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Working with Vectors: A Valentine's Card (2)
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Working with Vectors: A Valentine's Card (2)
Created by: the Prof

In this three-part tutorial we use vectors to create a Valentine's Card. Vector layers vs raster layers allow one to manipulate lines and curves to create other types of curves. (A raster layer is the default layer for PSP and allows the drawing of images using the various PSP features.)

When one uses a vector layer, there are only certain PSP tools available. The key tools are the Text, Drawing, Preset Shapes, and the Vector Object Selection tools. However, these tools allow the creation of exciting and interesting shapes.

In the first part of the tutorial, we used vectors to create a heart shape from a circle, curved text and a frame. In this second part we will enhance the images created, and in the third part we will use a variety of techniques to create a very realistic card that one may use on their web page or in an e-mail for Valentine's Day.

 
Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button     Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool

Giving the Red Heart Dimension and a Texture

Load the valentine-01.psp file you created in the first part of this tutorial into your PSP program.
  • Highlight the Red Heart layer in the layer palette
  • Use your Magic Wand tool
    • Match mode = RGB Value
    • Tolerance = 0
    • Feather = 0
    • Sample merged = unchecked
    • Click inside the red heart
 

Use a Texture on the Heart Layer:

  • Effects || Texture Effects || Texture
    • Texture = #47 (Pin Wheel)
    • Size = 160
    • Smoothness = 80
    • Depth = 20
    • Ambience = 0
    • Shininess = 80
    • Color = White
    • Angle = 315
    • Intensity = 20
    • Elevation = 90
    • Click on OK
Do not deselect!
 
Use the Cutout effect:
  • Create a new layer above the Red Heart Layer labeled Heart Shadow
  • Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout
    • Horizontal and Vertical Offsets = 0
    • Opacity = 100
    • Blur = 60
    • Shadow Color = Dark Purple (128, 0, 128)
    • Click on OK
Do not deselect!
 
Smoothing the Heart Edges:
  • Turn off all layers except: Red Heart and Heart Shadow
  • Highlight either visible layer in the layer palette
  • Use Layers || Merge || Merge Visible
  • Label merged layer = Red Heart
  • Use Selections || Invert
  • Use Selections || Modify || Expand with a value of 1
  • Use Effects || Blur || Gaussian Blur with a value of 2
  • Deselect (Ctrl+D)
  • Turn on all layers
 

Giving the Text depth

  • Highlight the Text layer in the layer palette
  • Go to Selections || Load From Alpha: the Text selection
  • Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow
    • Vertical Offset = 6
    • Horizontal Offset = 1
    • Opacity = 100
    • Blur = 4
    • Color = Dark Purple (96, 0, 96)
    • Click on OK
  • Deselect (Ctrl+D)
 

White Heart Shadow

  • Highlight the BG layer in the layer palette
  • Create a new layer labeled 'White Heart Shadow'
  • Turn off all layers except the BG and White Heart Shadow
  • Highlight the White Heart Shadow layer in the layer palette
  • Use: Selections || Load From Alpha: the Heart selection
  • Use: Selections || Modify || Expand with a value of 10
  • Use: Selections || Modify || Feather with value of 30
  • Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout
    • Vertical and Horizontal Offsets = 0
    • Opacity = 100
    • Blur = 100
    • Shadow Color = dark purple (128, 0, 128)
    • Click on OK
  • Deselect (Ctrl+D)
  • Turn on all layers
 

Textured Background

  • Highlight the White Heart Shadow layer in the layer palette
  • Effects || Geometric Effects || Spiky Halo
    • Horizontal Offset = -4
    • Vertical Offset = -6
    • Radius = 1
    • Amplitude = 50
    • Frequency = 40
    • Click on OK
  • Highlight the White Heart layer in the layer palette
  • Use the Spiky Halo Effect again with no changes in values
 
Tool Palette - Deformation tool

Creating the Frame

  • Highlight the Frame layer in the layer palette
    • Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C)
    • Edit || Paste || As New Layer (Ctrl+L)
    • Use the Deformation tool
    • Use Shift key and click the Right-Arrow key 3 times
    • Use Shift key and click on the Down-Arrow key 2 times
    • Click on Apply in Tool Options palette
    • Edit || Paste || As New Layer again (Ctrl+L)
    • Use the Deformation tool again
    • Use Shift key and click on the Right-Arrow key 7 times
    • Use Shift key and click on the Down-Arrow key 4 times
    • Click on Apply in Tool Options palette
 

Enhancing the Frame

  • Turn off all layers except the top three layers
  • Make sure one of the top three layers is highlighted
  • Use Layers || Merge || Merge Visible
  • Rename the Merged Layer to Frame
  • Turn on all layers
  • Highlight the Frame layer
  • Effects || Texture Effects || Sculpture
    • Use the Gold preset
    • Apply it three times
  • Colors || Colorize
    • Hue = 224
    • Saturation = 128
    • Click on OK
 
Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool

  • Highlight the Frame layer
  • Use: Magic Wand tool
  • Click outside the frame
  • Use: Selections || Invert
  • Use: Selections || Modify || Contract with value of 1
  • Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow
    • Vertical and Horizontal Offset = 0
    • Opacity = 60
    • Blur = 30
    • Color = Dark Purple (96, 0, 96)
    • Click on Ok
    • Deselect (Ctrl+D)
 
Standard Toolbar - Save (image) button

Save Your Work

At this point, the basic card image has been completed. Save your work as valentine-02.psp to preserve this image so that you can work on it again if you want at a later time. You can now use this image in a table as a background for a card on your web page or in email.
 
This tutorial completes the basic-card tutorials. However, there is a third tutorial which takes the card the next step and creates a 3D presentation of the Valentine's Card. It includes various PSP techniques such as the Deformation tool to create a perspective shadow, the realistic looking card and uses the effect of illumination with lights and sunburst for additional coloring effects. You can check out the image on Prof's Web site or go directly to the third part of this tutorial.

-- Enjoy -- :o)