Basic Misting Tutorial for Paint Shop Pro

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Many individuals have asked me about a misting tutorial for Paint Shop Pro and so I have created a basic one today. You must have a basic understanding of Paint Shop Pro to do this three step tutorial. Note: Photoshop works differently so please only use this with PSP. 🙂 I may write a PS tutorial another day, since I use both programs.

Misted tubes are nice to have for many reasons, especially blended designs, and they are best when they have clean edges all around them. For instance, I created a blend for the front cover of my award winning memoir, When Angels Fly. What can I say? I did use a blend and I’m an author so why not plug my memoir in this blog post as well. 

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I suggest you NOT use a mask for misting. Successful misting comes with practice and it is very easy to learn. More on this as you work through this tutorial. This is a THREE Step tutorial © Mary Schmidt 14 March 2017

1. Open a new image, Edit, Copy, Paste as a New Image, and close original image. Go to Image, Resize, and resize so that the longest sides are 500 px. This is KEY when misting. What works for a 500 px longest side image doesn’t work for a 600 px or 300 px, etc. Those variables are the ones that you need to master, and you will. More on that shortly – in step 2.

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2. Layers, Promote Background layer. Next go to your Rectangle Selection tool and choose Feather of 50. Note: This is where most people have difficulty. Feather of 50 is fine for a 500 px longest side image. You MUST adjust this number for the different size images you are using. I suggest you resize your images to 500 px longest side and use this tutorial until your ready to take on other sizes and work to find the right size for that particular image. Draw a rectangle inside your image. Note: Look at your image and see where your marching ants are placed. If you have ants  on the edge of your image then do Selections, Select None, then draw out your rectangle until you have Zero marching ants touching any side of this graphic. See my ants below. Once you have this worked out, proceed to step 3.

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3. Choose Selections, Invert and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Choose Selections, Select None. You now have a perfect misted image with Clean Edges. Save as a .pspimage or .png. Look at mine below. I added a new layer, flood filled it with yellow and arranged/sent it to the bottom. I wanted you to see that the edges are clean, and no part of the original edge is noted. This is what makes for a great mist. Practice on 500 px longest side images, and then graduate further into other sizes and adjust your misted edge accordingly, so that you have clean edges all the way around. It may help to write down the largest side of your image and your final feather amount for use in the future. 

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