(Click on the above graphic for an
explanation of the FBN skill ratings.)
This tutorial will show you how to make a seamless
image like the one I used as the background for this page:
WARNING: The SinedotsII filter
is highly addictive!!!
For this tutorial you will need the following:
1. Paint Shop Pro 7 - you can
download a 30-day free trial at the Jasc
2. Simple Filters/Pizza Slice Mirror - a free plug-in, which you can get here.
2. Simple Filters/Quick Tile - a free plug-in, which you can get here.
(While you're downloading, why not download all the filters available
from the Simple Filters site?)
***Note: if you are using any
"Simple" filters for the first time, you will need to convert
the files for use with Paint Shop Pro. You can do this using Plug
In Commander Light (PICO). Stephanie has an excellent tutorial on the
use of PICO
4. Sinedots II - a free plug in which you can get
If you do not have any of these plug-ins installed, create new
folders in your Plug-In directory for each filter and name them
accordingly: "SinedotsII" and "Simple". Download and unzip these filters to their respective
5. My SinedotsII presets - which you can get in a zip file
(Unzip to the same folder
you used for your SinedotsII plug in. This file will be named "cathys_corner_white.cfg".
I have included several presets in this file, not just the one you will
use for this tutorial.)
For an in depth tutorial on the
SinedotsII plug in please visit Moons Designs' SinedotsII tutorial here.
Patti has a great tutorial explaining the basic program with lots of tips.
The most important advice I can give
you for any tutorial is: SAVE OFTEN! I'll remind you throughout the
tutorial to save your image.
Once you've saved your image you can hold down your control key and the
"s" key at any time to resave. (Ctrl+S)
1. Open a new image, 200x200, white
2. Apply the SinedotsII filter:
Click on Effects/Plug-in filters/DragonFly/SinedotsII
and the following panel will open:
3. Click on the "open" button at the bottom of
4. Click on the file
and click the "Open" button:
5. Click on the
arrow for the drop down menu (1) and the list of presets I have included
will show up.
Find the setting "cc_20" (2) and click on it:
Save your image
6. Click OK on your SinedotsII
panel and your image will look like this:
7. Apply your Pizza
Slice Mirror filter. Effects/Plug-in Filters/Simple/Pizza Slice Mirror.
8. Open a new image,
9. Add a new layer
10. Double click
on your selection tool and enter the following:
Left: 60; Right: 240, Top: 60; Bottom: 240
11. Copy your
first image and paste into selection:
13. Rotate your
image 45 degrees (make sure all layers is NOT checked):
14. Merge all
layers. Layers/Merge All
15. Apply your
Quick Tile filter. Effects/Plug-in
16. Resize your
image to 200x200 and save. You have a seamless image for use as
a background or fill.
TIP: If you'd
like to lower the opacity of your image, here's a trick I use:
1. Promote your
background to a layer. Layers/Promote to Layer.
2. Add a new
layer. Layers/New Raster Layer
3. Send this new
layer to the bottom. Layers/Arrange/Send to Bottom.
4. Flood fill
your new layer with white.
5. Adjust the
opacity of your graphic layer until you are happy with it.
Here is the same
graphic with different opacity settings:
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