Solar Shamrock

This is what we will be making


Shiny green shamrock


I'm writing this as a special request for a long-time internet friend, GoldShoesTish. Tish is the moderator of a wonderful graphics group that I belong to called PSPMagic. You can see Tish's web site here . You can check out PSPMagic here.

This tutorial was done using PSP version 6.02 but can be easily adapted to version 7. You will need the following items to complete the tutorial:

Butterfly divider

Note: I've written this tutorial for intermediate to advanced PSP users and as such, it will not contain detailed instructions for every phase.

Butterfly divider

Let´s begin!

1. Open up a new image, 325x350 with a transparent background. Go to Selections>Load from Disk, browse to the folder where you stored the shamrock_ns.sel and click on it. Flood fill the selection with a green color, I used #109810.

Note: Be sure to choose a medium color because a very light or a very dark color won't work. Guess how I know....?   :O)

2. Go to image>Plug-in Filters and locate Kang 2, then select the filter named "Solar Fabric" (Version 7 users, go to Effects>Plug-in Filters). Use these settings:

Kang solar fabric filter settings

or, you can change the settings to something you prefer. I've found that I get the best results by beginning with the "gray-away" set at "255" and the solar noize (must be an internet spelling, LOL) set at "0", then I play around with the two "fold" settings until I'm happy with what I see in the thumbnail.

3. At this point, I found the Shamrock to be a little bright for me, plus I wanted it to have more of a Jewel-tone look so I adjusted the colors a bit Using the HMS Filter. Go to:
Colors>adjust>Highlight/Midtone/Shadow and use these settings:

Setting for HMS filter

4. De-select.

5. Add a new layer and reload the Shamrock selection. Go to Selections>Modify>Expand and type "2" into the box. Flood fill the new selection with a lighter color. I used Color #20C920.

6. Drag the old layer to the top:

Layer palette

7. De-select. Merge visible.

You're finished! Wasn't that easy? Of course, 99% of the credit goes to Kangeroo for his wonderful filter.......Thank you Kang.

I would like to give additional thanks to my two tutorial testers, the aforementioned Tish, and of course, Arachléa. See her beautiful stationery here.

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional.It is copyrighted by me, Nightshadow, 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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