Pretty Piercework Plate
This is my first tut (by request!) I'm not a pro and you may find an easier way to make this plate, but here's how I made it:
You will need a copy of Paint Shop Pro and some patience.
Set your materials palette to the following settings:
To make the plate base, choose the ellipse tool with the following settings:
Select "view", then choose "ruler" then choose "guides" to help you keep things centered. Apply the shape in the size that you want. Don't make it too big, you still have to add another layer.
Add another raster layer. Choose the preset shapes tool:
With the following settings:
Apply the preset shape to the new layer:
Merge the two layers.
To make the rings in the plate base, add a new raster layer, set your materials palette to these settings:
Using the ellipse tool again,
draw out a circle in the middle of the plate. Duplicate that layer with and use to resize to 80%. Merge those two layers. Then use the cutout tool with the following settings:
You should now have something that looks like this:
Now select the plate layer and choose the to colorize. I used the following settings but you can choose any you like:
I also brightened the color by using the contrast tool with the following settings:
Merge all layers.
I now add a new layer to the bottom and flood fill with a background color. You could do that at the beginning of the tut, also.
Select the plate layer and using the erase tool with the following settings:
start making your cutouts. You can be very specific and map out each erasure or eyeball like it did. I use the grid to help get them somewhat even. Use as many or as few as you like. Stop when you think you have the look you want.
Now your image should look something like this:
Here's where you have to use your own judgement on how to shape the plate using shadows and highlights. It's pretty much trial and error but here's the settings I used:
Select the dodge tool with the following settings:
and start applying highlights to the outer edge of the plate. It should look something like this:
Now select the burn tool with the following settings:
and start applying shadow from the outer edge towards the center of the plate. It should look something like this:
Now select the selection tool and use following settings:
Apply the shape inside the circles in the center of the plate.
Now use the burn tool again to apply some shading to the center of the plate. Deselect.
(I turned off all grids and guides at this point.)
Now it should look like this:
I noticed that after colorizing the plate, the rings (not included in that process) didn't look the way I wanted them to, so I redid them . I used the exact same settings for the circles as outlined above. I used the cutout settings again. Then I used the dodge and burn tools (set to a tiny brush head) and highlighted and shaded between the circles to get that "raised" look. Now it looks like this:
To add more depth and realism, I used the inner bevel tool with the following settings:
Then I added a drop shadow and now it's complete!
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