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Fan Tutorial



This tutorial was originally created March 15th 2002©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
it was written using PSP7, it has been rewritten using PSP X9 17th July 2017
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
Dragonfly's Sinedots II

Materials :-
My sg_fans.cfg (Put into a folder with your sinedots presets),
sg_aqua-rosebud gradient (put in your gradients folder)
and the Styled line that I used for the sides of the fan
(put in your 'My PSP Files/Styled Lines folder)

Some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Screen sizes are much larger now than when this tutorial was first
written, so I have adjusted the image sizes used in this version.

Step 1.
Open a new image 150 x 375 transparent
Flood fill with black, then add a new layer
Go to Effects...Pluggins...Sinedots...
open the sg_fan.cfg choose the horn setting from the dropdown list
(the cfg contains several presets which may be useful
to make other fans, have fun experimenting with them).

if you are new to sinedots and don't know how to open
the .cfg file click Here for more information

Don't click OK yet. The preset that I used in this tutorial has the blend
setting 'normal', which means it would be on a black layer, but we need it
to be on a tranparent layer, so to change that open the dropdown list of
blend settings and change it to 'screen'


Then Click the OK button


Step 2.
Go to Image...Canvas size...change the size of the canvas to 900 x 900 it
doesn't matter where the placement is as we will be moving the sinedots image.

Make the bottom layer (Raster 1) active and flood fill with black,
then make the top layer (Raster 2) active again.
Next we will move the sinedots image into position,
the grid will be useful for showing where to place it.

Go to View...Grid...
Then View...Change Grid, Guide and Snap Properties...
On the Grid tab, in the 'Current image settings' change the
Vertical and Horizontal position to 450.

Using the Mover Tool move the sinedots image so that it is approximately
in the centre horizontally and the narrow end is a little bit above the
centre vertically (if you prefer to have no curve at the bottom centre
of the fan place the sinedots image so that the narrow part just
touches the centre).


The grid isn't needed any more, so go to View...and untick the grid

Step 3.
I used the Rotating mirror to make both sides of the shape the same, but
for a different design you could miss this out and go on to the next step.
Go to Effects...Reflection Effects...Rotating mirror...
Horizontal offset = 0
Rotation Angle = 180
Edge Mode = Reflect
(for a different shape you could use 0 (zero) as the rotation angle)


Step 4.
At this point I changed the colour of the sinedots image, but you
can complete the fan without changing the colour if you want to

There are lots of ways you can change the colour, so feel free to
choose your own favourite method. This is what I did
On the Layers Palette click on the open padlock to lock
the transparency of the layer

This screenshot is from pspX other versions will be similar

Activate the Flood Fill Tool
Match mode = None
Use all layers = unticked
Blend mode = normal
Opacity = 100

On your materials palette make the foreground a colour, or gradient
that you want your fan to be and flood fill the image (only the sinedots
image will change colour, the transparent areas will stay transparent).
I used a gradient of my own called sg_aqua-rosebud and the following settings
Style = Sunburst Angle = n/a
Repeats = 2
Invert = ticked
(I've included my gradient in the zip file in case you want to use it).


Click the padlock on the layers palette to unlock the
transparency. It's important to remember to do this.

Step 5.
If you plan to make several fans using different sinedots
presets, or in other colours it's a good idea to make a script
of this step, as it will save a lot of time in future.
If you are making a script, open the Script Toolbar and
click on the 'Start Script Recording' button

Go to Layers...Duplicate...10 times
You should now have a black layer at the bottom (Raster 1), your original
sinedots shape (Raster 2), plus 10 copies of the sinedots layer

Next we will rotate the layers.
Starting at the top layer (copy (10) of Raster 2) and working
down to Raster 2, rotate each layer in turn using these settings

Image...Free Rotate...
All Layers = unticked
Rotate single layer around canvas centre = ticked

(copy (10) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 90
(copy (9) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 75
(copy (8) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 60
(copy (7) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 45
(copy (6) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 30
(copy (5) of Raster 2) - Direction = Right, Degrees = 15
(copy (4) of Raster 2) - don't rotate this layer
(copy (3) of Raster 2) - Direction = Left, Degrees = 15
(copy (2) of Raster 2) - Direction = Left, Degrees = 30
(copy of Raster 2) - Direction = Left, Degrees = 45
Raster 2 - Direction = Left, Degrees = 60


Make the top layer (copy (10) of Raster 2) active again and working
your way down apply the following drop shadow to each of the layers
(except the black layer at the bottom, of course.)

Effects...3D effects...Drop Shadow...
Vertical = -1 (minus 1)
Horizontal = -1 (minus 1)
Opacity = 40
Blur = 5
Shadow on new layer = ticked
(the reason that ticked the 'shadow on new layer' box is so
that you will be able to change the colours on individual
layers without affecting the shadows in step 6)


If you have recorded this step Click the 'Save Script Recording'
button and give your script a name. Next time you make a fan, you
can run the script instead of doing all the duplicating and rotating.

