I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well. This is a simple and quick tutorial, where I provide the image of the "leading" and it 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 Supplies.
Unzip the suncatcher_shamrock_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. There are also three stained glass patterns that you can put in your patterns folder, or just open them in your workspace and minimize for use later. I made the Suncatcher Shamrock image and the chain, so they are safe to use. The glass patterns are from a company that shared them to be used as desired, so they are safe to use, also!
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!)
Step 1. Open the suncatcher_shamrock_ssg.psp in your PSP workspace, duplicate it and close the original. Feel free to use your own stained glass colors instead of the ones I offer. My tutorials are only written the way I did them - and are suggestions for you. Use your imagination - get creative! : )
Step 2. Activate the Raster 1 layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "circle 1 fill". Add a new raster layer on top of that, naming it "circle 2 fill".
Step 3. Activate the circle layer. Add a new raster layer, naming it "shamrock fill". The following screen shot shows what your Layer Palette should look like with these new layers.
Step 4. Activate the Magic Wand with the following settings: Mode: Add (Shift); Match mode: RGB Value; Tolerance: 50; Contiguous box: checked; Feather: 0; Anti-alias box: unchecked.
Step 5. Activate the circle layer. Holding the Shift key down, click inside every other section on the circle. The red arrows show the sections with the marching ants.
Step 6. Selections/Modify/Expand - 2 pixels. Activate the circle fill 1 layer. Flood fill with 123A.psp. Angle at 0; Scale at 100 - use this on all the stain glass psps. Deselect by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the D key, or go to Selections/Select None.
Step 7. Activate the circle layer again. Using the Magic Wand with the same settings, click on the empty sections of the circle.
Step 8. Selections/Modify/Expand - 2 pixels. Activate the circle fill 2 layer. Flood fill with 125A.psp. Deselect.
Step 9. Activate the circle 1 fill layer. Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness/Contrast. Use the following settings: Brightness: 30; Contrast: 15.
Step 10. Activate the shamrock layer. Using the Magic Wand with the same settings, click on each section of the shamrock.
Step 11. Selections/Modify/Expand - 2 pixels. Activate the shamrock fill layer. Flood fill with 121w.psp. Deselect.
Step 12. Activate the shamrock fill layer. Go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness/Contrast. Use the following settings: Brightness: 30; Contrast: 15.
This is what your Suncatcher should look like.
Your Suncatcher Shamrock is finished! Now is the time to do a final save and add any embellishments you want! Have fun! I cropped and resized my image for display here!
Thank you for trying my Suncatcher Shamrock tutorial and I hope you enjoyed doing it.
This tutorial was written February 22, 2010.
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