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Cutout Daisy
Created by: Kawliga

In this tutorial you will use the Magic Wand tool to turn a simple black-and-white image into a colorful cutout - which can then be converted into a border tile or button.
 
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For this tutorial you'll need a black-and-white (clipart) image. If you haven't got one available, you can download one here.
 
Open the image from your download and increase colors to 16 million: Go to Colors || Increase Color Depth || 16 million.
 
Click on the Magic Wand and set as follows:
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Feather = 0
 
Click into the black area of the image, then go to Selections || Invert (Ctrl+Shift+I). This will change the selection from the black background to the white flowers.

Your image should match the one on the left.

 
If your Layer palette is not visible, click on the layer button on your tool bar to show it.
 
Create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer button in your Layer palette. Note that the white areas stay selected even though you have switched layers. Now any editing you do will still occur within the selected area but on the new layer.
 
Go to Image || Effects || Cutout, adjust settings to the following:
Fill interior with color = unchecked
Shadow color = black
Opacity = 80
Blur = 5
Vertical/Horizontal Offset = 5

Click on OK. This will create the cutout effect on Layer1. Deselect by right-clicking into your image.

 
PSP 5:

PSP 6:
Make Layer1 invisible for now by clicking on the visibility button on your Layer palette.

Switch to your Background layer by clicking on the Background layer's button in your Layer palette.

 
Your Magic Wand should still be active, so click in the center of the flower.
 
Set your foreground color to red (Red = 255, Green = 0, Blue = 0) and your background color to brown (Red = 178, Green = 100, Blue = 48).
 
Select your Paintbrush tool and set as follows:
PSP 5:
Paper Texture = None
Brush Tip tab:
Shape = Round
Size = 200
Opacity = 30
Hardness = 50
Density = 30
Step = 25

PSP 6:
Shape = Round
Size = 200
Hardness = 50
Opacity = 30
Step = 25
Density = 30
Tab 2:
Paper texture = None

 
Sweep your Paintbrush across your image once or twice. You should see color added to the center of the flower only. You want to leave the area speckled, not completely filled in with color.
 
Switch foreground and background colors by clicking on the double arrow of the color picker, or hold down your right mouse button to paint with your background color.
 
Sweep your Paintbrush across the image a few times to add a second color, allowing some of the previous color to show through.

Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

 
Select your Magic Wand and click on any flower petal. To add to the selection, hold down the Shift key. Continue clicking on flower petals until all are selected (for all three flowers).

If you click on the wrong area, hold down the Ctrl key and click on it again to subtract that area from the selection. Then resume adding areas.

 
Set your foreground color to yellow (Red = 255, Green = 255, Blue = 0) and your background color to orange (Red = 255, Green = 204, Blue = 49).
 
Select your Paintbrush tool again with same settings as before.
 
Repeat the previous procedure using both colors: Sweeping over the image a few times with the left mouse button and then with the right mouse button.

This time the color should appear in the petals only. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

 
Using the Magic Wand, select any leaf or stem area. Then go to Selections || Modify || Select Similar. This will select all the remaining white areas.
 
Set your foreground color to a light green (Red = 124, Green = 204, Blue = 124) and your background color to a dark green (Red = 0, Green = 153, Blue = 0).
 
Select your Paintbrush tool again with same settings as before.
 
Repeat the previous procedure again using both colors: Sweeping over the image a few times with the left mouse button and then with the right mouse button.

This time color should appear in the stalks only. Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

 
Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool Use the Magic Wand to select the black area around the flowers.
 
Set your foreground color to blue (Red = 0, Green = 0, Blue = 255) and your background color to purple (Red = 204, Green = 0, Blue = 204).
 
Select your Paintbrush tool again with same settings as before.
 
Repeat the painting procedure once again, this time you will be painting over the black to give it some color.

This may take a few more strokes than the white area but you should still leave some black showing through.

Deselect with Ctrl+D (Selections || Select None).

 
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PSP 6:
Make Layer1 visible again by clicking on the visibility icon in your Layer palette.

Go to Layers || Merge || Merge All (Flatten).

 
Our black-and-white image is now a colored cutout!

The final image saves well as a GIF or JPG.

This image can be used as is, but I prefer to use the Buttonize feature to turn it into a button or border background.