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Angelfish Tutorial


This tutorial was created October 2001©
Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else
without my written permission.

I did retire this tutorial but it has been brought back by request


Sometimes the links for filters change, it's difficult (and a lot of work) to
keep changing them on individual pages, so I have created a page with
links to filters and programs that I have used in my tutorials.
That way it is easier for me, because when there are changes I will
only have one page to update and hopefully better for you, because I'm
less likely to miss a page out when doing the updates :)

You will find links to filters/programs used in this tutorial Here
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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
Dragonfly's Sinedots II
Ulead Art Texture
(When you are installing art texture it will look for photoshop
on your computer. You just need to click on the browse button
and navigate to your PSP plugins folder, then install it in there.)

Materials :-
My Angelfish pre-set Here
(The file also contains three other fish shapes)
Unzip into the folder you have made for Sinedots II)

images have been made smaller to shorten file size

step 1.
Create a new image 300x300 transparent and
flood fill with a colour of your choice,
I have used #81FFFF
Add a new layer

step 2.
Go to Effects---Pluggins---Dragonfly---SinedotsII
Click on the 'open' button at the bottom of the screen and
go to the folder containing the 'angelfish pre-set'
if you are new to sinedots and don't know how to open
the .cfg file click HERE for more information

Some presets use different 'blend' settings and it is
important for this tutorial to make sure that the blend
in the sinedots setting is set to 'screen' like this:-


Change it in the drop down list if you need to,
otherwise the sinedots image will be on a black layer
instead of a transparent one. Click ok
This image should now be on the screen


step 3.
Go to Image----rotate 90 ° left
The image now looks like this


step 4.
Now we can give the fish an eye.
I did this on a new layer in case I needed to adjust
the position of the eye, so make a new layer. Click on
the selection tool and choose 'circle' as the selection type.
Make a circle the size you want the outer part of the eye
and flood fill with white.


Go to Effects---Pluggins---Ulead Art Texture
(I have used Ulead Art Texture for this tutorial,
but 'Super Blade Pro' is good too, and I have
used that for some of my other fish.)
Click 'edit' and choose the gold 'palette #5'
I picked the bottom left of the 6 samples
and changed the repeat number to 0.24
here is the screen shot


The fish should now look something like this


step 5.
Make a new layer so that any re-positioning is easy.
Go back to the selection tool, de-select and make
a new circle inside the gold one, ready for the inner eye.
Set the palette to foreground to 'black'
and background 'white',
and gradient fill with the following settings

fore+back, style=sunburst, horizontal=50, vertical=50, repeats=0

Then flood fill the inner circle.
The fish should now have an eye with a dark centre.


de-select the eye centre.
If you need to re-position the eye
you can do so with the 'mover tool'.

step 6.
For the fish that I used in my fish tank
(which is no longer available)
I made the area surrounding the fish transparent,
but for this tutorial I'm give this area a gradient
fill in a watery colour and finishing with a simple frame.

Set background colour to 'R128 G255 B255' light blue
Set foreground colour to 'R192 G255 B192' light green
I set gradient fill to these settings

fore+back, style=linear, angle=28, repeats=0

you can experiment if you'd prefer something different.

Activate the background layer and flood fill with gradient
or if, as I have done with some of my other fish, you'd like
to keep the inner scales of the fish a contrasting colour,
select the magic wand tool, click on background area
and fill with gradient, then select none.

step 7.
To add a few bubbles, make a new layer,
change background gradient to white and use
the following gradient settings
the invert gradient box is ticked

fore=back, style=sunburst, horizontal=64, vertical=37

Use selection tool to make small circles
just above the fish's face, flood filling
each with gradient.


Merge all layers.

step 8.
Now for a frame Go to Image---add borders
add a border of 5 all round.
Use the magic wand to select the border
Go to Effects---Ulead Art Texture
I clicked 'edit' and chose 'gold #5' again
I also chose the same pattern that I used
for the fish's outer eye, but left the repeat number
at the default setting this time. Select none.


step 9.
Go to Image---add borders and
add a border of 15 all round.
Use the magic wand to select the border
and flood fill with the same gradient used in step6.
Go to Effects---3D---Cut Out, use these settings

vertical=-3, horizontal=-3, opacity=40, blur=8.8

step 10.
Repeat Cut Out with these settings

vertical=3, horizontal=3, opacity=40, blur=8.8

The image should look like this


select none

step 11.
Repeat step8 but use a border of 15.
I then resized my picture to 200x200
but you can make it larger or smaller if you prefer


And that is the end of my first tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed it.

I would like to thank Patti of Moon'sDesigns for testing
this tutorial for me and for the inspiration and help her
'tutorial on how to make a tutorial' gave me.
Check out her site Here it's definitely worth exploring.

To see my other tutorials click Here

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