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Wavy Banner
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Wavy Banner
Created by: Barbara Townsend

I always wanted to know how those pretty wavy banners on web sites were created and as I can see, others want to know also. I set about working out this tutorial and it works for me. I hope it will answer some of your questions, too.
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In the zip file on the left, you'll find the floral photos that are used in this tutorial. Of course you can also use any photos of your own.
Open Image First you want to prepare the pictures that will be placed into the wave graphic. I resized mine to 148 x 124 pixels. Open them and minimize them on the PSP workspace.

New Image

Special Tip

Move Tool

Crop Tool

Open a new image, 740 x 125 pixels, with a white raster background. Copy each image (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C) and paste it as a new layer (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer or Ctrl+L) into the new image. (Tip: You can also just drag the 'Background' layers of the images with your mouse from their Layer palette into the new image to copy and paste them.)

With the Move tool, move the images close together but leave a small space between each one so a little white shows through. Since they are all on separate layers, you can place them easily by just taking them with the Move tool and put them where you want them in your banner.

When you are satisfied go to Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten). Use the Crop tool if necessary to trim off any excess. Minimize this image for later use. The original flower pictures can be closed.

New Image

Expanding your workspace

Create another new image, 740 x 300 pixels, and this time check the 'Transparent' option under the Color area to get a transparent background.

By placing the cursor on the corner of the image, it will change to a double-sided arrow. When this happens drag it outwards to expand your workspace with the image to have more working room.

Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Solid Color Option

In your Materials palette, choose any color you want to work with for your Foreground color (it will be deleted later). The Background Material should be set to Transparent (Null).

Note: When in the following you see a letter inside parenthesis it refers to a shortcut on the keyboard.


Pen Tool

PSP 8:   New Shape   Draw Mode   Point-to-Point Segments

PSP 9:   Draw Point To Point – Bezier Curves

Activate your Pen tool (V):

For PSP 8
– New = selected
– Contiguous = checked
– Create as vector = checked
– Mode = Drawing Mode
– Segment type
     = Point To Point
– Width = 100
– Anti-alias = checked
For PSP 9
– Mode = Draw Point To Point –
     Bezier Curves
– Connect Segments
     = checked
– Create On Vector = checked
– Show Nodes = checked
– Width = 100
– Anti-alias = checked

Start at the left side and click to set a node. Move to the middle and click again. Move to the other end and click again. This does not have to be perfect. Do not try and make a curve now, just place these nodes in a line across the center.


Rotating Handles


A left click on a node will activate that node. Activate the right node, then right-click on it and choose 'Node Type || Curve Before' from the pop-up menu (or go to Objects || Node Types || Curve Before in the menu bar). If you hover over the new "node" (a bit to the left of the right node you set before) with your mouse you will see rotating handles like on the image on the left.

Note: If you find the 'Curve Before' and 'Curve After' commands greyed out, click on the commands listed above, 'Line Before' or 'Line After'. That will activate the ones you need.

Start the wave on the right It is with these handles that you will create the first part of the wave. Move the node handle a bit upwards to make a curve.
Now complete the wave on the left Activate your first node on the left side, right-click on it and this time select 'Node Type || Curve After' from the pop-up menu. Move this node handle a bit downwards to complete your curve. The node in the middle can be moved up and down or side to side to smooth out your curve.
Pull node off the image area You can see that the ends are not smooth and flowing as they should be. This is why you need to expand the image frame you are working with so you can drag each end off the canvas to finish the curve. Now deselect by clicking on any other tool.

Magic Wand Tool

Use the Magic Wand tool and click inside the wave to set the "marching ants" around it.

Convert your vector layer ('Vector 1') to a raster layer: right-click on it in your Layer palette and choose 'Convert to Raster Layer' from the pop-up menu.

Copy, Paste and Merge Now it is time to place the image you created earlier. Maximise it on your workspace and copy it (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C).
Copy, Paste and Merge Activate the banner image and go to Edit || Paste || Paste Into Selection. Then deselect (Selections || Select None or Ctrl+D) and merge your layers (Layers || Merge || Merge Visible).
Materials Palette - Active Colors To add an edge to the curve:
Select your color. For this image I will use Foreground color #000000. The Background will be Null again. Open the edges around the image to give yourself enough room to work.

Pen Tool
Click on the Pen tool with the same settings as before, except the Width will be 4 now. Draw the curve as you did before. By clicking and dragging on the nodes you can pull/stretch and move it into place to fit the top of the image. Deselect (click on another tool).
Move Tool

Bottom and Top Borders Added

Go to Layers || Duplicate and use the Move tool to place the duplicated border into place on the bottom edge of the image.

Go to Layers || Merge || Merge Visible to merge your layers.

This image is submitted by Pete whose help I could not do without. Thank you Pete.

There – now you have the perfect curve to use whereever you want to.

Barbara T.