CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote in psp7_beginners,

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Tutorial: Creating a Light Texture (light brush/light image)

It's very simple to create your own light textures -- also called light brushes and light images. (Generally you would save this and use it as an additional layer, rather than use it as a conventional PSP texture.)

If you wish you can click the following four images to see the full (200 x 200) size:

You start with a solid black (HTML: #000000) image:
click me to see the 200 x 200 image!

Then end up with something like this:
click me to see the 200 x 200 image!

When applied to an image, it looks like this:
click me to see the 200 x 200 image!   click me to see the 200 x 200 image!

  1. Open Paint Shop Pro (PSP).

  2. Open a New image with these settings:
    Image dimensions
    Width: 200
    Height: 200
    Resolution: 72.000
    Image characteristics
    Background color: Black
    Image type: 16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit)

    (We usually write this as New > 200 x 200 pixels > black -- assuming the default settings for 'image characteristics.')

    v7 - create light texture 1

    Note: If you want this to be a light texture for an icon, obviously you would make this size 100 x 100 pixels in size. But you also have the option to create your light texture at this size, then reduce it by half!

    v7 - create light texture 2

    If your Tool Options Palette isn't open, open it now.

    Tip: The easy way to do this is to right-click on a blank part of your Standard Toolbar -- then when the toolbar/Palette window opens, select Tool Options! (smile)

    Toolbar/Palette access - PSP7

    Toolbar/Palette Tool Options Palette - PSP7

  3. You can now go to your Tool Palette and select the Paint Brush tool. Use the following settings:
    Shape: Round
    Size: 10
    Hardness: 100
    Opacity: 100
    Step: 32
    Density: 100
    Build up: Not checked

    Tool Options Paint Brush - PSP7

  4. Go to your Color Palette and use the following settings:
    Foreground Color: White (R: 255 G: 255 B: 255)
    Background Color: Null (off)
    Foreground Color: Null (off)
    Background Color: Null (off)

    Optional: You might want to check 'lock,' which holds these settings for all tools -- until you change them!

  5. Use your Paint Brush to scribble a simple design. (This one ended up looking a bit like a 'w' or an 'm' -- but do whatever you wish!)

    v7 - create light texture 3

  6. Go to your Tool Palette and select the Magic Wand tool. If necessary, open your Tool Options Palette. Use these settings:
    Match mode: RGB
    Tolerance: 20
    Feather: 0
    Sample merged: not checked

    Click inside the white area of your 'scribble' with this tool.

  7. Go to your Color Palette and use the following settings:
    Foreground Color: Any Gradient
    (I used Autumn, but any gradient color will work!)
    Background Color: Null (off)
    Foreground Color: Null (off)
    Background Color: Null (off)

    Don't know how to change from solid color to a gradient? Simply click the drop-down arrow inside the Foreground Color area. The second 'button' is Gradient. (When you hover you should see the word 'Gradient' popup!)

    Don't know how to change from one gradient to another? Once you have a gradient selected, click inside it! (But not on the drop-down arrow!) The Gradient window will open. This allows you to select various gradients, plus the settings you want to use!

    Note: I used Angle: 0 and Repeats: 0 and 'Invert gradient' unchecked when selecting my gradient -- but you can use whatever you want!

  8. Go to your Tool Palette and select your Flood Fill tool. Use these settings:
    Blend mode: Normal
    Match mode: None
    Opacity: 100

    Flood fill your selection with your gradient color.

  9. Go to Selections > Select None.

    v7 - create light texture 4

    To create the 'light texture' effect, we'll apply a geometric effect, plus a blur effect!

  10. Go to Effects > Geometric Effect > Wave. Use the following settings:
    Horizontal displacement
    Amplitude: 20
    Wavelength: 50
    Vertical displacement
    Amplitude: 20
    Wavelength: 50

    Click OK.

    v7 - create light texture 5

  11. Go to Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use the following settings:
    Angle: 90
    Strength: 20

    Click OK.

    v7 - create light texture 6

    v7 - create light texture 7

    Now let's add a bit of 'punch' to the color, shall we? (smile)

  12. Go to Layers > Duplicate.

  13. Open your Layers Palette.

  14. Change the Layer Blend Mode of your Copy of Background from Normal to Overlay. (Click the drop-down arrow to access the blend mode menu.)

    v7 - create light texture 8

  15. Go to Layers > Merge > Merge All (flatten). Now you can save! This is your actual light texture!

    You'll discover you can change a number of the settings above -- plus draw various scribbles -- for successful results while creating light textures.

    I then took the following image:

    v7 - create light texture 9

    I right-clicked and Copied my newly created light texture -- then Pasted it as a new layer on the above image. I went to my Layer Palette and set the blend mode to Dodge, lowering the Opacity to 70.

    v7 - create light texture 10a

    v7 - create light texture 10

    Yes, you can play around with the size of your brush, fill it with a solid color or pattern, flip it, mirror it or move it around on the image you apply it to -- and try various blend modes!

    Here are some other examples:

    v7 - create light texture 11   v7 - create light texture 12

    v7 - create light texture 13   v7 - create light texture 14

    Isn't that fun?

    Do feel free to share what you come up with!

    ==CharlieMC, assistant moderator

Tags: blend mode, blend modes, custom brush, enhancing image, layer effects, light brush, light image, light texture, raster layer, raster layers, texture, tutorial

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