Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Green Eyed Golden Girl

This tutorial was written by me on May 29th, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. I wrote it for PSP 9, but it should be compatible with most versions.

I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.  

As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.

What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is the stunning art of Barbara Jensen.  You can buy her tubes HERE.  Please support the arts and DO NOT use Barb's tubes without a license.  This amazing kit by the incomparable Carita called Golden Green which you can also purchase at Barbara Jensen's store HERE.  Plugins Eye Candy 4000, Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and Xero.  Mask by me which you can find HERE on this very blog...Trese Masks0125.  Font is A&S Snapper Script which can be downloaded HERE.

Okay, let's get started...

First open all of your elements and your tube into PSP...you can use my image as a reference for the ones I used.  Now start a new 700 x 700 white image...you can resize later.  

Copy and paste el2 into your new white image and resize by 75%.  Go up to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Clarify and use these settings:  Strength Effect of 5.

Now beneath this frame layer copy and paste el13, duplicate and mirror it.  Use your Raster Deform tool to resize precisely...again use my image as a reference...you want them to appear to be one large bow.  Give them a drop shadow with the following settings:

Apply this same drop shadow to your frame layer...

Next, copy and paste el15 on top of your frame layer...resize 80% and flip it.  Use your Raster Deform tool and rotate it slightly to the right and then duplicate and mirror it.  Give each the same drop shadow as above.

Now, copy and paste your tube into your working image beneath your frame layer.  Once again use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing of your tube.  Use my image as a reference for placement of your tube.  Once you have her sized and placed duplicate her and drag the duplicated layer to the very top of your layer palette.  With your eraser tool erase the parts of the tube outside the frame to make her appear to 'pop' out of the frame.  Now go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings:

Now go to Adjust/Automatic Contrast Enhancement and use these settings:

Next go to Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Clarify and use Strength Effect of 5.

Next copy and paste pp6 above your background layer and resize 50%.  Use your eraser tool to erase any areas of the paper outside the frame.  Go to Effects/Plugins/Xero and use the same settings as above.

Now above your background layer copy and paste pp11, resize 80% and apply your mask Trese Masks0125.  Give it the same drop shadow as we've been using.  Copy and paste el33, duplicate it 3 times for a total of four of these elements.  Place them around your frame as I have done...use my image as a reference.  Copy and paste the rest of the elements and again use my image as a reference for size and placement.

Add your name (set antialias to sharp for crisp edges on your fonts), give it the same drop shadow and then go to Effects/Eye Candy 4000/Corona and use these settings:

Now add your copyright taking care that it is legal and legible.  For neat and professional-looking copyright I use pixel or copy fonts.  You can google and find all sorts of them.  These fonts work best with your antialias set to off and size 6.  For the © emblem hold down your ALT key and type 0169.

Resize to fit your needs and you're done.  Thank you for trying my tutorial.  I hope you learned something to help hone your PSP skills.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or with concerns over broken links, etc.



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