Arctic Circuit SB Tutorial

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By LismibaebisCreations
4 February 2009
Revised 24 April 2015

I have used one of my own photographs for this tutorial

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others

Knowledge of using Filters is necessary (or learn how to get started with my ABC Tutorials)

This tutorial is my own creation; any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here


Tube or misted image of choice


Cybia > EmbossWorks, available here
Kang Filters, available here
Simple Filters, available here

Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 3 parts:
- Preparation
- Pattern
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often


Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


1) Download and install filters if necessary
(If you install filters you need to restart PSP afterwards)

2) File > Open
Open tube or mist of choice

3) Edit > Copy
Close original

4) Edit > Paste As New Image

5) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground Color
(I chose #ffc981)
Right click to choose a dark Background Color
(I chose #3a4e2b)

6) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = No greater than 380 Pixels
Height = No greater than 400
Write down new height

7) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 2.00, Strength = 10
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

8) Edit > Copy


9) File > New
Width = 2000 Pixels
Height = Your new height + 40 Pixels
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/inch
Raster Background = Checked
Color depth = RGB / 8 bits channel
Transparent = Checked

10) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

11) Left click to Flood fill with Foreground Color

12) Selections > Select All

13) Edit > Paste Into Selection

14) Selections > Select None

15) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Default Setting


If you click on the icon indicated by the hand, PSP will set it to default

16) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Radius = 15.00

17) Effects > Plugins > kang 1 > circuit Weaver
Break Up = 245
Weave = 165

18) Effects > Plugins > Cybia > EmbossWorks
Ice White
X Right = 128, Y Down = 128
X Left = 0, Y Up = 0
Range = 85 - 96****


**** Adjust Range Setting to your liking so you can see some pattern

19) Effects > Plugins > Simple > Centre Tile
Do NOT worry how it looks!

20) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Pattern: Pattern you just created
Angle = 0, Scale = 50
Texture = Not checked

21) Minimize Pattern
Do Not Close


22) Activate your image (tube or mist)
Image > Canvas Size
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels (or width of choice)
Height = Your new height + 40 Pixels
Placement = Middle Left Arrow

23) Layers > New Raster Layer

24) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

25) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new Layer with Pattern

26) Layers > New Raster Layer

27) Materials Palette
Change Background back to Color
Dark Background Color

28) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new Layer with Background Color

29) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Multiply****


****Look here for more options to suit your image and your taste

30) Activate Top Layer
(Your tube or mist)

31) Optional:
Move Tool (M)
Move tube or mist to position of your liking

32) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical & Horizontal = 2
Opacity = 50, Blur = 5.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
If using a mist, you might prefer not to use a Drop Shadow

33) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical & Horizontal = -1 (Minus)
Opacity = 15, Blur = 5.00
(Or a setting of your liking)

34) Layers > New Raster Layer

35) Add Watermark(s)

36) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set Compression value to = 25 - 30
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.

A special "Thank you" goes to the Copyright Safe Tutorials who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2009.
And I am just as grateful to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the revision of the tutorial in 2015.


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