Step 6.

This step is optional

As a variation you can change the colours on some of the panels in your fan.
I used the same gradient as previously, but I unticked the 'Invert' box this time,
so that the colours would be in reverse order, but you can change to a different
gradient, or a plain colour instead if you prefer.

On each of the following layers lock the transparency of the layer, put the flood fill
bucket on the panel of the fan (the first one will be the second from the right, then
alternate panels), then unlock the transparency again (the same method used in step 4)
(copy (9) of Raster 2)
(copy (7) of Raster 2)
(copy (5) of Raster 2)
(copy (3) of Raster 2)
(copy of Raster 2)


Step 7a.
I have added an extra optional step which wasn't in my original tutorial, but I rather
liked the result, especially when the finished fan was used on a lighter background,
so am including it here. You can skip it and go on to the next step if you prefer.

With the Magic Wand and using these settings
Mode = Replace
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Use all layers = ticked (this is important as we want to select outside the whole of the fan)
Contiguous = ticked (this is also important)
Feather = 0
Antialias = ticked

click on the blank area outside of your sinedots image.
Go to Selections ... Invert ...
Selections ... Modify ...Contract 4

Add a new layer ... Layers ... Arrange ... Send to Bottom
Layers Arrange ... Move Up...
The layer should be just above the background layer.
Flood fill the selection with a contasting, or complimentary colour which is
darker than the sinedots image. I chose a dark purple #400040


Select None

Step 7b.
Another optional step, you could miss out this
step if you don't want side edges for your fan

Make the top layer active
To make an edge for the sides of the fan use the Pen Tool
You can either use a colour of your choice and add an inner bevel,
or you can use white and apply SuperBladePro, or Eye Candy to it.
I chose a colour to match my fan
Mode = Draw Lines and Polylines
Connect Segments = unticked
Show Nodes = ticked
Create on Vector = ticked
Line Style - Round
Width = 15
Anti-alias = ticked

The start and end of your line will depend on the shape of the
sinedots preset you used. In this case I started just below the
frill along the top edge of the fan, as shown in my screenshot.
Click Apply, then make another line on the other side of the fan.


Go to Layers...Convert to Raster...
Go to Effect...3D Effects...Inner Bevel
Bevel = 2
Width = 5
Depth = 2
Ambience = 50
Shininess= 0
Colour = white
Angle = 0
Intensity = 38
Elevation = 20


Apply the a drop shadow with the same settings used for the
fan sections, but untick the shadow on a new layer box

Step 8.
To make the cord,
use the Pen Tool
Mode = Draw freehand
Connect Segments = ticked
Create On Vector = ticked
Show Nodes = ticked
Line Style = Solid
Width = 6
Anti-alis = ticked
Set backround on the palette to transparent, for the
foreground I used the same gradient used for the fan
draw a line something like this


Go to Layers...Convert to Raster Layer
Draw a second line and conver that to Raster Layer.


Apply an Inner Bevel and Drop Shadow to the cords,
using the same settings that we used previously.

Hide the background layer by clicking the eye for
that layer on the layers palette, then go to
Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...
Make the background layer visible again

Step 9.
There is some empty space around the fan, so unless you
want to use it for adding some text or anything else,
use the Selection Tool, Selection type = Rectangle,
Drag the selection around your fan, something like this:-


Go to Image...Crop to Selection

If you want to change the background, make that the active layer.
Flood fill with of your choice. I used a dark green #002929
You could leave it plain, or apply a textured effect of your choice.
I used PSP's Fine Leather with the following settings.
Effects... Texture Effects...Fine Leather...

colour=#c24d6b, Angle=251, Blur=30, Transparency=89, number of furrows=24, Length of furrows=9

Depending on how dark your background is, you might want to add
a drop shadow to your fan. Try it using the follwing settings.
Vertical and Horizontal offsets = 10
Opacity = 50
Blur = 15


Step 10.
Go to Layers...Merge All layers
Finish with a frame of your choice. I just made a simple one.
Go to Image...Add borders...add a symetrical border of 8 in white.
Add another symetrical border of 12 in #002929 (or colour of your choice)
Add another symetrical border of 8 in white.
Use the Magic Wand
Mode = Add
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Contiguous = ticked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = unticked
Select the two white borders and flood fill with a gold pattern.
Before you de-select, add a drop shadow
Vertical and Horizontal offsets = -2 (minus 2)
Opacity = 75
Blur = 5
Colour = black
Repeat the drop shadow with the Vertical and Horizontal offsets changed to 2
De-select, then resize if you want to.
I used Image...Resize... 75% Resample using Bicubic

You can get many variations by changing the colours or using different presets
In this example I added the optional extra step given in Step 7a


In the example below I used the same sinedots preset, but I appled a SuperBladePro
gold preset to the sinedots image instead of flood filling with gradient (in step 4)

For the next example I used a different sinedots preset and I placed the sinedots
image so that the bottom was touching the centre of the image, this way the
panels don't form a curve at the bottom of the fan.

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