Roman Shade Tutorial
During this tutorial turn all anti-aliasing off unless otherwise stated.
Create a new image 500x500 pixels with a white background.
Add a new layer.
With a contrasting color create a filled circle 155 pixels in diameter (any size will do, the swags on this page are 146 pixels wide).
Select the circle and copy it. Paste a circle on either side of the first one, lining them up precisely. Select the joined circles and position them in the center of the image.
Create a rectangle the width of the three circles and fill in the area between the middle of the line of circles to the top of the image. This makes the curtain material above the swags.
Add another layer above the others and save this image as a .psp file.
Open a new image 155x155 pixels (the same size as your circles) with a white background.
Go to Image, Plug-in Filters, Redfield, Jama 3D and apply it using these settings:
- Vertical slider (to left of the preview) = 013
- Horizontal slider (at top of image) = 125
- G-Shading = 25, 00
- Stretch = 00, 00, X box unchecked
- S-Bevel Width = 50
- S-Shading = -30
- Brightness Ratio = 50
- Light Boosting =13
- Saturation = 52
- Anti-aliasing UNCHECKED (leaving it checked will cause white jaggies)
You want at least 6 'folds' and you want there to be no partial folds if at all possible. If you used a circle other than 155 pixels you may have to change the vertical slider to get at least 6 folds.
In case that bottom fold isn't complete, flip the image.
Promote the background to a layer if it isn't one already and then apply the circle deformation.
Now crop this image to 155 pixels wide and 77 pixels high, keeping the lower half of the image from (0,77) to (155,154). This cuts off the single pixel at the lowest point of the swag and makes it look neater.
Now go to Masks, New, From Image, and make sure the 'invert mask data' box is checked. Then go to Colors, Histogram Functions, and pick Equalize. This darkens the mask. Now go back to Masks and choose Delete. When it asks you if you want it merged with the current layer, click 'yes.'
At this point you might want to save this as a .psp file so you don't have to remake it.
Copy this image and go back to the image with three circles. Paste it into the blank top layer and line it up with the bottom curve of the middle circle. If it doesn't fit well you can use the deformation tool to adjust it but you'll probably be covering up the edges with decorations so don't get too obsessed with a few pixels here and there.
Now copy the folds and paste them over the other two swags in the same way, lining them all up.
Now take the eraser and carefully remove the straight section of the top fold like this:
Now switch to the lasso tool and set it either to 'point to point' or 'freehand' depending on how comfortable you are with your mouse or tablet. Trace out a selection that includes the top dark fold line. Follow the middle of the highlight of the fold under it and then just circle back to connect your selection, something like this:
Copy it and paste back into the same layer, placing it just above the original so the shading from the pasted selection just touches the shading of fold below it:
Continue pasting folds until you reach the top of the image. Then take the touch up tool. Set it to 'soften' with a hardness and opacity of 100, a size of 10, and the circle brush shape. Blend the jaggies in the highlights of the folds.
Save this image as a .psp file to work as a template for your swags. You'll probably never use all of the top area but by making it so tall you don't have to worry about having to recreate the whole thing to make a deeper swag in the future.
To decorate the swag work on the middle section. Start with a blank layer above the fold layer and build your decoration in layers. The key is to make sure that whatever you put at the gather points on the sides are lined up so when you crop out the middle for your finished swag they will match.
Raindrops make nice drops from the bottom of a swag and setting that layer to 'multiply' makes them blend into the background better. Setting the fold layer to 'multiply' also makes the folds stand out nicely on darker colors.
Place focal points at the middle of the bottom of the swag and at the gather points or just at the gather points. The gather points need to have their decoration on the top most layer to tile nicely.
After playing around with some tubes I came up with this:
It's important to keep the decorations around the gather points symmetrical so I placed the snowflakes and sparkles in the same places on both sides of the swag. Now I just need to crop this to 155 pixels wide and some height that looks good.
Here's the final swag, tiled three across:
Matching bars can be made from just the decorations. By saving the .psp file before cropping you have two 'ends' from when you made the trim, just attach them to the ends of the bar to finish it off.
This particular set I'd leave the dark blue for the background and therefore a jpeg for a bar would be fine.
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