This is NOT my original idea. A dear friend and member of PSP
Nancy S. sent this information to our group in text format.
I asked her permission to turn it into a tutorial with print screens
for our group. For me,
visual is always better.
Thank you Nancy
for the idea and all your help in putting this tutorial together.
These are all my original print screens as I tested the tutorial.
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PSP 7 +
Open up a new image 350x350, transparent
Select two pastel colors that you like,
I used #F2E0E0 & #9AD6D6.
Once you get thru the tutorial, I am sure you will want to
with more color combinations. : )
The variety of effects are endless and fun to make.
After you have selected your colors, you will want to
flood fill your image with a gradient.
You will select the first gradient, foreground/background.
It is my first one in my gradient library.
Now, we want to click on Effects, Texture, Soft Plastic.
The settings we used are:
Blur 39, Density 34, Detail 14, Angle 90, Color White.
Play around with the numbers and use what you like best.
In the screen shot above, I have a box
around SAVE AS.
That is to remind you to save the setting with a name that
will help you out the next time
you want to use these same settings without having to hunt
down the tutorial. LOL : ) I also have a box at the right
around the curved arrow. That is your RESET button,
so it will go back to the default if you don't know what you've
and don't really like the settings. This comes in very handy.
After you have applied your Soft Plastic and saved your
settings, go to
Effects, Blur, Soften. Effects, Blur more.
Nancy also used Colors, Adjust Brightness and set the
brightness up around 4.
I did not use the brightness, but please experiment and
use what you like best.
This is my finished project and one of the backgrounds
on this page.
For a variation of the above effect: Go to your original
image,duplicate the image
so you do not lose your original design.Copy and paste as
new layer on the duplicated image. Image, rotate 90 degrees.
Go to your layer palette and change the layer property to
Now you have a very easy to make plaid. : )
You could put the plaid or the stripes into a program
like 20/20 or any other seamless tile filter and make a seamless
tile out of it. We will be anxious to see the results that
you come up with in your experiments with Soft Plastic. Thank
you again Nancy for a fun way to use another one of our tools
in PSP7. : )
Extra Tips from Nancy
A variation could be to sharpen rather
than soften and
make the lines more definate and distinct so that it looks
like cloth. It is a matter of personal choice and I hope that
people play around with the settings. Also when the soft plastic
effect is applied the color that is selected in soft plastic
has a great effect on how the design looks. I believe that
I chose a slightly more intense color for the soft plastic
effect so that it made a more distinct design.
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