Want to make a
snowglobe base that isn't a dingbat? You've come to the right
First, open a new
image. 300x200, background=transparent. Place your cursor
at 150, 150 and with your Selection Tool, set at Selection
Type: Ellipse, Antialias checked, draw an ellipse to
almost the edges of your image. Mine looks like this:
Now Invert your
selection. (Selections, Invert). Change the settings on
your Selection Tool to Selection Type: Rectange, Antialias NOT Checked.
Now we will modify our selection. While holding down the Control Key on your keyboard place your cursor at the
left edge of the ellipse, at about the 60 mark, and draw a rectangle that
extends to the right side of the ellipse. Here's Mine:
Invert your selection.
Choose the Flood Fill Tool,
Gradient: Metallic, Angle: 90, Repeats: 0, and flood fill your selection.
To get rid of those nasty looking
lines, go to Image, Noise, Add, 4%, Uniform.
Deselect (Selections, Select None)
Now place your cursor at the center
of the top of the rectangle, and with your selections tool set at
Ellipse again, with Antialias Checked, draw a
second ellipse that extends to both sides, like this:
Now hit the delete key on your
keyboard, and with your selection still in place, add a new layer. The
reason for the separate layers is so when you start making your globe,
you can put the "glass" layer between the two, and it gives
it a more "real" look. At least I think so. ;)
On the new layer, flood fill
the selection with the same Gradient as before, and go to Image,
Now add 4% Noise Again.
Go to colors, Adjust, Brightness/Contrast. Set Brightness to
-30, and set Contrast at 0. Now you can de-select.
I wanted my base to be more of a gold
color, so on EACH layer, I went to Colors, Colorize, and set each Hue
and Saturation to 41. On the layers palette, drag layer two
under layer one, and you should have something like this :
For Bases like the ones you see at
the top of the page, just colorize each layer to whatever nifty shade
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