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Ice Cream Sundae

PSP X and X2

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This tutorial was first created December 12th 2001©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
using PSP 7. It has been rewritten for later versions of psp on 19th January 2011
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

You will find links to filters/programs used in this tutorial Here
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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paintshop pro
Dragonfly's Sinedot II filter

Materials :-
My Sinedots pre-sets for this tutorial are in a zip file Here
(Unzip .cgf file into a folder where you keep your sinedots presets)

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size



step 1.
Open a new image 250 X 250 transparent and flood fill with a dark colour
(the flood fills are just to make it easier to see the image).

Add a new layer, then go to
Effects...Plugins...Dragonfly... Sinedots II
open the sg_sundae_2.cfg I've included several settings that you
can use, for this tutorial choose the setting called 'cone-cup' 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' otherwise the
image won't be on a transparent layer. Click the box
for Blend and choose it from the drop down list

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Click OK

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Step 2.
Go to Effects...Reflection Effects...Rotating Mirror
Horizontal offset = 0
Rotation angle = 0
Edge mode = Wrap

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this is the top part of the sundae glass



Step 3.
To make the base of the glass open a new image 250 x 70
flood fill with your dark colour and add a new layer.
Effects...Plugins...Dragonfly... Sinedots II
Use the same sinedots preset and apply the rotating
mirror using the same settings as before
Then go to Image...Flip...
here is my screenshot

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In the next step we will put them together



Step 4.
Open a new image 500 x 500 and flood fill with your dark colour
Go back to the image containing the base, go to
Edit...Copy
Now back to your new (500x500)image.
Edit...Paste...Paste an a new layer
Rename the layer 'glass bottom'
Use the Mover tool to position the base near the bottom.

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Step 5.
Go to the image with the top part of the sundae glass on
Go to Edit...Copy...
Go back to your 500 X 500 image and paste as a new layer.
Rename the layer 'glass top'
Use the mover tool to position it above the base.

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The 2 seperate images with the top and base that
you made earlier can now be closed.



Step 6.
We'll duplicate the layer containing the top of the glass
and use it to create a swirly ice cream inside the glass, so
Go to Layers...Duplicate...
rename the copy 'icecream bottom'
On the layers palette drag the icecream bottom layer
below the glass top and glass bottom layers

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Next we'll merge to 2 sections of the glass together
Click on the 'glass top' layer on the layers palette to make it active,
Then go to Layers...Merge...Merge Down...
Rename the layer 'sundae glass'



Step 7.
Turn off the visibility of the sundae glass by clicking
the 'eye' for that layer off in the layers palette.
Make 'icecream bottom' the active layer.

Using the Magic Wand tool
Mode = Replace
Match mode = RGB value
Tolerance = 0
All layers = unticked
Contiguous = ticked
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = ticked
Click on the area outside the sinedots shape.
Then go to Selections...Invert...
The selection should be around the edge of your sinedots shape

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Step 8.
Go to Effects...Distortion Effects...Twirl...
Degrees = -200 (minus 200) then de-select
this gives the ice cream that will be inside the glass
a swirl. We will change the colour later.

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With the Selection tool
Selection type = Rectangle
Mode = Replace
Feather = 0
Anti-alias = ticked Select the top edge of the shape, as shown in this screenshot

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Press the delete key to remove the selected area



Step 9.
For the top of the ice cream
Open a new image 300 x 200 transparent
flood fill with a dark colour and add a new layer
Go to Effects...Plugins...Sinedots
in the sundae2.cfg you will find another setting called
ice_cream, this is the one you need this time.

Change the blend setting to screen in the same
way as for the previous shape and click OK
This is the screenshot

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Go to Edit...Copy
this image is no longer needed



Step 10.
Go back to your main image and paste as a new layer.
Rename the layer 'icecream top' then use the Mover tool
to reposition the shape at top of your ice cream

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Step 11.
Now for a swirl in the ice cream top.
Using the Magic Wand tool with the same settings as before
click on the area outside the shape
Go to Selections...Invert..then
Effects...Distortion Effects...Twirl...
Use the same setting -200 (minus 200)
as we did on the icecream bottom

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Deselect



Step 12.
In this step we will merge the 2 icecream layers. Your layers palette
should look like this, with the 'sundae glass layer (still hidden)
at the top, the 'icecream top' layer next (this should be the active
layer and the 'icecream bottom' layer below it. Raster 1 is the
dark coloured layer at the bottom

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Go to Layers...Merge...Merge down
Re-name the layer 'icecream'



Step 13.
Now we will change the colour of the icecream.
On the layers palette click the padlock to close it

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Now you can flood fill the layer with the colour you want
your icecream to be and only the sinedots image will change
colour, the transparent area will stay transparent.
I flood filled with pink #e28080 (I like raspberry or black cherry yum)

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When you've flood filled click on the padlock on the
layers palette to unlock the tranparency.



Step 14.
Turn the visibility of the 'sundae glass' layer back
on and make that layer the active one.
If you want to change the colour of sundae glass, click on the padlock
to lock the transparency and flood fill with your choice of colour,
don't forget to click the padlock again when you've finished.
I used white #FFFFFF.

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If you want to make the icecream, or the sundae glass (or both) to look
more solid you can duplicate the layers (Layers...Duplicate...)
For the rest of the tutorial I just used a single layer of each, but
here is an example where I duplicated both the icecream and sundae glass

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Step 15.
To finish off let's make the background a bit more interesting.
Make the background layer (Raster 1) the active layer.
Flood fill with a colour of your choice.
I thought dark colours looked best and used dark red #400000

use the Selection tool (rectangle) to select the bottom
third of the picture, and flood filled with a colour, or pattern
of your choice, then deselect. I've used a wood pattern fill.

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Turn off the visibility of the background layer, make
of the other layers the active layer, then go to
Layers...Merge...Merge visible
The visibility of the background layer can be turned back on.



Step 16.
Give the merged (ice cream and sundae glass) layer a drop shadow
There are the settings that I used
Vertical = 0
Horizontal = 20
Opacity = 50
Blur = 15

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You can use the Mover Tool if you want to adjust the position
of your icecream sundae. I moved it upwards a little bit.
Finished by adding a frame of your choice

This example uses one of the other sinedots presets provided.

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