Disco Ball SB Tutorial

picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
4 June 2016

I have used one of my own photographs for this tutorial

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others
Knowledge of using Filters is necessary
(or learn how to get started with my ABC Tutorials)

This tutorial is my own creation; any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here


Tube or mist of choice
(Background will be 400px high)


Factory Filter C, available here
MuRa's Seamless, available here


Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 3 parts:
- Preparation
- Pattern
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often


Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


1) Download and install filters if necessary
(If you install filters you need to restart PSP afterwards)

2) File > Open
Open image of choice

3) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Close original

4) Image > Resize
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = Not bigger than 380 Pixels
Height = Not bigger than 380

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Radius = 1.00, Strength = 47
Clipping = 5
Luminance only = Checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

6) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #faecf8)
Right click to choose a medium to dark Background color
(I chose #bd72b0)

7) Materials Palette
Change Foreground color to Gradient
Gradient = Foreground-background
Style = Linear
Angle = 45, Repeats = 10
Invert = Not checked
Texture = Not checked


8) File > New
Width = 400 Pixels
Height = 400
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/inch
Raster Background = Checked
Color depth = RGB / 8 bits channel
Transparent = Checked

9) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

10) Left click to Flood fill with Gradient

11) Effects > Plugins > Filter Factory Gallery C > Emission Mirror
Zoom = 136

12) Effects > Plugins > MuRa's Seamless > Tile Rotate
X Number = 24
Y Number = 8
Rotation = 123

13) Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

This will be called Pattern for the rest of the tutorial

14) Materials Palette
Change Gradient to Pattern
Pattern = Pattern
Angle = 0, Scale = 25
Texture = Not checked

15) Minimize pattern
Do NOT close


16) Activate your image (Tube or Mist)
Image > Canvas Size
Lock aspect ratio = Not Checked
Width = 2000 Pixels or width of choice
Height = 400
Placement = Left Middle Arrow
Left = 5

17) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Vertical = 0, Horizontal = 0
Opacity = 50, Blur = 10.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)

18) Layers > New Raster Layer

19) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

20) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Pattern

21) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Corner = Checked
Vertical = Checked
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Transition (%) = 50

22) Materials Palette
Change Pattern back to Foreground Color

23) Layers > New Raster Layer

24) Flood Fill Tool
Right click to flood fill new Layer with Background color

25) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of your Layer to 68

26) Layers > New Raster Layer

27) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with Foreground color

28) Layers Palette
Change Blend Mode to Difference

The Blend Mode "Difference" will give you a totally different color.
As you can see from the screenshot, my all pink/purple colors have turned into green.

Screenshot Layers Palette


29) Optional:
If you like the colors, but want to make it more text friendly:

a) Dropper Tool
Left click to choose main color of your background as new Foreground color
(I chose #3c7947) 

b) Layers > New Raster Layer

c) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill new Layer with new Foreground color

d) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of your Layer to 52
(Or a setting of your liking)


30) Layers Palette
Adjust Blend modes and opacity of the plain colored Layers to your liking

31) Layers Palette
Activate top Layer

32) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Horizontal = 0, Vertical = 0
Opacity = 75, Blur = 15.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking - if using a mist you might wish to leave this step out)

33) Layers > New Raster Layer

34) Add Watermark(s)

35) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Set Compression value to = 20 - 30
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me:
Lismibaebi at gmail.com
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group.
Your help, support and patience has made all the difference.


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