Saturday, February 07, 2009
More raindrops with PSP9
I've had a lot of fun creating these little raindrops in PaintShopPro 9. They are not difficult for someone with a bit of experience in using the programme and I have promised a few people who are interested to try and explain how I do it. It's not a beginner's lesson!
This one is an evening raindrop.
This is the part of the program being used for this (vector).
You will need a suitable photo of scenery. My file was 5"x4" and 200dpi.
Open the Preset Shape Tool, choose 'callout 3' from the list and drag it to the required size. It will or should be white.
Flip the shape.
Using the Pen Tool, re-shape it to look like a raindrop using the 'nodes'.
Lower the opacity and you can see what's happening. Double click on the Layer with the drop on and try out different Blend Modes. Lighten, Soft light or Dodge might give you what you are looking for. I don't promise you success, but have a little play to see what happens and try some of the filters to finish it off. I used Lights from Illumination Effects for one of them.
I've been thinking about Helen's Today's Title which is 'A meeting of opposites'. This one made me think of some Welsh proverbs which don't sound like anything at all translated.
'Two men have a better chance of meeting than two mountains'.
'A tiny man is stronger than a mountain of a woman'. I did once make a cartoon depicting this and will try and find it.
But what struck me most is something that is happening at the moment in our Global Village. I have good Australian friends, some I have met others only through a webcam. They are at the opposite end of the world feeling the intense heat and we are here in the snow feeling cold. How's that for a meeting of opposites? Rather difficult to portray.
Instead I'm taking the easy way out and posting a photo of a sunset - A meeting of day and night.