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Holiday Window

holiday window

Well, today is December 23, 2003, and I'm still doing Christmas tutorials. I was going to animate the lights on this one, but have truly run out of time to do since I wanted to get this up before Christmas. This window was inspired by one I saw while out driving around last night. It looked so lovely, I just had to draw it!

This is not a difficult tutorial, but I do assume that you have a basic understanding of PSP and its tools to do it. Also, I provide a lot of screenshots to help 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.

My selection files. Place them in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice - just remember where you place them). You can download them here.

My stained glass tiles and the decorations for the top of the frame (these are in transparent psp format). You can download these materials here.

Eye Candy 4000. (Note: you can do this tutorial without Eye Candy). Eye Candy 4000 is a commercial filter, but you can download a free earlier version (Eye Candy 3) here. I'm not sure if the settings are the same, but it's still worth downloading as it's a great filter.

Ok, got everything downloaded, unzipped, and ready to go? Go ahead and open up your stained glass tiles now and minimize them. You'll be using selections in this tutorial, and you'll load them in the order they're numbered. (Note: I've included some extra selections for you that are single items v. merged ones, just in case you want to move things around a bit).

Step 1. Open up a new image 400 x 400, background color of your choice.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location you placed the selection files and open "1"). Flood fill with a gold gradient (one comes with PSP).


Step 3. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel), and use the settings in the screenshot.

02window   03window

Step 4. Choose your magic wand (tolerance about 80). Click inside the outer part of the frame. Expand by 1 (go to selections>modify>expand - type in 1).

Step 5. Add a new layer. Move this layer underneath your frame layer. Set your fill style to texture and navigate to the red stained glass tile you downloaded. Flood fill with it.


Step 6. Make the frame layer active. Choose your magic wand again and click inside anywhere on the white space. Hold down the shift key and click inside all the white areas.

Expand by 3 (go to selections>modify>expand). It should look like this.


Step 7. Add a new layer. Move this layer underneath the frame layer. Flood fill it with the green glass tile you downloaded.


Step 8. Make your frame layer active. With the magic wand, click inside the lines of the frame. Expand this by 1. Add a new layer and move it underneath the frame layer but on top of the green glass layer. Flood fill with the red glass tile.


Step 9. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with red #BE3235. Apply Eye Candy Glass: Setting=glass tubing; Bevel profile=subtle button. All other settings as in screenshot. (Note: If you don't have Eye Candy, you can apply PSP inner bevel, using the same settings as you used on the frame).

10window   10window

Step 10. Add a new layer. Load selection 3. Flood fill with green #368336. Apply Eye Candy glass, same settings as above. Be sure to change the glass color to green (use the little dropper at the bottom and click on the green of your graphic).


Step 11. Add a new layer. Load selection 4. Flood fill with the same green and apply Eye Candy glass. Use the same settings as before.


Step 12. Add a new layer. Load selection 5. Flood fill with gold gradient (change the angle to 90). (Note: If you flood fill each piece invidually v. all at once, it will give you a nicer effect).


Step 13. Apply the PSP blinds filter (go to effects>textures>blinds) and use these settings. Screenshot below is enlarged to show detail.

15window   16window

Step 14. Apply an inner bevel (go to effects>3d effects>inner bevel) and use the settings in the screenshot. Then, apply another inner bevel, same settings except change the angle to 270. Screenshot below is enlarged to show detail.

17window   18window

Step 15. Add a new layer. Place this layer underneath the green holders but on top of the frame layer. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 3. Set your foreground color to white and background to null. Draw some lines to connect to your lights (if you hold your shift key down while drawing, the lines will be straight). Flood fill with the gold gradient. Apply the blinds filter, same settings as before.

19window   19window

Step 16. Choose your eraser brush, size 1, and erase any bits of the lines that overlap onto your frame.

Step 17. I added a bow and some holly on the top of mine, and have included those materials for you in the items you downloaded. Just open up the psp files and click copy - then open up your window and click paste as new layer. Feel free to use something different for yours if you wish.


Your window is now basically done. Save a master psp file with all layers intact. You can then go back and change items as you wish.

Step 18. (Optional). Before merging, I added a drop shadow to the lights, to give them a bit of definition from the background. To do this, hide the background, frame, glass, and top decoration layers. You should have showing the red lights (including the bell-shaped one), the green top holders, the wire holder, and the strings. Then merge all visible layers.


Step 19. Choose your selection tool, draw around the merged layer and click inside on the graphic to select (you'll see marching ants around it). Add a new layer and apply a drop shadow with these settings: vertical 2, horizontal 2, opacity 100, blur 2, color black. I lowered the opacity (use the slider on your layer palette) to about 25. Sample is enlarged to show detail.


And that's all there is to it. Done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and as always, comments and feedback are welcome.

This will be the last Christmas tutorial for 2003, so I'm wishing y'all a wonderful and glorious holiday season!



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