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Making a Tube!


How to make a Tube in just a few easy steps.

Making a tube, or even understanding just exactly what it means, is something that the experienced users of PSP take for granted...but it can be very confusing and daunting to the new user....I know, because I have been there and not so long ago too.  The reason that I have put this together is that I have been asked for help on numerous occasions on what is a Tube and how do I make for all you newbies out you go!

What you will need.

  • PSP 7     (I use version 7 but it can easily be achieved in 5 or 6)

  • An image which you can make your tube can use the sample above, which I scanned from a greeting card.   Right click and save to your folder.

How to create your tube!

Open the image that you wish to take your tube from.  To work with many of the tools in PSP, your image needs to be one with 16, Million Colours  (24 bit).  If you are having any problems being able to use any of the tools, check this out first.

  • Choose Colours > Increase Colour Depth >16 million colours 24 bit),  OR

  • Press <Shift> + <Ctrl> + <0>


Okay, got that sorted out? ;o)  Next you will need your lasso tool which you will find on your toolbar (pic 1) click on the icon and choose these settings (pic 2)


Now zoom in on your pic a couple of times and with the lasso tool we are going to start making our way, very carefully, around the area that we wish to have as our tube. Point to Point is as it suggests, clicking at different points on the image. 

  • Click the cursor on the point in the image where you want your line to start.  The centre of the crosshairs is the point. 

  • Move the mouse to the next point you want in the selection.  As the mouse moves, a straight line connects from the starting point.

  •  Click the image wherever you want to anchor the line and change it's direction. 

  • To delete an anchor point from the line, press <Delete> as you move to the next point.

  • When the line encloses the selected area and has connected to the starting point, either double click or right click the point.  You will now have your 'Tube' which is surrounded by 'Marching Ants'...don't you just love those guys?

See the image below for my check that I have got rid of all the stray pieces etc, I always open up another image with a contrast background, which makes it easy to see the offending 'extras'.  For example, if you are working with a light or bright coloured tube, then you would need a dark background and vice versa.  Add a Raster Layer >>>'Layer' > 'Add New Raster Layer' and paste the tube onto this...then still on that new layer, I take the eraser and clean the image up, getting rid of those horrible jagged bits.  When you think that it is clean enough,  Go to 'Edit' > 'Copy' and then 'Edit' > Paste as New Image.  OR  Press  <Ctrl> + <C> then  <Ctrl> + <V>

Now you are ready to tube!

At the top of your window, go to 'File'....'Export'...'Picture Tube' will get a window like this below. These are the settings that I chose for my tube.  Notice the little 'Help' button on the bottom of this screen capture...this little fellow gets sadly neglected most often...when all he wants to do is to H E L P.  ;o)  That's right if you want to know more about these settings, click on him and every thing is explained in detail for you....hey, it saves me typing it all out. *G*

When you have the settings to your liking, press OK.

So you have made your tube, but you need to know if it is okay and has been saved just in case something has gone amiss....DO NOT CLOSE YOUR TUBE IMAGE!   Select the Picture Tube Icon on your toolbar which you will find here (pic 1).  The Tool Option palette will open (pic2) where you can scroll through and find your tube...once you have found it, choose the size you wish to make...try it out on a 100% first...then adjust it by changing the percentage. I usually leave the step setting alone...but you can experiment if you wish.


That's it...easy wasn't it?  If you want to really get into tube making in a big way, try experimenting by making a grid of cells and filling each one with an image you have lassoed.  The cells can be any size but remember that the bigger the cell, the more memory the Picture Tube takes.  Need some help on this?  Yep, you guessed correct!  Click on the Help button on your toolbar and choose the 'key icon'...type in 'Grid' in the box and you will get a list of grid related topics.....or anything else you need to know.


Have Fun! and  Email if you have any problems!



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