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Brushed Metal Squares

Tutorial written for Paint Shop Pro (PSP) 8, but it should be possible to make this tag using versions 7 or 9 or 10, although some items may be on different menus or in different locations

You will need:

DBS Flux Filter set from HERE  Unzip to temporary folder and then double click Setup.exe to install it in your PSP Plugins folder.

A Dingbat font - I have used Floral Designs which you can download HERE unzip it and have the .ttf file open but minimized before you add text in PSP.

Note: Some screen shots have been reduced in size.

You can use whatever colors you like for this tag, but one should be quite strong/dark and the other should be very pale.   I have used 2 shades of the same colour in the above example.  In the tutorial I am using a strong purple and very pale pink.

Create a new Image 350 x 250, Raster, Transparent Background.

 

Click on the Flood Fill tool

Set your Materials pallet with your dark/strong colour as your foreground color and the pale color/shade as your background color.

Set the Foreground material to Gradient, then click the large foreground sample block to set the gradient options as follows:

Gradient = Foreground - Background
Style = Linear
Angle = 0
Repeats = 1
Invert = un-ticked!

Set the Background material to solid color.

 

Click on the canvas to fill it with the gradient.

Layers menu, New Raster Layer

On the Materials Pallet, click the gradient sample block and change its Angle to 90.

Click on the canvas to fill it with the gradient.

 

On the Layer Pallet, change the Blend Mode for the top layer to Lighten.

 

Layers menu, Merge, Merge All (Flatten)

 

Effects, Plugins, DBS Flux, Blast.  Set the Direction to Left and the amount to 30%

Then apply the plugin again, but with the direction set to Right.

 

Effects menu, Reflection Effects, Kaleidoscope

Horizontal Offset = 0
Vertical Offset = 0
Rotation Angle = 90
Scale Factor = 0
Number of Petals = 4
Number of Orbits = 0
Radial Suction = 0
Edge Mode = Repeat (to get a square),
                      or Wrap to fill the whole canvas

 

Select Menu, Select All

Image menu, Add Borders - add a 10 pixel border on all sides.

Selection menu, Invert

Effects menu, Reflection Effects, Kaleidoscope

Horizontal Offset = 0
Vertical Offset = -100
Rotation Angle = 90
Scale Factor = 0
Number of Petals = 4
Number of Orbits = 0
Radial Suction = 0
Edge Mode = Repeat

Adjust menu, Sharpness, Sharpen

Selection menu, Select None

 

Layers menu, New Vector Layer

Click on the Preset Shapes tool

On the tool options pallet, select the Star3 shape (6 points)

Set the background material to gradient, and set the foreground material to Null.

Click the background gradient sample block, and set the gradient options as follows:

Gradient = Foreground - Background
Style = Radial
Angle = 0
Repeats = 11
Invert = Ticked
Centre Point - Horizontal = 50
Centre Point - Vertical = 50

 

Hold down the SHIFT key while you drag to draw a star on the left of the canvas, about 1/3 of the way down - as shown.

Click on the Object Selector tool, and then copy the star (Ctrl-C) on the keyboard.

Ctrl-G (or Edit, Paste, As Vector Object) and place the copy underneath the original.

Repeat the last step, placing the copy underneath the other 2 stars.

Hold down the SHIFT key and click on each of the 3 stars - so that you end up with them all selected.

Objects menu, Align, Horizontal Centre

Objects menu, Distribute, Vertical Centre

Objects menu, Group

Now drag the stars so that they sit in the bottom, left corner, just above the bottom border.

 

Layers menu, Convert To Raster Layer

Layers menu, Duplicate

Image menu, Mirror

Image menu, Flip

Effects, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow

Horizontal = 1
Vertical = 1
Opacity = 40
Blur = 8
Color = black

On the Layer Pallet, select the middle layer and apply the same drop shadow.

 

On the Layer Pallet, click on the top layer.

Layers menu, new Vector Layer

Click on the text tool

On the Materials pallet, set both the foreground and background materials to solid color.

 

Click in the centre of the canvas with the text tool

On the options pallet, set the following:

Create As = Vector ticked
Font = Floral Designs (or whatever 
             dingbat font you want to use)
Size = 72
Stroke width = 1
Anti-Alias = ticked (set to smooth)
Alignment = Centered
Line Style = Solid line

When you have all the settings done, and you have chosen the dingbat design you want, click Apply... you can see which letters give which designs for the Floral Designs font HERE

Click on the Object Selector tool (in PSP X you don't have to convert to raster layer first to use this tool) For PSP Photo XI use the Picker tool.

Drag a corner of the selection frame around the dingbat to make it bigger.... so that it about fills the square.

Objects menu, Align, Centre in Canvas

 

Layers menu, Convert To Raster Layer

Effects menu, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow

Horizontal = 1
Vertical = 1
Opacity = 20
Blur = 6
Color = black

Note: you may wish to use a higher value for the opacity if your background color is darker.

 

Layers menu, New Vector Layer

Click on the Text tool

On the Materials pallet, set the foreground material to Null

Add text in the top left and bottom right areas of the tag - do them as separate pieces of text.  Use any font you like, and adjust the size so that the text fits into the spaces.

When you are happy with the size and position of both pieces of text...

Layers menu, Convert To Raster Layer

Effects menu, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow - use the same settings as before.

 

Layers menu, Merge, Merge All (Flatten)

Save the tage in .jpg format.