This tutorial was created April 29, 2005
©Copyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.
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This tutorial was written for PSP9. If you are using PSP7 or 8, some of the paths to the various
tools and effects will be different, you might just have to hunt to find them. This tutorial
however, uses the Soft Focus effect that is not available for Version 7 users. I have tried to
create a workaround to come close to that effect.
I have included lots of instructions and screen shots with the hope that anyone can do this
tutorial. I have most of my favorite effects on a toolbar but I have included the path to each effect
so it will be easy to find them if you are new to PSP. If you are more advanced, just skip along at
your own pace.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 9, a 30 day trial program can be downloaded here.

Fantastic Machines Paint Engine here.
Unzip "pe.8bf" to your plug-in directory and
**IMPORTANT** if you want any of the presets to show up ...
copy the "fmachine.ini" to C:\WINDOWS.
* Note*
If you've used a previous version of Paint Engine and don't want to lose
any parameter settings you've saved, do not copy the fmachine.ini.

My masks "gh_tornedges.jpg" and "gh_OvalBlurMask.jpg" here.
Open the 2 masks in PSP and minimize them. We will be using the "Mask from Image" option.
If you like the masks you can always add them to your Mask folder later.
The font, Juliet, here.
Open the font and minimize it on your desktop.
The Japanese Snowbells photo by Diana Dorsey/Westie Kids here.
She is a dear friend and has some wonderful tutorials on her website.
Thanks for allowing me to use your beautiful photo and for tested the tutorial, Diana!
Feel free to use any image you like for this tutorial and choose your own accent colors.

Let's get started ...

Open "japanesesnowbelltree_ddorsey.jpg" in PSP.
Right click on the Background layer and choose "Promote Background Layer".
Go to Layers/New Raster Layer (you can name this "background") then go to
Layers/Arrange/Send to Bottom. Flood fill this layer with white.
Click on your Raster 1 layer and go to Layers/Duplicate.
Turn off your "Copy of Raster 1" and go to your "Raster 1" layer.
Go to Adjust/Soft Focus and use these settings ...

Softness 100, Edge Importance 50, Check Include scattered light,
Amount 76, Halo Size 50, Halo Visibility 50.
(If you are using Version 7 you can use a Gaussion Blur of 3)

While on this same layer go to Effects/Fantastic Mashines/Paint Engine/
and use the drop down menu to find the Pastel Sponge preset. Click Apply.
Change the opacity of this layer to 40.
(Version 7 use an opacity of 20)

(If you find you have no presets, you'll need to go back to the
zip file and copy the fmachine.ini file to C:/Windows.)
Here's what you should have now ..


While you're on this layer let's make a pattern for our text. Using your Selection Tool
with these settings .. Square, Replace, Feather 0 and Anti-Alias UNchecked draw out a
200 x 200 pixel selection. Look down to the right on your status bar and go by the third set of numbers.

Go to Edit/Copy then Edit/Paste as New Image. Minimize the image so we can use it as a pattern in a minute.
On your main image go to Selections/Select None.
Turn on your "Copy of Raster 1" and go to Layers/New Mask Layer/From Image. Find
gh_OvalBlurMask.jpg in the drop down menu, check Source luminance only and click OK.
If you are using Version 7 go to Masks/New/From Image, then Masks/Delete. When asked
"would you like this mask merged into the current layer?" click Yes.
Right click on "Group-Copy of Raster 1" and choose Merge/Merge Group.

Let's add your name to the tag now.
Click on your Text Tool and use these settings ...

Go to your Materials palette and change Foreground color to #2e540e.
Change your background color box to Pattern and click on
the color box to find the pattern we just made. It should be the first one.
We will use it at Angle 0 and Scale 100.


Click on your image to apply the text. Use your Object Selection Tool to adjust the
size and position. When you are happy with your text, go to your Layer palette and right
click on the Vector 1 layer and Convert to Raster Layer.
Go to Selections/Select All,
Selections/Float,
Selections/Modify/Contract 2 pixels.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner bevel and use these settings ...
Bevel 2 , Width 1, Smoothness 40, Depth 2, Ambience -3,
Shininess 54, Angle 315, Intensity 39 and Elevation 36.

Add a drop shadow .... Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow
Vertical and Horizontal 2, Opacity 60, blur 11 and Color black.
Here's what you should have now ...



Go to your Layer palette and turn off your Background layer, go to Layers/Merge Visible.
Turn your Background layer back on. While on your Merged layer go to
Layers/New Mask Layer/From Image. Find gh_tornedges.jpg in the drop down
menu, check Source Luminance and Invert Data and click OK.
If you are using Version 7 go to Masks/New/From Image, then Masks/Delete. When asked
"would you like this mask merged into the current layer?" click Yes.
Right click on "Group-Copy of Raster 1" and choose Merge/Merge Group.
Go to Layers/Merge/Merge Visible and you are done!


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