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The 'Weave' Effect is a straight forward, yet interesting, effect. The 'Weave' Effect is able to be applied as a background image, applied on other images and does have some very unique outcomes when combined with other PSP features.

In this tutorial, we will first explore the 'Weave' Effect and it's options. Then, we will explore using it with other PSP features.



Basic Weave Effect -- Options

We will first quickly explore creating background images and give them a sculptured effect. Then, we will work with photographs and finish up with creating Frames.


Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Begin with a new image:
– Width = 300 pixels
– Height = 300 pixels
– Resolution = 72 Pixel/inch
– Background = White
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors


A basic Weave Effect

Use: Effects || Texture Effects || Weave

Click on the Default Button (Bottom Right Button next to the 'Help' button).

Do not click on 'Ok' yet.


A. Note how the 'Gap' Size and 'Width' Values added together = 100. This total will divide into the width/height of our canvas. Thus, this image will 'Tile' as a background tile.


Another basic Weave Effect    Another basic Weave Effect
Gap=10, Width=40    Gap=1, Width=4

B. We could make other weave images by changing the 'gap' and 'width' values and as long as they add up to a total that divides evenly into the width/height of our canvas, we will maintain a seamless tile.

–– Try: Gap = 10 and Width = 40.
–– Try: Gap = 1 and Width = 4
–– Try: Gap = 1 and Width = 2 (Not a seamless tile).

Another basic Weave Effect

A. As above we varied the Gap and Width values.
B. Lower the Opacity and notice how the shadowing effect decreases.

–– Try: Gap = 1 and Width = 2 with Opacity = 20
–– This effect is a nice weave mat background.


Final Comments On Basic Weave Effect:

From this point on, with regard to the basic weave effect you want to just play around with the values. The examples below will show you some ways to use 'Weave' with other features and effects of PSP.


Another basic Weave Effect

Textures and Sculpture With Weave Effect

Example #1:

First, set the weave with these values on a White Background:
–– Gap = 1
–– Width = 2
–– Opacity = 40
–– Weave Color = Black
–– Gap Color = Black
–– Fill Gaps = Checked

Next, use Effects || Texture Effects || Texture with the 'Woodgrain' Preset.

This example will illustrate how you might use various textures after setting a Weave.


Another basic Weave Effect
Example #2:

First, on a new canvas, set weave with the 'Default' Values

Then, again add the 'Woodgrain' Texture Preset.

This example illustrates again how with a larger weave effect various textures will enhance the image.


Woodgrain Weave

Woodgrain Weave

Example #3.

First, begin again with the 'Default' weave as in Example #2 and 'Uncheck the Fill Gaps' box. (You should end up with six white boxes as the gaps.)

Promote your Background to a Layer in the Layer Palette.

Then, use the 'Magic Wand' and click in each of the six white boxes, and Delete to leave a transparent area.

Create a 'New Layer', drag it to the bottom and 'Flood Fill' it with 'White'.

Highlight the 'Top Layer' and this time use 'Sculpture' (rather than texture) with these Values:
–– Pattern # 52 (Stained Wood).
–– Size = 100
–– Smoothness, Ambience, Shininess = 0
–– Depth = 1
–– Color = White
–– Angle = 315
–– Intensity = 50
–– Elevation = 30
–– Click on OK

Next, reset the 'Weave Effect' with no change in the Values.

We have just created a very nice wood grained weave effect.

If you want more texture in the wood grain, redo the Stained Wood Sculpture effect with 'Depth' = 20. Then just reset the 'Weave Effect' again.

COMMENT: This technique (above) is one way to use 'Sculptures' and the Weave Effect. Just explore different Sculpture patterns and textures as well with the weave. You have many possible outcomes available to you.

Diagonal Weave

Creating a Diagonal Weave Effect

Before we explore other hints and tips with the 'Weave Effect' lets make the most current weave pattern from above (with the 'Stained Wood') and change it to a Diagonal Weave Effect.

1. Highlight the Bottom Layer and give it a Sculpture effect based upon the 'Stained Wood' Effect. You could use the more sculptured effect with 'Depth' = 20 or the less sculptured effect with 'Depth' = 1. (I am using 'Depth' = 1 in this example.)

2. Highlight the Weave Layer.

3. Use: Image || Rotate (either Left or Right) by 45 degrees.

Diagonal Weave In order to fill the image correctly, we will duplicate this layer, move the new layer into a position to fill the weave pattern. We will have to do this three times.

