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/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
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