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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Blue Beauty

This tutorial was created by me on December 1st, 2011.
I am using psp x3 but any version should work. I am also using Animation shop.


Tube of choice: I am using the gorgeous work of Barbara Jensen. You need a proper license to use her work which you can get here.

Scrapkit of choice: I am using FTU scrap kit called Northern lights by a very talented friend Vaybs. You can get this gorgeous kit here.

Font of choice

Plug ins: eyecandy 4000 gradient glow for name only (optional).
Lets get started 

Open a new image 650x250. Open paper 8 copy and paste as a new layer on your new image. Move it around until you find an area you like.

Open element 53 copy & paste as a new layer.

Open element 52 copy & paste as a new layer and move to the left. See mine for placement.

Open element 49 resize 50% copy & paste as a new layer and move it under your tree layer.

Click on your top layer.

If you are using the same tube as me, copy your close up tube and paste as a new layer and move her to the right.

Drop shadow your tube layer & tree layer using h/v 3, opacity 50, blur 5.

Click on your bottom layer then your crop tool. Click merge opaque then click the green check mark. This will crop all your layers to fit you banner.

Click on your top layer and create a new raster layer, Select all, select modify and click on select selections boarders. When the new window pops up change the boarder to size 10, both sides and anti-alias checked. Pick a color from your tube or one of the elements and fill your boarder with this color. I used #456182, I added a drop shadow of v/h 1, opacity 100, blur 1. Apply the drop shadow again but change the v/h to -1. select none. Add your copyright and name.

For non-animation - Click adjust/add remove noise/add noise, uniform 60 monochrome checked. Apply the same noise to element 53, save as png. We don't want to merge until after we make the avatar.

To animate: Click on your element 53 (snowflake curtain) layer and duplicate it x2 and do the same for your frame layer. Working on the bottom element 53 layer click adjust/add remove noise/add noise uniform 60 monochrome checked.

Click on your second layer and repeat your noise but click on uniform x2. Select your third layer and add your noise but click on uniform x3. Repeat the same steps for your frame layers.

Hide your top 2 layers of the boarder & curtain layer by clicking on the eye. Go to edit/copy special/copy merged. Go to animation shop and Edit paste as new animation or Control V. Back to psp hide your boarder and curtain layers and make the second layers visible. Repeat the steps above but in animation shop paste after current frame or Control + Shift + L. Repeat these steps for your third layers in psp. 

View your animation and save.


Open a new image in paintshop 150x150 On your form you just created, hide the copyright, name & boarder layers. 

Go to edit/copy special/copy merged and paste as a new layer on the avatar image. 

Move your new layer until you find a spot you like (See mine for positioning). 

Click on your bottom layer and crop merge opaque. (same as you did for the form). 

Add a new raster layer. 

Click on your top layer and select all/modify/selections to boarder When the new window pops up change the boarder to size, both sides and anti alias checked and flood fill with #456182 or color you chose for your form boarder. 

Add the same noise 60 uniform monochrome checked. 

Add your copyright and name and save as a png. 

If you want to animate your avatar, duplicate your border x2 and follow the same steps as you did in the form for noise and animation.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.




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