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This tutorial was created May 20, 2005.
©Copyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.
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This tutorial was written for PSP9. If you are using PSP8, some of the paths to the various tools and effects may be different. All the effects are there, you might just have to hunt to find them. 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. I hope you enjoy doing this tutorial.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 9, a 30 day trial program can be downloaded here.
Flaming Pears Aetherize included in the Designer Sextet it's the sixth one on the page.
This is a demo version of the filter. You can try before you buy.
Unzip this to your plugin folder.
The 2 fonts I used from DaFont, Beautiful Ink and Especial K.
Unzip the fonts, open and minimize them on your desktop.

Right click to save this royalty free image to your hard drive and open in PSP. You can use any image you like.


Let's get started ..

With your softtulips.jpg open in PSP go to Effects/Flaming Pear/Aetherize using these settings ..

Aetherize Settings

Here's a short explanation about the Aetherize filter and how to use it. Flaming Pear has lots of cool presets for this filter.

Button 1 button1
will open the presets for you. After you click on this button you will need to browse to the folder where you keep your plugins, then Flaming Pear\Designer Sextet\Designer Sextet\Aetherize\Aetherize presets to find them.

Button 2 button 2
is to Save a Setting, when you create an effect you want to save.

Button 3 undo button
is the Undo button, returning your image to the previous settings.

Button 4 dice
is "roll the dice", a randomizer of presets. Click away until you find something you like.

Button 5 glue button
is Glue, glue is similar to blend modes in PSP.

There are buttons for zooming in and out, too. zoom buttons
You can also grab your image with your mouse and move it around in the preview window.
The sliders are pretty self explanatory, move those to fine tune the blur, hues, colorize, etc.
ok, back to the tutorial.
This is how your image should look now ..

aetherize effect

Go to Adjust/Softness/Soft Focus and use these settings ..

Soft Focus Settings

This is what you should have now ..

Soft Focus example

Go to Image/Picture Frame and choose a frame you like, below are the settings for the one I used ..

***If you are using PSP7, I made a tube from the frame and you can download it here.
Open the tube and go to 'Edit/Copy', then on your image go to Selections/Select All
and then Edit/Paste into Selection.

Edge Brush

Here's what you should have now ..

picture frame applied

Now let's add your name ..
I used "Beautiful Ink" (this is an all cap font) for my name ...
Foreground color, white and Background color #48754f
Click on your Text Tool text tool and use these settings ....
text tool 1
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/Modify/Contract 1 pixels.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner bevel and use these settings ...
Bevel 2 , Width 1, Smoothness 40, Depth 2, Ambience -3,
Shininess 50, Color White, Angle 90, Intensity 39 and Elevation 40.
Selections/Select None

Add a drop shadow .... Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow
Vertical and Horizontal 2, Opacity 60, blur 4 and Color black.
Here's what you should have now ...
text applied step one

Next let's add the quote. Using your text tool, Foreground color off and Background color White with these settings ..
Text Tool 2

Click on your canvas and in the Text Entry window type ...
To create a
little flower
is the labor
of ages.
Position the text to the middle, left.
quote applied
Right click on Vector 1 and convert to a Raster layer. I added the same Drop Shadow as before and lowered the opacity to 90. Add your watermark and you are done!

here is an example with a different image.

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