Bishop Sleeve Drapes

(& a quick three part tassel)

For this tutorial you will need the Jama 3D plug-in available from Redfield. Some familiarity with the Swag Tutorial helps but is not required.


Open a new image 120x120 pixels. Flood fill it with the color you want for your drape.

Go to Image > Plug-ins > Redfield > Jama 3D and apply it with the following settings:

Go to Image > Deformations > Circle and then rotate the image 90° you should have something like this:

Crop the image down starting at 1x2 to 120x119. Set this aside and open another new image, 500x500 pixels, transparent background.

Copy the ridged puff from your smaller image and paste it into the new image. Place it at the bottom (at 500) and toward the center. Defloat and deselect it.

Now switch to the deformation tool (it's under the magnifying glass) and grab the top center handle. Drag it up so the puff covers about one third of the image. Switch to the selection tool. When the Apply deformation? window pops up click Yes.

Go to Image > Deformations > Cylinder - Horizontal. Set the % Effect to 70 and click OK. You should have a shape like this at the bottom of your image:

Sweep a rectangular selection around the shape and move it to the top center of the image. Because the top edge is feathered place the shape at -1 and centered.

Add a new raster layer and paste the puff from the small image at bottom center again.

Go back to the deformation tool. Grab the top center handle and drag it up to about the center of the top puff. Hold the control key (Ctrl) and grab the bottom corner, drag it out to like this:

Switch to the selection tool. When the Apply deformation? window pops up click Yes.

Go to Image > Deformations > Cylinder - Horizontal. Set the % Effect to 70 and click OK. Sweep a rectangle selection around the new shape and move it down so it only slightly overlaps the smaller upper puff like this (image reduced):

Now move this layer under the layer with the upper puff.

To make the bottom of this drape tile-able zoom in and select an area near the bottom something like this:

Float the selection and switch to the deformation tool. Hold the control key down and grab the lower corner handle. Drag it in slightly, just to square up the selection. Copy the selection.

Using the selection tool sweep a rectangle across the bottom of the drape and delete it. Paste in your squared up piece of the drape at the bottom of the drape. Keep pasting until you rebuild the full length:

You'll probably have to erase a ghostly tab here and there to smooth out the drape but it shouldn't be much.

Now the drape is basically done, there's just some shadows and decoration to do. I'm going to shadow in black so you can see it clearly, normally I use a darker more grey version of the drape color for shading, particularly for lighter colored drapes.

On each layer of the drape apply a drop shadow with a blur of 40, vertical offset of 5, horizontal offset of -5, and an opacity of 100.

Lock the transparency of both layers then apply a cutout (Image > Effects > Cutout) with the fill interior with color box unchecked, blur of 40, horizontal and vertical offsets both at 15.

Add a layer under the drape layers and flood it with your desired background color. The drapes are now done (image is reduced):

Now to decorate the drape. I used some simple tassels made in the same way as the drape except you don't deform the top.

Switch to your small image. Change the color to the color you want for your tassel using Colors > Colorize or Colors > Adjust > Hue/Saturation/Lightness.

Go to Image > Resize and set it to 25%, make sure the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is checked.

Copy the image and go back to your drapes. Ad a layer between the two parts of the drape and paste in the ball of the tassel. Rotate it right 5° and place it slightly to the left of the center. Add another layer, paste in the ball again, rotate it left 5° and place it slightly to the right of the center.

On each tassel layer paste in another ball and place it under the first, lined up so it touched the bottom edge. Use the deformation tool, grab the center bottom handle to stretch it into an ellipse and then hold the control key and drag a bottom corner out to widen the end. If you wish, cut off the bottom just under the middle portion:

On each tassel layer apply a drop shadow with a blur of 20 and the offsets the same as for the drape. Lock the transparency of both layers and apply a cutout with a blur of 10, a vertical offset of 5 and a horizontal offset of 10.

For the cords add a layer under the tassels and draw a line 5 pixels wide from the back tassel top up under the overhang of the upper part of the drape. Add another layer and draw a line from the front tassel up to the same point.

To make the cord texture go back to your small image and use the command history to undo all your changes since you first applied Jama 3D (or just make another image). Change the color as you did for the tassels (the settings you used should still be there in PSP. Rotate the image 20°, resize it to 25% of the original and crop it to a nice rectangle. Use this image to flood fill your cords.

After filling each cord add drop shadows as you did for the tassels and lock the transparency of the layers. Cut out the cords with a blur of 5 and both offsets set to 2.

And that's it. If you merge each tassel to it's cord you can use them for decorating other things, like bars and buttons. Place the back tassel behind the loop in your bar that you are attaching the tassels to and then place the forward tassel in a layer over the loop to make it appear that the cord goes through the loop.



©2000 Lynn A. Davis