Every Christmas someone gives me one of these large cans full of goodies - it can be filled with popcorn, candies, or nuts. I always look forward to devouring it all. So, I thought I'd try to do a tutorial and this is what I came up with.
Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.
My selections files. Place these in your PSP selections folder or a location of your choice.
My seamless fill tile.
All of my materials are zipped together and you can download them here.
Eye Candy 4000.
A couple of reminder notes. I use a lot of layers in everything I create, and I also always save a master PSP file with all my layers intact. Both of these steps allow me to go back later and redo, revise, change things around. Also, it goes without saying, but you should save often, often, often!
All of the selections you will use in this tutorial are in order, i.e., you will load them in the order they are numbered. To load a selection in PSP, go to Selections>Load from Disk, and then navigate to the location you placed the selection files.
Step 1. Open a new image 490 x 490, background color of your choice.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1. Open up the seamless "cantile" you downloaded in my materials (angle 0, scale 100). Flood fill the selection.
Step 4. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with the same gold gradient but change the angle to 0. Apply an inner bevel with the following settings.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 for selection 4 (change angle to 90).
Step 6. Lower the opacity of the last two layers (selections 3 and 4) to about 30. (Move the sliders down on your layers palette). Erase the overlapping bit.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with the cantile pattern, same settings as before. Apply an inner bevel, same settings as before.
Step 8. Add a new layer. Load selection 6. Flood fill with the cantile pattern. Apply an inner bevel with the settings shown in the screenshot.
Step 10. Erase the overlapping bit from the front of the can.
Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 9. Flood fill with the gold gradient, and apply an inner bevel (same settings as the last one you applied).
Step 13. Add a new layer. Load selection 10. Flood fill with the cantile pattern (size 100, angle 90).
Step 14. If you save a master PSP file with all layers intact,
it's easy to change the look of the can from Christmas to whatever else you want
by simply changing what you flood fill it with.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. And as always, I'd love to hear from you.
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This tutorial was created on December 6, 2003.
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