Brushed Metal Plaque Tutorial
by Whisper

(50% of finished size.)

This was inspired by Dizz's Pipe tutorial.

This tutorial was created and put on this site on April 12, 2002.
It is property of and 2001-2002 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
email or elist without written permission directly from me.
If you would like to share the url for this tutorial, you may do so without writing for permission,
but I always welcome a "who, where" email.  Thank you.

For this tutorial you will need:
PSP 7 ~ download a trial version.
2 Chrome gradients ~ download here.
(Unzip into your PSP gradients folder.)

Open a new image:
500 x
300 pixels
16.7 Million colors

Set your selection tool at:
Antialias UNchecked

Place your cursor at 30,30 and draw down to 470,275 giving you a rectangle 440 x 245.

Set your selection tool at:
Antialias checked

Hold down your Ctrl key.

Place your cursor at the top left corner of your rectangle (30,30), click and drag so that you draw out a circle that is 99 x 99.  It is fine if it goes off the edge.  Let up your clicker finger and then Ctrl key and now you have the corner cut out.

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Now repeat for each of the other 3 corners at the x's (470,30 and 30,275 and 470,275).  Don't forget to hold down the Ctrl key each time.

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Set your foreground Styles box to gradient with these settings:
Angle 15
Repeats 0

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Flood fill the selection with the gradient.

Leave selected.

Selections > Promote to layer.

Effects > Noise > Add > 50%, random or uniform > ok.

Effects > Blur > Motion Blur > Angle 90, 20 pixels > ok.

Selections > Select none.

Colors > Grey Scale.

Colors > Increase Color Depth > 16 Million Colors.

Layers > Merge > Merge visible.

Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel > Metallic preset > ok.

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