1

56. Selections>Select None

57. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

58. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

59. Select the border

60. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

61. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to pattern

62. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

63. Selections>Select None

64. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

65. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

66. Select the border

67. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

68. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

69. Selections>Select None

70. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

71. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

72. Select the border

73. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

74. Left click the selection to flood fill it with foreground pattern

75. Selections>Select None

76. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

77. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

78. Select the border

79. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

80. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

81. Selections>Select None

82. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

83. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

84. Select the border

85. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

86. Left click the selection to flood fill it with foreground pattern

87. Selections>Select All

88. Selections>Modify>Contract by 10

89. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

90. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: -1 (negative)

91. Selections>Select None

92. Image>Add Borders Settings:
20 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

93. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

94. Select the border

95. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

96. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

Keep selected

97. Change the Background and Fill Properties box to pattern

98. Right click to flood fill the selection (right over the top of the gradient) to flood fill
it with the background pattern

Keep selected

99. Check that the Foreground and Stroke Properties box is set to the gold foil pattern

100. Activate the Airbrush Tool Settings:






Keep selected

101. Place the airbrush in the center of the framed image and click it twice










102. Selections>Invert

103. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

104. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: -1 (negative)
Horizontal: 1

105. Selections>Select None

106. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

107. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

108. Select the border

109. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

110. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

111. Selections>Select None

112. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

113. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

114. Select the border

115. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

116. Change the Background and Fill Properties box to gradient

117. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

118. Selections>Select None

119. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

120. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

121. Select the border

122. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

123. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

124. Selections>Select None

125. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

126. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

127. Select the border

128. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

129. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

130. Selections>Select None

131. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

132. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

133. Select the border

134. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

135. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

136. Selections>Select All

137. Selections>Modify>Contract by 10

138. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

139. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: -1 (negative)

140. Selections>Select None

141. Image>Add Borders Settings:
10 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

142. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

143. Select the border

144. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to gradient

145. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

146. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

147. Effects>Plugins>Alien Skin - Swirl 2.1

148. Effects>Plugins>Mehdi>Fur

149. Selections>Invert

150. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

151. Effects>3D Effects>Drop shadow Settings:
Vertical: -1 (negative)
Horizontal: 1

152. Selections>Select None

153. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

154. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

155. Select the border

156. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to pattern

157. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

158. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

159. Selections>Select None

160. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

161. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

162. Select the border

163. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

164. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

165. Selections>Select None

166. Image>Add Borders Settings:
3 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

167. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

168. Select the border

169. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

170. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

171. Selections>Select None

172. Image>Add Borders Settings:
2 pixels
Color is any not in the last border

173. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

174. Select the border

175. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

176. Right click the selection to flood fill it with the background gradient

177. Selections>Select None

178. Image>Add Borders Settings:
1 pixel
Color is any not in the last border

179. Activate the Magic Wand Tool

180. Select the border

181. Activate the Flood Fill Tool (F)

182. Left click the selection to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

183. Selections>Select All

184. Selections>Modify>Contract by 10

185. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow

186. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: -1 (negative)

187. Selections>Select None

188. Image>Resize Settings:
No larger then 350 pixels on the largest side

189. Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen (if necessary)

190. Layers>Promote Background Layer

BACKGROUND STRIP
Image from Step 190

1. Image>Canvas Size Settings:
Width is 2,400 pixels or your preference
Height: Original Dimension shown + 15 pixels (note it)
Lock aspect ratio is not checked
Left center placement arrow is clicked

2. Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow Settings:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 3
Opacity: 75
Blur: 11

3. Layers>New Raster Layer

4. Layers>Arrange>Send To Bottom

5. Change the Foreground and Stroke Properties box to gradient Settings:
Foreground-Background
Angle 45
Repeats 0
Invert not checked
Style is linear

6. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground gradient

7. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling at default

8. Effects>Plugins>Alien Skin - Swirl 2.1

9. Effects>Plugins>Mehdi>Fur

10. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling

11. Minimize this "backgroundstrip"

12. Close out the image we were using in the background box of the Materials Palette
It was the one we seamless tiled
Do not save changes

13. Maximize the image named "unaltered image"

14. Image>Resize Settings:
Width will self adjust
Height: is the height I told you to note in BACKGROUND STRIP step 1
Lock aspect ratio checked
Smart size is selected
Resize all layers checked

15. Layers>Load/Save Mask>Load Mask From Disk

16. Layers>Merge>Merge Group

17. Set this as the Background and Fill Properties Pattern in the Materials Palette Settings:
Angle 0
Scale 100

18. File>New Image Settings:
Width: the height I had you note in Background strip Step 1
Height: same as the width
In other words my strip is 365 pixels in height so the settings here would be
Width:: 365 pixels
Height:: 365 pixels
Raster background is clicked
Transparent is checked

19. The material palette should look like this






20. Activate the Airbrush Tool

21. Place the airbrush in the center of the blank canvas and click once






22. Click any other tool on the tool bar to deselect the airbrush tool

23. Effects>Image Effects>Seamless Tiling

24. Set this as the Foreground and Stroke pattern in the Materials Palette Settings:
Angle 0
Scale 100

25. Activate the Flood Fill Tool settings:
Opacity: 35-40%

26. Maximize the "backgroundstrip"

27. Layers>New Raster Layer

28. Right click the canvas to flood fill it with the background pattern

29. Change the opacity on the flood fill tool to 75%

30. Layers>New Raster Layer

31. Left click the canvas to flood fill it with the foreground pattern

32. Effects>Plugins>Mehdi>Fur

33. Layers>New Raster Layer

34. Add your credit(s)

35. Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten)

36. File>Save As A JPEG and as the letter background


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Requirements

Paint Shop Pro - Free Trial
Eye Candy 3.0 - Swirl
A mist or tube of choice

Supplies


Mehdi Fur Plugin
Use this version as Ver. 2 does not work with the tutorial
Gold Foil - Pattern
Put into the "My PSP" Patterns folder
2020 - Mask
Put into the "My PSP" Masks folder

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This tutorial was created with Paint Shop Pro 9
*Do not deselect until instructed to do so
*Settings will remain the same as last used unless otherwise noted
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