This tutorial was created 1st December 2002 using PSP7 and updated for PSP X9 on 20th July 2017
©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.
You will find links to filters/programs used in this
Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
some images have been made smaller to shorten file size
Screen sizes are much larger now, than when this tutorial was first
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
For a slightly different shaped cracker you could reverse the sinedots shape by going to Image... Mirror... Mirror Horizontal...
Make your bottom layer active and flood fill with black, then make layer 2 active again.
This is the result if you mirrored the sinedots image at the end of step 1
That is the basic cracker shape, but with all those holes in the
Go to Selections...Modify...Contract... Contract by 2 pixels
*A little note about choosing colours for the lining and in the next step for the cracker*.
Flood fill the selection with a colour, or gradient of your choice.
One of my favourite methods is to lock the layer transparency of the layer by
Flood fill the shape with colour, pattern or gradient. If you use this method don't forget
For this example I used the dark blue lining layer that I created in
For the next example I flood filled the lining with dark purple and the cracker in a pale yellow.
For my last example I chose gradients for both layers, a dark red and green gradient
Make sure the 'cracker' is the active layer ready for the next step,
Select around the end section on the left side of the cracker.
Go to Selections ... Promote Selection to Layer ...then Select None.
Use the Mover Tool to drag the waved section slightly to the left
Go to Layers... Duplicate... Image... Mirror... Mirror Horizontal...
You can compare the two images and decide which you prefer.
If you want to tube your cracker, delete the background layer, then go to
Here another cracker that I made using the other setting in the sinedots cfg provided.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making crackers.