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  Torn Paper Effect For Web Page Backgrounds In Canvas™ 6 - Part Two   Buy Canvas Software!
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10. Enter 1000 in the width box of the Object Specs palette (or the Transform palette - either one) to set the width of the new rectangle. Next select both objects and click Image > Area > Render. In the dialog, choose a 72 ppi RGB image with a visibility mask and no anti-aliasing. Click "OK" when done.

cnvtorn12m.gif cnvtorn13m.gif

postit.gif   Note: I always use RGB on working copies of images even though the final image will be an indexed color GIF. Since GIF images are limited to a 256 color palette, I do it this way to make sure there is no color loss until the final image is rendered.

11. Below is a shot of the swatch and rectangle rendered together as a single image.

cnvtorn27.gif

Next we are going to add a shadow to the paper edge. We will make a copy of the swatch object, fill it with black, render it as a paint object then then blur it.

12. Select the swatch object, then click Edit > Replicate using one copy with no offset. Give it a black fill ink (below left). Next click Image > Area > Render. In the dialog (below right), choose a 72 ppi RGB image with a visibility mask and this time choose anti-aliasing. Click "OK" when done.

cnvtorn23m.gif cnvtorn26m.gif

13. With the shadow object still selected Ctrl-Drag the top, bottom and right handles to expand the image area. We are going to apply a blur filter and we need room for the shadow to diffuse.

cnvtorn24.gif

14. Click Image > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. In the dialog choose a radius of 3, then click "OK".

cnvtorn19.gif

lightbulb.gif   Tip: You can reuse the original vector object over and over again using different fills. Once the shadow object is made, you can use it with the new fills. You don't have to make it again.

15. Click the "Send To Back" button sendtoback.gif on the toolbar or click Object > Arrange > Send To Back and position it behind the rendered swatch and rectangle.

cnvtorn25.gif

16. Next select both image objects and render them as a single image using Image > Area > Render. Use RGB at 72 ppi with no anti-aliasing or visibility mask. Below is a shot of the finished background tile ready to be exported as a GIF or JPEG. Click here to see it used in a web page

At this point you can export it as a GIF or JPEG image.

cnvtorn21.gif cwclogo.gif

The example below was made using a Texture fill ink instead of a solid color. Click here to see it used in a web page

cnvtorn22.gif cwclogo.gif
 
 

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