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Old 07-10-2010, 03:53 PM   #16
Stopping to get photos of floral Mickey
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PSE8 - Creating the Globe

For PSE8, I followed ILuvCrush's directions mostly (just had to find the equivalent in PSE8)

To Make the Globe:
1. Make 7 square photo frames across and down in a grid. (I used a square template resized from one of my existing templates)
2. Add photos (best ones in middle, outer ones are very squished!) and mat, if desired – color between the pictures if you want a color other than white before the next step.
3. Layer --> Flatten Image
4. Filter --> Distort --> Spherize
5. Once you have the Sphere, you need to cut the globe out. I use my Cookie Cutter Tool - choose Circle - set cutter options to fixed size (I put 10x10). This will give you the grid lines so you can pull it to the size you want to give perfect circle with no erasing of edges needed.
6. Once complete, you can resize to globe to size and direction you want it to be

To Make the Globe Reflection:
1. Create a Duplicate Layer of the Globe – Name it Reflection
2. Image – Rotate – Flip Layer Vertical
3. Move the image down below the Globe and place –move it around until it is in the right place. Resize as needed.
4. Add background papers (or color filled layers) as needed – I used a lighter on top of a darker color layer so when I faded the reflection, the darker would show through. I put the lighter color on top of the darker color so the bottom layer was the darker color to show through.
5.. PSE does not have a Layer Mask function as Photoshop does, so I downloaded a free set of Layer Masks to make it much easier to be able to blend the background and hide the bottom of the reflection globe.
I downloaded Grant’s Tools found at:
To load the tools, do the following:
• Download the zip file and then unzip all folders.
• Copy all files to the following path on your system (make sure all folders are unhidden in the control panel if you can not locate)
• For Windows 7/Vista -- C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Photo Creations\photo effects
• For Windows XP -- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Photo Creations\Photo Effects
• Go to the following path - C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Locale\en US OR C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Locale\en-US and then change the following file named MediaDatabase.db3 to MediaDatabaseOLD.db3
• Open PSE and wait for it to rebuild that database. Could take a few minutes the first time you start it back up.
5. Once Grant Tools Loaded, on the reflection Layer previously created add the Layer Mask (if added correctly, they will be in the Effects Palette on the right under Photo Effects (3rd picture)
6. Select the gradient tool on the left Tool Bin. Once that is selected, go up to the tool menu and select Linear Gradient. Finally, make sure black is set as the foreground color.
7. On your layout, click where you want the fading to start and drag to where you want it to end. The shorter the distance you drag the more abrupt the fading, and the longer distance you drag the more gradual the fading. Try it again and again dragging in different directions, even at angles, until you achieve the look you want.
I just played around with it until it got the dark
8. I added a layer mask again to the lighter paper choice and did the gradient fill again as in #7 above. This brought the darker color paper through.
9. Select the reflection layer and the picture of your globe in the layers palette. Use the Opacity selector (at the top in the Layers Palette to make the globe lighter until achieves the look you want.

Please let me know if any questions!! Good Luck!!

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