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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Parchment Texture in Paint Shop Pro


I wanted to see how easy or hard it would be to make a parchment texture in Paint Shop Pro versus Photoshop.

Supplies:

Balls and Bubbles Preset (Optional)

Because Paint Shop Pro does not have a clouds effect, it takes a bit more work to create a parchment paper texture. You can use a plugin, like Mura Meister Clouds or Eye Candy: Texture Noise and skip steps 5-11 .

1. Open a new canvas 1200 x 1200. I'm going to turn this into a seamless tile before using it to make a full-sized paper.

2. Fill the canvas with gray (#808080).

3. Apply the Grain fine cloudy Texture (Effects > Texture Effects > Texture).



Texture = Grain fine cloudy
Size = 200%
Smoothness = 15
Depth = 1
Ambience = 0
Shininess = 0
Color = White
Angle = 315
Intensity = 50
Elevation = 30

4. Sepia tone the image to age it (Effects > Artistic Effects > Sepia Toning).



Amount to age = 75

5. Now we will create the cloud effect. Create a new Raster Layer. Name it Clouds and change the blend mode to overlay.



6. Fill the layer with gray (#808080).

7. Apply the Balls and Bubbles effect (Effects > Artistic Effects > Balls and Bubbles).



Shape
Automatic multiple balls or bubble = Checked
Coverage = 100
Average size = 15
Size variation = 75
Ball or bubbles type = Intersecting
Randomize = Checked



Surface
Material = White
Opacity = 15
Shininess = 50
Gloss = 0



Maps
Bump Map = Unchecked
Environment Map = Unchecked



Illumination
Maximum = 50
Minimum = 0
Light 1
  • Position = Upper Left
  • Color = White
  • Highlight Size = 33
  • Back Light = Unchecked
  • Bubble Light = Unchecked
In case this is confusing, I have made a Balls and Bubbles Preset which you can place in your presets folder and load all the settings instead of trying to figure out my lighting positions.

8. Dilate (Effects > Edge Effects > Dilate).



9. Enhance the edges (Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance).



10. Find the Edges (Effects > Edge Effects > Find All).



11. Gaussian Blur to create the clouds (Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur).



Radius = 40.0

12. Seamless tile the Clouds layer (Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling).



Tiling Method = Corner
Direction = Bidirectional
Horizontal offset (%) = 0
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Transition (%) = 50
Corner style = Linear

13. Merge the layers (Layers > Merge > Merge Visible).

The parchment texture is now complete and can be used as a seamless tile to create larger papers. I have also made a script out of this tutorial which for those of you who want this to be as easy as an action in Photoshop.


5 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Photoshop/Gimp Resource(s) (Brush(es), Swatch/Palette, ...) post on Jun. 09, 2009. Thanks again.

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  3. Thank you for the script to make things easy for me, but as I am now beginning to get to grips with PSP I shall also enjoy following the script to gain some valuable experience, your thoughtfulness is much appreciated

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  4. Love this, Spencer! I'm going to play around with it to see if I can get a decent kraft paper out of it!

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