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Transparency paint in PhotoSuite 4

Transparency paint in PhotoSuite 4 - How to wrap images around a three dimensional form.

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This is a useful and highly creative effect which allows the wrapping of images around a three-dimensional form. A seemingly lengthy process of several steps, but actually only takes three minutes with amazing results!

1. Select the relevant album and have it open in the library
2. Open the statue of Liberty and select 'CUTOUTS' from the main menu
3. Select 'MAGIC WAND' as the cutout tool and simply click return
4. Adjust the TOLERANCE to approx. 50 and with the mouse draw a line anywhere on the blue background. (Magic wand is an excellent time saving feature which will cling to the outline of the nearest different colour to that on to which you have applied the line, thus saving a laborious trek around fine detailed areas of your object and also achieving a 100% accurate result)
5. Click on the PLUS sign at the top of the left hand side of the screen and using the zoom in and out icons along the top tool bar, focus in on areas within the object that may have been missed (the plus sign means you are adding to your selection)
6. Click 'INVERT SELECTION' (this separates the foreground and the background of your picture into two separate layers with which to work, although visually the photograph will look the same. Click Return.

7. Select 'PAINT AND DRAW' from the main menu, and then 'EFFECT BRUSH'
8. From the drop down list select 'TRANSPARENCY'
9. Adjust your brush size to approx 90 and the transparency to 50

10. Click on your mouse and in one movement cover the statue with transparency paint
11. For the moment a chequered pattern will appear, purely so as you can see where the paint has been applied!

12. Click Return and from the main tool bar along the top of the page select 'COMPOSE'. From the main menu on the left select 'COLLARGES' and then 'CURRENT PHOTO' (at this point the statue should reappear completely white.

13. Next drag the photographs from your library that you would like to be included in the project.

14. Once all the images are on top of the statue, you can rearrange them by clicking over the chosen image and dragging the grey balls sat on the four corners. Alternatively, you can pick the picture up (when the white hand appears) and move them around or spin them to lie at different angles using the grey ball situated just inside the picture outline at the top of each image.

15. At the top of the library you have a drop down list featuring 'OBJECT MANAGER'
Select this and you will find that only the images you have used in the project remain in the library, with your 3 dimensional background object listed at the bottom. Pick it up and drag it to the top of the list in the library and hey presto you will see the results as the overlaid images wrap themselves in a semi transparent appearance around the background image, following the contours and 3d qualities of the original form!!

16. If you select 'ADJUST OBJECTS' you will find you can highlight each overlay image individually and still alter their qualities. Such as size, transparency, position, edge fading etc. We can even apply text.

The finished project!

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