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Creating Simple Scotch Tape
Created by: Carolyn Ross

Scotch Tape is really easy to make in Paintshop Pro. You can use it on all sorts of pages and when you change the opacity, it's possible to see the texture of the layer beneath just like real tape. I saved mine as a tube so I'll always be ready to "tape down" any pictures.
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Although I used PSP6 which has a filter called wave, I found that using a free pluggin filter called Wavemaker which is part of Unplugged tools will also give good effects. Download it before starting this tutorial by clicking on the link.

Begin with a new file of 180 x 72 pixels, white background.
Add a new layer.
Using the selection tool with the settings of:
Shape: Rectangle
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: unchecked
Make a rectangular selection (I went from coordinates 18,18 to 162,54).
It is approximately 1/2" by 2", but you can make the size whatever you'd like your piece of tape to be, thinner, fatter or longer.
I changed the foreground color to light gray
(R=192, G=192, B=192)
or you can make it a shade that's even lighter.
Using fill tool (see settings below),
Fill Style = Solid Color
Blend Mode = Normal
Page Texture = None
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 200
Opacity = 100
Sample Merge = unchecked

In this case, match mode and tolerance don't matter.
The selection is empty anyway, so there are no colors to match.
Tolerance is related to match mode - in that it 'tolerates' more color variation from the chosen pixel. Since the selection is empty, there are no colors to vary.

Deselect (Ctrl + D) or
Selections || Deselect
Now you will be adding the jagged edge to the tape.
Go to Image || Deformations || Wave.
Use the wave filter with the settings as shown on the left and below:
Horizontal displacement
Amplitude = 1
Wavelength = 4
Vertical displacement
Amplitude = 0
Wavelength = 1
If you do not have this option in your PSP, you can use Unplugged Tools Filter called "Wavemaker". Use the following settings:
All Y Settings = 0
X Amplitude = 3
X Frequency = 20
X Finetune = 125
X Offset = 125
Now you can continue with the rest of the tutorial.

I like to add a little texture to the tape, but you could also leave it with a smooth finish.

If you want to add a bit of texture,
Take the magic wand
Tolerance set 20 or less (so it will select the gray tape)
Click in the gray area

To create the slight texture, go to
Image || Effects || Noise.
Add Noise with the settings as shown below:
Add % of Noise = 6
Uniform = checked
To see the effect you will get as scotch tape, set the opacity to about 40%.
To use this image as a tube, delete your background layer.
Go to File || Export || Picture Tube.
You can leave the settings as is but name your tube "tape".

Cell Arrangement: Default Settings if you are just using one image. Name Tube desired name and press "OK"
I'd suggest that you use your new tube on a new layer and use the rotate tool to place each piece as desired. When you export it, it retains it's original opacity so you will probably want to reduce the opacity to about 40 or 50% when you use it.

Hint: On the picture on the left, I also used the retouch tool set to Lighten RGB, with an opacity of 32 and hardness of 40 and a round size of 6, and went lightly over the extending edges of the tape to make it appear that they are fastened down tighter at the edges than at the middle. This should be a very slight change to look natural.