Sinedot Wind Chimes Kit

example 2

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    Kit Supplies

    Within the zip are three folders of pspimages (created in PSP version 9) of sinedot chimes, tops and rings to use to make your own wind chimes. The images are on separate images within each folder.

    I am showing two examples of what I made, but please use your own imagination and creativity and see what you can make! If you use a white background you might want to set off the sinedot parts with a light drop shadow - one I like is V&H - 1, Opacity - 50, Blur - 0. This will help to add a bit of dimension.

    Copy and paste the parts you want to use onto an image of 400x400. Use the settings in the following screen shot for sharpening each of the images. I apply it 2-4 times to really make the small parts look like the sinedots they are.

unsharp mask settings

    I started my wind chimes by putting the top on first, then the chimes I wanted. I used the Guide Lines to help with the placement of the chimes so they were even. I also used the Guide Lines when I drew my "strings".

    Note: To refresh your memory on using the Guide Lines - go to one of your rulers, either top or side and pull them out to where you want them. If you don't have the Guide Lines activated, you won't be able to pull them out. To turn them on, go to View/Guides.

guide screen

    I put each image on its own layer, and named the layers, I also saved after almost every action, so that I didn't lose any of my work.

    There is only one small golden ring to use on the tops - you will need to duplicate this to make the necessary amount you want for your top.

    You can colorize the parts to make them the colors you want, or use the Hue and Saturation brush. You might also want to use the Brightness to lighten or darken the colors, when using the colorizing, to get the color you want. Remember to use the Unsharpen Mask settings when you are finished colorizing if needed.

    You will need to resize some of the images to get them in the right perspective for the wind chime.

    To make the strings, I used white or black, and the straight line with the pen tool. I used a width of 1.75 for the very top strings, and a width of 1 for the strings the chimes are on. Be sure to move the strings to the bottom of the entire wind chime so they look like the chimes are hanging on them. I also lowered the opacity of the upper strings to 34, and the opacity of the lower strings to 60 - this made them look more delicate.

    When I finished the first one, I had the wind chime too close to the top to put a frame on, so I closed the visibility to the bottom two background layers, and merged the other layers visible. Then I added the frame. With both of them, I resized when I was finished to what I wanted for size to post. They both resized well, but you can always use the Unsharpen Mask again, or just the Sharpen if you want.

    Here are two I made - see what you can do!

chimes 1       chimes 2

    I hope you not only enjoyed trying this construction kit, but that you also had fun! Thank you for trying this Sinedot Wind Chime Construction Kit.

      This kit was made August 16, 2008.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie