Cross Stitching Effect

Written and Copyright Krissy's New Bees
This our own creations, any similarities
to other tutorials is purely coincidental and unintentional.


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Lesson Supplies Here

Are you a fan of cross stitching? Do you just like the effect that you get from the look of a cross stitch? I do! It's one of my favorite effects. I love to complete cross stitchng but unfortunately my hands just wont allow me. One of the benefits of Paint Shop Pro is that it allows those who can no longer do the things they love, to once again do just that. Amazing what numbers and letters can do isn't it! In this lesson you will learn how to make the cross stitch effect with your pixel drawings.

Lets take a look at some of the images that I have included for this lesson. The best example is the flower. It shows you the shading that can be done from this effect. It's not as hard as it looks. As a matter of fact it was one of the easiest effects that I have completed yet while pixeling.

I have placed arrows to show you the different colors of floss and how they effect your image. Some drawings may not require the highlighting and some may. The choice is yours. However, when you do choose to use highlighting flosses, it is that choice that will determine how much detail will go into your images.

Please take a few moments to look at the above images and notice the different effects of the different colored floss. If you are new to cross stitching, the term "Floss", is used because the material that you use to make your X is called floss. There are two main floss providers that I am aware of, DMC, JP Coats and Anchor. In this lesson I have encluded a file that contains the DMC color charts so that you may use the actual colors of the floss to help you along. That choice is yours and totally optional for this lesson. I will not be referring to that chart for this lesson, it is just here for you to have fun with. The serious cross stitcher. Download DMC color charts here. I have also included the DMC Shoppers Checklist so that you may keep a record of the images that you have saved in your floss file. I suggest if you are going to really get into cross stitching in PSP that you create a file and name it CrossStitching, then create a sub folder named Floss. Each time you make a new floss color save it as a pspimage into that sub folder and check it off on your list. Again, this is totally up to you.

Let's get started on our lesson. I know you are going to love this and have yet, another addiction.

Step 1. Open the image titled piggyA.pspimage. Magnify it to 600%.

Step 2. Add a new raster layer and name this one Legs

Step 3. Add a new raster layer and name this one Body

Step 4. Now you will add new raster layers for each of the following items:

  • Arms
  • Face
  • Nose
  • Nostrils
  • Eyes
  • Inner Eyes
  • Inner Ears
  • Outline

There should already be a layer named Background and one named Piggy. This will give you a total of twelve layers. Please be sure that you have all of the necessary layers.

Step 5. Click on your Legs layer, go to Selections - Load/Save Selections - Load Selection from Alpha Channel

Step 6. Use the following selection:

You should now see the dancing ants around the inside of your legs.

Step 7. Please open the image patternblack that came with your lesson supplies. Magnify your image to 5000%. That is as large as your PSP will allow. You will need to duplicate this image seven times. This is the image that will create the cross stitch effect. Keep these patterns open at all times.

This is what your patterns will look like after you have changed the colors in them. I have nine images open. It is entirely up to you how many of these that you chose to have open. I have this many open so that I do not have to keep changing my colors.

Lets fill your pattern squares with the right colors, which are the colors of your choice. I try to keep some of the colors that I will be working with the most. Again, the colors are completely your choice.

Step 8. Grab your paint brush tool and load your preset for pixels. You should have set this up in a previous lesson.

Step 9. Select the color you wish to use for your darker color from your materials palette. Color the six darker sqaures with this color.

Step 10. Now select a much lighter color from your materials palette for your highlight color. The highlight color is what is going to give the effect of a corner in your cross stitch.

Step 11. Now click on your materials palette and select pattern. Locate your newly created pattern from the list. Don't panic if it looks funny. We are going to change your settings so that you can see the corner. Use the following settings:

Step 12. We have our pattern selected, now grab your flood fill tool and fill inside both of the legs of your piggy.

What an ugly mess!!! Not to worry. If you zoom in to 100% you can see your cross stitches are there. Be sure to zoom back out so you can continue working.

Selections, None.

Step 13. Click on your Arms layer. Go to Selections - Load/Save Selection - Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Locate the selection from the drop down menu titled Arms. Click Load.

Step 14. Grab your flood fill tool and flood fill your arms with the same color as your legs. Selections, None.

Step 15. Complete these steps for the Body and Face. You should end up with this:

Step 16. Now select your lighter pattern from your materials palette.

Step 17. Locate your Nose layer and load the selections from the Alpha Channel. Flood fill with the new color. Selections, None.

Step 18. Complete this same step for the Inner Ear layer.

This is what you should have so far:

Step 19. Select the Nostril layer.

Step 20. Change to your black pattern in your materials palette.

Step 21. Load selection from Alpha Channel named Nostrils and flood fill with the black pattern. Repeat this for the Eyes layer also. Selections, None.

This is what you should have so far:

Step 22. Change your pattern color to the white pattern that you have made.

Step 23. Select the Inner Eye layer and load the selection from Alpha Channel for the Inner Eye. Flood fill with your white color. Selections, None.

Step 24. Select your Outline layer.

Step 25. Click on your materials palette and select a very dark pink to use for your outline.

Step 26. Load selection from Alpha Channel for the Outline and flood fill your Outline.

Your image should now look like this:

Step 27. Turn off your Background layer and merge all visible.

Step 28. Zoom Out on your image to 100% and admire your little piggy for a few minutes.

You will be saving this as a GIF so that you can use your piggy with other projects. Run your GIF Optimizer using these settings:

This one is the important one. To save so that it can be seen without the white background you must have Optimized Octree checked.

This is your finished project:

What an adorable little guy, I think I will name mine Sam.

Lesson Assignments

Included in your lesson supplies were lots of extra images. Some of them have the Alpha Channels already selected. Some of them do not. By now you should know how to create your own Alpha Selections. Here is what you will need to complete for this lessons assignments:

  1. Complete two additional cross stitched pixels that came in the supplies.
  2. Complete an additional two of the images provided in the lesson supplies that do not have the Alpha Selections premade for you.
  3. From one of the completed images you have done make a set of five extras to share with the group. They can be animated or not. That is your choice. Your extras should be five of the following ten:
Snagged Sharing
Welcome Greetings
Hello Thanks
Love It! Awesome
How Cute Just A Note

A total of nine images will be sent in for credit.