Since Easter is approaching, I thought I'd make some eggs. Then, as I got started, the egg just sort of grew into this (that often happens when I write tuts lol). Anyway, it turned into a sort of fake Faberge egg, and I had a lot of fun making this one.
In order to do this tutorial I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP.
My canvas with alpha channels. This is in PSP format.
Flaming Pear's Super Blade Pro, and my "eggblue" preset. Unzip the preset and place it in your Super Blade Pro presets folder - place the .bmp files in your Environments and Textures folder. Super Blade Pro is a commercial filter, and you may download it here. [Note: You can do this tutorial without this filter.]
A gold gradient. Place this in your PSP gradients folder.
Some items to decorate your egg. I've used pearls and am including them for you if you want to use.
You may download all of my materials here.
Step 1. Open up the canvas you downloaded (there are two formats, one for PSP9 and one for PSP7 - be sure to open the correct one for your version of PSP).
The canvas includes a background layer and all the layers already ready for you to use. It also includes all the selections, saved to alpha channel.
Step 2. Make layer 1 active (just click on it on your layers palette). Load selection 1 (selections>load/save selections>load selection from alpha channel).Click on the box to the left and all the selections available will be displayed. Choose "01egg." [PSP 7 users: selections>load from alpha channel].
Flood fill with the gold gradient you downloaded - set the style to linear, angle 90, repeats 0.
Step 3. Go to effects>texture effects>texture, and choose the "squares" texture (click on the box at the left - I've circled it in red for you) and navigate to the texture. Then use the settings in the screenshot. [PSP 7 users: I don't believe this texture came with PSP 7, so you can choose another texture, or you can just leave it plain, without texture.]
Step 4. Make layer 2 active. Load selection 2. Flood fill with the same gold gradient.
Contract the selection by 2 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white. Keep selected.
Go to your Super Blade Pro filter (effects>plugins>flaming pear>super blade pro). Then navigate to the "eggblue" preset you downloaded, and apply.
[Note: If you don't have SBP, you can flood fill with a color, gradient, or a pattern of your choice].
Step 5. Make layer 3 active. Load selection 3. Flood fill with the same gold gradient as above.
Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel), using settings in the screenshot.
Step 6. Make layer 4 active. Load selection 4. Flood fill with gold gradient. Apply inner bevel.
Step 7. Now all you need to do is decorate your egg in whatever way you'd like. I put each pearl on it's own layer, just to make it easier to arrange things. I put the pink and white pearls on top of all the layers, and I put the blue pearls underneath layer 3.
Also, you don't have to do this, but I thought the blue pearls looked sort of funny just sitting there on the egg, so decided to add some lines for them. To do that, just add a new layer (place it underneath the blue pearls). Set your foreground the to the gold gradient, background null. Choose your pen tool draw lines and polylines, and use the settings in the screenshot.
Draw lines down to your pearls. After each line, right click>apply.
[PSP 7 Users: Choose your line tool and use these settings:
Step 8. When you're satisfied with your egg, turn off the background layer (click the "eye" icon on your layers palette. Then merge visible layers (layers>merge visible). Save in whatever format you choose (I always save mine in psp format).
And you're all done! I really enjoyed making this egg, and hope you have too. If you experience any problems with the tutorial, let me know, and I would love to see your finished creations.
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This tutorial was created on March 15, 2005.
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