Moravian Star Two

This is what we will be making

8 point green and turquoise star

I had such a good time writing my first Moravian star tutorial, that I decided to try a different shape and use stained glass. I hope you like it.

Youll need the following items:
1. Paint Shop Pro, get it here: www.jasc.com
2. A glass image courtesy of Spectrum Glass and my PSP sculpture preset. Both are included in this zip file.

NOTE: If youve done my Dragonfly Jewels tutorial, you probably already have the bitmap and preset which are in the zip file.

Download the file and unzip the items. Place the 100rr .bmp file into your PSP Patterns folder and the .psc file into your PSP Presets folder.

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Note: This tutorial is for intermediate to advanced PSP users and as such, it may not contain detailed instructions for every phase.

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1. Set your foreground color to white and your background color to black. Open up a new transparent image, 400x400.

2. Grab your preset shapes tool, and choose the 8 point star shape with the following settings:

5 pointed star shape

Draw your star beginning with your cursor at about 30,30 and drag it across the image to approximately 1/4 inch from the edge, then down to about 1/4 inch from the bottom. It should look something like this:

Black and white 8 pointed star

3. Add a new layer. Set your background color on Null and choose your Draw tool.

Type: Single Line

Width: 3

Line Style: #1 Solid
(the default line)

Antialias: Checked

Draw a line from the "V" of one star point across to the "V" of the opposite star point. Repeat for each of the other star points. The finished image will look like this: (without the text of course, LOL)

Black and white 8 pointed star with white lines

NOTE: To ensure straight lines, if you look closely at the line you're dragging across the star, if your line is straight, the drag line will appear smooth. If your line is crooked you will see "jaggies" in the drag line. If you have "jaggies", move your mouse cursor to the right or the left until they smooth out.

Merge visible. Save your image.

4. With your Magic Wand set on tolerance 0, feather 0, click on the white lines. Go to Selections>Modfy>Expand. Expand by 1. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Sculpture and use these settings:

PSP Sculpture tool settings

DeSelect.

This is your basic template for the star.

8 pointed star with leaded glass edging

Duplicate your image and close the original.

From here on, I'm going to show you how to make a star with 2 colors. However, since your template has 8 sections, you can make your star with 4 complementary colors or even 8 different colors. Its your star! Its your choice!

5. Take your Magic Wand, tolerance 0, Feather 0, and while holding down the shift key, click on every other section. Go to Selections>Modify>Expand, 1 pixel. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Sculpture and in the dropdown box under presets, select Dfly-ns. Change the color to whatever color you want your glass to be.

NOTE: Ive noticed that for some very vibrant colors such as fuchsia or deep purple, the sculpture effect appears more glass-like if you raise the pattern size from 50 to between 75 and 100. Dont be afraid to experiment!

Deselect.

6. Repeat Step 5 on the remaining star sections and change the color to your second color choice. Deselect.

This is what your image should like like at this point

Blue and Green stained glass star

SAVE YOUR IMAGE.

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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 August 24, 2002, 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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