Making A Web Set
To see the printer friendly
version of this, the header and the buttons tutorials, click
tutorial shows you how to make a simple four layer web
set for the Welcome page on your new MSN group.
I used PSP
8 to make my web set.
OK, this is how I make my web sets.
MAKING THE TILES
First I find an image I want to use for either
the welcome header or the main image of the
page. I've chosen a Knuddelkids tube and I'm
going to use it on the welcome header.
Please Note: I emailed Marion for permission
to use her knuddelkids to make web sets. If
you'd like to use her knuddels, please visit
her site and email her.
Open your image in PSP. Press Shift and D to
make a duplicate copy and close the original
so you can use it again.
Open a new canvas
the following settings.
This is for our background tile. We need to
make 3 tiles so press Shift and D at the same
time. This will duplicate the new canvas so
you now have 2. Repeat so you have 3 new
Now click on the Dropper tool
We're going to choose a dark colour from the
tube to make our first tile. Move the dropper
over the tube. You will see a little box
appear. This box shows the colour the dropper
is moving over.
When you find a colour you like, left click
once and this colour will go into the top
stroke box. (Note: make sure you have the top
stroke box set to solid colour. To do this,
click on the solid black circle under the
style box This is the solid colour)
Now click on the Flood fill tool
and flood fill one of the new canvases with
your solid colour.
We need a lighter for our top tile so the
content is shown easily. To get a colour that
matches your first tile, click on the top
styles box so the colour palette options
Now click on the little circle on the colour
wheel and move it until you find a lighter
shade of your original colour.
Now flood fill one of the bank canvases with
your light colour
Our final canvas is going to be flood filled
with a gradient, choose one that compliments
your first 2 tiles. On the gradient options
make sure angle is set to 0 and repeats to 1.
This makes sure we don't have to use the
seamless tiling effect because it's already
We now we have the start of our web set :o)
OK, we're now going to decorate the first
decided to use a piece of my tube to do this.
I liked the strawberry which is hanging off
Click on the magic wand tool
and use the following settings
zoomed in on my picture to make it easier to
see the strawberry.
Holding down the shift key, click on the
strawberry (or which ever part of your tube
you are using) and keep clicking until the
whole area you want is selected.
Now click on the copy icon
then the Paste
As New Image icon
and you will
have your strawberry on a new image.
Now click on the dark tile to make it active
and go to Edit > Paste As New Layer
Your strawberry will now be in the middle of
I duplicated the strawberry layer (right
click on the layer and click duplicate) 4 more
times and moved the strawberries around on the
Now it's time to make the tile seamless. Go to
Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Choose your own settings, here's what I used
You can click on Show tiling preview to see
what the finished tile effect will look like.
If you don't like, try different settings.
When you're happy with your tile, save it as a
On the light tile I just added a texture.
Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Texture. I
used the old paper texture with the default
Save your tile as a .jpg file. You can also
save your gradient tile as we don't need to do
anything to that.
OK, we've got all our tiles.
We now need to
make our header, buttons and divider.
Page 2 - Making The Header