In this tutorial I use the wonderful artwork of
Drag the leaf to keep up where you are in the tutorial !
Included in the zip Seamless plaid bkg, Mask, Oval template
Getting ready: Pick out the tube you want to use.. (
that takes the longest for me sometimes lol )
The tube needs to be taller than it is wide.
Penta.com/Dot and Cross
Open the OvalTemplateNOvalStitches.psd that was in the zipped
Shift + D to duplicate, close the
#2. Highlight the bottom Oval
layer, hold down your Ctrl key on keyboard
and add a new layer (holding Ctrl key down keeps the box
from popping up, saving
you an extra
#3. Highlight the Oval layer again, and go to
selections/select all/float then selections/ de float.
#4 Being sure your on the new layer , fill it with your
desired color... that matches the tube
you've picked out for this project. I used #8c4f2d
#5. Select none. You can delete the original Oval
that was on the template .....Apply the
plugin Penta.com/Dot and Cross to the new layer.
#6. I re colored the Oval Stitches layer, using the settings
but it depends on the colors that are in the
tube you use.
#7. Go ahead and drag your tube over to your working
And apply a 3D drop shadow.
#8. Add a new layer and drag it to the bottom of the layer
#9. Pull out the edges of your
image window.. so that the grey shows around the picture
your selection tool/rectangle/feather 0 and draw a rectangle.
Refer to the pic below
#10. Fill this bottom layer with the seamless plaid bkg or one
of your own..100% size, Angle 0
In the supplies zip I included a mask.. you can put that in
your mask folder.. so it
is accessible in PSP.
#11. Go to Layers/Load-Save Mask/Load Mask from disk.
After you apply the mask.. right click on its top layer and
Your image should look like the above.
Add a drop shadow on the mask layer
#13. Next step
is important cause if you don't get it right.. when you make
the letter in
letter creator it will not be
seamless when tiled and that looks very bad.
Where the blue arrows are on the capture below.. you are
wanting them to over lap where they look
one continuous piece.. Your settings will be different if you
use another bkg other than the plaid
in the supplies zip... just play with the numbers, and check
to see if its seamless... if its not Ctrl + Z to undo
then try again.. if you close your image.. it will be too late
to change it.. so do NOT close till you know it tiles
#14. Alrighty.. its time to make it into Stationary... go to
#15. Add a new layer , drag
it to the bottom on the layer palette.
filled with a coordinating color # f036c5
16. I added noise to the letter bkg layer.
the seamless tiling on the noise bkg...same settings as you
#18. I opened my tube
again.. yours may still be open..any hoo..
to image/ canvas size and enlarged the canvas some
That setting really depends on your tube...apply the seamless
tile to it.. not the same one you just used
that's set for vertical.. Go with Edge/Bidirectional
, transition 75% or so.. just play around with the settings
Mine looked like below when done.
to your materials palette.. and set it like below
Highlight the bottom bkg layer.. then add a new layer to your
Fill it with your seamless
tube foreground you just set..
also you need
to do seamless tiling on it.. settings same as Step # 13.
I know it
looks odd but trust me.. it will be better shortly lol..
on this middle layer that has the fill in it.. Apply the
Penta.com/Dots and Cross plugin on it.
setting as before.
#21. Lower the opacity of
the layer to 66% . Go to Effects/Edge effects/Trace Contour
Set the blend mode of the layer on Burn (Blend modes are found
at top on the layer palette)
don't merge layers.. DON'T close it.. just SAVE AS a
jpg...name it..... go to your IM letter creator.
(this way if it don't tile right you can change/undo some
steps in PSP then resave it again )
Below in letter creator... What to do :)
don't forget on the footer tab in letter creator.. put your
and copyright info.. and/or
the artists copyright info too
Save and your
All you have to do is double click on
the orange envelope and it installs into Incredimail.