(Click on the above graphic for an 
explanation of the FBN skill ratings.)

This tutorial was done in PSP7, but should work in PSP6 and PSP8 also.

I've included everything you'll need for this tutorial in a zip file.

Click here to download the zip and extract the files to a folder on your hard drive.

Here are the files you will need for this tutorial:
1. cs_sugar.gif
2. cs_egg_shape.sel
3. cs_inner_egg.sel
4. cs_egg_trim_inner.sel
5. cs_egg_trim_outer.sel
(TIP: Selection files can reside in any folder on your hard drive, so it is not necessary to move these files from the folder you extracted to.
***In PSP8 you will need to edit the file paths for your selection files.
6. Cathy's dingy tubes, which are all PSP5 compatible, (ten colors to choose from, five pastel and five bright colors) or you can use the colorize tool to make your own unique color). Open the color of your choice in PSP, then export as a picture tube. (If you want to change the color, change it before you export the picture tube!)

Okay, let's get started!

Open up the image "cs_sugar.gif" which you will need to flood fill your image. 

(TIP: Always save your work while creating an image.  There's nothing worse than being half done with a tutorial and having PSP crash on you. I have a file called "Temporary Graphics" where I save my "work in progress".  When I'm finished with my project (AFTER I HAVE SAVED MY FINISHED PROJECT)  I can delete the temporary file so I'm not using up a lot of valuable hard disk space. 

New image 200x200 pixels, 16.7 Million colors, transparent background

Selections/Load from Disk. Browse to the folder you unzipped your files to and click on cs_egg_shape.sel, then click open.

Flood fill selected area with "sugar.gif".  DO NOT DESELECT!  Your image should look like the following (yours should have marching ants, though):

Add a new raster layer.

Effects/3D effects/Cutout using the following settings:

Add a new raster layer and apply cutout again, changing horizontal and vertical to (-10).  Merge visible layers and rename your merged layer "Egg back".

Duplicate this layer and rename your new layer "Egg front".

Turn off the visibility for your "Egg back" layer and make your "Egg front" layer active.  Selections/Load from Disk and click on cs_inner_egg.sel, then click open.

TIP:  PSP should default to the last folder you accessed for selections, so you won't need to browse again.)

Hit your delete key or click on the scissors in your tool bar. You should now have an opening in your "Egg front".  Deselect or select none


Make "Egg back" layer active and add a new layer.  Name this layer "Inside egg".
This is the layer you will put your image(s) on. You can add your image now or at any time before you save your image since it will be on it's own layer.  Use any image or picture tube you'd like for the inside of your egg.  With your image on a separate layer, you can resize and/or move it until you are happy with the way it looks.

Turn off the visibility on all but your Egg front layer (this makes it easier to see what you are doing when you add trim). Make Egg front layer active and add a new layer.  Name this layer "Inner trim".

Click on Selections/Load from disk and click on cs_egg_trim_inner.sel, then click open.
You should now see the "marching ants" framing the "inner trim" area on your egg.  Click on your picture tube tool and choose the picture tube you exported earlier.  Change scale to 20 and step to 30. (You can play around with these settings to get different looks.) Fill the selected area to get the effect of an " icing"
(TIP: To make sure you've filled all of the selected areas, hold down your left mouse button and work your way around the trim area - when you've filled the complete area your marching ants will no longer be visible. They will reappear when you let go of your mouse button.)

Add a drop shadow:
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 25
Blur: 5
Color: Black



Add a new layer and place some decorations (sparingly) on your egg.

I added a new layer and placed some decorations on this layer
using a picture tube image.

Now we can add a little depth to our image. Make your inner trim layer active.
Add a new layer. Selections/Load from Disk and choose cs_inner_egg.sel, click OK.
Apply a cutout, using the following settings:

Add a new layer and apply cutout again, changing vertical and horizontal to (-3)

Save your image in psp format and you can change the colors and/or
image to make a variety of eggs.

Depending on the color of trim you chose, you can now colorize your egg. For this egg I wanted a nice pastel orange.  I used the following settings for the "Egg front" layer:
Hue: 25
Saturation: 75

On the "Egg back" layer I used the following settings:
Hue: 25
Saturation: 255 


(I used a tube posted by Roseann at the Annex Cafe Tubes Newsgroup for this egg. Thanks, Roseann!)

Here is another sample.  

(I used a tube posted by Theresa at the Annex Cafe Tubes Newsgroup for this egg. Thanks, Theresa!)

If you'd like to add trim to the outer edge of your egg, I've included a selection file called "cs_egg_trim_outer.sel".  Make your "Inner trim" layer active and add a new layer.  Name this layer "Outer trim" and follow the directions for the inner trim.

You can now merge visible layers and export as a picture tube, to be
used in a nice Easter graphic, or save as a jpg or gif file to use as is.  Happy Creating!!

I received the following award for writing this tutorial:

Fly by Night Graphics

I would like to thank Donna, the owner of Fly By Night Graphics, as well as all my fellow Fly By Nighters for all the encouragement and inspiration they have given me since I joined this great group!  This tutorial was written for the March challenge which Donna gave to all her members: "Write a tutorial with a Spring theme."


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