EZ Crystal Ornaments
Written October, 2003
Copyright Taiga Designs
This tutorial is my own creation. Please do not copy it, or the graphics to another
web site. Email me with any questions or to ask permission to link to it for group use. The
finished creations made by you after completing this tutorial are yours. Have fun!! Remember to save often.
This tutorial was created using JASC Paint Shop Pro 7.04, but it can be done with PSP 8 also.
A basic knowledge of the tools in PSP is presumed. You will also be using a ding Font or Symbol of your choice. Stencil shapes work well. Find stencil decorative ding Fonts here, here, and here, or do a Google search to find something you wish to use.  You may also use any Shape in your Shapes Library, instead of a ding Font.
#1.   Open a New Image 400 by 400 pixels, Transparent.

#2.   Fill Layer 1 with a dark, bold Pattern, such as a stained glass or large dark floral. Leave the
Layer Blend set to Normal.

#3.   Add a New Raster Layer, and fill it with another Pattern, perhaps a small floral. Set the Layer Blend on Layer 2 to Difference. Below are the two Patterns that I used in the sample above.
Right click and "Save picture as"  .bmp. Place in your PSP Patterns folder, if you wish to use them.
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#4.   Now for the adventurous area in this tutorial! .......*S*.....
Set both your Foreground and Background Styles to white. Line width 1.
Next you will either use a ding Font or draw a Shape .......your choice!!
Either open your Text tool, and click on your graphic. Place a check mark in the Vector box, and also the Antialias box. Font size should be set to 72. From your Font list, choose a symbol or ding shape. There are some nice stencil shapes in the Americana Fonts and also the Folk Art fonts. Or, you may choose a Shape from your Shapes Library. Check the Vector box.  Stencil shapes work really well!

#5.   You will be working on a Vector Layer. Place your ding Font or draw your Shape in the center of your graphic. Draw a Shape from the Shapes Library as large as you wish. The ding Font will have the deformation box surrounding it, as it is a Vector shape. Grab and drag the sides of the Vector shape to expand it to almost fill the 400 by 400 area. When your shape is as large as you wish, Convert the Vector Layer to a Raster Layer. Name this Layer "white", and set the Layer Blend to Exclusion.

#6.   Duplicate the white Layer, and apply the following cutout to the duplicated Layer.
You can use a grey or bluegrey Shadow color, and Fill interior with white checked.
This Layer will also have a Layer Blend of Exclusion. Name this Layer "cutout"


Below is what your Layer Palette should look like now, (minus the berries Layer. We add that later.)
Sorry if my layer instructions have been confusing, but here is what you should have.
Now comes some more fun! .....*S*.....
#7.   With the Mover tool, drag the cutout Layer just a bit to offset it from the white Layer.

Voila .......It looks like crystal!!

#8.   Add some details over the Shape, as I did with the red berries and sparkles.


HINT: To Tube for future use:
Close all but the white and cutout Layers. Your graphic will look like the one below.
Scared you right??? .......... Layers/Merge Visable.
Edit/Copy, Edit/Paste as New Image, and Tube. When you use it again, set the Layer Blend of the Tube Layer to Exclusion or Soft Light, or Luminance.  Play around and see what looks good with your background. Add hangers to your ornaments and put them on a Christmas tree, or use them on cards.

Below are some other shapes that I have made into crystal ornaments.
The Holly leaves were an open design, so I made Point to Point Selections over the open areas and filled them with white. Then I lowered the Opacity of the filled Selection areas to 50%.

The Dove crystal graphic was created by using my Dove Tube ..(see above), with a Layer Blend of Luminance over the background.


Experiment with Layer blends!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! The creations you make are yours.
The tutorial is copyright Taiga Designs.

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