Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unravel the Strings to my Heart

This was my entry into the Arthur Crowe contest that he had this month. He just announced the winners so now I can post my tut.
For this tutorial you will need the following:
Paint Shop Pro, I am using PSP X, you should be able to use any version.
Tube of choice, I am using the artwork of Arthur Crowe, which you need a license to use. You can get it at PTE.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Fall In Love by Gina at Crafted By Gina. The links to the stores she sells at are on the right side of her blog.
My word art here. If you don't want to use my word art but want to make your own using the same fonts, I used Over the Rainbow and Lounge Bait for the word art.
Font of choice, I am using Lounge Bait.
Plugins: no outside filters used
Just remember that my choices of papers and elements is just a suggestion, change it up and make it yours! You don't have to follow mine exactly.
Let's get started!
For this tut I use a drop shadow of 1, 1, 50, 5 black throughout.
Open a new template 650 x 650 white.
Open frame 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 35%
Take your freehand selection tool set at selection point: point to point and mode: add Shift. Click at points around the frame, slightly in from the center edge like my example below. Make sure you only go a small space between clicks. Once you get all the way around, double click where the line meets to connect them.
Open paper 10, resize by 35% three times. Copy and paste as a new layer, drag it between your frame and background layer, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard. Leave selected.
Open your close up tube, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange it how you want it, click delete on your keyboard.
Deselect, add a drop shadow to your tube and frame.
Duplicate the tube, on the top layer, adjust, blur, gaussian blur 3. Change the opacity to soft light. On the bottom tube, go to adjust, hue and saturation, drop both to 0. Drop the opacity to about 65 on this layer.
Open scatter02, resize twice by 35%, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange on the bottom right side. Duplicate, mirror.
Open scatter 01, resize twice by 25%, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange it near the middle on the left, drag it just above the white background. Duplicate, mirror, flip and arrange on the top right.
Open bow02, resize twice by 35%, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange on the right side of the frame, add drop shadow.
Open heart01, resize by 35% then by 25%, arrange on the top right, duplicate, mirror, arrange just below the first one. Add drop shadows to both.
Open the word art in my supplies, copy and paste as a new layer arrange over the frame in the middle. See my tag for reference.
Open bird01, resize by 35% then by 45%, adjust sharpness, sharpen, add drop shadow arrange on top right side of frame.
Pick 2 colors from your tube or this scraps and make a gradient with them by clicking on one of the colors and going to gradients, linear, angle 45, repeats 3.
Open your mask, add a new raster layer above the white background, flood fill with your gradient, apply your mask by going to layers, new mask layer, from image, find the mask in the drop down menu click it, click ok. Delete the mask, merge group, resize by 90%.
Crop, resize, add your name, credits as needed and save.

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