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Lace Curtained Window


This tutorial was created 18th Sept. 2002©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

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
the link will open in a new window

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

Materials :-
There is a text file included in the zip, if you don't know where to place the items.
My sg_curtains.cfg Here
You will need one of my window frame tubes.
Click on the link Here and my window frames page will open in a new window.
You can choose from landscape or portrait style depending on the
shape of your image. Click the links to download.
I no longer have a link for the cats that I used to sit on my
window ledge, but you can use your own tubes

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1.
Open a new Image 150 x 400 transparent.
Flood fill with black and add a new layer
Go to Effects...Plugins...Sinedots...
Open the sg_curtains.cfg and choose
the frilly curtain preset
If you are new to sinedots and don't know how to open
the .cfg file click HERE for more information

If you have any problems downloading the sinedots preset
you can view the settings in a new window, by clicking Here

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:-



Step 2.
Go to Image...Canvas size...
Change the canvas size to 400 x 400
Tick the centre vertically box, put 0 in
the 'right' box and 250 in the 'left' box

Make the background layer active and flood fill with
black, then activate the sinedots layer again


Step 3.
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
then Image...Mirror...


Turn off the visibility of the
background layer by opening the
layers palette and clicking the glasses
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Visible...
Go to Image...Flip...
Turn the background visibility back on.

Next we are going to make a pelmet, so
save this image naming it curtains. You can
either close the image or minimise it for now.

Step 4.
Open a new Image 100 x 100 transparent.
Flood fill with black and add a new layer
Go to Effects... Plugins...Sinedots...
This time choose the 'cafe net' preset
you can view the settings in a new window, by clicking Here

As before make sure that the blend is
'screen' before you click ok.
Because this image is small it's a little fuzzy
so go to Effects...Sharpen...and Sharpen...


Go to Image...Rotate...Tick the all layers box
and Rotate by 90° Right.


Step 5.
Go to Edit...Copy...(ctrl+C)
This image is no longer needed.
Open the curtains image that you made earlier.
Add a new layer then go to
Edit...Paste...and Paste as New selection...
positioning at co-ordinates 200,0 (you can see
these at the bottom left of the screen).


Step 6.
Duplicate this layer 3 times and use the
Mover Tool to reposition the duplicates so
that they are side by side across the top


Turn off the visibility of the
background layer, Merge Visible.
Duplicate the merged layer and
Merge visible again, this will thicken
the sinedots image.
Turn the visibility of the background back on.

Step 7.
Now we are ready to make the mask.
Go to Masks...New...FromImage...
Choose 'This Window' as the source window
and create mask from 'source luminance'
leave invert mask data unticked

Now go to Masks...Save to Disk...
Give the mask a name, I called mine
'sinedots curtains' not very original,
but it is descriptive ;-)

Now that you have your sinedots curtains
mask saved you can close the image.

Step 8.
Open the image that you want to use as
the view from your window. Each of the pictures
used in this tutorial as the view from my window
are from freefoto.com

Step 9.
Open the window frame that you want to use
Go to Edit...Copy...
You can close the window frame image
With your 'view' image active, go to
Selections...Select All...(Ctrl + A)
Edit...Paste...Paste into Selection...De-select.


Step 10.
If you want to add some tubed ornaments or
something to sit on your window ledge add a new
layer place your tubes and when you are happy
with the positions Merge All layers.

Step 11.
Add a new layer
Flood fill with white or the colour you
want your curtains to be.
Go to Masks...Load from Disk...
Navigate to the folder that you put your
curtains mask in, and open the mask.

If you want the curtains to be thicker
just duplicate the layer. The example
at the top of the page had 1 masked
curtain layer. In the example at the
bottom of the page I used a light wood
window frame and duplicated the layer
with the mask.

Go to Masks...Delete...
You will be asked if you want the mask
merged into the current layer. Click Yes.
If you have duplicated the masked layer
repeat on the other masked layer. Merge All


This tutorial was inspired by a
'Curtain Mask' tutorial by Sherrie
at Foxielane Thankyou Sherrie :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thankyou to my very helpful testers
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