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Cotton Snowflake

Cotton Snowflake

This is a quick and easy way to make cotton snowflakes.  I've made ornaments out of them, but I've also made a composite of several (see the end of the tutorial for this).  They're easy and fun!.

Demcember 2, 2006 Update: Vetch has created a lovely background tile tutorial using the cotton snowflakes. Take a looksee - you'll find the tutorial here. Thanks Vetch, lovely job!

Oh, but wait! Vetch has now created an animated snowflake tutorial, which I love! Another awesome job. You'll find that tutorial here. Thanks for writing this additional tut Vetch, it's great!

December 14, 2006 Update: Here's another wonderful tutorial done using the cotton snowflake. This one's a winter background, done by Katherine at KathZil, and it's just lovely! If you'd like to see the tutorial, you'll find it here. Check it out!

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version X, but you should be able to do this tutorial in any version of PSP without problem. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Flaming Pear's Super Blade Pro. This is a commercial filter, but you can download a trial version here.

Gary Vanderbur's Pleated Cotton preset. Gary has very graciously given me permission to make the preset available for this tutorial.  Place this in your SBP presets folder (environments and textures). You may download it here. Gary does not have a webpage, but he may be contacted here.

101! Flakiez font (or any font that has snowflakes in it).  You may download it here.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 300.  Choose a dark color for your background so you'll be able to see better.

Step 2. Add a new layer.  Set your foreground and background colors to white.   Choose your text tool, set the font size at 150, and type "k".

Step 3. Apply Super Blade Pro filter, GV-pleated cotton preset.

Step 4. To make it into an ornament, you'll just need to add a topper or a string.  I just drew a simple string.  To do that, just add a new layer (move it underneath your flake) and with your draw tool, freehand line, size 1, foreground color white (background color null), draw a line at the top of your flake.  Apply the same Super Blade Pro preset to the string.

Step 5. Add a new layer and add drop shadow with these settings:
vertical 1, horizontal 2, opacity 100, blur 3, color black.  I also added a drop shadow to the string.  And voila! done!

If you're using the 101! Flakiez font, you can make many different flakes by using different letters.  Here are just a couple more variations.


If you don't want to make an ornament from your flake, just don't add the string.  I made several flakes and put them into this composite.

I had fun playing with this tutorial and hope you will too.  As always, if you experience any difficulty, let me know!

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This tutorial was posted on November 8, 2003 (updated November 11, 2006).
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