For this tutorial you will need Paint Shop Pro 5, Blade Pro, and the following:
A wood texture fill. Link to wood samples on Willy's site
A fancy dingbat font, such as one of the Listemagerens ones. The more elaborate and intertwined the pattern the more successful the result will be. For dingbats try
Nightingail's satin swirl Blade Pro Preset from Nightingail's presets
Sandy Blair's brightness filter. Download the filter
In PSP5, Load in your wood sample.
Open two new images, each 300x300 pixels, background white, 16 million colours. Use the flood fill tool, and open the control palette (View/Toolbars/ and check Control Palette). On the control palette, set Fill Style pattern, Match Mode none, tolerance 20, Opacity 100. Click Options and set Blend Mode normal. From the drop down list of pattern sources select your wood pattern. Click in the middle of one of your new images to fill it with wood. Leave the other one white.
With your wood filled image current, use Image/Effects/Buttonize. Set Height and Width at 10, Opacity 100 and check Transparent Edge. Click OK.
Select the text tool and click in the centre of your white image. When the text dialogue box appears, uncheck all Text Effects and Floating, check Alignment centre, and make the size 200. Select your dingbat font and type the letter for the one you wish to use in the text box. Click OK. (I am using Listemagerens 1998B font, letter lower case b).
The selection marquee for the dingbat will appear in the white image. Select the move tool (cross with arrowhead points) and with the right mouse button held down, move the marquee till it is in the centre of your image.
Use Selections/Save to Alpha Channel and click OK twice to save the selection.
Using black as the foreground colour, use the Flood Fill Tool, set the Fill Style to Solid Colour and click in the selection marquee to colour your dingbat. If it is very elaborate and not all the lines are connected you may have to click several times to make sure it is all coloured. Use Selections/Select None to check it, and if there are unfilled areas, use the Undo button to retrieve the selection and carry on clicking with the fill tool till all the lines are black.
Use Selections/Select None. Now use the Magic Wand tool and click in the area outside your dingbat. This should select the outside area, and there should be no marching ants within your dingbat. If there are, Use Selections/Select None. Select the paintbrush tool and on the Control Palette Brush Tip, set brush size at one, Opacity, Density and Hardness all at 100. The foreground colour should still be black. Zoom in on your dingbat image, find the gaps in its perimeter and fill them in with the paintbrush. When you have filled them all, clicking outside the dingbat with the Magic Wand tool will select only the surround and no part of the dingbat. Use Flood Fill, Fill Style Solid Colour and fill the surround with black. Your dingbat will now look like the one on the right.
Now open the layer palette (View/Toolbars and check Layer palette). There will be just one layer showing, named Backround. Double click on its name. Click OK when the dialogue box appears, and the name will change to Layer 1. Use Selections/Select None, and then Layers/Merge/Merge all (flatten). Until we do this the white areas would act as though they were transparent, not white. Now double click on the Layer Palette where the name has changed to Background again and click OK at the dialogue box to change it back to Layer 1. Use Selections/Select All. Now apply Sandy Blair's Brightness filter, and all the black areas will be stripped away. Use Selections/Load from Alpha Channel and Selections/Invert and then use Edit/Copy to put the white areas on the clipboard.
Now click on the top frame of your wood filled image to make it current. Set a foreground colour a little lighter than the lightest shade in your wood. Use Selections/Load from Alpha Channel to put the dingbat marquee in the wooden picture. Do not move it. It will be in the same place as the one in the white image.
Use Image/Effects/Cutout with these settings. Fill with Interior Colour unchecked. Interior colour does not matter. Opacity 92, Blur 6.5 and the two Offsets at 4. Click OK. Use Image/Effects Drop Shadow, with these settings. Colour Foreground Colour. Opacity 100. All the other settings at 1. Your image will look like the one on the left.
Use Edit/Paste/As New Layer. The white layer will be placed on your image. Use Selections/Select None so that you can see whether it is in exactly the right place. You may have to use the mover tool to adjust it by a pixel or two. Use Selections/Load from Alpha Channel and Selections/Invert. Now apply Blade Pro and the Satin Swirl preset, with no changes to the settings. Now, finally use Selections/Select None, and your inlaid wood is finished.
© Carol Brooksbank 2003