PI5 Wrap Gallery Christmas Ornament
It's fun to make beautiful, sparkling decorations for the holiday season! Even if you don't celebrate Christmas or one of its variations, you can use this tutorial to learn how to use PhotoImpact 5.0's Text Wrap Gallery to make curved text for this Christmas ornament.
We'll start by make a 3D textured silver ball. Then we'll use Wrap Gallery options to curve the gold dingbat flower font and text around the ball. We'll use the Mask Mode to paint out the parts of the decorations that extend off the edges of the ball. The same gold preset is used to make an ornament topper and hanger. Finally, we'll add red glass beads to add a finishing touch.
The dingbat I've used to make this ornament is from Cyberbuny's Cybertease font. Rhonda makes beautiful fonts that you won't find anywhere else. With her kind permission, you can download a zipped UFO file of the letter "r" in just the size you need (font size 30) to make the ornament. You can also download a zipped UFO file containing all of the parts of the ornament, and a zipped UFO file containing a red glass bead.
Start by creating a new, True Color file 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels high. Select the Path Drawing Tool. Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery and select Plastic. Double click on the Remove Material thumbnail, clearing all previously used materials. The color box will turn a pale, dull gray.
In the Attributes toolbar, select Round from the Shape options, and 3D Round from the Mode dropdown list. Draw a circle for the ball about the size of the one shown at left. Position it in the middle of the base image, leaving room at the top for the ornament topper and hook.
Making a silver preset can be tricky. Without a texture it looks like a flat. In the Attributes toolbar, click on the Material button and enter the values shown below to make a textured silver.
Color/Texture tab: One color, RGB=255, 255, 240
Bevel tab: 3D Round
Border/Depth tab: 30 for both
Shading tab: Metallic (Copper), Shininess=65, Strength=75
Bump tab: Select the Ulead PI 5.0 Textures, folder, Leather.jpg, Density=100%
Light tab: 3 lights (all Direct), Ambient=20
If you like this silver preset and want to use it again in the future, click on the Material box's Add button. When the Add to EasyPalette dialog box opens, give the preset a name and save it to the Gallery and tab of your choice. Then click OK to apply and to close the Material box.
To make the flower design for the ornament, click on the Text tool and choose 3D Round from the Mode dropdown list in the Attributes toolbar. If you have the Cybertease font already, click in the base image. When the Text Entry box opens, type a lower case "r" and click OK. The character will look the one at left.
We're going to apply a gold preset to the flower. However, If you don't have the Cybertease font, download the zip file for the flower here and save a few steps because the gold preset has already been applied.
Open the EasyPalette's Material Gallery again and select Plastic. Double click on the Remove Material thumbnail, clearing previously applied settings. Now we'll mix up a gold preset for the flower design, text, ornament topper and hanger. Click on the Material button in the Attributes toolbar. When the dialog box opens, enter the following values to make the gold preset.
Color/Texture tab: One color, RGB=241, 181, 67
Bevel tab: 3D Custom, the default option (first choice, extreme left)
Border/Depth tab: Border=10, Depth=30
Shading tab: Metallic (Silver), Shininess=0, Strength=0
Light tab: 2 lights (Direct, Spot), Ambient=20
Again, if you like this gold preset, click the Add button to save it before you click OK to apply to the font.
While the flower is still active (broken line around it), open the EasyPalette's Wrap Gallery, Path Repeat (Non-deforming). Double click on Repeat Curve. It might take a few seconds for the effect to take place. When it's done, you'll see 5 flowers in a curved line. Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Vertical.
After the curved line of flowers is flipped, hit Ctrl+C to copy it to the Clipboard, then hit Ctrl+V to paste it back into the image. Use the Selection tool to center one row at the top of the ornament, and the other at the bottom.
As you can see below, the flowers will extend off the edges of the ornament. Click on the top row to make it active.
Choose Edit, Mask Mode. The image will be covered with a transparent red mask. Click on the Paint Brush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose a Round brush, 5 pixels, Soft edge=2. Click in the color box and make sure that the color selected is true black, not a dark gray. Use the Zoom tool to Zoom In 200%.
Use the Paint Brush to paint out the part of the top row of flowers that extends off the edge of the ornament (arrow). Make sure to do both sides.
Choose Edit, and deselect Mask Mode. Use the Selection tool to click on the bottom row of flowers to make it active. Choose Edit, Mask Mode again.
Use the Paint Brush to paint out the part of the bottom row of flowers that extends off the edge of the ornament. When you're finished, choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. Your ornament should look this one. Painting out in Mask Mode creates an illusion that the flowers go all the way around the ornament.
