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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg
Created by: Barbara Townsend

 
A quick and easy Easter egg, using Geometric Effects, to brighten up your holiday.
 

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You may download and use this flower tube for your egg if you wish. Just a little history on the flower – many years ago when we moved into our house, I designated parts of the yard to each of our children. This peace rose was planted by my daughter. It still gives me one or two blooms a year.
 

New Image
Create a new image:
– Width = 400
– Height = 600
– Resolution = 72
– Raster Background = checked
– Transparent = checked
 
Open Image Open the rose tube in PSP and minimize it for the time being.
 
Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Gradient Option In your Materials palette, choose a Gradient. I chose Duotone Lavender, but anything that will blend with your tube will work.
– Angle = 0
– Repeats = 0
– Style = Linear Gradient
 

Flood Fill Tool

Click on your Flood Fill tool.
– Match Mode = None
– Blend Mode = Normal
– Opacity = 100

Flood-fill your background with the gradient.

 

Let's use some effects to make this into an egg:

First go to Effects || Geometric Effects || Circle:
– Transparent = checked

Then go to Effects || Geometric Effects || Perspective Vertical:
– Distortion = 45
– Transparent = checked

Now go to Image || Flip.

 
Deform Tool Click on your Deform tool and you will see a "box" appear on top of your egg. Pull the middle node up a bit to give it more of an egg-like shape.
 
Magic Wand Tool


New Raster Layer

With your Magic Wand, click in the transparent area outside your egg. Then go to Selections || Invert.

Create a new raster layer: Go to Layers || New Raster Layer. You can name this layer 'Paint' if you wish.

 
Paint Brush Tool Click on your Paint Brush tool. From the preset drop-down list, choose "Colored Noise" and set the Size = 42.
 
Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Solid Color Option In your Materials palette, set your Foreground Color to White. Lightly spray around your egg. Having it selected will keep the paint inside the egg. When you are done go to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).
 

Make your tube your active image. Go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C) and then go back to your egg image. Go to Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer (Ctrl+L).

If the tube layer is a little big for our egg resize it: Go to Image || Resize and try these settings:
– Pixel Dimensions: Width and Height = 75%
– Resample using = either Smart Size or Bilinear Resample
– Resize all layers = unchecked
– Lock aspect ratio = checked

 
  In your Layer palette, lower the opacity of the tube to about 72 by moving the hour glass slider to the left. Then right-click on any layer in your Layer palette and choose Merge || Merge visible from the pop-up menu.
 
Crop Tool  Crop Area = Opaque - Current Layer Click on your Crop tool. In the Tool Options palette, where it says "Snap crop rectangle to:" choose the middle one, "Crop Layer Opaque". Then click on the check mark to apply.
 

There you have a pretty Easter egg to tube or use as you wish.

You can also duplicate the image and use the Effect Browser to come up with some variations. I tried the Rotating Mirror and the Chrome with the Silky BW preset.

 

Here is one my tester did using different colors and a different tube.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it for you. I can't wait to see what you come up with!