Monday, February 23, 2009



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This tutorial was written on February 23, 2009, using Paint Shop Pro, version X.03. It should be okay to do with other versions as well. I just find X.03 more comfortable for me. You may download a free trial of Paint Shop Pro, version X2, from Corel. Any similarities between this tut and any others you may see are purely coincidental.

You will also need:

Tube of your choice. I'm using the great artwork of Ismael Rac. You must have a license to use his work. You may purchase that license at My PSP Tubes.

Scrap kit by Pimptress of Paradise 4 Scrappers. It is a PTU kit, called Springtime In Paris.

Filters: Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow *and* Glass

Font: I used Good Vibrations

Supplies: The mask, sg_stenciled-circle1. You can find this here. The mask was made by Essex Girl. She has a LOT of wonderful masks there to choose from, so take a look! Thank you, Essex Girl, for sharing your talent with the PSP community!

Let's begin, shall we?

Open a new image, 700 x 700, white.

Add a new raster layer. Selections > Select all.

Open pp01. Copy and paste INTO SELECTION. Selections > Select none.

Apply your mask, INVERT TRANSPARENCY CHECKED! Delete mask layer. Answer "yes" to pop-up question and merge group.

Open pp07. Copy and paste as new layer.

Open circle-wooden-frame. Copy and paste as new layer.

Grab your magic wand. Click inside the frame. Selections > Modify > Expand by 7. Selections > Invert.

Highlight your pp07 layer. Hit delete. Selections > Select none.

Add your tube. Positon and drop shadow.

Highlight your frame layer again. And, again grab your magic wand and click inside the frame. Selections > Invert

Get your eraser brush and erase any of your tube that is overlapping the bottom of the frame. Selections > Select none.

Open the Eiffel Tower in the scrap kit. Resize 45%. Copy and paste as a new layer, above your pp07 layer and below your tube layer. Position the Eiffel Tower so it shows as kind-of a background object in the frame. Drop shadow your Eiffel Tower. Change the blend mode to Overlay.

Open spring-blossom-01. Resize 50%. Highlight your top layer. Copy and paste your spring blossom as new layer. Arrange as desired. Drop shadow. Duplicate this layer and rotate right 30°. Arrange again, to your liking. Use your lasso tool, point-to-point, to crop out any stem that may be sticking out or things like that.

Open wisteria. Image > Mirror. Copy and paste as new layer on the right hand side of the frame, so that it's hanging down the side of your tube. See my tag as a reference. Drop shadow the wisteria.

Add your name. I used color #e8a9cf. Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Glass with the following settings:

Hit okay.

I added Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow with settings at 3 - 25 - 100, color #as237d. I then added the same gradient glow, but using the color white. Drop shadow your name.

Add your copyright, license information if applicable, and taggers'/watermark.

Save and we're done! Easy-peasy! :) I hope you enjoyed this tut!


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