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To see the printer friendly version of this tutorial, click HERE

Ok, you've made a simple 4 layer page and now you want to try some different backgrounds and layouts, yeah?

Well let's get started then! Lol

I used PSP 7 to make this set but it can done in PSP 8 equally well ;o)

For this web set I used a tube from Jules designs

From this tube I made 5 background tiles.

I picked a green colour from the tube using the dropper tool then used different shades of that green by going to the colour palette and moving the little circle to find the different shades.

I didn't like the lime green colour that I first picked from the tube so I scrapped it!

This left me with 4 tiles, one of which was made using a gradient.

To the dark green tile I added the tube (scaled down to about 35) then took the tile into PSP 8 to get the seamless effect. If you don't have PSP 8 you can use the Simple Filters Quick Tile plug in.

On the light green tile I used the old paper texture in PSP 7 and used the following settings

(ignore the pink on the screenshot! I'm too lazy to go back into PSP and make another with exactly the same settings, the only difference being the colour of the tile! Lol)

and finally to the sage green tile I added the tube randomly (scaled down to about 20) and took it into PSP 8 again to make it seamless. I then took it back into PSP 7 and added another layer. I then flood filled that layer with a solid light green colour.

( I know what you're thinking...why doesn't she just work in PSP 8 instead of flicking between the 2?.....the truth is, although PSP 8 is a wonderful program, I've never really taken to it, I do all my best work in PSP 7 in half the time it takes me to do the same work in PSP 8! Lol)

Go to the layer palette and change the opacity of the light green layer so the tube pattern underneath starts to show through. It's up to you how much you change the opacity. Merge visible the layers.

Save all your tiles as .jpg

And now we have our tiles :o)

I'm not going to go into how to make the header and buttons etc as I have already covered that in my other tutorial. The best advice I can give you as far as buttons, dividers etc are concerned is.....be creative, try different ding fonts to make dividers, try using part or all of your main picture as a decoration on buttons and dividers.

Ok, let's put these tiles together on your page.

(I'm not going to go into great detail here as I'm assuming you've already done my tutorial on how to add 3 layers to a page)

Open your group in one window and create a new page.

Open your group again in another window and go to the album that contains your tiles.

Now, we're going to add the tables.

To get the same layout as this page you keep all the settings the same as I explained on my other tutorial, with the exception being the Cell Padding.

LAYER 1 CELL PADDING = 5

LAYER 2 CELL PADDING = 25

LAYER 3 CELL PADDING = 5

LAYER 4 CELL PADDING = 25

LAYER 5 CELL PADDING = 5

LAYER 6 CELL PADDING = 5

Try playing with cell padding settings to make your own lay outs :o)

Click here to see an example of an 8 layer page and the cell padding settings you need to use to create it!

 

 

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