the Book

You will need your:
PSP (any version)
Vizros Plugin Filter (it's FREE)

IF you are on intimate terms with your version of PSP, speed tute is here

Step 1
    Open a NEW image, 500x500, 300dpi, color = Transparent

Step 2
    Using tubes, images or whatever you wish, create an image on transparent background, you can fill all the area or part of it as you wish.  I am using an image of my own that I made some time ago . . .

Step 3
    Load your  Vizros/book filter . . . below are the settings I use
    A.  note the red rectangle . . . Using the drop down select the 'Turn Page' and use my settings.

    B.  Back to the drop down and select 'Fore Page' - note that the top settings are remaining the same . . .

    C.  Back to the drop down and select 'Back Page' to verify the setting and change if necessary.

    D.  Back to the drop down and select 'Unselected Page' - this is your image section . . . match settings then click the OK button.

    E. You now have the page build for your book . . . should be like mine . . .

Step 4.
    Add noise, uniform, 3% to smooth out the banding in the image . . .
    PSP versions 5, 6 & 7                                                                     PSP versions 8 & 9


Step 5.  Rename your layer to 'image' or 'book';  I named mine 'image', so if you are new to working with Layers, name it the same as I did to make it easier to follow the images I'm using.  From your Layers menu, add a new raster layer - you can name it 'cover' if you wish, then drag it below the image layer.  Activate the 'cover' layer by clicking on it.
    **Note:  if you are just learning to work with layers, naming the layers will help you . . .  in PSP versions 5, 6 & 7, the Layers palette toggles off and on with the 'L' key on the keyboard . . . in PSP versions 8 & 9, it could be anywhere depending on how you set it up - I think default has it to the right of the screen with the other tools. 



Step 6.  Using the color dropper tool, ,  or whatever other way you wish, choose  a color from the you image for flood filling;  then using the bucket tool, , click on the image to fill the color.

Step 7.  Back to the Layers palette and click on the 'image' layer to activate it.  From the Selections menu, choose 'Select all', then 'Select float', then 'Select defloat', then 'Modify/Expand', set to '6' and click OK.  Your image should now have a 6 pixel border selected around it.

Step 8.  Back to the Layers palette and click on the 'cover' layer to activate it.  From the Selections menu, select 'Invert', then hit the 'Delete' key on your keyboard to delete all but the border around your pages;  then from the Selections menu, choose 'Select none' to turn off the selection.

Step 9.  Choose your rectangle selection tool, .  Make sure the 'antialias' is UNCHECKED.  getting right on top of the upper left edge of the 'cover', drag a selection across the top of the cover . . . as shown in the image below . . . it's important to get this as smooth as you can across the top so a drop shadow won't look wobbled later.  If you aren't close enough on the first try, do it again until your selection is laying right against the top edge of the cover - then hit the 'delete' key and de-select (CTRL/D or Selection menu/Select none).

Step 10.  This might be a good time to Save a copy of your work just in case a blackout hits . . . moving right alone, from the Selections menu, select all, then select float, then invert.  Now add a drop shadow using these settings . . . this will add an almost undetectable shadow to the inside of the cover.

Step 11.  Now we need another new image . . . 400x400, 300 dpi and transparent background.  Next, with your flood fill tool selected (the bucket), we are going to set a color to the gradient setting . . . IF you do not know how to do this, please ask a buddy or ask me but it depends on which version of PSP you  are using.  Choose Linear style and the 'Metallic' gradient (it's a basic gradient in PSP), angle 90, repeats 50 - this is just a guideline
        PSP 5, 6 & 7                        PSP 8 & 9

Step 12.  Flood fill the 400 by 400 image with the gradient, then resize the image to 50 pixels by 50 pixels . . . should look like this one
    ;  depending on how much you might want to resize your final book, you may want to either change the number of repeats or resize more or for your next book, you need to create a fairly large book so you can do detailing before you shrink it to the final size . . . . save the file as 'pageEdges' in case you might want to use it again, but don't close the file.  You will now set this file as the PATTERN for your flood fill . . .  you do it the same way you changed from a solid color to the gradient - in PSP 5, 6 & 7, you will want this little sign/icon, ;  in PSP 8 & 9, it's this one, .   Open the Pattern picker;  slide to the top and you will see your pageEdges pattern . . . click on it, angel = 0,  scale = 100.

Step 13. Now that you're loaded with the right bullets, make sure your image layer is activated and grab your rectangle selection tool with the antialias still unchecked and draw a selection on the left hand edge of the book as in the image on the left . . . 'float' the selection, then 'defloat' it from the selections menu

Step 14.  Add a new raster layer named 'pageEdge' and grab you flood fill tool, and click inside the selection to fill with your 'pageEdge' pattern;  from the Selections menu, choose 'Select none'.  Should now have page edges on the left side of the book as indicated by the red outline.

Step 15.  From your Layers palette,  right click on the 'pageEdge' layer and choose 'Duplicate';  from the Image menu, choose 'Mirror';  you should now have page edges on both sides.

Step 16.  Merge page edges with image layers but don't merge the cover layer . . . 
    *PSP 8 & 9:   right click on layer 'copy of pageEdge' and select 'Merge/Merge down'
                           right click on layer 'pageEdge' and select 'Merge/Merge down';  image layer will be active.
    *PSP 5, 6 & 7:   In the Layers palette, click on the glasses to the right of the 'cover' layer to keep it from being merged;  right click on any layer BUT the 'cover' layer and select 'Merge/Merge visible';  then click on the red X to the right of the 'cover' layer to unhide it;  then click on the merged layer to activate it.

Step 17.  We're getting closer . . . . apply a drop shadow using same settings as earlier.

Step 18.  From the Layers menu, choose 'Merge/Merge visible and save your book in PSP format.  Now you can add text to the right page such as a string of signatures - changing fonts for each name since every person has a different handwriting . . .;  then you can resize the book to the size you want or add other embellishments as you please.  My finished tutorial book is at the top of the page.

Tutorial by CSGreen,  May 9th, 2005  

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* I do not generally compress my graphics but for the sake of loading time - the tutorial graphics are compressed!