Patterned Easter Eggs
Tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on January 15, 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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For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
My egg shape  ~  download here.
(Unzip into Programs\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Shapes.)

Right-click and copy this color swatch:

Open up PSP and paste - poof there is the color swatch!

Open a new image:
400 x 400 pixels
Transparent
16.7 Million colors

Set your foreground to null and your background to solid white.

Set your shapes tool to:
ww-egg
antialias & vector checked
line width 1
line style solid

Start in the top right and draw an egg about 270 x 350 (third set of numbers at the bottom).  The size is not critical, just draw out a nice big egg!

Objects > Align > Center in Canvas.

In the layer palette right click on your vector layer and convert to raster, rename this layer original egg.

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Flood fill with your choice of the spring colors.  I am starting with the yellow.

Selections > Modify > Contract > 20.

Flood fill with a different color choice.  I am using the pink.

Contract the selection again using the same setting.

Flood fill with another color choice.  I am using the lavender.

This is how we should be progressing so far:

(Click for larger view.)

Continue contracting and filling until you get to the center.


(Click for larger view.)

(Save this image for the Cutout Kaleidoscope Egg Tutorial!)

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Defloat.

In your layer palette right click on your egg layer and duplicate, rename this layer egg1.

Effects > Reflection effects > Pattern > these settings:
Horizontal offset -15
Vertical offset -30
Rotation angle 0
Scale factor -20
Columns 8
Rows 5
Horizontal & Vertical shift 0



(Click for larger view.)

Add a new raster layer and name it shadow.

Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout > these settings:
Vertical & Horizontal -11
Opacity 50
Blur 64.3
Shadow color black

Add a new raster layer and name it highlight.

Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout > these settings:
Vertical & Horizontal 6
Opacity 44
Blur 25
Shadow color white

Selections > Select none.

In your layer palette turn off your layer one (unused) and your original egg layer.

Right click one of your other layers and Merge > Merge visible.

Edit > copy.

Edit > Paste > Paste as new image.

Here is your first egg.  Minimize this image.

On your original image...

Edit > Undo merged layers.

In your layer palette turn off your egg1 layer.

Right click on original egg and duplicate, rename this layer egg2.

Selections > Select all.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Defloat.

Effects > Reflection effects > Pattern > these settings:
Horizontal offset -30
Vertical offset -40
Rotation angle 27
Scale factor -20
Columns 8
Rows 5
Horizontal & Vertical shift 0

Selections > Select none.

In your layer palette turn off your layer one (unused), your original egg layer and your egg1 layer.

Right click one of your other layers and Merge > Merge visible.

Edit > copy.

Edit > Paste > Paste as new image.

Now you have another egg for your collection.

Continue to make eggs playing with the settings in Pattern.

Enjoy!

Please visit the next page to see examples made by my testers.

 

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