Paint Shop Pro (30 day free trial)
It@lian Editor's Effetto Fantasma filter
Bar Slats | Tube and font of choice

This tutorial was written upon request.
It illustrates another way to use a plaid
made from my Mad About Plaid tutorial.
I have repeated the steps from that tutorial
that make the plaid you will use here.

Open your tube and the slat, and put the filter
in your plugins folder. Open a new transparent
image 450 x 450, we will resize later.
Flood fill with white if desired.

Copy and paste slat on a new layer.

Choose 2 or more colors from your tube and alternate
filling slats with those colors. Select slats by using
the magic wand and hold down the shift key to select
more than one slat at a time to fill with color.

If you are using a colorful tube, you can even add a couple
of slats. (Example, for 5 colors, 2 slats of each color,
alternating, you would add 2 extra slats You can do this by
using the selection tool, set to rectangle, and select the number of slats
you want to copy and then paste them on one end of the slats.)

After flood filling the slats, select all and float. Then apply
the Effetto Fantasma filter. Play with the settings, each plaid
will be unique, based on your choice of colors and settings.
(You can try 12 and 12 or 29 and 29, but feel free to experiment.)

When you are happy with the result, select none and duplicate the
slats layer and then rotate the duplicated layer 90 degrees.
Then lower the opacity of the duplicated layer (top layer) until
you see a plaid that you like. (Try 50%).
Then close all layers except the two slat layers and merge visible.

If there are any parts of the edges of the plaid you have made
you want to delete, use the selection tool again and select
the part you want to keep, then choose invert selection and hit delete.

Crop your plaid tile now and save as either a .jpg or a .psp file.
If desired, resize 50-70% (for a smaller plaid to use as your pattern
fill). Set background and fill properties to pattern and scroll to
find the
plaid you just made. (You may also set your plaid to fill
at an angle as I did in the tutorial example (I used 45 degrees angle),
but you may have to make your plaid seamless first.

You can do this using the seamless tile effect that comes with paint
shop. (In version 9 you go to effect/image effects/seamless tiling.)

Open a new image 450 x 450 and flood fill white if desired.
Type your text (fatter fonts work best) in a size you desire.
(use vector) You will see the text filled with the plaid you made.
Alternately, you could type the text and then select it and fill it
with the plaid. You can set your foreground/stroke to a complimentary
color and set the width somewhere between 2-4 if you wish.
Convert to raster layer, add any bevel you wish, a dropshadow, place
tube, add a dropshadow to the tube too, crop and save. (Don't forget
to add any copyright information and your watermark.

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This tutorial was written June 11, 2005 and is qwho

Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence.
Do NOT translate, copy, forward or script without written permission.
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(Please link to the tut if you use this tutorial in groups.)

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