Knit Tube and Knit Background

©Doodles by LadyFox  12/09/2010

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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 
Basic knowledge of vectors and layers  

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

Drag the arrow to mark your place


Lets Begin - A simple tube that has a variety of uses

New Image: 100x100
File/Save As: knit.pspimage


Make The Tube

  New Vector Layer

Foreground Color:#878787
Background Color:#bdbdbd
Background Style: Gradient
Gradient: Foreground-background
Style: Sunburst
Repeats: 0
Invert: Checked
Center Point: Both 50
Link center and focal points: Checked

Preset Shape Tool [P]
Shape: Ellipse [Q]
Mode: Draw Ellipse
Create On Vector: Checked
Line Style: + solid
Width: 1
Anti-alias: Checked

Draw out a small ellipse
[31x40 to 65x55]

Layer Palette
Right click on vector 1
Convert to Raster Layer

Active Layer: Raster 2

Image/ Rotate/ Free Rotate [Ctrl+R]
Direction: Right
Free: Checked 45.00
All layers: NOT Checked
Rotate single layer around canvas center: NOT Checked

Image/Mirror [Ctrl+M]

Move Tool [M]
Move the top ellipse to the right until it just barely overlaps

Layers/ Merge/ Merge Down

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

Draw a rectangle surrounding the image
Click inside the rectangle to select the shape

Edit/ Copy [Ctrl+C]
Edit/ Paste/ Paste as New Image [CTRL+V]

File/ Export/ Picture Tube

I add a LF_ before the name on each tube I make.
This forces all my tubes to be grouped together making it 
easier to find my stuff

You can now close the images they are no longer needed.

3.  Play
  Now we can play with the tube.

New Image 400x400

Picture Tube Tool [I]
Select the knit tube
Scale: 100
Step: 20
Placement mode: Continuous
Selection mode: Random

Just run the cursor around the image to see
what the tube does

When you are done playing just hit the Del Key to erase
4.  Knit Background
  Place the cursor at 30x30
Click once
Move to 30x380
Hold down the Shift Key
Click once
You now have a braid

Selection Tool [S]
Select the braid

Edit/ Copy [Ctrl+C]
Edit/ Paste/ Paste as New Selection [Ctrl+E]
Move the selection so it just overlaps the first braid

Continue pasting about 6 more times

Now we will make a seamless tile
NOTE I prefer using the crop tool for this
because I can fine tune the selection.

Crop Tool [R]

Place the cursor in the bottom of the first V
and diagonally draw out a square ending at the
point of another V 
Click anywhere inside the selection

Check the background

New Image 600x600
Flood Fill Tool [F]

Background Style: Pattern
Pattern: Knit

Click on image to fill
Check to make sure everything matches up nicely

If it doesn't look right Undo [Alt+Backspace] and try again
If it looks good close the test image and save Knit
5.  Colorizing Your Tile
  Adjust/ Color Balance/ Manual color correction

Place the cursor in the first block 
Hold down the left mouse button while drawing out a rectangle
Under Color click on the Target box
Pick the color you want your yarn to be
Adjust the Hue, saturation, Lightness if needed
  I always keep my original tile and save the new colored one as knit1 

Click Here To Make The Braids  OR  Here To Make The Frame


©Doodles by LadyFox  12/09/10

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


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