Songbird Plates


Created November 25, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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Here are some pretty songbird plates you can add to all your shelves and plate racks! They make wonderful tubes, and are so practical for decorating! Hope you enjoy putting yours together!

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • Dee's gold fold pattern (D_gold fold) - if you don't already have it, you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Patterns folder.

  • (Optional) Eye Candy 4000.

  • My ss-plate Bevel Boss preset for Eye Candy 4000 - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Eye Candy 4000\Eye Candy 4000 Settings\BevelBoss folder!

  • Some bird images - I found mine at WEBSHOTS, in the community photos section - they have literally thousands of free photos!

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OK, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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Set the foreground style to pattern, and select the D_gold fold pattern, Scale = 100%, Angle = 0. Set the background style to Transparent (null).

Create a new transparent image 300 x 300 - this will give you plenty of room to work, and you can resize your plate later. Add a new raster layer, naming it "rim". Choose the Selection tool selection tool (S) with the following settings:

Selection Type (Circle)
Feather (0)
Antialias (CHECKED)

Starting at coordinates (150,150), draw a circle about 286 pixels wide. Flood fill with the gold fold pattern.

Contract the selection by 4 pixels, and press the DELETE key.

Keep selected, and save your image.


Expand the selection by 1 pixel. Add a new raster layer, naming it "plate".

Open your bird image. Use the Selection tool - same settings as above - to make a selection from your bird image. You may need to move the selection around until you have just what you want. Copy. Returning to your plate image, paste the bird image into the selection.

Float the selection and apply a cutout with the following settings (you may want to adjust these settings, depending on your image):

Vertical offset (0)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (100)
Blur (80 - 100)
Shadow color (black)

Apply the Eye Candy 4000 Bevel Boss ss-plate preset provided with this tutorial. If you do not have Eye Candy 4000, apply an inner bevel with these settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (30), Smoothness (50), Depth (2), Ambience (12),
Shininess (45), Color (#D4C2D4), Angle (315), Intensity (50), Elevation (30)

Deselect and save your image.


Activate the "rim" layer. Apply an inner bevel with the following settings:

inner bevel
Bevel (#2), Width (8), Smoothness (40), Depth (16), Ambience (-27),
Shininess (37), Color (white), Angle (135), Intensity (31), Elevation (88)

Save your image.

And that's it - you're done! Merge the layers and tube your songbird plate - I resized my plate to 160 pixels before tubing. Using other bird images, you can make all sorts of plates with this method - other wildlife and/or flower images work well, too!

Here are some songbird plates arranged on a plate rack - you can find the tutorial for the Metal Plate Rack HERE!

birdplates in rack

Have fun with your songbird plates! Don't forget to sharpen if you resize!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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