A. Duplicate the Weave Layer and Drag Below the Original Weave Layer.

B. Click on the Deformation Tool. Use the Shift Key and the UP arrow and move the image up until it fills the upper right area. The Upper Left will have a half square when position correctly. Click on 'Apply' to set it. If you need to move it more, click on the Deformation Tool again and use the shift key and arrow keys to position it.

C. Highlight the Original Weave Layer (top layer) and duplicate it again. Then Drag it below the original Weave Layer. And, use the Deformation Tool again, only this time move it down to fill the bottom part of the image.Again, on the lower right area you will have a half square still open.

D. Highlight the Original Weave Layer again and drag it just above the Bottom Layer. Use the Deformation Tool and move it to the left. When positioned correctly, the two left half squares will be filled.

E. Turn off the Bottom Layer. Then highlight a top layer and use Layers || Merge || Visible. Turn on the bottom layer.

You now have a very nice diagonal Weave Effect.

Weave Ball on Background

Special Effects

1. Creating a Weave Ball.

A. New Canvas: 300 x 300 Transparent, 16 M Colors.
B. Flood Fill with White.
C. Use the Stained Wood Sculpture effect twice with depth set to about 4
D. Use the Weave Effect:
–– Gap = 2
–– Width = 8
–– Weave Color = Black
–– Gap Color = Black
–– Fill Gaps = Checked
E. Use: Geometric Effects || Circle
F. Use: Image || Resize with values = 80% of Original and Resize all layers = Unchecked.
G. Use: Magic Wand and click outside the ball.
H. Use: Selections || Invert
I. Use: Geometric Effects || Punch with value of 50
J. Create a New Top Layer
K. Use: Cutout Effect:
–– Vertical and Horizontal Offset = 0
–– Opacity = 50
–– Blur = 100
–– Shadow Color = Black
–– Deselect [Control+D]
L. Layers || Merge Visible
M. Use: Magic Wand outside the ball
N. Use: Selections || Modify || Expand with value of 1.
O. Use: Blur || Average value set to 3. Deselect [Control+D]
P. Create a New Bottom Layer and Flood Fill with White
Q. Use: Sculpture Effect with no change in values.
R. Use: Inner Bevel on bottom layer with values of your choice.
S. On Ball Layer, use Magic Wand.
T. Use: Selections || Modify || Expand with value = 2
U. Use: Selections || Invert
V. Create a New Layer just above the Bottom Layer.
W. Use: Drop Shadow
–– Vertical and Horizontal Offset = 0
–– Opacity = 80
–– Blur = 60
–– Deselect [Control+D]

We have just used a number of PSP v7 Effects covered in our lessons to create a very nice weave ball on a wood frame.

Experiment and you will find many different types of outcomes.


Weave With Difference
Weave with 'Difference'

Weave With Differenceand Screen
Weave with 'Screen' (subtle)

Weave With Differenceand Screen
Weave with 'Burn' and 'Soft Light'

2. A Stunning Effect with Layer Modes.

In our final example, we will use Layer Modes to create a very interesting effect with weave that might be used as a background tile for a Web Page.

A. New Canvas, 300 x 300 White, 16 M colors.
B. Set the Styles Foreground to Gradient
C. Click on Color Box and set Gradient values:
–– Style = Radial Gradient
–– Horizontal and Vertical = 50
–– Repeats = 15
–– Gradient = Ultra Violet
D. Flood Fill the Background Layer with this Gradient.

E. Duplicate the Layer
F. Set a Weave
–– Gap Size = 1
–– Width = 49
–– Weave and Gap Color = Black
–– Fill Gaps = Checked.

G. Duplicate this Layer two more times so you have three layers of the weave effect and a background gradient.

Here comes the fun!

H. Set the Palette Mode (very Right box):
–– Turn off the two middle layers.
–– Set Top Layer = Difference
    (This effect is striking in and of itself).

–– Next, Turn on Second Layer and set to Screen

–– Then, Turn on Third Layer and set to Burn
–– Lower the Third Layer Opacity to about 30
–– Turn bottom layer = Soft Light.

–– Turn off the Second Layer for another effect.

If you experiment with this technique of duplicating the weave effect layer and play with mode values, you can come up with some very interesting results.

Have fun. -- Prof --