Here are some preset shapes I made with font
dings.. put these 2 files in your preset shape folder.
I'd like to show you a cute way to make Cutouts
with your preset shape tool.
#1. Open a new image 350 x 350..transparent
checked.... Flood fill the raster 1 layer with a color..
you're wanting to use.. I used turquoise on mine.
Below you will see to click on the preset shape
tool.. it drops down and has several options on which Preset shape
tools to choose...the arrow on the left side of this sample below...
is the preset shapes preview box. It will drop down when you click
on the lil arrow to the side of it...choose which shape you want..
Create your shape as a vector.. as shown.
#2. It doesn't matter what colors you use..
cause you will delete this layer anyway later. Lets just use black
on the foreground color and the background color too... if you will
notice when working with preset shapes.. if you just use the
foreground color only and background on transparent.. the shape will
look different.. it will not be filled in.. most times you will want
both foreground and background on.. Click and drag out your shape...
if you will notice it has the nodes on the corners and in the middle
of the lines... you can drag these nodes if you want to resize the
shape.. or make it smaller.. etc... that's the good thing about
working with vectors... they are easily adjusted..
#3. When you get the shape the size you
want... then right on its Vector 1 layer on the layer palette and
Convert to raster layer.
#4. Select the preset shape layer on the
layer palette and go to Selections/select all/
Selections/float Your shape should have the marching ants
around it *selection* like it shows below.
#5. While the shape is selected.. click on
the BOTTOM layer on the layer palette that's the layer you filled
with a color first thing. Now looking at your canvas.. you wont SEE
that its selected but it really IS... its cause you clicked off of
the selected layer and on to the bottom on... ok click your CUT...
or the scissors OR the delete on the keyboard now...
#6. Selections/Unselect.. and on the layer
palette.. there should be two layers there the bottom layer you
filled you just CUT out.. and the shape layer.. right click on the
preset shape layer and DELETE it... you should just have ONE layer
now on the layer palette.... I added a 3D drop shadow.. on the
cutout layer.. TWICE... I wanted it to really stand out... and look
#7. ADD a new layer...Click and drag the Raster 1
below the Background layer..
***Remember.. to always
RENAME your layers.. it will help you not get so mixed up... you do
this by right clicking on a layer on the layer palette and RENAME
#8. Now I show how you can do all kinds of thing
on this layer under the cutout... below I used the airbrush tool and
applied different colors here and there... if your on the CORRECT
layer on the layer palette you can just Paint right over the top
layer and it not be painted.. changed... if you on wrong layer..
then you will paint wrong area.. so always look to make sure you on
the right layer your wanting to affect.
#9. After I airbrushed some colors on the bottom
layer... I went to Adjust/Blur/ Gaussian blur and used these
#10. What ever look your going for here is what
you can do.. I used, Effects/Distortion/ Curlicues with below
#11. Then I applied Effects/Texture
Effects/Mosaic-antique with these settings...you can get all kinds
of different looks depending on your settings. When you find one you
relaly like.. click the on the
effect window and name your new preset. That way you can use another
time.. EVER plugin that comes with PSP has that save option.. and
most other external plugins do too...
Below I filled the bottom layer under the cutout
with a seamless tile.. and make the frame to match..
Below is another preset shape I used.. using the
same method above.. so I wont go through the steps. Its done same
I hope you learned something with this tutorial...
and it inspired you to create till the
Toodles till next time..