Easy Glass Tiles with PSP

This tutorial is my original work and may not be copied, placed on a CD or posted on another site without my expressed written consent. Please do not send the tutorial itself through email. Do not link to any images or files on the site.

You are free to use the tiles made from this tutorial in your designs as long as you do not sell your work. Do not offer the tiles for download unless you provide a link to this tutorial. If you have any questions regarding my terms or problems with the tutorial, please let me know.

**Updated 10/12/08**
for PSP Versions X, XI & X2

Original Tutorial Date 3/30/02 (PSP 7)
©QuickCreations

Added to the Tutorial section on 4/29/11

Here's what you'll need for this tutorial:

Paint Shop Pro which you can download a trial version from Corel Corporation.

This tutorial did require the purchased plug-in Eye Candy but I've figured out a way to complete the tutorial without any plug-ins at all. You will need my zip file of supplies. Download HERE.

The zip contains the following files:

Glass Pattern-quickcreations.jpg
Place this file in your PATTERN Folder. In PSP XI this is folder is called "Corel_08".

Foil-quickcreations.jpg
This is a texture and needs to go in your Texture folder. In PSP XI this folder is called "Corel_15"

Glass Tile Gradient-quickcreations.PspGradient
This file will need to be placed in your gradient folder. In PSP XI this folder is called "Corel_06"

If you are using PSP XI, I highly recommend making your own folders elsewhere on your computer. If you have any previous versions of the program, you may already have a folder called "My PSP Files" or "My PSP 8 Files". Inside there should be folders such as "Patterns", "Picture Tubes", "Brushes", etc. Place your new files in those folder or make similar folders to install downloaded files and make sure you add the file locations so PSP knows where to find the files.

Now that you have everything install in the proper place, lets get started :)

1) Open a new image, 200 x 200 pixels, transparent background.

2) Set your background to the Glass Tile Gradient with these settings and flood fill your image:

Gradient Settings

3) Adjust | Blur | Gaussian Blur: Radius 10.00

4) Add a new raster layer. Change your foreground to the Glass Pattern-quickcreations
Angle: 0 | Scale: 100 and flood fill this layer.

5) Effects | Distortion Effects | Displacement Map with these settings:

Displacement

Change the blend mode to "Luminance" on this layer. Merge visible.

6) Add a new raster layer. Your background fill is already the Glass Tile Gradient but now add the texture "Foil-quickcreations" and flood fill with these settings:

Gradient Settings 2

Apply the same Displacement Map setting we used in Step 5.

7) Change the blend mode on this layer to "Multiply". Merge visible and you're done! A glass tile. You can make it a seamless tile if you would like, depending how you're going to use the tile.

You can colorize the tile by going to Adjust | Hue and Saturation | Colorize or use the Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Here are some samples that I've done with the settings I used.

Tile Colors

But wait....there's more!!!! Don't colorize your tile yet and follow me to the next tutorial where we'll put this tile to use in the Mosaic Glass Frame Tutorial

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