Holding a Cake SB Tutorial

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
15th April 2005
Revised 23 July 2016

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



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 used mask lbm57 with a photograph



Filters

Andrew's Filters 23, available here
FM Blend Emboss, available here
Gittes Plugins, available here
Simple Filters, available here



Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 2 parts:
- Preparation
- 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.



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
Width = No greater than 400 Pixels
Height = No greater than 400
Write down new height

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Settings:
Radius = 1.00, Strength = 47
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

6) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #f4f0ee)
Right click to choose a dark Background color
(I chose #720a0e)

7) Edit > Copy



Background

8) Image > Canvas Size
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 (or width of choice)
Height = Height of your image + 30 Pixels
Placement = Left Middle Arrow

9) Layers > New Raster Layer

10) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

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

12) Right click to flood fill with Background Color

13) Selections > Select All (Ctrl + A)

14) Edit > Paste Into Selection (Ctrl + D)

15) Selections > Select None

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

Screenshot

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

17) Effects > Plugins > Simple Filters > 4 Way Average

18) Adjust > Softness > Soft Focus
Settings: (Default)
Softness (%) = 50
Edge importance (%) = 50
Include scattered light = Checked
Amount (%) = 50
Halo size (%) = 50
Halo visibility (%) = 50

Screenshot

19) Effects > Plugins > Andrew Filter 23 > Holding a Cake to the Sun
Settings: (Default)
Mix 1 = 117, Mix 2 = 54
Red = 17, Green = 42
Blue 48

20) Effects > Plugins > gittes plugins > gittes Diamonds

21) Effects > Plugins > FM Tile Tools > Blend Emboss
Settings: Default
Horiz. Offset = -1.000
Vert. Offset = -1.000
Intensity = .250
Gray Level = 64
Red Blend = 0.938
Green Blend = 0.938
Blue Blend = 0.938
Edge Wrap = Checked

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

23) Layers > New Raster Layer

24) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new layer with Background color

25) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Screen

26) Layers > New Raster Layer

27) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new layer with Foreground color

28) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 82
(Or a setting of your liking)

Screenshot

29) Layers Palette
Activate Top Layer (Image)
Move Tool (M)
Move image to position of your liking

30) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 1
Opacity = 60, Blur = 0.00
Color = Background Color
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking - if using a mist you might wish to leave this step out)

31) Layers > New Raster Layer

32) Add Watermark(s)

33) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Settings:
Set Compression value to = 20 - 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.

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 from the Hootyworkshop who helped with the original version of the tutorial in 2005 and to my Tester Group who helped me with the revised version.
Your help, support and patience makes all the difference.

smilie


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