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Marble Rooms part 2


This tutorial created by CarolUK
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Modified with v6 steps added by Bella Morte

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This tutorial will show you a simple way to make a marble room, with steps, pillars and windows. You can vary the number and position of all the elements in it, to make your own individual room.

First, you need to choose the marble for your room. The pink one that I have used came from and you will find a huge selection of marble tiles there to choose from. If you have not done part one of this tutorial, then go here and you can access the download for this tutorial from there.

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To make the floor of the room, we need to change the perspective of the marble, and it will make it too small to fit our room, so open a new image, 640x480. Make sure that your marble is still the texture in the background style, and with the fill tool ex2.gif - 1kb right click to fill the new image with the marble.

PSP 6 users: Make sure you select the flood fill tool and that it is set to Pattern and that the pattern is still the marble image, then flood fill the new image.

 With your new marble image the current one, select the deformation tool. ex14.gif - 1kb This will put a frame, with square 'handles' at each corner and the centre of each side and a rotation handle in the centre, around your whole image. Place your cursor on the handle at the top left corner, and hold down CTRL. The cursor will then look like the image on left.

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Still holding CTRL down, left click and drag towards the right. Release the CTRL key and the mouse button and check the figures on the status bar. You need them to read 124,0 when the cursor is on the corner handle. It does not matter if the second figure reads 2 or 4, but the first one needs to be 124. If the figure is higher, press CTRL again and click and drag left. If it is too low, move right. Always hold down the CTRL key while you are moving the cursor, so that the top right corner will mirror the top left. When you have it in the right position, go to the tool options panel and press apply. Your marble now looks like the image below.

Note to PSP 6 users: When deforming the floor, use your judgement as the status bar does not show any coordinates. Suggestion: Have the rulers on by going to View || Rulers.

In the illustrations which follow, I have this marble image zoomed out to 1:2 in order to keep the tutorial illustrations small. If you find working in a small size image difficult, you can zoom the image to 1:1.

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Now press the deformation tool again ex14.gif - 1kb and place your cursor on the handle at centre bottom of your image. Left click and drag upwards till the second figure on the status bar shows 130. You will have to release the mouse button to check the readings. Apply the deformation at the tool options panel again. Now your marble looks like the image on left.
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Use Edit || Copy to put it on the clipboard.

Make your room image the current one, and on the layer palette click on Layer 1 so that is the current layer. Use Edit || Paste || as new layer. The marble will appear in your image. If it is showing behind the windows or any of the green is still showing, use the mover tool ex11.gif - 1kb to adjust it into position. In the layer panel, it will appear as layer 3, immediately above layer 1. Right click on this layer, select rename from the menu, and rename it floor. Your room is now taking shape.

Now we are going to add a couple of steps at the back of the room. If you have used the clipboard for anything else since you did the floor (I am assuming that people may not do the tutorial all at once) then go to the floor layer, click on it to make it current, and use Edit || Copy to put it on the clipboard again. If you are going straight from the floor to the steps it will still be on the clipboard.

In the layer palette, click on the top layer - back wall - to make it active, and then use Edit || Paste || As New Layer. Another copy of the floor will appear across the middle of the image. It will not be easy to see where it ends and the floor starts, but we need it lighter anyway, so use Colors || Adjust || Brightness and Contrast. Set brightness to 15 and contrast to 0 and click OK. Go to the Layer Palette and rename this layer Step 1.

Use the mover tool ex11.gif - 1kb to pull it to a position where it leaves about half of the floor uncovered. It will be covering the wall to a little way up the windows, and we need to cut off that part. The easiest way to do that is first to draw the slider of Step 1's layer in the layer palette back a little so it becomes semi transparent and you can see where the wall ends and the floor starts underneath it.

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Now use the selection tool ex3.gif - 1kb set to rectangle in the tool options palette, and make a rectangular selection that can start anywhere above the step marble, must be the full width of the image, and the bottom must be exactly on the line of the wall joining the floor.
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Hit the delete key, and then put the Step 1 layer slider back to 100. Now select a narrow rectangular strip at the bottom of the step marble (about half a centimetre deep, and it does not matter if your selection rectangle goes beyond the bottom of the step marble) and use Colors || Adjust || Brightness and Contrast with brightness at -48 and contrast at 0. That will make the riser for your step.

Adding another step is simplicity itself. With Step 1 still the current layer, use Edit || Copy and Edit || Paste || As New Layer. Rename the new layer to Step 2, and bring it down till it is halfway across step 1. Make it semi-transparent as you did with the first one, select and delete what is above where step 1 joins the back wall, and put the layer slider back to 100.


Next, we add pillars and view another sample  Marble Room in part 3


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