Easy Sheer Curtains

easy sheer curtains

Please read Terms of Use before proceeding.

You will need a copy of Paint Shop Pro. I'm using vX but you should be able to adapt this to any release of PSP. You will also need a lace tube.

I'm using one from Fluttrby Designs.
Here is the ZIP FILE if you don't have your own. Be sure to read her Terms before you use it.

Start with a new image:new image

and settings of

settings

Add a new raster layer new raster layer

Set your Materials palette to

materials palette

materials palette

Select the Rectangle tool rectangle tool and draw out a rectangle.

It should look like this:

looks like this

Select the Burn tool burn tool with the following settings:

settings

and begin adding streaks from top to bottom. Repeat until you have several dark lines.

Select the Dodge tool dodge tool with the following settings:

settings

and begin adding streaks from top to bottom. Repeat until you have several light lines.Add a single click here and there to make the appearance of some light coming through.

Now it should look like this:

looks like this

Select the Deform tool deform tool and push the middle node on the right to the left to compress the panel.

nodes

Select the Duplicate layer tool duplicate layer and with the Deform tool still on, move the second layer to the right.

deform tool

Merge those two layers. (I do the duplication step so I don't have to do so many dodge/burn steps.)

Using the Deform tool move the layer over to compress a little bit. Now your image should look like this:

should look like this

Turn down the opacity opacity layer

Now we'll make the ruffles at the top of the curtain.

Select the Warp brush warp brush with the following settings:

settings

Begin pushing and pulling the top of the drape until you are happy with the appearance.

push the top

Now for the rod pocket. This isn't really an essential step, as your curtain rod will probably obscure it, but it you want to add the step use your Dodge tool to create a light horizontal line at the top. Keep it light, you don't want to kill all the dark vertical streaks or your rod pocket won't look gathered. Now with the Burn tool, draw a small line above and below the dodged line you just added.

burn tool

Now add a new raster layer and we'll add the lace at the bottom. I duplicated mine and merged for a wider strip of lace. I then used the deform tool to resize it to the width of my panel.

burn tool

With the burn tool, I added some light vertical streaks to the lace to give the appearance of some gathering. I also used the Warp brush at the top of the lace strip and gently pushed and pulled a little so that it had that gathered appearance. Merge the two layers.

 push pull merge

Now you're done!

finished curtains

You can now save as a tube and colorize it whenever you use it. But don't stop there! Use your lace tube to make a valance.

Here's some variations that I made:

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Have fun!


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