This tutorial was created September 26, 2006.
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This tutorial was written using PSP10, but can be done in earlier versions.


You can drag this pointer as you go to keep track of your place in the tutorial.

Drag script from Dynamic Drive

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 10, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.
Special Edition Free Eye Candy 3 here
The supplies here.


Open the font and minimize it to your desktop.

Open "gh_texture_29.jpg" and the image of your choice in PSP.
I have included a few images that work well with this tutorial or you can use your own tube or mist.

Diana was kind enough to test this tutorial for me and I have a page here with her beautiful results.

Let's get started ...

1.
With your "gh_texture_29" as your active image go to Edit/Copy. Still with the "gh_texture_29"
active to go Image/Resize 400 Pixels, Resize All Layers checked. Minimize the texture for now.

2.
Open a 620 X 350 transparent image.
Selections/ Select All. Edit/Paste Into Selection. Select None.

If you are using one of the supplied floral images open that now.
I used the pink water lily image to demonstrate these steps.
With that image active to go Edit/ Copy, activate your working image again, Edit/Paste as New Layer.
In the layer palette change the blend mode to Hard Light.



Feel free to experiment with blend modes. I found Hard Light, Soft Light, Difference
and Screen all gave pretty results, it just depends on your image.


If you are using your own tube

Go to Layers/ New Raster Layer. Flood fill with black. With your tube active Edit/ Copy then back to your working image,
Edit / Paste as New Layer. Resize as needed and sharpen (Adjust/ Sharpness/ Sharpen). I added a reflection by going to Layers/ Duplicate then going to Image/ Flip. I moved the tube down and lowered the opacity to about 40. When you're happy with your image turn off the texture layer. Right click on the top layer Merge/Merge Visible. In the layer palette change the blend mode to Hard Light and turn your texture layer back on.



Feel free to experiment with blend modes. I found Hard Light, Soft Light, Difference
Luminance, Luminance (Legacy) and Screen all gave pretty results, it just depends on your image.

Here's a suggestion from Diana who tested this tutorial. Thanks, Diana!
You can change the color of the texture by using the Adjust/ Color Balance feature in PSP.
Click on your texture layer and go to Adjust/ Color Balance. By moving the sliders you can go "warmer" or "cooler".
Make sure you do the same steps with the 400 x 400 texture pattern we've minimized for the text, too.

Here's what you should have so far ...




3.

Now we're going to add the text. Make sure you're on the top layer.

Click on your text tool and use these settings ...



Type in your name and make sure it's highlighted. Go to the Materials palette with the Text Entry box still open. Click on the Foreground color box. That will activate the eye dropper so you can pick a color from your image for the text outline. I chose #bf296a for my example. Click on your background color box and change it to pattern. Locate "gh_texture_29", Angle 0 and Scale 50. When your happy with your text click on Apply. Move your text to the middle, right side. In your layer palette right click on Vector 1 and convert to a raster layer. Selections/ Select All, Selections/ Float, Selections/ Modify/ Contract 2 pixels. Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 3/ Glass and use these settings ...



Selections/Select None.
Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow ~
Vertical -4, Horizontal -5, Opacity 100, Blur 28 and Color ~ Black.



4.

Layers/ Duplicate, Image/ Flip. Drag that layer below the original text layer.

Click on the Pick tool (or the Deformation tool in previous versions)
and move the flipped text so it's below the top text layer. Using the middle node push the text down a bit.






Then click on the bottom middle node while holding down your Shift key down and drag it over to the left.







or you can click on the bottom left node while holding your Ctrl key down and drag the text to the left to get the effect like below.

In your layer palette lower the opacity of this layer to 50.


We're going to add the borders now.
There's a way to add borders to your image without having to merge your layers. You might want to make
the tag for a friend or possibly change the flower and you won't have to do the whole tutorial again.

In your Materials palette change your foreground color to a color that goes with your image.
Change the background color back to Color and pick another color that goes with your image. I used black for mine.

Layers/New Raster Layer. Flood fill with your foreground color.

Selections/ Select All, Selections/ Modify/ Contract 2 pixels. Flood fill with your background color.

Selections/ Modify/ Contract 2 pixels. Flood fill with your foreground color.
Selections/ Modify/ Contract 2 pixels. Edit/ Cut. Selections/ Select None.



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!



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