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Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Forlorn Valentine

 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the stunning artwork of Natnkda. You can purchase a license to use her work HERE.
FTU Valentine's Day Scrap kit by Cajoline-Scrap found HERE Thank you! ♥
Valentine Wordart by Laura's Designz found HERE Thank you Laura! ♥
Heart Burst Mask by Essex Girl found HERE. Thank you! ♥
and mask436 by Vix found HERE. Thank you Vix! ♥
EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name only
 Font used for name is TK Doodle, a pay font.
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1. Open a new transparent image 650 x 575 pixels, flood fill white. This will be our working image.
Open another transparent image 539 x 559 px Flood fill with color #907400.
Open heart mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find heartburst mask 'n apply.
Merge group. C/P on working image.
Effects ~ texture effect ~ weave ~ 1,12, 2, weave & gap color white, fill gaps checked. OK
Add a new raster layer above mask layer, flood fill with red color again #907400
Open mask436 by Vix, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image, find mask 436 'n apply. Merge group.

2.  Open ornate frame, resize 40%. C/P. Duplicate twice more for 3 frames. Arrange.
On two outer frames, rotate ~ free rotate 5 degrees to left or right for each frame.
See reference tag.
Sharpen frame after rotating, using ~ Adjust Sharpen ~ unsharp mask ~ 1/35/2 Luminance checked.
Using magic wand, click in center of frame ~ modify selections ~ expand by 5 px.
Open paper2, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer below frames.
Selections ~ invert ~ press delete on keyboard. Selections ~ none.
Do this for all 3 frames, making sure paper layer is below frame for each.
D/S the frame with a heavy setting or 8/8/50/20 blur color black.

3.  Open tube or image, C/P as a new layer for middle frame, pasting below frame.
Select paper that fits in center frame ~ select all ~ float/defloat ~ invert.
Back to tube/image layer ~ press delete to remove excess. Selections ~ none.

4.  Open tube of choice, C/P, resize if necessary.  D/S  2/2/50/10 blur color black
Now add elements of choice, D/S with above setting, arranging on different layers.
Giftbox ~ 20%, wordart 70%, bow 25%, crystal heart 25%, cloth flower ~ one 50%, another 65%
For red bow, use freehand selection tool ~ point-to-point to draw a selection around right portion of bow 'n delete.
Using Lighten/Darken tool on left menu bar, right click with mouse on bow edge (edge that was deleted) to darken.
This makes it appear to hug the frame.

If you wish to resize, do so now ~ 90% smartsize.

5.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name use same red color as above, adding a gradient glow in color black.
as below:


D/S name, close white background, merge visible, crop merged opaque 'n save as a PNG.

 Hope you enjoy your Valentine creation!

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