Paint Shop Pro Tutorials by Karen
Tassells make a great finishing touch for a lot of things,
and also make good "tie backs" for your computer generated curtains and drapes-
as well as being decorative and fun in lots of other ways.
They are a lot easier to make in P.S.P than making a real one...
all you need is the jasc "rope" tube, which should have come with your P.S.P.
If you don`t have it, I believe you may be able to get it from the free tubes link at Jasc
This is a quick and easy method for making tassells which I think you will enjoy...
Start a new image with the settings as in fig 1.
Click on the tubes tool, then right click on it, go to tool options, and select the rope tube. Set it to 45% and close the dialogue box. (fig 2)
Place your pointer on the canvas, holding down the mouse button, draw steady "threads" in downward and upward strokes. You are aiming for a long bell shaped fringe with fairly even bottom which slightly flares outward, keeping the top "tight".
Keep going until you have a nice full looking fringe effect.
( Tip...Upward strokes appear darker than downward,
so try to do some of both for a more realistic effect. (fig 3)
Open a new image with settings this time as fig 3a. ( don`t close the original)
Reopen the rope tube and increase the size to 75%.
Fill the new canvas completely with up and down thread strokes (fig 4)
Next go to effects / geometric effects / circle.
The new image will now be a ball of threads. Go to edit / copy and close the new image,
Then go edit / paste as new layer - the ball should now be on the original image.
Click on the deformation tool, and use it to move the ball into place at the top of the fringe, and also alter the ball to make an oval shape.
Right click the deformation tool, go to tool options / apply.
Next go to layers / merge / merge visible. (fig 5)
Reopen the rope tube and resize it to 40%.
Draw around the "neck" twice to form a join.
Then draw a hanging thread from the top. (fig 6)
That`s it, easy~peasy...
Now you can tube it, save as gif, keep in p.s.p format or all of these.
If you have coloured filters installed, why not apply some to it and make a few other colours,
or use the colours / colourise feature to make different colours with...
(Unfortunately the rope tube is only in gold, so it`s a bit limited.)
You could make more tassells in slightly different shapes then colourise them seperately,
but I have coloured the one I made for this tutorial, just to show it can be done.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial which was written for P.S.P v 7, but should adapt for other versions.
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