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This tutorial was created January 9, 2006.
©Copyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.

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This tutorial was written for PSP10.

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 tool bar but 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, feel
free to move ahead at your own pace ! Sorry, I do not offer help with Version 7 any longer.
I hope you enjoy doing this tutorial and if you have any questions/comments
you can write me here ..... ginny_hopping at yahoo dot com.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 10, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.

The image. The image will open in a new window, right click to "Save picture as" and save to your pc.
Looking for a different image to use? Here's a few links ..
If you use a different image make sure you resize it so the width is the same as your image size, 1024 or 800.

Fonts used Cupie Doll and Mutlu Ornamental.

I used some of the beautiful brushes from set "Smudged" from Creatively Bound but it appears her site is down and may not return.
So instead of rewriting the tutorial you will need to use some texture brushes you have.
The zip with "gh_swirly_009" and "gh_nouveaucross_01 here.
Extract the brush files to a new folder and import them in PSP. I have a tutorial here on importing brushes.
*For PSP 7 users* I made a tube of the "gh_nouveaucross_0"1 and you can download that here.
Have the tube open in PSP7.
Open the image in PSP. Unzip the fonts, open and minimize them on your desktop.
If you'd like to have a peek at what my testers made, I have a "brag" page here.

Let's get started ...

The instructions are written for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
Any needed changes for 800 x 600 are noted with ** ( ) **.

Open a new image 1024 x 768 ** (800 x 600) ** Raster Background, Color Black.

At any point during the tutorial you want to see what your image is going to look like go to View / Full Screen Preview.
When you're done click on the screen to go back to normal view in PSP.

Using your Selection tool, with these settings ...

click on Custom Selection. You'll find it on the Tool Options palette.

use these settings for 1024 x 768.

** ( For 800 x 600 / Top 155, Left 0, Right 800, Bottom 430. Please ignore the screen shot above) **

Go to Selections / Load/Save Selection / Save Selection to Alpha Channel. PSP will name this Selection #1.
Click on Save. Selections / Select None

Go to Layers / New Raster Layer and name this layer brush 1.

Click on your Paint Brush then go to your Tool Options bar, click on the Brush Preview Window

and find brush "gh_nouveaucross01".
In your Materials palette make your Foreground color #C0C0C0.

Click on your canvas to apply the brush. Mine was applied at 302, 378 **(265,308)**
but it doesn't have to be exact for now, we will have to make it bigger after the next couple steps.

Go to Layers / New Raster Layer and name this one border.
Go to Selections / Load/Save Selection / Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on Load.
Go to Selections / Modify / Expand / Number of Pixels 5.

In your Materials Palette keep #C0C0C0 as the Foreground color and make your Background color Black #000000.
Change your Foreground color to Gradient and use these settings ...

#1 Foreground-Background, Angle 90, Repeats 0, Invert unchecked, Style Linear,
Flood fill the selection with your Gradient. Selections / Select None.

With the "PenelopeCruz003.jpg" as your active image click on your Selection Tool.
**(If you are using 800 x 600 canvas you must go to Image / Resize/
Width 800,
Height 938. Check Resize all layers before you use the Selection tool.

Click on the "Custom Selection" icon and load the same Selection as before..
Top 200, Left 0, Right 1024, Bottom 550
** ( For 800 x 600 / Top 155, Left 0, Right 800, Bottom 430.) **
If you are using another image and the selection is off, click on your Mover tool.
You can move the image with the up or down arrow keys on your keyboard. Move the
image until the selection includes the area you want on your wallpaper.

Go to Edit / Copy, you can close out this image now.
Go to Layers / New Raster Layer and name it image.

Go to Selections / Load/Save Selection / Load Selection from Alpha Channel. Click on Load.

Go to Edit / Paste into Selection.
Lower the Opacity of this layer to 60. Selections/ Select None.

In your layer Palette, click on the brush1 layer and then click on the Pick Tool.
Stretch out your brush like below and lower the Opacity to 35.
When you are done click on any tool to remove the deformation box.
You can also experiment with this layer by adding a pool shadow or using
a black and gray gradient as the fill.

Click on your top layer (image) and go to Layers / New Raster Layer. Name this one brush2.
Go to Selections / Load/Save Selection / Load Selection from Alpha Channel and click on Load..
The selection will keep the brushes contained within the image area.

Click on your Paintbrush tool and then the Brush Preview window to locate the texture brushes.
you are going to use.
I used the colors in my Material palette, Foreground #c0c0c0 and Background
#000000 black to do the brush work.
(remember to change the forground color settings from Gradient back to Color)

I started with @cb-smudge4, size 325 **(225)** and applied the brush around the outer edges
of the image varying the size and the rotation. You can and should add a new raster layer for each
new brush so you can lower the opacity of some of the them. Feel free to add as many layers as
you need. (If you can't see the outline of your brushes go to File / Preferences / General Program
Preferences / and click on Display and Caching. Check "Show brush outlines". click OK.)

continue adding brushes ..

Now this is the part where I'm going to turn you loose with the brushes. LOL
Continue the process, changing to different brushes, sizes and rotations until
you get something you like. I didn't put any brush work on her face. If you need
to erase any brush work from her face use a soft brush with these settings ..
Shape Round, Size 70, Hardness 0, Step 25, Density 100, Thickness 100, Rotation 0, Opacity 30.
You can save those settings as a preset by clicking on the Preset down drop menu ..

and clicking on the "Save preset" icon . I named mine "soft".

When finished, mine looked like this ..

Go to Selections /Select None.
Go to Layers /New Raster Layer and name this layer Swirl brush (I'm assuming you have lots
of brush layers by now and this new layer should be at the top of your layer stack.)

Click on your Paintbrush Tool and look in your Brush Preview Window to find gh_swirly_009.
Change the size to 300 **(250)** and using the gray as your Foreground color apply the
brush to the right side overlapping the image a little. In your Layer Palette lower the Opacity to 70.

Click on your Text Tool and use these settings ... **(size 18 for 800 x 600)**

In your Materials Palette swap your Foreground and Background color.

Click on the top border to the left of the face and type in "It matters more what's in a womans face than what's on it."
or whatever quote you want to use. Your text should look like the example below ..

Add a Drop Shadow to your text with these settings.
Vertical and Horizontal 1, Opacity 80. Blur 4 and Color Black.
Lower the Opacity of this layer to 80

Using your Text Tool again with these settings ... **(size 75 for 800 x 600)**

We'll be using the same gray as before so click on your image near the bottom border on the left.
Move your text so it's sitting on the middle of the border like below ...

Add a Drop Shadow, the same as the smaller text and lower the opacity to 65.
Add a new raster layer for your watermark, save as a jpg and you are done.
I have a folder in My Documents called "Wallpapers" and that's where I keep mine.
To set your image as your desktop wallpaper right click on your desktop and click on Properties.
In the Display Properties window click on the Desktop tab, click on the Browse button and
browse to where you saved your wallpaper. Set the Position to Center and pick a coordinating
color for your background. Click on Apply and enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

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