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Painting on Canvas Effect

Created by:Fried Kampes.
This tutorial will teach you how to make your images appear as if they have been painted on canvas or linen, using a fine linen Pattern and the Flood Fill tool. The tutorial teaches you how to "Multiply" your original picture, and add a texture layer underneath it for the linen texture to appear. You may experiment with all different patterns and textures for different effects.

The steps below show how to perform each task using the PSP menu options. Alternatively, you may wish to use the keyboard shortcuts for some of the tasks - these are displayed in small text - surrounded by [square brackets].

The instructions below were written for PSP Version 5. Where steps are different while using PSP Version 6, these V6 steps are shown in green.

 
Note

Download the files we've used in this tutorialDownload file

Fine Linen Texture
This tutorial requires you to use a picture you wish to place on canvas and a fine linen texture as a pattern.

To download the picture we have used and the fine linen texture image:
1.  Click on the Download file link to the left.
2.  After downloading these files - unzip them,
     extracting the "finelinen.bmp" file into your
     PSP | Patterns or Textures directory, and the
     "/tutorial/html/tuteff/moonlit.jpg" image into your normal images
     directory.
3.  Open the "/tutorial/html/tuteff/moonlit.jpg" and "finelinen.bmp" files
     to your workspace.
Download the files we've used in this tutorial To ensure that you don't lose the original images - save them as new psp files.

To save the two images as psp files:
1.  Click on the original "/tutorial/html/tuteff/moonlit.jpg" image.
2.  Click on the File | Save As menu option,
     and save the new file into your current images
     directory as "moonlit2.psp" [F12].
3.  Click on the original "finelinen.bmp" image.
4.  Click on the File | Save As menu option, and
     save the new file into your current images
     directory as "finelinen2.psp" [F12].
5.  Click on the "moonlit2.psp" image (to make it
     the active image).
Note:



Promote to layer menu option.




Layer palette after renaming layer as top, and setting blend mode to multiply.
Before you add the linen effect, you need to adjust
the Layer Palette by promoting the "Background" to a layer, and changing its Blend Mode.

To promote the "moonlit2.psp" image background:
1.  Using the Layer Palette, right click on the
     Background layer. The system displays a
     drop-down menu.
2.  Select the Promote to Layer option (the system
     promotes the layer, and names it Layer 1).
3.  To rename the promoted layer, right-click
     on the Layer 1 layer, and select the Properties
     menu option. The system displays the "Layer
     Properties" dialog box.
4.  In the Name field, rename this layer TOP.
5.  Click on the down-arrow next to the Blend Mode
     field, and - from the drop-down list of blend modes -
     select the Multiply option.
6.  Leave all other settings in this dialog box as they
     are, then click on the OK button to accept the
     settings.
Note:






Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom menu option.

Layer Palette.
Now you need to add a layer for your linen texture,
then move it underneath the TOP layer.

To create the texture layer:
1.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Add New Layer
     icon. The system displays the "Layer Properties"
     dialog box for the new layer.

PSP Version 6:
1.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Create Layer icon.
     The system displays the "Layer Properties"
     dialog box for the new layer.

2.  Name this new layer "LINEN".
3.  Leave all other settings in the dialog box as they are,
     and click on the OK button to accept the settings.
4.  Click on the Layers | Arrange | Send to Bottom
     menu option (to move the LINEN layer below
     the TOP layer). Your Layer Palette should now
     look like that shown on the left.
5.  If necessary, click on the LINEN layer to make
     sure it is the active layer.
6.  This would also be a good time to save your
     image, renaming it "moonlit3.psp" [F12].
The Flood Fill Controls settings.

The Flood Fill Options Pattern settings.
Next you will add the texture to your LINEN layer.
Before flood filling, you need to change the Flood Fill settings to include your linen texture.

To adjust the Flood Fill settings:
1.  Click on the Flood Fill tool, and - in the "Controls"
     dialog box - click on the down-arrow below the
     Fill Style, and select "Pattern" as your fill style.
2.  Now click on the Options button. The system
     displays the "Flood Fill Options" dialog box
     (as shown on the left), and click on the down-arrow
     beside the New Pattern Source field, and select
     the "finelinen2.psp" pattern from the displayed
     list (note - this list will show all of the "open"
     images in your workspace).
3.  The "Flood Fill Options" dialog box should now
     look like that displayed on the left. Leave all of the
     other settings as they are, and click on the
     OK button to accept the settings.

PSP Version 6
1.  Click on the Flood Fill tool, and in the "Flood Fill
     Tool Options" dialog box, click on the down-arrow
     beside the Fill Style field, and select Pattern as
     your fill style.
2.  Change the other settings on the main tab to:
     Blend Mode = Normal,
     Paper Texture = None,
     Match Mode = RGB Value,
     Tolerance = 200,
     Opacity = 100,
     Sample Merged checkbox = Unchecked
.
3.  Click on the Patterns tab in the "Tool Options"
     dialog box, then click on the drop-down arrow
     beside the New Pattern Source field, and select
     the "finelinen2.psp" pattern from the displayed list.

Note:

Image BEFORE adjusting the Linen layer's opacity.

Image BEFORE adjusting the Linen layer's opacity.
You are now ready to flood fill the LINEN layer with your selected pattern, then adjust the layer opacity to your liking. Because your TOP layer has the Multiply blend mode, the linen look underneath will "shine through" the TOP layer.

To flood fill the LINEN layer:
1.  Using the Flood Fill tool, click once on image.
     The image should look like the top image shown
     on the left.

     Now you need to change the LINEN layer's opacity,
     so that it doesn't dominate your original image.

To adjust the LINEN layer opacity:
1.  In the Layer Palette click on the LINEN layer's
     Opacity Slider, and slide it to the left, so that
     your layer's opacity is around 54% (or to your
     liking if you think the linen look dominates the
     image too much). Your image should look like that
     displayed on the lower-left.
2.  Finally save your image.

This is the end of the tutorial.