Pressing Tin

Pressing Tin

Though you can turn any image into pressed tin, simple images or homey ones are the most appropriate. Fleur-de-lis, hearts, and household objects really come to mind. For this example, I’m using a scan of the handmade doily shown in Figure.

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Figure: This lace doily is going to become pressed tin.
  1. Here’s how to turn images into pressed tin:

  2. Open the image that you want to use.

  3. Select the layer containing the image in the Layers palette.

  4. Press Ctrl+J/z +J or choose Layer>New>Layer via Copy.

    This creates a copy of the selected layer.

  5. Rename the copied layer and the bottom layer.

    I’ve renamed the copied layer Bas Relief and the bottom layer Emboss, as shown in Figure. I’m using these names to identify the different layers for the rest of the directions.

    Figure: You should have two identical layers in the Layers palette.

  6. Select the Emboss layer in the Layers palette.

  7. Choose Filter>Stylize>Emboss.

    The Emboss dialog box opens, as shown in Figure. The Emboss filter is used to create the raised areas for the pressed tin.

    Figure: Setting the depth of the embossing.

  8. Enter a degree in the Angle text box or drag the pointer around the circle to set where the light source is coming from.

    For this example, I set the Angle at 135°.

  9. Set the Height to 5 and the Amount to 100%.

  10. Click OK to close the Emboss dialog box and apply the filter to the Emboss layer.

    If you hide the upper layer, you can see the results of the emboss filter, as shown in Figure. (Be sure to make the other layer visible again.)

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    Figure: The effect of the Emboss filter on the Emboss layer.

  11. Select the Bas Relief layer in the Layers palette.

  12. Choose Filter>Sketch>Bas Relief.

    The Filter Gallery opens with the Bas Relief filter selected, as shown in Figure. Notice that the settings for the filter are at the right side of the dialog box. The Bas Relief filter adds detail.

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    Figure: Use the settings at the right side of the dialog box to adjust the Bas Relief filter.

  13. Set the Detail to 10 and the Smoothness to 1.

  14. Choose Top from the Light drop-down list.

  15. Click OK to close the Filter Gallery and apply the filter to the Bas Relief layer.

  16. With the Bas Relief layer still selected, choose Overlay from the Blending Mode drop-down list in the Layers palette.

    The results so far are shown in Figure.

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    Figure: The Emboss and Bas Relief layers blended together by using the Overlay blending mode.

  17. Click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette.

    An empty layer appears at the top of the Layers palette. This layer is going to be used to brighten the image with a white overlay.

  18. Make sure that the empty layer is selected in the Layers palette.

  19. Select white as the Foreground color.

    The quick way to do this is to press D and then press X.

  20. Choose the Paint Bucket tool from the Toolbox.

  21. On the Options bar, make sure that Fill is set to Foreground, Mode is set to Normal, and Opacity is set to 100%.

  22. Click in the image window to fill the entire layer with white.

  23. Choose Overlay from the Blending Mode drop-down list and set the Opacity to 50%.

    You may need to fiddle with the Opacity setting to get the whiter look of pressed tin. The results of all this filtering are shown in Figure.

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    Figure: The lace doily turned into pressed tin.

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