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PSPUG Spider Web
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PSPUG Spider Web
Created by:Graham

This tutorial uses the Deformation tool and effects.

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button
On the Standard toolbar, click on the 'New Image' button:
Width = 200 Pixels
Height = 200 Pixels
Resolution = 72 Pixels/inch
Background color = White
Image Type = 16.7 million colors (24Bit)

Tool Palette - Text tool
On the Tool palette, click on the Text tool, then click anywhere into the image:
Name = Arial Black
Size = 36
Styles: Stroke = None, Fill = Solid Color: black
Textures: Stroke and Fill = None
Text = bold & centered
Create as = Floating selection
Antialias = checked

Type in "PSPUG", click on OK and place the letters in the center of your image. Right-click to deselect. Phew! that was a big first step, go get a drink.


Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool
On the Tool palette, click on the Magic Wand tool:
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Feather = 0,
then click on the background inside the image. On the menu bar, go to Selections || Invert, then to Selections || Float.
Tool Palette - Deformation tool On the Tool palette, click on the Deformation tool. You should now see a deformation box with sizing handles around the text "PSPUG", you can? Good.
Place the cursor over the little box near the letter "U", your cursor will change to two small arrows going round in a circle. Keep left mouse button down and drag the letters down until the bottom left of the box is at the top of the letter "P". Double-click inside the deformation box, then click on "Yes, apply deformation".

Tool Palette - Color Replacer tool
On the Tool palette, click on the Color Replacer tool:
Shape = Round
Size = 40
Hardness = 100
Opacity = 100
Step = 1
Density = 100
Styles Set both your styles to Solid Color (click on the little arrow in the Style boxes and choose the icon on the left), then click into your background-style box to set your background color to black. Click into the foreground-style box to pick a foreground color of your choice (I had a blue: Red = 0, Green = 41, Blue = 255). Your textures should both be set to None.
Move the cursor over the selected text (the one with the dotted line around it), it will change to the color you chose. Go to Selections || Select None to deselect.
Tool Palette - Magic Wand toolTool Palette - Deformation tool

Repeat the above steps for another deformation: select the background with the Magic Wand tool, go to Selections || Invert, then to Selections || Float, and rotate your selection with the Deformation tool. You're now moving both "PSPUGs" at once, and your picture should look like on the left now, the upper two (one black and one blue) "PSPUGs" still selected.

Tool Palette - Color Replacer tool
On the Tool palette, click on the Color Replacer tool. Click on any color on the color palette for a new foreground color (I had a green: Red = 0, Green = 255, Blue = 16). Hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor over the selected text, the selected black "PSPUG" will change to the color you selected.

Tool Palette - Dropper tool
On the Tool palette, click on the Dropper tool and right-click on the other (blue) selected text. Then click on the color palette for a foreground color of your choice (I had a pink: Red = 255, Green = 41, Blue = 247).

Tool Palette - Color Replacer tool
Click on the Color Replacer tool again, hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor over the selected text to change the color of the blue PSPUG. Go to Selections || Select None to deselect.
Tool Palette - Magic Wand toolTool Palette - Deformation toolTool Palette - Dropper toolTool Palette - Color Replacer tool

Repeat all these steps (selecting the background with the Magic Wand, Selections || Invert, Selections || Float, rotating the selection with the Deformation tool, replacing the colors) one more time. For the new colors I had a yellow (Red = 214, Green = 247, Blue = 19), a red (Red = 255, Green = 0, Blue = 0), a pale blue (Red = 165, Green = 247, Blue = 239), and a grey (Red = 8, Green = 74, Blue = 66), but of course you can choose any colors you like. Deselect again by going to Selections || Select None.
Tool Palette - Dropper tool On the Tool palette, click on the Dropper tool, right-click on the background of the image, then click on the black "PSPUG"; this will set your background color to white and your foreground color to black.
Tool Palette - Color Replacer tool On the Tool palette, click on the Color Replacer tool, and either hold down the left mouse button and move all across the image or double-click on the image so that the background changes from white to black.
Tool Palette - Text tool On the Tool palette, click on the Text tool, then on the image. For the Styles, make sure Stroke is still set to None and change the Fill color to white. Leave all other settings as are and click on OK. Place the text in the center of the image, then right-click to deselect.

Tool Palette - Draw tool - PSP 6 & 7
On the Tool palette, click on the Drawing tool:
Type = Single Line
Width = 1
Line style = Default line
Antialias = checked
Create as vector = unchecked
Close path = unchecked
Set your foreground style to Solid Color if it is not, your foreground texture to None. Make white your foreground color.
Hold down the left mouse button and drag a line from the top right corner of the image down to the bottom left corner. Repeat this so that the image is sliced like a cake.

To finish, go twice to Effects || Blur || Soften More on the menu bar.

That's it folks, all done.