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Valentine Picture Tube
Created by: CarolynR

This tutorial will teach you how to clean up images for use as tubes in Paint Shop Pro.
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You will need these images in the download file or you may use your own images.
Create a new transparent image of about 400 x 260 pixels, 24 bit.
Go to View || Change Grid and Guide Properties. On the left side, set:
Units = Pixels
Horizontal Spacing = 200
Vertical Spacing = 260
Line Color = red (or a color which contrasts with your image)

These numbers can vary according to the size of the picture you will make into a tube. The grid will allow you to place each picture within an equal margin. Press OK and go to View || Grid.

Note: If you are using your own image, use the image size for the spacing in the preferences. Modify the new transparent image size to fit your image and double the width if you wish to add two images, triple for three images, etc.
Open cherub1.gif or the one you wish to use as a tube. The picture I am using is 158 x 223 and will fit within one side of my grid. Click on Colors || Increase Color Depth || 16 million and then click on your background layer and let it default to the name "Layer1". This will allow you to eventually delete the background to transparency.
Take your Magic Wand and use these settings:
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 32
Feather = 0
Sample Merged = unchecked
Click on all the white areas of your graphic, hold down the Shift key as you click in any interior white areas.

Invert your selection (Selections || Invert). Click on Selections || Modify || Feather and feather by 2, invert again and press Delete. You should now have your graphic selected on a transparent background.

Deselect by right-clicking into your image and go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow. Use the settings:
Vertical and Horizontal = 2
Opacity = 100
Blur = 6
Color = Black

Click OK. Go to Effects || Sharpen || Sharpen. Now press Ctrl-C (or Edit || Copy).

Click on your new transparent image and press Ctrl-E (or Edit || Paste || As Transparent Selection). Center it on the left side between the grid lines. You can now close your original picture, do not save.

Open the second image cherub2.jpg. Double-click on your layer palette and default the name to "Layer1".
For the Magic Wand, reduce the Tolerance to 5, since there are white areas within your picture which you do not want to select. If you select a wing or area you did not intend, you can press Undo or Ctrl-Z or you can press the Ctrl key while you reselect the incorrect area. (Shift adds to the selection and Ctrl subtracts.) You can also change selection tools while you work on your image.
Invert your selection (Selections || Invert). Then go to Selections || Modify || Feather and feather by 2, invert again and press Delete several times. You should now have your graphic selected on a transparent background. Deselect by right-clicking into your image.

Use the same settings as before and create your drop shadow. Sharpen your image and press Ctrl-C (or Edit || Copy). Click on your new transparent image and press Ctrl-E (or Edit || Paste || As Transparent Selection). Center it on the right side between the grid lines. Close your original, do not save.

Now to create your tube. Go to File || Export || Picture Tube. For the cell arrangement, set:
Cells Across = 2
Cells Down = 1

Your grid tells you how many cells you have and since you have only two across, this is your Total Cells.

You can leave the Step Size which is based on the grid size you entered in the beginning. Placement Mode can remain Random, along with the Selection Mode. Those parameters can all be changed whenever you select your tube and click on "Options". Name your tube any name you wish. I called mine cherub (you do not add the extension ".tub", that is added automatically). Press OK.
How about a quick method to do just one image, now that you learned to do more than one. Open the file flower_wreath.jpg. If you'd like to place the grid, the dimensions should be 300 x 360.
Set the background layer to default "Layer1". Select the background with the Magic Wand by setting the Tolerance to 32.
Invert and feather your selection by 2 pixels. Invert and delete the white, sharpen. Create a drop shadow of:
Horizontal and Vertical = 1
Opacity = 50
Blur = 8.7
Color = black

You now have an image on a transparent background and can go to File || Export || Picture Tube. Leave the settings for Cells Across and Down = 1, Step Size = 300 and type the name "wreath".