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Making Tubes
Created by:Kawliga

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You will need to download and unzip the download file to your hard drive. It has three graphics in it that we will use for this tutorial.
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Now, let's get ready to make tubes in PSP ...

Go to File || Preferences || General Program Preferences and click on the "Rulers and Units" tab. This will give us a grid to place our graphics in that will make up our picture tube.

In the "Grid" section on the right of that tab, set the following:
Units = Pixels
Horizontal Spacing = 100
Vertical Spacing = 100
Line Color: click on the "Change" button, select Black and click on OK.

Click on OK to close the preferences window.

Now we have told PSP we want our grid to use 100 x 100 pixel sizes. So we will be using images that are 100 x 100 pixels.

If you make your own tubes in the future, you will want to make sure you remember to make them the same size, and then go to this preference dialog box and set the grid sizes!

We are ready to prepare our images for making the tube. We need to open the three graphics you downloaded: "/tutorial/html/tuteff/bfly1.jpg", "/tutorial/html/tuteff/bfly2.jpg", and "/tutorial/html/tuteff/bfly3.jpg".
Now if you go to View || Image Information, you will see the dimensions of the image you have active. Verify that all three graphics are 100 x 100 pixels.
Now, let's set up our tube grid ... Go to File || New.

We will want this image size to hold all three graphics side by side ... Each graphic is 100 x 100 ... that would be times three, equaling 300 for our width, so type 300 for the width.

Since we have them going into one row, the height only needs to be 100.

Select "Transparent" as your background color and click on OK.

If you do not see the grid lines in the graphic you just created, go to View || Grid and make sure Grid is activated.

Now click on your Magic Wand tool and set:
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 25
Feather = 0
Sample merged = unchecked
Click on the white background of one of the butterfly graphics, then go to Selections || Invert.

Only the butterfly should be selected now.

Okay, now we want to copy this image and paste it into the first grid of the new image we made! So go to Edit || Copy.
Make the grid graphic active by clicking on its title bar, then go to Edit || Paste || As New Selection.

Center the graphic in the box and deselect it by right-clicking into the image.

Now we will copy and paste the remaining two butterflies to their own grid ... Click with the Magic Wand on the white background of the next butterfly, go to Selections || Invert, then to Edit || Copy, make the Grid graphic active again and go to Edit || Paste || As New Selection, center the butterfly in a grid and deselect the graphic.

Do the third butterfly the same way.

Save this image in the .psp format.
Now, we need to export this image to make it a tube. Exporting it will convert the file to a .tub file type and saves it in the PSP Tubes folder.

Go to File || Export || Picture Tube. In the "Cell Arrangement" panel, enter the number of image cells we have across:
Cells Across = 3
Cells Down = 1
Total Cells = 3

I would keep everything else here as the default.

Give this tube a name. I named mine ccbflies CC are my initials so I know I made this tube myself. Click on OK when done.

Now we have a tube!

Let's check it out and see if it works! Close all the graphics you have. Start a new image size 300 x 300. If you don't want to see the grid lines on your image while you work, go to View || Grid again to deactivate the grid.
Now, click on the Picture Tube tool in the tool palette. In the Control / Tool Options palette, select the tube you just made from the Tubes drop-down box.
You can change the scale options up or down in your Control / Tool Options palette.

Click into your image to add a few butterflies!

Now you know how to make a picture tube!