EZ Gel "Pills"
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on July 1, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
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This tutorial is written for v8 of PSP but you should have no problem using another version.

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
Bullet Line ~ download here for v8 and download here for v7, unzip into your PSP Styled Lines folder.

If you would like to use the same colors as I am right-click on the swatch below,
copy, then in PSP paste as a new image:

Open a new image:
200 x 100 pixels
Transparent
Raster background
16.7 Million colors

Set your foreground to solid red and your background to null, I am using #C00000.

Select your pen tool and set at:
Single Line
Width 40
Vector and Anti-alias checked
Style Bullet

Hold down your shift key and draw a line across your image.

Objects > Align > Center in canvas.

Using your object selector tool, right click on the pill and create raster selection.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Save to Alpha channel > Save.

In your Layer Palette right click on the vector layer and convert to raster.

Rename this layer pill.

Add a new raster layer and name it highlight one.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 5 > ok.

Flood fill this layer with a lighter version of the first color, I am using #FF2121.

Add a new raster layer and name it highlight two.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 5 > ok.

Flood fill this layer with a lighter version of the second color, I am using #FF7B7B.

Add a new raster layer and name it highlight three.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 5 > ok.

Flood fill this layer with a lighter version of the third color, I am using #FFEBEB almost a white.

Selections > Select none.

View > Zoom > In by 5 steps.

Using your mover tool you want to move each layer, except the bottom red layer, so that they are more towards the top of the pill.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Load from Alpha channel > Load.

Add a new raster layer and name it shadow.

Flood fill this selection with a darker version of the first color, I am using #8E0000.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 1 > ok.

Hit your delete key.

Selections > Select none.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Load from Alpha channel > Load.

Activate the layer of highlight one.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian > 3 > ok.

Activate the layer of highlight two - the pink one and repeat the blur.

Activate the layer of highlight three - the hot pink one and repeat the blur.

Activate the layer of shadow - the darker red and repeat the blur.

Selections > Select none.

You may want to move the shadow layer below the highlight layers - try it and see what you think.

Layers > Merge > Merge visible.

Your gel pill is ready for your lettering and background.

 

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