final candy cane

Stained Glass Candy Cane

    Please read my Terms of Use at the bottom of this tutorial. I hate having to state them, but in this day and age, it is necessary.

    I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well. There are no Alpha Selections on this canvas, rather you will be making the selections! I am just providing the canvas to have all the layers on it. The canvas was saved as a psp, so it should also work in verson 8. Remember to save often.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP and my Candy Cane Supplies.

    Unzip the candy_cane_canvas_ssg.psp into a folder of your choice. I usually make a folder with the name of the tutorial and put the supplies in there for easy access. I offer the directions merely as a guide for you. Be creative and use your imagination. Included in the zip are the three stained glass patterns that I used with my candy cane. I made the glass patterns, so they are safe to use. You may also put them in your patterns to use again on other images. Of course, as usual with my tutorials, these are only a suggestion - you may use whatever colors of stained glass you want.

    Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (This is another reason I have a folder with the name of the tutorial, so that I can also put my pspimages in it to save and "play" with later!) You will want to save if often so the unthinkable doesn't happen and your PSP crashes or freezes and you lose all of your work. I am better at reminding this, than acutally doing it!

    Step 1. Open the candy_cane_canvas_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. The leaves outline, berry outline and the ring layers' have the visibility turned off - you will see a red X on those layers. We won't turn them on until we get to those layers. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative!

    Step 2. Activate the Magic Wand with the following settings: Mode: Add (Shift); Match mode: RGB Value; Tolerance: 0; Contiguous box: checked; Feather: 0.



    Step 3. Stroke/Foreground: white_stainglass_ssg.psp. Activate the cane outline layer. Click inside every other section of the outline while holding down the Shift key. It doesn't make any difference which sections you have as white and which ones you have as red. Selections/Modify/Expand by 2 pixels. Activate the white layer. Fill the selected areas with the white glass.

    This is how your image should look now.


    Step 4. Deselect by going to Selections/Select None or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the D key.

    Step 5. Change the Stroke/Foreground to red_stainglass_ssg.psp. Activate the Magic Wand again, and click on the empty sections of the cane outline on the cane outline layer. Expand the selections by 2. Fill with the red glass with the red layer activated.

    This is how your image should look now.


    Step 6. Deselect.

    Step 7. Activate the leaves outline layer. Click on the red X to turn the visibility on. Using the Magic Wand, click inside each of the leaves outline spaces, while holding down the Shift key. Expand the selections by 2. Activate the green leaves layer and fill with the green_stainglass_ssg.psp.

    This is how your image should look now.


    Step 8. Deselect.


    Step 9. Activate the berry outline layer. Click on the red X to turn the visibility on. Using the Magic Wand, click on the empty spaces within the berry outline, holding down the Shift key. Expand the selections by 2. Activate the berries layer. Fill the berries with the red stained glass.

    This is how your image should look now.


    Step 10. Deselect.

    Step 11. Turn the visibility on to the ring layer by clicking on the red X.

    Step 12. To make the outlines stand out a bit more and look a bit more like the leading used in real stained glass items, I added a Drop Shadow to each of the outline layers. The settings I used: V: 1; H: -1 (minus 1); Opacity: 60; Blur: 0; Color: black; Shadow on new layer box: checked.


    Congratulations! Your Candy Cane is finished! Now you can add any background you want, embellishments and do a final save. I cropped and resized my image for display here.

final candy cane

    Thank you for trying my Candy Cane tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.

      This tutorial was written December 12, 2009.

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    All the content on this Candy Cane Tutorial site is protected by International Copyright laws. If photos or graphics were created by anyone other than Susie, it will be noted and the copyright will remain with the creator. Please respect these copyrights. Any similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. You may download my tutorials for personal use. You may share them within a group, if you write and ask my permission first. The image you create from this tutorial is yours to do with as you please. I worked hard to create this image and to write the tutorial - it took many hours, so please respect my work.

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