Easter Cross

This tutorial was written on March 21, 2003, and is my own creation.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is only by chance.


You will need my zip file which includes my cross.psp file, two lily flower tubes, and a preset for the lighting and Solar Cell.

You can unzip the glorysunburst preset to the preset folder in PSP, open the flower tubes and either install them as a tube or minimize them for later.  There is also a Solar Cell preset called Glaring, which you can install in your Solar Cell Presets folder.  There are two bmp images in the zip, and you can add them to the Patterns folder in PSP.

When you open the cross.psp file, it might look like a blank canvas, but it has alpha channel selections included.  Believe me, they are there, and it is not an empty canvas.

Flaming Pear’s Solar Cell, and if you don’t have it, you can download a demo version HERE.

Greg’s Pool Shadow, which you can get HERE.

Lets Get Started!  Don’t forget to name your image and save to your hard drive.  Save your work OFTEN.

*Tip:  If you don’t have the auto save turned on in PSP, you might want to do that.  File/Preferences/Auto save settings, and enter in the number of minutes before you want PSP to do an auto save.  Then, if PSP freezes up, and you have not saved it, it will be saved to a TEMP file, and will be loaded the next time that you open PSP.

  1. Open your cross.psp canvas duplicate (shift/D), close the original and work on the copy.  Add a new raster layer, called upright beams.
  2. Selections/Load from Alpha Channel the upright beam selection.
  3. Flood Fill with #400040
  4. Selection/Modify/Contract by 4
  5. Change your color selector to Pattern, and find the Phone Pole pattern, size 50, and angle 90.  Flood the selection with the wood pattern, and deselect.
  6. Add a new Raster Layer, called cross beam, and then Selection/Load from Alpha Channel the cross beam selection.
  7. Repeat 3, 4, & 5, but change the wood pattern to an angle of 0.
  8. Add a new Raster Layer called stems, and then Selections/Load from Alpha Channel the stems selection.
  9. Flood fill the stems with #025A02
  10. Selections/Float, and add the following cut out: vertical and horizontal=0, Opacity=50, Blur=3, color=#000000.  Deselect.
  11. Effects/Add Noise of 4%, uniform.
  12. Add a new Raster Layer called flowers, and then Selections/Load from Alpha Channel the flowers selection.
  13. Flood fill with white (#FFFFFF).
  14. Selections/Float, and add the same cut out that you used before.  Do not Deselect.
  15. Change your foreground to #EECF73, and switch to your airbrush tool.  Size=5, Hardness=7, Opacity=24, Step=24, Density=100.  Gently touch the tips of each flower with the airbrush.  Not too much, just a hint of color is enough.
  16. Selections/Modify/Contract by 1.
  17. Selections/Invert and hit the delete key once.  Deselect.
  18. Effects/Add Noise of 4%, uniform.
  19. New Raster Layer called Lilies.  If you put the Lily tube in your tubes, grab your tube tool and find the Lily.  I set the scale to 30%.  Place one lily on your cross, and move it where you want it with your mover tool.
  20. Duplicate this layer.  Image/Rotate to the left by 40.
  21. Duplicate this layer, and then Image/Mirror.
  22. Arrange your lilies the way that you want at the bottom of the cross, and then move them below the stem layer.
  23. Go to your background layer, and flood fill with white (#FFFFFF).
  24. Effects/Illumination Effects/Sunburst and choose your glorysunburst preset.  Repeat the sunburst two times more.
  25. New Raster Layer.  Effects/Plugins/Flaming Pear/Solar Cell, and choose the Glaring preset.  I have included this with the zip, but here are the settings that it should give you:

    Sun radius = 19, cold/hot = 19, swirl count = 23, swirl size = 29, smear = 30, detail = 52;

    Flares count = 9, radius = 42, width = 88, detail = 25, brightness = 100;

    Brightness spikes count = 9, radius = 65, width = 59, brightness = 41, gamma = 37, diffraction = 81, detail = 52;

    Halo radius = 99, brightness = 64;

    Bow radius = 84, width = 66, brightness = 51, smear = 0; Master Brightness = 39; Vortices and Monopoles checked.

  26. Reduce the opacity of this layer to 50%, by sliding the slider on the layer palette.
  27. Repeat the Illumination sunburst twice more on this layer.
  28. Now for our text…  Add another raster layer, and name it text.  Layers/Arrange/Bring to Top.
  29. Turn off the Background and make the foreground something that you will be able to see. It does not matter what it is, this will be deleted later.
  30. Using your preset shapes, Ellipse, antialias and vector checked, line width 5, draw an elongated ellipse on your canvas.  It should be almost as wide as the cross, and the height can be determined by your own taste, but this will be the path that the text goes on.  You can stretch it or modify it using the handles on the vector shape.
  31. Objects/Align/Horizontal Center in Canvas.
  32. Now, taking your Text tool (looks like a big T), background set to Pattern, and the D_goldfold selected, scale = 200, angle = 0, hover your mouse over the vector circle that you just made.  When you see the A with the half circle, click on your image.  Choose a font that you like, and an appropriate size.  I chose Oak, size = 40 Bold, antialias and vector checked.  When you click OK, your text should be curved around the circle.
  33. Go to the Object Selector (looks like an arrow with vector lines drawn around it), and click anywhere outside of the vector on your canvas.  Now click somewhere on the letters, to select the text.  Objects/Convert Text to Curves/As Single Shape.
  34. Click outside of the vector again, and then select the vector circle.  Hit delete once on your keyboard.
  35. Go to your layer palette, and right click on this layer, and select Convert to Raster Layer.
  36. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow vertical and horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 3, color = black.  If you want to brighten it a bit, Effects/Sharpen/Sharpen.  Use your mover tool to move it into position, if needed.
  37. Make your background color something that will contrast with your graphic, and go to Image/Add Borders and add a symmetric border of 5
  38. Select this new border with your magic wand, and flood fill with the gold tile that we used for the text, same settings.
  39. Selections/Invert and add a cutout as follows: v & h = 0, Opacity = 80, Blur = 30, color = #000000.
  40. Choose a color from your graphic.  I chose the yellow with the eye dropper, and made this my background color.  Image/Add Borders and this time make it 25.
  41. Select this border with your magic wand, and go to Effects/Plugins/Greggs Factory Output II/Pool Shadow.  Turn the Intensity and Lightness down to 75, and click OK.
  42. Selections/Invert and add the same cutout that you used before.
  43. Make your background color a contrasting color, and Image/Add Borders of 5.  Select with you wand, and flood fill with the gold pattern, same settings as before, scale = 200, angle = 0.
  44. Image/Add Borders of 15, select the border, and flood fill with the Phone Pole pattern that we used for the cross, angle = 0 size = 50%.
  45. Image/Add Borders of 5, select the border and flood fill with the gold pattern, same settings as before.
  46. Selections/Invert and apply the same cutout that you used before.
  47. Image/Add Borders of 5, select the border and flood fill with the Phone Pole pattern.
  48. Image/Add Border of 5, select the border and flood fill with the gold tile, same settings as before.
  49. Selections/Invert and apply the cutout again.

Done!  Resize as needed, and sharpen if necessary.  Thank you for doing my tutorial, and I hope that you enjoyed it.

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