Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Seamless Spiky Halo Tiles

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I 'm continuing to add to my seamless background tutorials. This is another one using PSP's filters - this one is done with the spiky halo distortion filter. The variations you can make are endless, and it's really easy to do too (not to mention fun)!.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9 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.

You'll need a filter or program to make your images seamless. I've used Sandy Blair's Simple Filters - Pizza Slice Mirror to make mine. She has a great set of filters, and they are all freeware (Note: all of the tiles above were made with this filter). You can download Sandy's filters here.

Step 1.Open up a new image 100 x 100, black background.

Set your foreground to a gold gradient (one comes with PSP, style linear, angle 0, repeats 0.

Choose your paintbrush>marble 3, and use the settings in the screenshot. (To get the marble 3, just click on the little picture box and choose it from the list -it's in red in my screenshot).

Draw a line on your canvas - different shapes will give you different results.

Step 2. Go to Effects>Distortion Effect>Spiky Halo, and use the settings in the screenshot.


Step 3. It's not seamless, so you'll need to make it so. Feel free to use whatever program/filter you wish on this. I've used simple filter>pizza slice mirror.

Step 4. Now it's ok like this, and you could leave it so if you wish, but I wanted a bit more coverage, so I added some more paint in the corner (change the brush size down to 1).

Then apply Simple>Pizza Slice Mirror again.

And that's it!

Try using different colored backgrounds and paint for all kinds of interesting effects (although I've found that darker backgrounds work better). Also, varying the brush size and style will give you lots of variations.

For a different effect, start with a seamless background you already have and apply the spiky filter using the settings above. You can also play with the spiky halo settings until you hit upon something you like. Here are a couple I made that way.


Have fun with these, and I'd love to see any of your creations.

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This tutorial was created on February 15, 2005.
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