Faded Rose Tutorial by Kaysea, Header Graphic

This is a very simple Stat to create, and is very light on byte usage, which means that for your friends who are still on slow dial-up, they can use or receive this stat without too much band width being used on their account.

For this tutorial you will need PSP7 or any of the later versions. And my zip file which can be downloaded from here (324kb). The zip file contains both the rose used in this background as well as the texture used. Please do not change either file name.

Extract the Kaysea-Texture.bmp to your PSP textures folder, either in the JASC files for PSP 7 or your My PSP8 Files folder in your My Documents folder.

One last thing before we start, you will need to make your Stat, static when you create it, so that it doesn't tile through the stationery. When tiled, the stat becomes larger in bandwidth. ;o)

Okay, let's begin!

Open up the Rose graphic in your PSP workspace, and hold down your shift key, and press D. This will give you a duplicate to work on, keeping your original safe. Close down the original. Then rename the first layer of your image, to 'Rose'.

Resize your copy by 150%. "Image | Resize | Width & Height 150%"

Drag the graphic to where you would like it on the palette. I chose the lower left-hand corner for this page background.

Using your color-picker tool, hover over a lighter part of your graphic and click it to use as your foreground color. I used #F5F6F1 for this graphic.

Go to "Layers | Duplicate" and a second layer will appear in your layer palette, name this one 'Background'. Drag this below your original, and flood fill it with your foreground colour.

Highlight your 'Rose' layer and give it a drop shadow: "Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow':

Once you have done that go to: 'Layers | Merge | Merge Visible'. Then 'Layers | Duplicate'.

Rename your lower merged layer Full Layer and your upper one, Half Layer.

On both layers, apply the Kaysea texture. 'Effects | Texture Effects | Texture | Kaysea-Texture.bmp' with the following settings:

Almost there!

Click on your selections tool, and choose the rectangle shape. If you are using your PSP7 - double click it and a box will appear with an area selection for you to fill in. In PSP8 once the selection tool has been selected, a small box will appear on your Selections toolbar, which will give you the same window in PSP8 as in PSP7.

Fill in the box as shown below: Top - 0, Left - 0, Right - 250, Bottom - 592. Then click enter and a rectangle of marching ants will appear around the left hand side of your graphic. Make sure the 'Half Layer' is selected, then go to - 'Selections | Invert Selection' and hit delete. You have just removed most of the top layer of graphic.

Go to 'Effects | 3D Effects | Drop Shadow' and enter these settings:

Click OK.

While this layer is still active, double click on te layer in your Layer Palette and in the opacity box, enter 50%. Click OK.

Activate your Full Layer, and double click the name in your Layer Palette, in the Opacity setting, enter 30%. Click OK.

'Layers | Merge | Merge All (Flatten)'

Now to save it for lower bandwidth usage. 'File | Export |JPEG Optimizer'.

One the first window that appears, 'Quality', 'Set Compression Value to:' 20. Click OK. Your stat should now be approximately 40,498 bytes or 40 kb.

You now have the basics of your stat!


Tutorial Copyright to Karen Coulter December 2004.
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