Here's a quick tut for an easy way to make a snowglobe. (Using a premade globe tube) The tube's I've enclosed here were sent via a tube ring I'm with. There are two here, so choose which one you prefer and let's go!
Download one (or both) of the following tubes.
Both tubes are shown at 65% of actual size.
Download this zip file, Art Zip and extract the files to you My Pictures folder. These are just a couple of art prints we are using for demo purposes. Please be aware that unless you ask artist permission - or the artwork is done by an artist deceased more than 75 years - paintings on the net are classed by copyright. Some artists will give their permission - but many won't or can't, as they have signed over copyright to publishing companies. I have been fortunate to gain Paula Vaughans permission to use her works.
Open your chosen tube in your PSP program, and then open your layer palette and have a look at the two separate layers. (Hovering your mouse of each layer will give you a quick snapshot of which each layer contains.) Both actual 'glass' parts of the globes are the bottom layer, so activate that layer by clicking on it.
Go to Selections | Modify | Contract and insert 1, click "OK". Now the selection is just inside the rim of the glass.
Now go back to Selections | Invert Selection so once again the outer rim as well as the perimeter of the image box is selected.
OK - now go to Layers | Merge | Merge Visible.
This will stop the strobe-like effect appearing once you save your globe as a gif file.
You can save any file as a gif file, but to achieve the Transparent effect you will need to export you file as a gif, you can either use the Gif Wizard or add the 'Export as a Gif' icon to your top tool bar.
Here is my result. Tutorial © colour-by-numbers designs
Tutorial © colour-by-numbers designs