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Marble Memorial
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Marble Memorial
Created by:Joyce Turner

Marble Memorial
In this tutorial, we will use a marble pattern and various features, effects and techniques to create a memorial plaque.
Download the attachments for this tutorial Download File
Download the zip file on the left which contains the marble pattern and the head for our memorial plaque and open the files in your PSP program.





Standard Toolbar - Toggle Layer Palette button

Basics

The Layer Palette:

  • To open the Layer palette
    click on the Layer palette button or
    go to View || Toolbars || Layer Palette.
  • To create a new layer, right-click and choose the new kind of layer you wish to create.
  • To duplicate a layer, highlight it, right-click and choose "Duplicate" from the popup menu.
  • Blend Modes are set in the right-hand column of the Layer palette. Left-click in the Blend-Mode area of the layer and choose the Blend Mode from the drop-down list.
  • The Opacity is set by sliding the sliders in the middle section of the Layer palette.



Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Preparing the Image

Open a new image:
Dimensions = 400 x 400 pixels
Background color = Transparent
Image type = 16 M Colors

Set styles and colors:
Foreground Style = Solid Color
Foreground Color = a greyish blue
(Red = 188, Green = 205, Blue = 211; #8CCDD3)
Background Style = None
Foreground and Background Texture = None
Lock = checked
Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool Activate the Floodfill tool and click into your image to fill it with the foreground color.
Guides

Set up the guides: First go to View || Rulers to turn on the rulers. Now go to View || Guides, then:

  • Click with your mouse in the top-ruler area, hold down the mouse button and drag a guide to position (0,200) (the numbers appear in the bottom status bar at the left). Release the mouse button to put the guide in this position.
  • Next, drag another guide from the top ruler down to position (0,345).
  • Finally, drag a guide from the left ruler to position (200,0) and a second one to position (345,0).

If the guides aren't at the right position at the first try, you can take them with your mouse at the top or left ruler and drag them to their correct place.

Layer Palette - Create layer button Create a new layer; no need to name it at this point.

Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool
Select the Preset-Shapes tool in your Tool palette and set:
Shape = Octagon
Retain Style = checked
Create as vector = unchecked

Go to View || Snap to Guides this will make it easier for you to draw the octagon in the right size.

Now start at the coordinates (200,200) in your canvas (this is where the '200' guides cross in the middle of the canvas).

Hold down your right mouse button (so you can draw the octagon from the center to the edges) and drag your mouse out to the right and down to where the '345' guides meet. The third set of numbers in the Status bar should say (291,291).

Turn off the ruler and the guides: Just go to View || Rulers and then to View || Guides again.



Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button

Create the Marble Plaque

Open the Marble Pattern (marblepattern.jpg) if it is not already open and minimize it.

Set your foreground style to "Pattern": Click on the arrow in your foreground-style box and select the third icon from the left.

Now click into the foreground-style box and in the "Pattern" dialog box, click on the arrow beside the pattern box and scroll to the top and find the Marble pattern. Click on it and make sure that Scale = 100% and Angle = 0, then click on OK to set the pattern.

Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool

Marble Base with "Inner Slab" selection

Next, use the Magic Wand tool and select an area outside of the Octagon. Then, go to Selections || Invert.

Activate the Floodfill tool and floodfill within the selection. Right-click on this layer in the Layer palette and rename it to "Marble Base".

Then, go to Selections || Save to Alpha Channel and name this selection "Marble Base".

Now go to Selections || Modify || Contract and contract it by 40. Go again to Selections || Save to Alpha Channel and save this selection as "Inner Slab".

Tool Palette - Mover tool



Base with sides

Duplicate the "Marble Base" layer and name it "Wide Rim". Hit the Delete key to remove the center of the marble slab on the "Wide Rim" layer.

Click on the "Marble Base" layer in your Layer palette, duplicate it again and name that layer "Sides". Move the "Sides" layer beneath the "Marble Base" layer in the Layer palette.

Load the "Marble Base" selection: Go to Selections || Load from Alpha and select "Marble Base".

Select the Mover tool in your toolbar, hold down the Shift key, and use the Arrow keys to move it about 8 keystrokes to the right and about 7 keystrokes down.

If you have a floating selection (you can see a floating selection like a layer in your Layer palette), right-click on it in the Layer palette and select "Defloat" in the popup menu.

Duplicate the "Sides" layer and set the Blend Mode of the duplicated layer to "Difference" and the Opacity to about 41.

Narrow Rim

Duplicate the "Wide Rim" layer and name this layer "Narrow Rim". Then go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel and load the "Marble Base" selection. Go to Selections || Modify || Contract and contract by 10. Hit the Delete key.

Go to Selections || Select All, then to Selections || Float. Right-click on the "Floating Selection" layer in your Layer palette and select "Defloat" from the popup menu (or go to Selections || Defloat). You will now have a selection around the Narrow Rim.

Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = 0
Opacity = 71
Blur = 13.6
Color = Black
Click on OK and deselect (Ctrl+D or Selections || Select None).

Brush Stroke Effect on Marble Base

Go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel and load the "Inner Slab" selection.

Highlight the "Marble Base" layer in your Layer palette and go to Effects || Artistic Effects || Brush Stroke:
Length = 11
Density = 100
Bristles = 85
Width = 14
Opacity = 5
Softness = 23
Angle = 180
Color = White

Layer Palette - Create layer button

Cutouts

Next, with the selection still active, right-click on the "Marble Base" layer, select "New Raster Layer" from the popup menu and name it "Cutout". Then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = 9
Opacity = 48
Blur = 15
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = unchecked

Create a new layer and name it "Rt Cutout", then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout again. Use the same settings as before, except:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = -5 (minus 5)
Click on OK and deselect (Ctrl+D or Selections || Select None).

Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button

Memorial Head

Add the Memorial Picture

Open "/tutorial/html/tut7eff/marblememhead.jpg" into your PSP. Duplicate it with Shift+D (Window || Duplicate) and close the original.

Duplicate the original layer and set the Blend Mode of the duplicated layer to "Darken".

Then go to Effects || Blur || Gaussian Blur with a value of 9.2.

Highlight the duplicated layer (with Blend Mode = Darken), duplicate it and set the Blend Mode of that new layer to "Difference". The image will be mostly black.

Now highlight the bottom layer and duplicate it. Set the Blend Mode to "Hue" and then move the layer to the top in the Layer palette.

Layer Palette - Layer visibility offLayer Palette - Layer visibility on

Memorial Head

Turn off the "Hue" layer on top of the Layer palette (click on the eye glasses and a red x will appear) and highlight another layer. Then go to Layers || Merge || Merge visible.

With the merged layer still active, go to Colors || Negative Image.

Turn on the "Hue" layer again, duplicate the merged layer and set the Blend Mode of the duplicated layer to "Multiply". Then go to Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten).


Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool

Activate the Magic Wand tool with these settings:
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Feather = 0

Select a white area in the image, then go to Selections || Modify || Select Similar, then to Selections || Invert.

Standard Toolbar - Copy button Copy the selection: go to Edit || Copy or press Ctrl+C. Then click on your Marble image to make it the active image and highlight the top layer. Now go to Edit || Paste || As New Layer.
Tool Palette - Mover tool

Head

Go to Image || Resize:
Percentage of Original = checked
Width and Height = 60%
Resize type = Smart size
Resize all layers = unchecked
Maintain aspect ratio = checked

Repeat this step twice so that the head fits in the center. Then use the Mover tool to center the head on the marble plaque. Name this layer "Head".


Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool

Highlight the "Head" layer in your Layer palette. Use the Magic Wand tool and click once into the image outside of the head. Then go to Selections || Invert and save the selection to an Alpha Channel (Selections || Save to Alpha Channel). Name the selection "Head". Deselect (Ctrl+D).

Next, with the Magic Wand tool still activated, set the Match Mode = All Opaque. Click on a colored part of the head and go to Selections || Modify || Select Similar. Save this selection to an Alpha Channel as "Lines Head". Deselect (Ctrl+D).

Duplicate the "Head" layer and set the Blend Mode to "Multiply". Name this layer "Multiply Head". Set the Opacity to 61.

Layer Palette - Create layer button

Head Shadow

Add a new layer above the "Head" layer. Name this layer "Cutout".

Go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel and load the "Head" selection. Then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = 7
Opacity = 100
Blur = 15
Color = Black

Click on OK, deselect and set the Opacity to 69. Then duplicate the "Multiply Head" layer and set the Opacity of that layer to 100.





Layer Palette - Create layer button


Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool

Go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel and load the "Head" selection.

Highlight the "Copy of Multiply Head" layer in your Layer palette, create a new layer and name it "Face Fill".

Set your foreground style to Solid Color (click on the arrow in the foreground-style box and choose the icon on the left) and your foreground color to a light grey (Red/Green/Blue = all 221). Then use your Floodfill tool and click into the selection to floodfill with the light grey color.

Set the Blend Mode of this layer to "Darken" and the Opacity to 60.

Layer Palette - Create layer button

Head Cutout

Add a new layer and name it "Face Cutout".

Go to Selections || Load from Alpha Channel and load the "Lines Head" selection. Then go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = 7
Opacity = 31
Blur = 15
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = unchecked

Set the Blend Mode of that layer to "Multiply" and the Opacity to 56.




Tool Palette - Text tool




Adding Text

Highlight the top layer in your Layer palette. Use the Text tool and click in middle of the canvas:
Name = Arial Black
Size = 20
Auto Kern = checked
Styles: Stroke = Null
Styles: Fill = Solid Color: a Dark Color (I had black)
Texture: Stroke and Fill = both Null
Create as: Vector = checked
Antialias = checked

Enter a name for the dog ("King") and click on OK. Move the selection to the bottom part of the plate. Move the text so that it fits on the bottom section of the "Wide Rim" layer and is not on the narrow rim layer. Resize the name if necessary by pulling on the corners (handles) of the selection surrounding the name.

When positioned and sized to your liking, right-click in the plaque area to set the name.


Layer Palette - Layer visibility off



Duplicate the Vector (text) layer and turn off the first vector layer. Then right-click on the duplicated vector layer and select "Convert to Raster Layer" from the popup menu.

Go to Selections || Select All, then to Selections || Float, then to Selections || Defloat. Hit the Delete key to remove the color.

Now go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout:
Vertical and Horizontal offset = 0
Opacity = 100
Blur = 15
Color = Black
Fill interior with color = unchecked

Click on OK and deselect (Ctrl+D). Set the Blend Mode of that layer to "Multiply" and the Opacity to 66.

Duplicate the layer and set the Blend Mode of the duplicated layer to "Burn" and the Opacity to 100.

Picture Framed

Now you can put a frame on the picture or finish the image as you wish.

Enjoy Joyce