Pro (SBP) is a very good plugin for applying texture effects to TEXT
I will explain what the control buttons on the SBP
You can find many sites online to get Super Blade
Pro presets.. Beautiful ones. Try doing a search online for
Super Blade Pro Presets. When you download them, extract ALL of the files in those zips.. into
your docs/mypspfiles/plugins/super blade pro/environments folder.
You can use SBP on buttons and such but for the
most part... you use it on TEXT.. and 99% of the time its best
apply it over WHITE text.. once in a while.. like in my header
on this page.. I filled the text with a pattern *checks* and
applied a clear SBP preset over that.
When you first get into the plugin... it looks
like this below...You have to browse to your presets.. so click the
button where the red arrow indicates. The 'Open a settings file'
window will pop up... use the drop down list. where it says Look In
and browse to your environment folder inside the SBP folder in your
plugins folder. In the sample below.. I've highlighted the
M_aquaglitter.q5q file... usually most presets come with samples of
that they look like in the lil preview window there on the right.
You should have it in your
files folders where you can see file extensions... this is important
sometimes.. to know what TYPE of file something is... that option is
in any file folder.. up at Tools/ Folder Options...on the VIEW
tab.. you UNCHECK the hide file type extensions.
The settings window will close and below is what
you will see.. you can click the plus sign to the right under the
preview window.. so you can see the preview good. When you choose a
preset all the settings have been saved by the preset maker..
nothing to do but click OK
If you want to learn to make your own presets then
I will explain each button and what it does.. I have numbered each
one and will go though them all.
#1. Shape... this is the shape of the bevel on the
letters, clicking it drops it down so you can see the choices.. you
can try different ones on a preset that you have picked.. to see how
it changes it..
#2. is the bmp textures, clicking it.. drops it
down where you see the choices.
#3. Each preset that you download from the
internet comes with its own graphic thats used to make that
preset...its usually a .bmp or jpg type file.. here you can use your
own.. if your making your own presets... each texture graphic will
make the letters look very different.. experiment.
#4. Same thing on this one.. as #3.
#5. is the Blend mode.. the sideways S above it,
scrolls through all the blend mode choices.
#6. Resets all the settings to Plain settings.
#7. This is the browse button, where you go look
in your environment folder inside the Super Blade Pro folder.
#8. SAVE your preset you have created with this
#9. Random effects.
#10. Go back a setting, one you had chosen before.
#11. Random Seed, This keeps most of the settings
the same... only changing them a tiny bit.. will keep same color..
try and see what I mean.
#12. All of these slider bars.. affect different
looks to the preset...that your using or creating.. most of these
are self explanatory.
#13. Adjusts the dominant lighting on the project.
#14. Adjusts the sub shadow lighting on the
#15. These are the Textures of the project, there
are colors to these also.
#16. These are also Textures of the project and
you can assign what ever color you want this texture to be..
There are millions of
combinations on how you want your Text, project to look like.. best
way in my book is to roll your sleeves up and jump right in and try
all the combinations you can... you will be surprised at the
beautiful effects you can come up with yourself.
I hope this has helped you
to understand Super Blade Pro a little better.. Till next tutorial..