Modifying Stained Glass Patterns
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After you have found a pattern for your project you will probably want to make modifications to it so that it meets your exact needs.

You can use any graphics program that you wish. Windows Vista comes with a basic version of paint that will perform most of the editing tasks that you will need. Learning to use Paint is very easy and is a great stepping stone to more complex and functional graphics programs like Paint Shop or Photo Shop. In this article, we will take the pattern above and modify it for a round stained glass panel. To do this we will need to add a border and then some lines that will form glass pieces which will connect the hummingbird to the border thus forming a round panel.

The first step will be to bring the image into paint by simply choosing file, open and then selecting the image file name. In this case it is hummingbird.gif. Remember, each time you make a change to the pattern you should save the file by choosing file, save as or file, save. You should rename the new pattern so that you do not overwrite the original. That way you can always start from scratch by reopening the original pattern file.

After you have opened the file you can size it and then make some room around the image for the round border that will make up the outside edge of the panel. Doing this in microsoft paint is fairly easy. You can make your design larger or smaller by selecting image, resize/skew. You an also skew the image with this function. After you size the pattern you can add space around it by simply putting your mouse at the corner of the picture where the tiny square is and pulling down at an angle. This will make the background bigger but will leave the image the same size. To move the image to the center of the larger background you will need to select the square dotted line tool, draw a box around the object you want to move, let go of the mouse button and then move the image to the center of the background. If you make a mistake just click undo and start over. Also, to make the dotted line box disappear just click outside of the image one time.

Now you need to make my border. To make a round border around the hummingbird you select the circle tool, place your mouse at one corner of the background and pull it down to the other corner. If it is not round, undo and try again. When you select the tool you will see where you can choose different line thicknesses. Just choose the one that is right for your design. If your border is not centered and you need to move the center design you will select the "free form select tool". With this tool you just draw around the part of the pattern you want to move, release the mouse button and then move the selected portion. It is very easy. If you make a mistake just undo and try again. Once your inside image is centered you are ready to draw lines and finish out the pattern.

Drawing lines to connect the inside pattern to the border is very easy. Just select the line tool and then select the width line you want. Put your pointer on a spot on the inside pattern and create a line that ends at the border. You will do this all the way around the inside pattern. Place the lines in places so that you form easy to cut pieces. As you design, always keep in mind that you are going to be cutting from the new pattern. Therefore, make it as easy on yourself as possible.

After your lines are done you are ready to print and use the new pattern. You can still size the pattern by using the image, resize/skew function. To see how large the pattern will be when printed choose image, attributes.


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