Cut Glass Vase


This tutorial was inspired by Andri's Cut Glass Ornament Background tutorial 

©Doodles by LadyFox  05/05/08
The roses are from my rose tutorial

The violets are from my violet tutorial

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Feel free to email me LadyFox

This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 



Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version   
Crescent Moon Plugin  
Flaming Pear's Ornament Plugin  
Simple Plugin - Left Right warp It's in the Bonus Pack
My gradient LF_glass or make your own gradient from the screenshot below  
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers    

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.

Drag the arrow to mark your place

Gradient Screen Shot


Lets Begin

New Image:   200 x 350
File/Save As: vase.pspimage
Optional Flood Fill with #77a17d to make it easier to see


Make The Vase 

  New Vector Layer: vase

Foreground Color: #ababab
Background Style: Gradient
Gradient LF_glass
Angle: 90
Repeats: 0
Invert: NOT Checked
Style: Linear

Preset Shape Tool
Shape: Rectangle
Retain Style: NOT Checked
Create as Vector: Checked
Anti-alias: Checked
Line style: +solid
Width: 1.00

Draw out a rectangle
{51x23 to 148x319}

Pen Tool
Mode: Edit
Add six nodes

Double Click on any node to select them all
Right Click/ Node Type/ Curve After [Ctrl+1]
Right Click/ Node Type/ Curve Before [Ctrl+2]
this makes the node arms and handles visible

Using the nodes, shape the vase

Convert to Raster Layer
Magic Wand
Mode: replace
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Contiguous: Checked
Feather: 1
Anti-alias: Checked

3. Shade The Vase 
  Click outside the vase
Selections/ Load/Save Selection/ Save Selection to Alpha Channel

Lighten/Darken Brush [L]
Size: 5-25
Hardness: 50
Step: 25
Density: 50
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 50
Mode: RGB

Use the brush to shade the vase
Left mouse button to lighten
Right mouse button to darken

Go heavy on the lightening/darkening because it needs to show through the cut glass

Use the Soften and Smudge Brushes to smooth out the shading


4. Make the Glass Fill
  New Image
400 x 400
File Save As: glass.pspimage

Flood Fill with #c0c0c0

Effects/ Plugins/ Crescent Moon/ Cut Glass
Tile size: 34
Tile Transparency: 29
Transparency: 0

Effects/ Plugins/ Flaming Pear/ Ornament

Effects/ Plugins/ Simple/ Left Right Warp

Selections/ Select All [Ctrl+A]
Edit/ Copy [Ctrl+C]
Image/ Save
5. Apply To The Vase
  Back to Vase
Edit/ Paste/ Paste as New Layer [Ctrl+L]

Image/ Resize
Width & Height: 75%
Resample using: Checked
Bicubic Selected
Maintain original print size: NOT Checked
Lock aspect ratio: Checked
Resize all layers: NOT Checked

Selections/ Load/Save Selection/ Load Selection From Alpha Channel

Tap the Del Key

Because the glass image was wider than the vase image there is still some glass left.

Selection Tool [Ctrl+S]
Selection type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: NOT Checked

Draw a rectangle around the vase

Selections/ Invert [Ctrl+Shift+I]

Tap the Del Key

Lower the opacity of the glass layer to: 42

Turn off the background layer (if you used one)

Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial



©Doodles by LadyFox  05/05/08

If you have any questions or need help, feel free to email me LadyFox


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