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Leather-Bound Book
Created by: Doro Sensen and MaggieA1

With the features of Paint Shop Pro, you can create a nice leather-bound book – from scratch!
This tutorial is very long, so don't forget to save your work often!!!
Open a new image:
– Width = 400
– Height = 400
– Background = transparent
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors
Click on the Preset-Shapes tool in your tool palette:
– Style Type = Rounded Rectangle
– Retain Style = unchecked
– Antialias = checked
– Create as vector = unchecked
– Line width and Line style don't matter.
Set your foreground style to None (click on the little arrow in the Foreground Style box and choose the icon on the right) and your background style to "Solid Color" (click on the little arrow in the Background Style box and choose the little brush icon on the left). Then click right into the Background Style box and choose a nice colour (I had a blue: Red = 0, Green = 54, Blue = 115). This will be the colour of the book's binding. Your textures should both be set to None.
Draw a rounded rectangle of about 255x305 in the center of your image (watch the third brackets in your status bar for the dimensions of your rectangle; these numbers are only a guideline and needn't be absolutely accurate).
Click on the Selection tool on your tool palette:
– Selection type = Rectangle
– Feather = 0
– Antialias = unchecked
Draw a long selection at the right edge of your rounded rectangle, covering all of the rounded top and bottom corners. Now hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear).

You should now have a rectangle with rounded corners on the left side and 90-degree corners on the right side.

Deselect by right-clicking into the image or with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

Right-click on the layer in your layer palette and choose "Duplicate" from the context menu. Right-click on the top layer, choose "Rename" from the context manu and type in "Binding". Right-click on the bottom layer and rename it to "Back cover". Click on the "New Layer" icon at the top left corner of your layer palette, and name this new layer "Pages". Leave that layer active, and click on the little glasses next to "Binding" to make that layer invisible.
Click on the Preset-Shapes tool in your tool palette again, and change the Style Type to Ellipse. Click into your background-style box and change the colour to white.

Keep the Shift key pressed and draw a circle of 40x40 somewhere onto the blue rectangle (watch the third brackets in your status bar again for the dimensions of your circle).

      Click on the Mover tool in your tool palette and drag the circle to the bottom left, rounded corner of the rectangle, leaving a bit of blue at the outer edge.
Click on the Preset-Shapes tool in your tool palette again, and change the Style Type to Rectangle.
Begin at the topmost point of the white circle (you may want to zoom in a bit to get that right), and draw a rectangle with a height of 40 pixels (watch the second number in the third brackets of your status bar) and a width of about 210; it should reach a bit beyond the right edge of the blue rectangle.
Click on the Magic-Wand tool in your layer palette:
– Match mode = All Opaque
– Tolerance = 0
– Feather = 0
– Sample merged = unchecked
Click once into the white shape you've created so far. Now click on the "Binding" layer in your layer palette to make it the active layer (it will become visible again), and hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear). Deselect by right-clicking into your image or with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None), then click on your "Pages" layer to make it the active layer again since we haven't yet finished the shape for the pages.
Click on the Selection tool in your tool palette and change the Selection Type to Ellipse. Draw an ellipse selection at the right of the white rectangle, dimensions about 45x60.
      Click on the Mover tool in your tool palette and – with the right mouse button – drag the selection to its right place, a bit inwards of the blue rectangle. Now hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear), and deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || No Selections).
Right-click on the "Pages" layer in your layer palette and choose "Duplicate" from the context menu. Right-click on the new layer (named "Copy of Pages"), choose "Rename" from the context menu and rename it to "Band".
Then go to Effects || Texture Effects || Blinds:
– Width = 5
– Opacity = 100
– Color = Red=0, Green=44, Blue=94
– Horizontal = checked
– Light from left/top = unchecked

Click on your "Pages" layer in the layer palette to make it the active layer again.

      Click on the Deformation tool in your tool palette, then keep the Ctrl key pressed while hitting the Arrow key to the right three times. This way you move the whole layer three pixels to the right. Click on the Apply button in the Tool Options palette.


Click on the Magic-Wand tool in your tool palette and then somewhere in the blue-striped shape that you see; remember that your "Pages" layer is still active, and almost identical with your "Band" layer, so you're actually selecting the white pages shape by clicking on the blue-striped shape. Now click on your "Band" layer to make it the active layer, and hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear). There should now only be a three-pixel wide band left to the left of the white pages shape.

Deselect by right-clicking into your image or with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None) and switch back to your "Pages" layer in the layer palette.

Go again to Effects || Texture Effects || Blinds:
– Width = 3
– Opacity = 100
– Color = Red/Green/Blue all 192
– Horizontal = checked
– Light from left/top = unchecked
  Now let's do the book's front cover. Click on the "Binding" layer in your layer palette to make it the active layer.
Click on the Selection tool in your tool palette, and change the Selection type to Rectangle.
Then draw a big rectangular selection over the blue shape, the left side where you want your leather cover go into the binding, i.e. not too far away from the circle part of your pages shape. The top, right and bottom edge of the selection should reach beyond the blue shape.

Now reduce the selection to its opaque part by either going to Selections || Float, pressing Ctrl+F or just clicking into the blue part of the selection (with the latter option, I always happen to move the selected part, so I myself mostly choose the first option; but try it out for yourself, remember you can always click the Undo button).

