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3D Ring Intreface Tutorial Ring Interface
Requirements: Paint Shop Pro 6, 7
Author: Richie Dumlao

1 Make a new 300 x 300, 16 million color image, white background image. Set foreground color to White and background color to Black.

(Example of Foreground color set to White and Background color set to Black)

 

2 Set Grid ON (View>Grid)

Draw a rounded selection using the Selection Tool selection.gif (869 bytes)
(Selection Type = Circle    Anti-Alias = Checked)

Save your selection to Alpha Channel (Selection>Save to Alpha Channel).

Figure 1
Figure 1

3 Hold down the [CTRL] key and draw a smaller rounded selection (See Figure below).  Save current selection to Alpha Channel (Selection>Save to Alpha Channel), name your saved selection "Ring"

Figure 2
Figure 2

4 Apply a Linear Gradient Fill floodfill.gif (915 bytes) while Ring Selection is still active.

Linear Gradient Settings:
Fill Style = Linear Gradient
Blend Mode = Normal
Paper Texture and Match Mode = None

Under the Flood Fill Option Tab
Gradient = Foreground-Background
Angle = 130
Repeats = 1

Figure 3
Figure 3

5 Set your foreground color to Black by clicking the bent icon on your Color Pallete Toolbar

Pick the Preset Shapes Tool and draw a rounded line inside your ring (See Figure 4).

Shape Settings:
Shape Type = Circle
Style = Stroked
Line Width = 10
Anti-Alias = Checked
Create as Vector = NOT Checked

Figure 4
Figure 4

 

6 Click on Image>Blur>Gaussian Blur (Radius = 7).  You should now have a 3D looking Ring :)

Figure 5
Figure 5

 

7 The next trick is to apply text on the ring.  I learned this trick from Jasc's Website.   Another good site that offers Vector tutorial is State of Entropy. Pick the Preset Shapes Tool  and draw a rounded line inside your ring (See Figure 6).

Shape Settings:
Shape Type = Circle
Style = Stroked
Line Width = 1
Anti-Alias = Checked
Create as Vector = Checked

Figure 6
Figure 6

 

8 Deactivate Grid (View>Grid).  Choose the Text Tool and place the cursor over the new circle.

You will notice that your cursor will turn into this (See Figure 7).


Figure 7

 

9 Click your mouse to bring out the text dialogue box.  Feed "spaces" depending on how many link buttons your going to have.  I am going to use four linking buttons on this example.  See figure below.  Once you're done, click OK.


Figure 8

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