Discovery. This program is freeware and you can download it from
(it's the 3rd one down the
My pearl tubes and topper. My blank sigtag. You may download them here.
This is the basic graphic from which you'll make your sphere. You can use a sigtag you already have, or you can create one from scratch. Tags with color around the edges will work best. If you wish, you can use the same one I used for this tutorial (it's included in my zipped materials you downloaded). If you're using this one, just add your name. Make sure the font size is as large as you can get it, and bolder colors work best. Here's the one I made for myself. Save your sigtag in jpg format.
Step 1. Open up the
Texture Discovery program. Navigate to the folder where you've saved your
Step 2. Press the "print screen" key on your keyboard. Open PSP, right click and "paste as new image.
Step 3. Choose your selection tool, circle. You're going to select out the sphere from the background. Watch the numbers at the bottom left of your screen and start around 400, 300. Draw the selection out to cover the entire sphere.
Step 4. Cut and paste as
a new image.
Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, transparent background.
Step 2. You will have two background layers, so choose two complimentary colors from your graphic. I've chosen a yellow #F5D290 for myforeground color and a red #801100 as my bacground color. [Note: In order for the filter to work correctly, be sure your foreground and background colors match the order of your layers, i.e., the yellow should be foreground and the red should be background.]
Step 3. Floodfill your background with the yellow color and promote to a layer.
Step 4. Add a new layer and flood fill with the red color. Move this layer underneath the yellow layer.
Step 5. Make the yellow layer active. Open Filter Attacks. It's in German, but the settings are easy to figure out. Choose the first filter (it's called "Border Zerstauber"). There are no numbers for the sliders, so just approximate the ones in my screenshot.
Step 6. Now you can add the pearl border. Add a
new layer and if you wish, copy and paste my pearl border onto it .
Your background is now complete. Save it as a master psp file with all layers intact so you can change the colors later if you wish.
Step 1. Copy the sphere
you made and paste it as a new layer onto your background.
Step 3. Add the pearl topper, or if you wish, you can make your own. That's it!
If you save all the layers intact, you can change the look of your tag just by adding a different sphere and changing the background colors easily. Here are a couple of variations I made.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! As always, you can email me if you run into any difficulties. Thanks for trying the tut!
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This tutorial was posted on November 22, 2003.
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