I thought it would be
cool to show you how to make your own ribbons.
Scrapbooking is very popular now days... and this
knowledge would come in handy.
Start with a new image
1035 x 250, you can crop down later.. it will be bigger
than your PSP worktop.. so use your roller on your mouse
to scale it to 80% or so, just so you can see both ends
of it. Fill your canvas with a dark color so there is a
contrasting background and you can see things better. Find you a
pretty background.. or MAKE your own by finding a floral
tube, using seamless tiling on it.. like shown
Click on your pen tool
use the settings below
for the tool options. Set your foreground color to white
or a light color that matches the seamless floral tile
Click once on the left
side, let go of mouse move over to the right side of
your canvas and click again, this time dont let up on
the mouse yet. Straighten the line up by moving up or
down on the node.. you can see when its straight line...
let go when it is.
On the layer palette
right click on the vector layer of the line and convert
to raster layer.
Use the settings below.
Apply a 3D drop shadow
on the Rick Rack, use settings below.
Add a new layer, use
your selection tool
Draw out a rectangle
like below, this will be the body of the ribbon.
Fill the selection with
your seamless tile . Then apply an inner bevel on the
center ribbon part, with these settings below.
DUPLICATE the rick rack
layer now and use your move tool
and move to the bottom
of the ribbon. See sample below.
Hide or X the
background layer on the layer palette.. and merge
VISIBLE then unhide the background layer.
An added option is to
make stitch lines to go on your ribbon.. use the pen
tool and set the line style to small dash. Left click
your mouse button on the left side of the ribbon where
you want the stitches to be. Then move over to the right
end of the ribbon and click the left mouse button
holding it down till you make sure the line is straight,
then let up.
Here is a close
up section of the finished ribbon..
You draw your line same
was as before.. with the pen tool, then convert the
vector layer into a raster layer.. make the line size
I used a gradient but
you could use a pattern or color here.
Distortion effect WAVE with these settings.
Duplicate the zig zag
line layer, then position it over the other zig zag line
to make the pattern like below, merge the two zig zag
layers. Apply an inner bevel with these settings.
Now a 3D drop shadow.
I put some small pearls
in between the links.. as shown... I have zipped a few
pearl tubes in the supplies zip for you. Below is the
finished pearl trim.
Add a new layer below
to your graphic and use your selection tool
to draw you out a
long rectangle like shown.
Fill it with a color
you want, there are several plugins that make lines but
I used VM Extravaganza *Transmission* on this one.. you
can find VM filters
Use these settings on
the filter to make the lines.
Use your line tool
again and draw a
line size 6 from left to right in a lighter color than
your 'ribbon'. Convert to raster layer.
There are many
different plugins/filters that you can use to make an
edging. just experiment!!! I used Eye Candy 4000's
*Jiggle* with these settings to make mine.
I applied an inner
bevel on the edge.
Duplicated the ribbon
edge and pull the duplicated one down to the bottom of
my ribbon, to make the other edge of the ribbon.
The edging was a little
to thick for my liking so I used the distortion tool
and pushed in the
width of the edging.
Here is the finished
You start off the same
way with this one.. drawing your line with your pen
tool. in white or what ever color you want to use...
then use Effects/Texture effects/BLINDS with these
Finished ribbon here
These are but a few
samples on how to make ribbons... there are many things
we can do.. just experiment and try different things..
with all your plugins/filters..
Till next time..