Abstract Shapes Sigtag

This is what we will be making

Abstract shapes

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.

The only thing you need for this tutorial is PSP 8. Get it here: www.jasc.com

Butterfly divider

Let´s begin!

1. Create a new image, 300x300, white background (or whatever color you use in your e-mail). Note: In the example above, I flood filled the background with my page tile to illustrate how the tag will blend in with any background.

New image

2. Go to your layer palette, right click on the Background layer and choose "New Raster Layer".

New raster layer

Name your layer triangle. Grab your selection tool, set feather to "1" , anti-alias checked, and choose the triangle selection type.

Selection tool

Draw out a triangle in the approximate center of the image which covers about 40% of the space like this:

Triangle selection

3. Run your mouse over the colors in the Materials palette, then left click when you find a color you like. This will change your foreground color. Note: You don't have to change tools to choose a new color:

materials palette

Grab your floodfill tool. Use these settings:

Flood fill tool

Floodfill the selection.

De-select (Ctrl+D).

4. Create a new raster layer (as in step 2). Name it Star. Grab your selection tool, same settings as before, only this time choose the Star 1 selection type.

Star selection tool

Draw out the star selection so it's a little smaller than the triangle.

5. Choose another color, then floodfill the star selection. De-select.

This is what you should have at this point:

2 shapes

6. Create another raster layer. Name it rectangle. Grab your selection tool, and choose the rectangle selection type. Draw out a vertical rectangle like this:

Rectangle selection

Choose a third color, then floodfill the rectangle. De-select.

7. Create another raster layer. Name your layer "Octagon". Grab your selection tool, and choose the octagon selection type. Draw out your octagon, choose another color, floodfill and de-select.

8. Create another raster layer and name it arrow. Grab your selection tool, and choose the "arrow 3" selection type. Start the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the image, drag it down and toward the lower left-hand corner, then, move your mouse straight up. You're trying to create an arrow which looks somewhat as if it's lying slightly sideways, like this:

Arrow selection

Choose another color, floodfill the arrow. De-select.

9. Grab your mover tool and use it to move the shapes around until you have an arrangement you like. I went to Image>Flip to change the position of my star, and then used the deformation tool to turn my rectangle 30 degrees to the left:

Turn rectangle

Continued on Page 2 »»»

Blue divider with butterfly

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on May 21, 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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