Drowned SB Tutorial

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By LismibaebisCreations
9 October 2006
Revised 14 January 2013

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

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others

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

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses



Needed

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



Image

Tube or mist of choice
(I misted an image with Mask dmsk0015)
Width not greater than height



Plugin

Mezzoforce-Ice "2manekenai(tm)", available here

Important:
Unfortunately Mezzoforce-Ice appears to be hit and miss whether it will work or not. I am not aware of any problems with Windows XP and up to PSP X2. I have had reports of PSP X2 Ultimate not working for some, but it does for others. It is very much "hit and miss" with Vista and seems to work again well with Windows 7, currently waiting for more feedback with Windows 8.
Before you start working on the tutorial, you may want to find out with a simple image if Mezzoforce-Ice works for you. Unfortunately it seems absolutely impossible to list reliably when it will or will not work.



Performance Notes

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

The word "Optional" always refers to that particular step only.

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.


Preparation

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

2) File > Open
Open image of choice

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

4) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Height = 450 Pixels
Width = will self adjust

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Settings:
Radius = 5.00, Strength = 25
Clipping = 2
Luminance only = Not checked
(or a setting of your liking)

6) Layers > Promote Background Layer
(if necessary)

7) Dropper Tool (E)
Choose light color as Foreground color by left click
(I chose #f3e6d3)

8) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
(we now have 2 resized copies)
Minimize one copy



Pattern

9) Image > Resize
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = NOT checked
Width = 400 Pixels
Height = 450

10) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Default

11) Layers > New Raster Layer

12) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Sample merged = Checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

13) Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground color

14) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

15) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

16) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 16.50

17) Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise
Settings:
Uniform = 10 %
Monochrome = Checked

18) Effects > Plugins > 2manekenai(tm) > Mezzoforce-Ice
Settings:
Preset = UnderWater
Displ. X = 112, Displ. Y = 94
Ice = 152, Cold = 63
Diffuse = 161, Clear = 72
Embose = 121, Tone = -2 (Minus)
Color = 40

19) Layers > New Raster Layer

20) Flood Fill Tool
Flood fill new layer with Foreground color

21) Layers Palette
Click on Blend mode and change to Soft Light

22) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

23) Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

24) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

This will be called Pattern for the rest of the tutorial

25) Minimize Pattern
Do NOT close

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



Background

27) Activate your minimized copy
Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 (or width of choice)
Height = 450
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 10

28) Optional:
Image > Resize
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Not checked
Width = 95 %
Height = will self adjust
Repeat until you are happy with the size of your image

29) Layers > New Raster Layer

30) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

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

32) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Corner = Checked
Vertical = Checked
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Transition (%) = 50

33) Layers > New Raster Layer

34) Flood Fill Tool
Flood fill new layer with Foreground color

35) Layers Palette
Click on Blend mode and change to Soft Light

36) Optional:
Dropper Tool
Choose a different Foreground color if your background is quite different to your original Foreground color

37) Layers > New Raster Layer

38) Flood Fill Tool
Flood fill new layer with your (preferred) Foreground color

39) Layers Palette
Click on Blend mode and change to Soft Light

40) Layers > New Raster Layer

41) Flood Fill Tool
Flood fill new layer with Foreground color

42) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to your liking.
Your background should be text friendly with the pattern shining through
(Mine is 34)

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

44) Optional:
Move Tool (M)
Move Tube/misted image into position of choice

45) Optional:
Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel #2, Width = 15
Smoothness = 7, Depth = 5
Ambience = 7, Shininess = 12
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 32, Elevation = 50

46) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = 3
Opacity = 40, Blur = 7.50
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked

47) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical & Horizontal = -2 (Minus)
Opacity = 20, Blur = 7.50
(or Drop Shadow settings of your choice)
If you have used a mist, you might prefer not to use a Drop Shadow

48) Layers > New Raster Layer

49) Add Watermark(s)

50) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Settings:
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.


A special "Thank you" goes to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the original Tutorial and with the revision in 2013.

smilie


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