Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Victorian Glass Ornament

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I decided it's time to start on 2004 Christmas tutorials. I've always loved Victorian ornaments, so have made a glass one here. The tutorial should be easy enough for most advanced beginners to follow, and I provide screenshots to guide you along the way.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

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.

Eye Candy 4000 (glass filter). You may download a demo version of this filter (the glass filter is functional in the demo) here.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or another location of your choice). You may download them here. [NOTE: If you are having trouble opening the selections, move them to the selections folder inside PSP - for some reason PSP sometimes won't recognize them in other places].

My color chart. Right click on this and save it to your computer.

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Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 350, white background. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with your eye dropper. [Another way to do this is just drag the color chart onto your canvas - just make sure it's on a new layer].

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files).

Flood fill with color #1. Contract by 1 (selections>modify>contract). Flood fill with white.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to #1 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2 (antialias checked, create as vector unchecked). Draw some lines on your ornament, similar to mine.

OR, if you prefer, you may use my selection for this. Just load selection 2 and flood fill with color #1.

Step 4. Hide the color chart and your background layers. Merge visible layers. Turn your color chart and background layers back on.

Step 5. Choose your magic wand (tolerance around 20, feather 0) and click inside the lines of your ornament (hold the shift key down to get them all.

Step 6. Apply Eye Candy>Glass, using the settings in the screenshot (the glass color is color #2 on your chart (red #FF0000) - just click on the glass color box and select it.

   

Keep selected. Apply Eye Candy>Glass again, same settings.

Keep selected. Apply Eye Candy>Glass one more time, same settings, except change the lighting direction to 316 and inclination to 56. You should have something similar to this.

[NOTE: Feel free to experiment with the glass settings. If you'd like your ornament a bit lighter, only apply the filter twice. If you'd like it darker, you can apply it more than 3 times. Just find something that you like.]

Step 7. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with color #1. Apply Eye Candy>Glass filter, using the original settings (in step 6 above).

Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with color #1. Apply Eye Candy>Glass, same settings.

Step 8. Set your foreground and background colors to color #1. Choose your preset shapes tool, elllipse (line size 1, anitalias checked). Draw a small oval shape at the top of your ornament, similar to mine. Apply Eye Candy>Glass.

Add a new layer and place it underneath the last layer you just did. Set your background color to null. With your preset shapes tool (change line size to about 5-6), draw a small circle at the top of your ornament. Apply Eye Candy>Glass.

Step 9. If you like the ornament this way, you could stop here. I decided to add a tassle to mine, and if you want to do that, just continue onward

Add a new layer. You'll be using 3 colors for the tassle - colors #1, 3, and 4. I put each of mine on separate layers, but that's a personal preference. Set your foreground color to color #1 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line (width 1, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, close path unchecked). Draw some lines in a small circlular shape for the top of your tassle, Don't worry about it being perfect, as you're going to have a little bead on top of it.

Now draw some longer, vertical lines for the bottom. Change your color to #3 and draw a few more lines. Finally, choose color #4 and draw a few darker lines down your tassle. Also, draw a small horizontal line with this color, to separate the top circular part from the bottom.

You may need to experiment until you get something that you like. If you wish to get different looks, you could add a drop shadow to some of the lines to give them more definition, or you could lower the opacity of layerse to give a bit of contrast. (I didn't do either of those things in this sample).

When done, you should have something similar to this (it won't look exactly like mine).

Step 10. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #3. Choose your preset shapes tool, ellipse, and draw a small circle at the top of your tassle (hold the shift key down to make it round). Make the circle just a little bit smaller than the top part of your tassle.

Apply Eye Candy>Glass, same settings as before. Repeat.

Step 11. Add a new layer and place it underneath the topper part of your ornament. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw a couple of lines down to your tassle.

Step 12. When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers and save as a psp file.

And that's it. Feel free to experiment with the ornament, and I'd love to see your creations. And of course, just holler if you need any help with the tutorial.



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