needed: Paint Shop Pro, FM Tile Tools, some flourish and swirl
brushes, installed and a fading white gradient. I am
including a free Photoshop brush set I found on the Net, but
the brushes must be converted
to PNG files. There is a converter called ABR
Converter, freeware, which I am also adding to the material.
The white gradient is mine, which I edited from Corels
fading white gradient, attached also. You must add
that to your gradient files.
Here we go!
1. Open an image 600x600
pixels transparent. Flood fill with you choice of dark
2. Add a layer.
Foreground of your palette should be white. Find a flourish
swirl brush of your choice and brush it once on your layer.
Depending on the size of your brush, you may want to
duplicate the layer and move it around until you find
something you like. For this tutorial, I've made all
the examples half the size, so I only needed to brush once.
Merge all. Lower the opacity to about 20 or to what you
prefer. Apply FM Tile Tools Blend Emboss at default setting.
3. Add a layer. Find your fading white gradient
and fill the layer.
4. Lower the opacity to what you like, I lowered mine
to 29. Merge all. Apply FM Tile Tools Blend
5. Apply Simple: Quick Tile or any other seamless tile
filter that will give you a nice textured result.
This is the result from Quick Tile
This if from a filter called XFader
6. Here are other examples using different swirls and
colors: (These will eventually be placed in my Sharing page
for you to snag if you want)
Hint: You may have to play with different settings of
Seamless Tile to get one that works well for the flourish
swirl you chose.
Hope you have enjoyed this, let me know if you have any
trouble. In the meantime that wonderful ABR converter
will come in handy....whenever you find some Photoshop
brushes you'd just love to use, remember the ABR! I
kept forgetting what the program was, so I installed it in a
folder I have for just Photoshop brushes, now I don't have
to go searching or trying to remember its name! LOL