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Glass Shamrock



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    I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well.

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

    Within the Supplies zip is one pspimage of a small single shamrock that came from Jasc picture tubes. There is also a preset shape of a shamrock to put into your Preset Shapes folder. When this image is placed in your Preset Shapes folder, it will separate into 5 separate shapes. I wrote the tutorial with this in mind. This image was made by me. You may use it however you want as in other tags, but please do not share it unless you give credit to me.

    Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (I often make a folder with the name of the tut for my images, especially if I make more than one - you know, do a bit of playing with it!)

    1. Open a 300x300 transparent image. Add a vector layer, naming it leaf 1. Set the Materials Palette to: stroke/foreground: #065c06; background/fill: null

    2. Open Preset Shapes and find leaf 1 and use the following settings. Retain Style checked; Anti-alias checked; Create as vector checked; Line style solid; Width 4.00; Miter limit 15.

vector_setting

    3. Draw leaf in the lower left of your image, to about 96x96. See screen shot for placement.

leaf1

    4. Add a new vector layer, naming it leaf 2. Find leaf 2 in your Preset Shapes and use the same settings and draw to the same size - in the upper right corner. See screen shot for placement.

leaf2

    5. Add a new vector layer, naming it leaf 3. Find leaf 3 shape and use the same settings and draw to the same size - in the lower right corner. See screen shot for placement.

leaf3

    6. Add a new vector layer, naming it leaf 4. Find leaf 4 shape and use the same settings and draw to the same size - in the upper left corner. See screen shot for placement.

leaf4

    7. Add a new vector layer, naming it stem. Find stem shape and use the same settings and draw to 100x70 - in the lower left corner. See screen shot for placement.

stem

    8. Convert each vector layer to a raster layer. And do any further moving of the shapes so that your shamrock looks like the following screen shot.

shamrock placement

    9. Turn off the Raster 1 layer, and right click on any of the other layers - Merge/Merge visible.

    10. Rename the merged layer to shamrock outline.

    11. Activate the Raster 1 layer, (you can also turn the visibility of it back on), add a new raster layer, naming it shamrock fill.

    12. Activate the shamrock outline layer.

    13. Using the Magic Wand, with Mode: Add (Shift), Match Mode: color; feather and tolerance set to 0, Sample Merged and Contiguous boxes checked. Anti-alias box checked, and "outside". Click inside one of the shamrock leaves, then holding down the Shift key, click inside the remaining leaves and the stem. Selections/Modify/Expand 2.

wand settings

    14. Activate the shamrock fill layer, and using #d0e8d1 as your fill, fill each of the selections. Make sure you are on the shamrock fill layer, and not the shamrock outline layer. Keep selected.

    15. We are going to apply glass settings. Use the settings in the screen shots below. The first one is for Eye Candy 3 and the next three are for Eye Candy 4.

eye candy 3

EC4 basics       EC4 bevel

EC4 lighting

    16. If you are going to use EC3, you might want to apply an Inner Bevel (Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel) to the image prior to using the EC3. The EC3 doesn't give as rounded a look to the glass that the EC4 does. Here is the one I used. [Note: Actually, I applied it after applying the glass setting, so you can do as you please. In testing, there didn't seem to be any difference in appearance whether the Inner Bevel was applied before or after the Glass effect.] Bevel: image 2 (pie shape); Width: 31; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0: Shininess: 10; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 60; and Elevation: 22.

inner bevel 4 EC 3

    17. Open (or maximize) the sm_shamrock_jasc.pspimage. Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as new layer, with the shamrock fill layer being activated. Duplicate 3 times so you have 4 small shamrocks. Using the Raster Deform Tool, move a small shamrock onto each leaf, as in the screen shot.

sm shamrock placement

    18. Lower the Opacity of each small shamrock to 50. Turn off all the layers except the 4 small shamrocks. Right click on any of the layers - Merge/Merge Visible. Rename the layer small shamrocks Turn the visibility of all the layers back on.

    Time to add a background - you may of course, add any you want, but if you like the one I used, just follow along.

    19. Activate the Raster 1 layer, renaming it wht bg. Flood fill with white.

    20. Activate the shamrock layer, Selections/Select all. Selections/Float. Selections/Defloat. Selections/Modify/Expand - 20. Add a new raster layer above the wht bg layer, naming it bg. Fill the selection with a color of your choice, I used #0e7a11. Deselect.

    21. Effects/Texture/Mosaic - Glass with the following settings: Number of columns: 70; Number of rows: 70; Glass curvature (%): 100; Edge curvature (%): 0; Grout width: 2; Grout diffusion (%): 50.

mosaic glass

    22. Effect/Texture/Mosaic - Antique with the following settings: Number of columns: 26; Number of rows: 26; Tile diffusion (%): 100; Grout width: 2; Grout diffusion (%): 30.

mosaic antique

    I resized my image because I prefer smaller images, but you don't have to.

resize

    23. Activate the shamrock layer, which should be the top layer, add a new raster layer, naming it frame. Flood fill with color or pattern of your choice. Selections/Select all. Selections/Modify/Contract - 10. Click on the Delete key. Deselect.

    24. I used an inner bevel on my frame (same as the one listed for use with EC 3 - Bevel: image 2 (pie shape); Width: 31; Smoothness: 40; Depth: 2; Ambience: 0: Shininess: 10; Color: white; Angle: 315; Intensity: 60; and Elevation: 22.). You can also add one of the Artistic Effects to your frame, or any other effect you want to vary it.

    Congratulations! You are finished! Thank you for trying my Glass Shamrock tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    For this one I used a white frame and then after the inner bevel , applied the Chrome effect in Effects/Artistic Effects, with the following settings: Flaws: 8; Brightness: 100 and Color white. I also reversed my green and white layers, so that I applied the mosaic effects to the white layer instead of the green one.

chrome frame



      This tutorial was written February 12, 2009.

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