In this tutorial we are going to add gold or silver highlights to a photograph to make an attractive texture. We shall be using the photograph 'rose2.jpg' which is in the Ulead PhotoImpact Textures folder. It is a large photograph, so for the purpose of this tutorial we shall reduce it in size to avoid long downloads of illustrations in the tutorial, though the technique will work on any size of photograph on which gold or silver highlights would be appropriate.

Use Format/Dimensions and set the settings as shown below.



This is how the photograph will look after you have reduced it. If you cannot find rose2.jpg in your textures folder you can download this copy by right clicking on the picture and using Save Image As, and continue the tutorial from here.

Reducing a photograph can lose some of its sharpness, so use Effect/Blur & Sharpen/Sharpen, select the top left thumbnail, and click OK.

Use Format/Data Type/Grayscale, with Make a New Image checked, to give you a second, greyscale, copy of the photograph. Using the quick colour adjustment buttons on the greyscale copy, make the following adjustments:

brightness- (sun) two clicks    contrast+ (moon) 7 clicks

Use Format/Data Type/Black & White, with the settings shown on the right.

Use Format/Data Type/True Colour to change the black and white photograph to 16 million colours, and save it in the Ulead Photoimpact Material folder as roseblak.jpg

Once it is saved you can delete all greyscale and monochrome copies of the photograph and return to the coloured one.

The picture has rather an orange tinge, and it would be more pleasing if it were more pink. The colour can be adjusted using the quick colour control panel. Make the following clicks:

red+ 3 clicks    green- 3 clicks    bright+ (sun) 2 clicks    contrast- (moon) 2 clicks

Your picture should now look like this.

Select the standard selection tool, open the options box on the tool bar and make sure that Preserve Base Image is checked

Use Edit/Selection/All

Use Edit/Selection/Convert to Object

Use Edit/Convert Object Type/From Image to Path

Click on the path tool and on the toolbar Mode set 3D Trim

Open the Options box, and on the colour/texture tab select Gradient Color. Click on the colour box alongside Gradient Color and set the Gradient Fill settings as shown here.

The two colours for the gradient fill are selected by clicking on each of the two smaller coloured squares, and choosing the colour from the colour palette which is displayed. The two shades of grey shown here will give a silver effect. For gold, use two shades of yellow. Click OK on the Gradient Fill box. Leave Deform Image unchecked.

Click the following tabs in the options menu box and set the following parameters:

Shading  Check metallic, set shininess and strength at 100

Border/Depth    Leave border unchanged and set Depth at 2

Bump  Click on file and load the roseblak.jpg which you saved to the Material folder earlier. Leave Use Bump Map as Reflection unchecked

Shadow and Reflection  Leave all boxes unchecked on these two options

Transparency  Check Transparency and set the Transparency figure to 90, leaving Minimum Transparency at 0

Click OK on the options menu box.

Your picture will now be covered with the 'marching ants' selection marquees. Use Edit/Selection/Merge All to give you the finished photograph.

This technique can be used to produce many attractive textures from photographs, and other metallic highlights can be used as well as gold and silver, by changing the gradient fill colours.



Carol Brooksbank 2003
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