Click on the "New Layer" icon in your layer palette and name it "Front cover".
Click on the Flood-Fill tool in your tool palette:
– Blend mode = Normal
– Match mode = None
– Tolerance = n/a
– Opacity = 100
– Sample merged = unchecked
Choose another blue for your background colour (I had Red = 18, Green = 96, Blue = 135), and right-click into your selection to fill it with the new colour. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None) and make sure that the "Front cover" layer is the active layer.
Go to Effects || Texture Effects || Fine Leather:
– Color = Red/Green/Blue all 192
– Angle = 45
– Blur = 30
– Number of furrows = 35
– Length of furrows = 10
– Transparency = 250
Now click on the "Back cover" layer in your layer palette and then on the Selection tool in your tool palette.
Draw a selection on the right of the blue rectangle, the left side of the selection not too far away from the bottom right corner of the pages shape. Again, the top, right and bottom edge of the selection should reach beyond the blue part of the layer; that way we make sure that nothing is left in the end. Now hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear) and deselect by right-clicking into your image or with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None). You'll see a bit of blue left at the bottom right corner; this is from the "Binding" layer, and we'll clean that up in a minute.
First click on the Magic-Wand tool in your tool palette and then on the book to select all the blue in your "Back cover" layer.
Then click on the Flood-Fill tool in your tool palette and right-click into your selection to fill it with the lighter blue. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None), go to Effects || Texture Effects || Fine Leather again and use the same settings as before.


Click on the "Binding" layer in your layer palette and then on the Selection tool in your tool palette. Draw a rectangular selection surrounding this bottom line of the "Binding" layer, with the left edge where you want your binding to go into the back cover. Hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear) and deselect by right-clicking into your image or with Ctrl+D (Selection || Select None).
Now go to Effects || Texture Effects || Fine Leather again:
– Color = Red/Green/Blue all 64
– Angle = 45
– Blur = 20
– Number of furrows = 30
– Length of furrows = 6
– Transparency = 247

Go to Selections || Select All (Ctrl+A), then to Selections || Float (Ctrl+F). Then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
– Vertical and Horizontal offset = both 0
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 50
– Shadow color = black
– Fill interior with color = unchecked

Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

  Well, we're almost finished with our book. However, to be able to open this book easily, we need a little indentation on the binding, right next to the front cover.
Your Selection tool should still be activated and set to Rectangle.
Draw a very narrow selection alongside the front cover onto the binding (you may want to zoom in for this). Make your selection go beyond the top and bottom edge of your binding. Now go to Selections || Float (Ctrl+F) to have only the opaque part of your selection included, then to Selections || Defloat to make it a standard selection again.
The rest for this is easy: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow:
– Vertical offset = 0
– Horizontal offset = -2
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 7.1
– Color = black

Deselect by right-clicking into your image or with Ctrl+D (Selection || Select None). You may now notice a tiny little shadow just over and under the binding, next to the indentation.

To get rid of it, click on the "Back cover" layer in your layer palette, then on the Magic-Wand tool in your tool palette. In your Tool Options palette, change the Match Mode to "RGB Value". Now click somewhere into the empty space around the book, then click on the "Binding" layer in your layer palette and hit the Delete key (Edit || Clear). The shadow over the book should have disappeared.

We'll now add a little shadow to the pages, so click on the "Pages" layer in your layer palette. In the Tool Options palette, change the Match Mode back to "All Opaque" and click somewhere on your pages. Go to Selections || Modify || Expand, and increase your selection by 1.

Click on the "New Layer" icon in your layer palette (no need to name the layer, but if you wish you can name it "Pages shadow").
Now go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
– Vertical offset = 4
– Horizontal offset = 4
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 6
– Shadow color = black
– Fill interior with color = unchecked

Deselect by right-clicking into the image or with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

The only thing that is missing now is a nice title for our book. So, create a new layer on top of all other layers (click on the "Front cover" layer, then on the "New Layer" icon) and name it "Title".
Click on the Text tool in your tool palette:
– Width = 1
– Line style = Default line
Then click on the book where you want the title to be:
– Name = Times New Roman
– Size = 24
– Styles: Stroke = None, Fill = Solid color: white
– Textures: Stroke and Fill = None
– Text = bold and centered
– Create as = Floating selection
– Antialias = checked

Type in "PSPUG", hit the Return key, type in "Tutorials" and click on the OK button. Move your text to its place and deselect by right-clicking into the image or with Ctrl+D (Selection || Select None).

A white title isn't nice, so go to Effects || Texture Effects || Sculpture. Choose the "Gold" preset from the Preset drop-down list, and change the Degree of Light to 135 and the Ambience to 27.
To increase the carved effect a bit, let's apply a cutout: Go to Selections || Select All (Ctrl+A), then to Selections || Float (Ctrl+F), then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
– Vertical and horizontal offset = both 1
– Opacity = 100
– Blur = 3.6
– Shadow color = black
– Fill interior with color = unchecked

Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

If you wish to, you can now apply a drop shadow to your book (apply that to the "Back cover" layer), et voilà –

a nice book for you to put on your shelf! (Though it would be a pity to hide it in a shelf ;-))