Simple Folded Towels

folded towels

Created November 13, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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This tutorial comes from my efforts to make towels for my antique washstand! Couldn't find what I wanted, so I made them! Have fun designing yours!

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.

  • The terry cloth pattern I used for the towels - you can get it HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into the folder where you keep your current PSP work.

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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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Open the ss-sftterrycloth.bmp file provided with this tutorial. Set the foreground style to pattern and select your terrycloth pattern, with Scale = 100%, Angle = 0.

Create a new transparent image, 300 x 100 pixels in size. Choose the Selection tool set to Rounded Rectangle, with Feather set to 0 and Anti-alias CHECKED.

Add a new raster layer, naming it "towel". Draw out a rectangle for your towel, approximately 125 by 20 pixels. This is not an exact size, but I found the terrycloth pattern loses its "towel look" if there is too much resizing - therefore, I tried to make my towels close to the size I needed for decorations! Save this selection to an alpha channel - we'll need it later. Flood fill with the terrycloth pattern.

Now to color your towel! For the sample in this tutorial, I used blue. I used PSP's colorize, with Hue = 163 and Saturation = 255. Then I darkened the color by using the Brightness/Contrast adjustment, setting Brightness to -48 (minus 48), and Contrast to 33! Here's my blue towel:

blue towel
Note: All my screenshots are shown against a black background for visibility - your image will be transparent!

Once I had my original blue towel, I made other colored towels by merely re-colorizing using PSP! Here are some of the color settings I used as I switched from color to color:

Color Hue Saturation
Blue 163 43
Green 92 43
Rose 200 43
Peach 22 200
Yellow 37 174

You may use other colorizing methods, or other settings - use your imagination, experiment - these are YOUR towels!

Deselect and save!


If you want to add stripes to your towel, add a new raster layer, naming it "stripes". With the selection tool, draw out a stripe and flood fill with the terrycloth pattern:

blue towel with white stripe

If you want to colorize your stripes, do that now - I chose to leave my stripes white! When you have your first stripe the way you want it, duplicate it a few times, and move the stripes into place along your towel. You can have large stripes, narrow stripes - whatever you want! Here's one with a combination of stripes:

blue towel with blue and white stripes

Don't worry about the overlap - we'll delete that in a minute. When you have the stripes the way you want them, merge the stripes layers, renaming the merged layer "stripes".

Now to clean up the overlap - load the selection you saved to the alpha channel and INVERT the selection. Making sure you are on the "stripes" layer, depress the DELETE key - there you go, all cleaned up!

cleaned up blue striped towel

Deselect and save!


How about a print instead of stripes? Add a new raster layer, naming it "print". Choosing a tube you like - some flowers, teddybears, balloons, whatever, and add a few iterations! Again, don't worry about the overlap - we'll clean it up like we did in Step 2!

blue towel with flower print

When you're satisfied with your print, clean up the overlap on the "print" layer by loading the saved selection from the alpha channel, INVERTing the selection, and pressing the DELETE key! Voila, a printed towel!

To make your print "blend" more into the towel, you might change the blend mode, or lower the opacity until you get an effect you like. On this one, I lowered the opacity to 52%:

blue print towel - lowered opacity

On this one, I changed the blend mode to Luminance:

blue print towel - luminance

Deselect and save!


Once you have your towel looking like you want, add a new raster layer, naming it "shadow". Load the selection from the alpha channel, invert the selection, and apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical offset (0)
Horizontal offset (0)
Opacity (63)
Blur (11.1)
Shadow color (black)

Deselect and save!

And that's it - you're done! You now have a pretty folded towel! Merge visible layers, crop the excess from around your towel, and tube!

Have fun making towels! 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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