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Golden Reflections Sig Tag Tutorial

This tutorial was created on February 15, 2004.  If it bears any resemblance to another tutorial on the net, it is pure coincidence.  The skills that you will learn here are your own, and I hope that you will find them useful.  In this tutorial, I will assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP, and it is made for upper level beginners or intermediate skill levels.

Materials:

  • You will need Paint Shop Pro, of course.  I use Version 8.10, but it should also work in older versions.  You can download a trial version of Paint Shop Pro from JASC

  • Tube(s) of your choice or use mine.  Tube 1   Tube 2

  • Gold fill gradient of your choice or use this one.

  • Font of your choice.

Instructions:

 

Open a new image 400 x 500 transparent.

 

Using your selection tool create a circle that fills approximately the upper two thirds of the image.

 

Fill this circle with your gold gradient.

 

Using your mover tool, position the filled circle near the center top as shown below.

 

Using you magic wand, click outside the circle.  Selections/Invert.

 

gold1.jpg (300x386 -- 65224 bytes)

 

Selections/Modify/Contract - 15 pixels.

 

Selections/Invert and then once again click outside of you gold circle.  Your selection should now look like this.

 

gold2.jpg (300x389 -- 107265 bytes)

 

Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel using these settings.

 

gold3.jpg (378x518 -- 97782 bytes)

 

Selections/Select None.

 

Right click on your Raster 1 layer, and choose duplicate.

 

Make sure your copy layer is selected and choose your deform tool gold4.jpg (22x20 -- 1687 bytes)

 

Grab the top center handle and pull down to create a flattened bottom plate.  Move into a position similar to what is shown below.  Deselect your deformation tool.

 

gold5.jpg (326x421 -- 80811 bytes)

 

Merge/Merge Visible

 

Add a new raster layer.  Rename this layer "tube".

 

Resize your tube so that it fills about 2/3 of the upper gold circle.  Use your mover tool to position it where you want it to be.

 

Apply a drop shadow with these settings - Offset V&H -3/Opacity 100/Blur 6.0/Color #000000 "black".

 

Duplicate your tube layer and select the copied layer.

 

Image/Flip and select your deformation tool.

 

Grab the top center handle and pull down to create a flattened bottom plate.  Move into a position similar to what is shown below.  Deselect your deformation tool.

 

Lower the opacity of this layer to 60% on your layers tool bar.  Merge/Merge Visible.

 

gold6.jpg (324x420 -- 99983 bytes)

 

Add a new raster layer.

 

Now we need to add hinges to our plates.  Draw a small rounded rectangle and fill with gold fill.  Apply same Inner bezel effect as used previously.  Select/Select none.

 

Using your magic wand, click somewhere outside of your new rectangle, Selections/Invert.  Move this hinge into a position that looks like the image below.

 

gold7.jpg (191x85 -- 11487 bytes)

 

With the hinge still selected, Edit/Copy.  Selections/Select None. 

 

Edit/Paste As New selection.  Selections/Select None.  Repeat.  You will now have 3 hinges. Move these hinges into the placement you desire between the two plate sections to appear as hinges. 

 

Merge/Merge Visible.

 

Add a new raster layer.

 

Select your second tube and place it as you see fit (scale to 50% if you are using my Lily tube) on the bottom plate. 

 

Apply a drop shadow using the following settings:  Offset V=21 H=5/Opacity 48/Blur 6.0/Color #000000 "black".

 

You should now have something like this.

 

gold8.jpg (325x422 -- 107275 bytes)

 

Merge/Merge Visible.  Save as a .psp image for later use. 

 

Add a new raster layer.  Choose a foreground and background color from your picture.  I used #C14580 and #FBE0F2.

 

Choose your font.  I used FleurishScript, floating, size 72, anti-alias checked, stroke 3, and add the desired text, leave selected.

 

Apply an inner bevel using these settings:

gold3.jpg (378x518 -- 97782 bytes)

 

Leave text selected.  Apply a drop shadow using the following settings:  Offset V=21 H=5/Opacity 48/Blur 6.0/Color #000000 "black".

 

Position text as desired.  Merge/Merge Visible. 

 

Resize image 85% all layers checked.  Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

 

Export your finished file as a .gif or .jpg and your all set.

 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

 

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