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|How I created the Nozzle:
1. Opened a new white Canvas, 500 x 300 pixels, 300 ppi.
2. Created a new Layer, and used the Rectangular Selection tool to make a square or rectangular selection.
3. With the selection active on the Layer, I chose a color, then used Ctrl/Command+F to fill the selection with that color.
4. With the Layer highlighted in the Layers list and the selection still active, I used:
Effects > Surface Control > Apply Lighting
5. Repeated Steps 2, 3, and 4, each time making a selection either smaller or larger and either square or rectangular until I had 15 Layers with each square or rectangle filled with a different color (some sizes, proportions, and colors were repeated as you can see), and lighting added to each square or rectangle.
6. In the Canvas menu, chose Grid > Grid Options and set Horizontal Spacing and Vertical Spacing to 100 pixels.
7. Arranged each Layer's square or rectangle centered in a Grid square so there were three rows of five images.
8. Then, one at a time, I highlighted the Layers and used (with the shadow Opacity below 50%):
Effects > Objects > Create Drop Shadow
9. Once all of the Layers had a Drop Shadow, in the Layers palette menu, I chose Select All Layers, used Ctrl/Command+G to Group the Layers, then Ctrl/Command+Shift+X to Collapse the Layer and Shadow sub-Groups. Now there were, again, 15 Layers in a single Group.
10. In the Nozzle Selector menu, I chose Make Nozzle from Group, then saved the file in RIFF format.
11. To use the Nozzle, in the Nozzle Selector menu, I chose Load Nozzle, located the RIFF file, clicked the Open button, chose the Image Hose brush category, and began painting on a new Canvas.
© 2007, Jinny Brown
December 25, 2006
last modified April 18, 2009