Eggz!

This is what we will be making

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NOTE: Since PSP8 is so new, I've decided that for the first few tutorials I'll be using a lot more screen shots than I usually do so everyone can get used to the new icons and interface. I hope you find this helpful.

You will need the following items:

Paint Shop Pro, get it here: www.jasc.com and my Gradient. Download it here. This gradient isn't in a zip file, so you can just save it directly into your PSP8 gradients folder.

One of the things I love about PSP, is how many different effects you can get without using any plug-ins. I'm going to show you how to make 4 different Easter eggs using only Paint Shop Pro and a gradient.

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Let´s begin!

Egg 1 - Harlequin Egg

1. Create a new image 325x350

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2. Set your foreground and background colors to White. Choose your Preset Shapes tool with the following settings:

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Start at approximately x:15 y:15 (You can see these numbers in the lower right-hand corner of the workspace) and make a round shape which fills up most of your image. Now push in the left center node, then the right center node, until you have a nice egg-shaped oval.

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Go to your layer palette and convert the layer to raster, then rename it "Egg".

3. Tap your egg with the magic wand,

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then go to Selections>Modify>Feather and feather the selection 1 pixel.

NOTE: At this point, go to your Layer palette and duplicate the Egg layer three times, once for each egg you want to create. Then rename each layer, Egg 1, Egg 2, etc. Turn off all the layers except Egg 1 , activate that layer and continue.

Save your work!

Do not deselect!

4. Change your foreground to gradient.

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Locate the ns-Rainbow gradient, and set the tool for Linear gradient, Angle 0, Repeats 0.

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Floodfill your egg.

5. Go to Effects>Reflection effects>Pattern. Use the default settings.

Note: To go back to the original default settings, just click the little "reset" arrow next to the trash can on the Pattern settings box.

6. Effects>3D Effects>Inner bevel:

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SAVE YOUR WORK

7. Effects>Texture Effects>Texture:

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8. Add a new layer. Name this layer Cutout and highlight it in the layer palette because we'll be using it again.

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Checking this box puts a yellow highlight (or your favorite color) on that layer in the layer palette.

New feature!

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9. Go to Effects>3D Effects>Cutout:

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10. Your first egg is finished. Right click on the cutout layer, select "Merge>Merge Visible". Go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste as New Image. Save your egg in .psp format so you can resize it or tube it.

11. Go back to your original egg and "Undo" (Ctrl+Z).

Let's make the Swirl egg....

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NOTE: For each of the following eggs ensure that the layer you're working on each time is an egg layer, but keep the cutout layer turned on. It will give you a better idea of how the final egg will look while you're working.

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Egg 2 - SWIRL EGG

1. Turn off the Harlequin egg layer or delete it. Activate the Egg 2 layer.

2. Select the flood fill tool, then click on the gradient pattern. Use the same ns-Rainbow gradient as before, but change the Angle to 30 and the Repeats to 2. Flood fill the egg.

3. Effects>Distortion Effects>Twirl, 160 degrees,

4. Adjust>Blur>Gaussian blur: Radius 7.00

5. Your second egg is finished. Right click on the Egg 2 layer, select "Merge>Merge Visible". Go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste as New Image. Save your egg in .psp format so you can resize it or tube it.

6. Go back to your original egg and "Undo" (Ctrl+Z). On to the Speckled egg.....

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Speckled Egg

1. Turn off the Swirl egg layer or delete it. Activate the Egg 3 layer.

2. Select the flood fill tool, then click on the gradient pattern. Use the same ns-Rainbow gradient as before, but change the Angle to 0. Flood fill the egg.

3. Adjust>Blur>Gaussian blur: Radius 12.00

4. Add a new layer.

5. Switch your foreground to color,White. (You can set the background on Null, White, or the gradient. Your effect will be slightly different with each setting. I had my background set to White.) Select your Airbrush tool. abrushicon.gif (1K)

Click the drop down box in the Tool Options Palette,

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and select the Sponge brush. Use the settings below:

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Now click your mouse and drag it over the egg from left to right. Move your cursor down to the next area (slightly overlap the painted area) and repeat, but this time the drag from right to left. Repeat the clicking and dragging one section at a time until you've covered the entire egg with a light coat of white specks, something like this:

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Note: The longer you hold your brush over an area, the more paint you'll "spray". If you don't like the effect you've created, click your "Undo".

6. Go to the Layers Palette and set the blend mode to dissolve.

7. Your third egg is finished. Right click on the Egg 3 layer, select "Merge/Merge Visible". Go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste as New Image. Save your egg in .psp format so you can resize it or tube it.

8. Go back to your original egg and "Undo" (Ctrl+Z). Now let's make my favorite, the Rainbow egg.

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Rainbow Egg

1. Turn off the Speckled egg layer or delete it. Activate the Egg 4 layer.

2. Select the flood fill tool, and use the same ns-Rainbow gradient as before, but change the Angle to 30. Flood fill the egg.

3. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Halftone. Use these settings:

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4. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Fur. Use these settings:

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5. Go to Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Brightness/Contrast: Brightness=124 Contrast=5

6. Your fourth egg is finished. Right click on the Egg 4 layer, select Merge>Merge Visible. Go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste as New Image. Save your egg in .psp format so you can resize it or tube it.

7. Go back to your original egg and "Undo" (Ctrl+Z). Save it in .psp format for future use.

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Note: If you want to save .psp images in a PSP6 or PSP7 compatible format, in PSP8 you have to click the "Options" button in the "Save" dialogue window before you save the image and check the PSP version you want to save the image in.

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O.K., I've shown you how to make four different eggs using only PSP. Now it's your turn. What PSP effects will you use to create your own original "Eggz"?

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This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, Nightshadow, on April 14, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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