Dreaming SB Tutorial

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
10 April 2005 - my very first tutorial
Revised 10 June 2012

Tutorial image: ©Kurt Schubert / pixelio.de
Used according to Terms

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others
No outside Filters used

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 mist of choice
(I misted an image with my Mask lbm42)
Width not greater than height

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

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


1) File > Open
Open image of choice

2) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Close original

3) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Height = 360 Pixels
Width = will self adjust

4) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 1.00
Strength = 47
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Checked
(or a setting of your liking)

5) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #d9dbe9)
and a medium Background color
(I chose #828ab2)

6) Window > Duplicate
Minimize copy


7) Image > Resize
Lock aspect ratio = Not checked
Height = 400 Pixels
Width = 400

8) Layers > New Raster Layer

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

10) Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

11) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

12) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

13) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

14) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Radius = 5.00

15) Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise
Gaussian = 15%
Monochrome = Checked

16) Effects > Art Media Effects > Brush Strokes
Softness = 25, Bristles = 100
Width = 5, Opacity = 30
Length = 5, Density = 50
Angle = 100
Color = (Medium) Background Color

Screenshot of Tool

17) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

This will be called Pattern for the rest of the tutorial

18) Materials Palette
Change Background to Pattern
Pattern = Pattern you just created
Angle = 0
Scale = 100
Texture = Not checked


19) Activate your minimized copy
Image > Canvas Size
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 (or width of choice)
Height = 400
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 10

screenshot of tool

20) Layers > New Raster Layer

21) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

22) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill with Pattern

23) Layers > New Raster Layer

24) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground Color

25) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 76
(or a setting of your liking)

26) Layers > Duplicate

27) Layers Palette
Activate 'Raster 3' Layer
Change Blend Mode to Soft Light

Screenshot of Layers Palette

28) Layers Palette
Activate Tube/misted image layer
(Raster 1)

29) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical = 2, Horizontal = 2
Opacity = 40, Blur = 25.00
Color = Black or darker shade
of medium color
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)
If you have used a mist, you might prefer not to use a Drop Shadow

30) Layers > New Raster Layer

31) Add Watermark(s)

32) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set Compression value to = 20
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 gmail.com
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

A special "Thank you" goes to the Testers of Hootyworkshop who helped me to get started with tutorial writing and getting the Dreaming SB Tutorial first released in 2005.
And I am just as grateful to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the revision of the tutorial.


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