Choose the Text tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Arial Black font (or a similar broad font), size 20, Bold. Click in the base image to open the Text Entry box. Type MERRY CHRISTMAS and click OK to close the box. The text will extend off the edges of the ornament, but the Wrap Gallery will fix that problem. Apply the same gold preset to the text that you used for the flowers.
From the EasyPalette, choose the Wrap Gallery, Text Wrap. Double click on
Wave 1. Notice that curving the text makes it fit on the ornament. Use the
Selection tool to position the text, as shown at below.
Use the same gold preset to make the ornament topper and hanger. Choose the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, choose the Rectangular shape and 3D Round from the Mode dropdown list. Draw a small rectangle for the topper. Take the Bevel slider way down to the left to flatten out the surface of the topper. To create vertical ridges, click on the Material box and select the Bump tab. Select Bump map and click on the File button. Browse your hard drive to the Ulead PI Material folder and choose Bump04vb.jpg. Click OK to apply to the topper.
While the Path Drawing tool is still selected, click on the Shape button. Choose Circle for the Shape, and from the Mode dropdown list choose 3D Pipe. Draw a circle to serve as the ornament hanger.
When you release the mouse button, don't be alarmed if you see a fat little donut shape. In the Attributes toolbar, take the Bevel slider way down to the left until you have a very narrow circle only 1 pixel wide. Position it above the topper.
Next we'll make the red glass bead. Choose the Path Drawing Tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Circle shape, 3D Round. Draw a tiny circle just large enough to fill the centers of the flowers. Click in the Color box and choose a deep red.
I've applied one of PI 4.2's Advanced shapes from the Any Shape Button Designer to the bead (left).
Hit Ctrl+C to copy the red bead into the Clipboard, then hit Ctrl+V repeatedly to paste 25 to 30 of the beads into the image. Alternatively, hold down on the Control key while dragging on the red bead to make copies of it.
Use the Selection tool to position a red bead over the center of each flower. Then space the beads evenly so that they follow the top and bottom curves of the MERRY CHRISTMAS text.
As you can see, the beads will extend off the edges of the ornament. We'll remedy this using the same technique used to paint out the curved flower lines extending off the edges.
Click on a red bead extending off the edge of the ornament to make it active. Then choose Edit, Mask Mode. Use the Paint Brush tool, with black paint, to paint out the part that sticks out.
You'll probably want to Zoom In to 200% to get a close look at what you're doing. When you've painted out the part of the bead that's sticking out, choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode. Repeat these steps for each bead that sticks out too far.
Here is the finished ornament. Note that you have not merged the objects making up the ornament with the base image.
If you want to, now you can right click and Merge All, then save your ornament in the Image Optimizer.
However, if you want to jazz up the ornament by making it look like it's dangling from a pine branch, select the Crayon Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select a Round brush, size 10, and the Pastel preset. A purple color is associated with this preset, so click in the Color box and choose a dark green (RGB 0, 89, 0). Choose View, Toolbars & Panels, and select Brush Panel. From the Color tab, click on Multiple Colors. In the Attributes toolbar, click on the Mode button to enter Paint as Object mode.
Make a line of slanted little bristles at a 45 degree angle, then make bristles on the other side to match. By painting in multiple colors, you'll get subtle color variations that you wouldn't get otherwise. When you're done, click on the Mode button again to exit Paint as Object mode.
Hit Ctrl+C to copy the branch into the Clipboard. Hit Ctrl+V a few times to paste copies of the branch back into the image. Use the selection tool to click on a branch to make it active, then choose the Transform tool to rotate the branches slightly and build up a mass of branches, mimicking a tree.
Choose the Pick tool to select branches, then use the Order options in the Attributes toolbar to rearrange their stacking order. Keep the parts of the ornament on top. When you have a satisfactory arrangement, right click and Merge All. Use the same paint settings to paint a few pine needles over the top of the ornament hanger.
Another possibility is to fill the background of the image with a color or texture before merging with the base image. In the example at left, I chose Selection, Select Base Image, then Edit, Fill. When the Fill box opened, I selected Natural Textures from the Textures tab and filled with the red Rose texture. Then right click, Merge All.
Here the background was filled with a dark green. The parts of the ornament were combined into one object, then pasted into the green border and rotated slightly. Bow objects (gold and silver) and some silver and gold vertical bars finish off the border background.
You could use these techniques to decorate any rounded object, including egg, bell or cylinder shapes.
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