Author: TexasKate
Homepage: Kate's Place
Title: Fancy Glass Ornaments
Skill Level: Beginner
Software: PhotoImpact X3 (Can be done in earlier versions.)
Tools Used: Path and Outline Drawing Tools, Continue Draw

1. Open a new white image 300 x 300 pixels. Click on the path tool and select the circle and draw it in 3d round mode on your canvas. The color does not matter at this point. Make the circle large enough to fill your canvas and center it using: 'right click/align/center both'.

2. Go back to 'mode' and change it from '3d round' to 'continue draw'. From the 'select a shape' drop-down menu on the attributes bar, select Shape B39 from 'custom shape'. Draw the shape inside your circle.

3. To get the alignment just right, change back to 3d mode, click the 'path edit' button on the attributes bar and then click the 'alignment commands' icon and click 'center both'. Click the 'toggle' button to click out of 'edit' mode.

4. Open the Material Gallery in the Easy Palette. In the Glass group, double click on 'L13' to apply it to your ornament. Then go to the Material Attributes Gallery, and double click on Bump 'M50'. Finally, double click on Reflection 'R28'. To get a nice round look to your ornament, increase the width in the path panel as high as it will go. Adjust the depth until you like the look, I set the depth of my ornament to 5. The main part of your ornament should now look similar to the example below. If you want to remove the shadow, right click on ornament, click 'shadow', and uncheck the box in window that pops up.

5. Now we need to make the center of our ornament. To do this, draw a 3d circle that is a little bit smaller than your ornament. Once again, go the Material Gallery in the Easy Palette, find Metallic M10 and double click on it. Still in the Easy Palette, go to 'Image Enhancements/Special Effects/Lighting, and double click on 'L29'...then, double click on 'L29' again. Your 3d circle should now be a deep green color like the one shown below.

6. Place the circle on top of your ornament and with the pick tool selected click 'send to back' on the attributes bar (or right click/arrange/send to back).

7. All that's left is to add a topper of your choice to your ornament. To make the one shown in the top picture, make a 3d rounded rectangle with the Path Drawing Tool and fill it with a metallic preset(Silver 3)and a bump(M55). To make the loop, select the Outline Drawing Tool to make a 3d ellipse (line width '1'). Apply Silver 3 to the loop. Center on top of your ornament and that's it...you're done!



Have fun creating different ornaments. The possibilities are endless with the many shapes and materials available in the easy palette. To make the other two ornaments shown in the top picture, just follow the same steps as above but with the following substitutions from the easy palette:

Draw the outer circle in '3d custom' mode and then in 'continue draw' mode draw Custom Shape 'FL26' in the center. Apply Metallic 'Steel 5', Bump 'M26', and Reflection R31 to the ornament. For the inner 3d round circle, apply Metallic 'M10', Lighting L35 and Lighting 'Cool Blue'. Your ornament will look like this:

Draw the outer circle in '3d round' mode and then in 'continue draw' mode draw Custom Shape 'S09' in the center. Apply Material/Plastic/'P04', then apply Material Attributes/Shading/'Shiny 9' and finally, apply Reflection/R23 to the ornament. For the inner 3d round circle, apply Material/Metallic 'M18'. Your ornament will look like this:

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

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