Whoops! The tutorial I learned from is no longer available via the internet so I have revised the tutorial and written the part that was linked to the original (which I thought was better).
Drapes - MyWay
The Jama 3D plugin is a free one to download
and these days, it has several extra's included. You can download
it from the Redfield
At the time I did the tutorial, 17 inch
monitors were just coming out and I couldn't afford one so the size was
fine then - Later I opted to start with a 300x300 pixel square.
Please use a solid color for your first attempt.
1. I make the first Jama 3D drape
square, crop away the fluted edges and then duplicate it twice. I
sometimes leave out the 'blur'.
and copy/paste it right up next to the edge
of the side panel.
2. I rotate the one 90 degrees left
or right for the side panel using PSP's rotate function.
3. I use PSP's Geometric Effects
Circle on the next one then using PSP's selection tool with antialias checked
and set to the 'circle' to start in the center of the circle and drag the
circle to just a pixel or two short of the entire shape then invert the
selection and delete to make a smooth edge for the swag valance.
4. Next I remove the check mark
from antialias from the selection tool and set it back to the rectangle
shape before I start half way down the image to drag a selection of the
lower half of the circle for the swag and crop the image.
5. Next, I minimize the swag and get the
image I rotated. I then decide what width of the image I want for
the side panel, drag the selection and crop it. If I am using a patterned
fill for the drapes, I find the vertical repeat for a seamless scroll of
the panel like I did for this set of drapes. Once I get the correct
height and desired width, I add a layer and move it below the panel.
6. Next I use the PSP/Image/CanvasSize
to enlarge the image area and keep the panel to the left by changing the
width to 1025, setting the height to the same as it is, checking the 'center
vertical', unchecking the 'center horizontal', setting the 'left' to '0'
and allowing the right to default then clicking the OK button.
7. With the lower layer still active,
I select the color or texture or both for the floodfill tool (bucket),
then floodfill the bottom layer.
8. Make the top layer 'active';
make a vertical shadow
stick longer than the height of your side panel at these settings
9. Save the side panel image in
the jpg format and then set the image as the fill pattern for the floodfill
10. Open a new image 1025 pixels wide
and about 300 pixels in height, then flood fill it. Your image should
be of the side panel, background color and shadowed edge.
11. Add a new layer, maximize the swag
image and copy it by holding down the 'CTRL' key while you tap the 'C'
key, then minimize it again.
12. Starting at the left top, paste the
sway at the top left corner and continue pasting more until you have a
row of them across the top, de-select the last one and apply a drop shadow
using the settings
13. Add a new layer and paste the swag with
the middle of the first one to the left edge and up higher, then paste
them across the top all the way again; deselect the last one and
apply the shadow again using the same settings.
14. Now get the 3rd duplicate and follow
the steps below got the swag hangers or use some kind of tube at each corner.
15. After adding the swag hangers, you
can merge all and drag a rectangle selection starting at 0,0 and clear
across to 1025 and then down just far enough to make sure you don't cut
off any of the drop shadow, crop and save the valance.
Using the 3rd copy of the draping.
Click on the deformation tool
and use the lower right hand grabber to slide the corner up and left until
it is taking up less than a quarter of the area.
While holding down the 'Shift' key slide
the left top corner to the center and the top right corner to the middle
like the image below.
Now click back on the selection tool and
Using the freehand selection tool (lasso)
set to 'point to point' selection, click an ovaled area at the bottom of
the image as in the image below. Maybe take small step-ups in the
crevices to make a more ruffled look.
Hit the 'Delete' key.
Swag hanger should have a pointed top
and a soft flow of folds at the bottom.
Add the drop shadow with the same setting
used for the valance swags.
Use the rectangle selection to select
the entire hanger.
Click the image once to set the selection;
copy to clipboard, then minimize the image.
Now you can paste the image between each
swag of the valance and cover the very top of each swag with some kind
of small tube just to give it a more realistic look.
When you have your finished set, you will
use the side panel for the background tile of your web page or stationery;
the valance will be the background graphic for the cell of a table and
the rest of the page is devided into a table with two collumns. The
left column is the side panel area and the right is for the contents of
the page. The 'trick' to getting it to line up right is in adding
margin attributes to the 'body' tag.
TOPMARGIN="0" BOTTOMMARGIN="0" RIGHTMARGIN="0" LEFTMARGIN="0" MARGINWIDTH="0"
Close Window when Finished.