Lacy Background


Lacy Background


I do claim Copyright to all the tutorials I wrote myself. *** The words that I use and the way I explain things *** This is my own creation and any resemblance to any other tutorial like this is purely coincidental. Please feel free to bookmark this tutorial, and/or print it out for your own personal use, but do not copy it in any way to put it online, link to it, distribute, or re-write without my written permission.
to Tish - May 21, 2005


For this tutorial you will need:
A tube and font of your choice
Two Gradients to compliment the tube

In the Materials Palette set Foreground to first gradient, Angle 45, Repeats 1, Invert not checked
Set Background to second Gradient, Angle 45, Repeats 1, Invert not checked

Each time a gradient is used apply 4% Uniform Noise to that layer

Open a transparent image 400 x 400
Flood fill with Foreground gradient and rename this layer Gradient
Go to Adjust, Add/Remove noise, Add Noise with these settings Uniform, checked, 4%

Add a new layer and name it Lace
Flood fill with background gradient
Add noise, same settings as before

Choose Effects, Distortion Effects, Displacement Map with these settings:
Pattern Mosaic Weave, Stretch to fit image checked, Blur value 0, 3D Surface checked, Intensity 65, Rotation 80, Transparent checked

displacement map settings


Go to Image, Resize and resize Lace layer only - 85%, using Bicubic Resampling
Go to Effects,3D Effects, Drop Shadow with these settings:
Vertical and Horizontal value 1, Opacity 50, Blur 10, Use a medium to dark colour from tube
On the Layer Palette, change the layer Blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Copy and Paste your tube as a New Layer and rename this layer Tube
Using the mover tool, position the tube at the center bottom of the lace
Apply same drop shadow, same colour

Choose Preset Shapes - Rectangle - Vector and Anti alias checked. Line width 2

preset shape - rectangle

Use the two gradients as foreground and background colours
(I switched the gradients and made the one I used as foreground earlier the background and the background to the foreground)

Depending on where you placed your tube, draw a rectangle either across the top or down the side (see image examples)

For top placement on the Main Menu Bar choose Objects - Align - Horizontal Center in canvas
For side placement on the Main Menu Bar choose Objects - Align - Vertical Center

Convert to Raster layer and add noise, same settings as earlier
Rename this layer Rectangle

Choose a nice font and set your values as follows: Vector and anti alias checked Line width 1
Set the Foreground to a Gold gradient and the Background to Null
Type in your text and hit ok
Pull the edges to stretch the text to fit your rectangle
Go to Objects, Align, Horizontal Center on Canvas
When satisfied with placement convert this to a Raster layer

Go to Effects, 3D Effects, Drop shadow, use the following settings: Vertical and Horizontal 1, Opacity 100, Blur 2, same colour as before
Go to Adjust, Sharpness, Unsharp Mask with these settings:
Radius 3, Strength 75, Clipping 1

unsharpmask settings

Go to Layers, Merge visible

Choose Selections, Select All, Selections, Modify, Contract and enter 30
Go to Selections, Invert selection
Choose Effects, Distortion Effects, Curlicues with these settings:
Symmetric=7, Radius=100, Strength=50, Clockwise checked

curlicues setting

Then go to Selections, Select none

Once again Selections, Select all, Selections, Modify, Contract by 10 this time
Then Selections,Invert selection
Go to Effects,3D effects,Inner Bevel with the following values:
Bevel #2, Width 31, Smoothness=45, Depth=4, Ambience=8, Shininess=0, Colour White, Angle 315, Intensity 40, Elevation 32

inner bevel settings

Selections - Select None

Go to Layers, Merge All(flatten)

Add watermark and any necessary Copyright information
Resize using Bicubic Resampling


Be creative, a tutorial is a guideline only so have fun



Alternate Images

Alternate image by Tish

Alternate image by KoKo







Page design by Carol

Some of the graphics used are from groups I belong to which share tubes and/or images.
They are used here for the purposes of this tutorial only.

Copyright infringement not intended