Winter Angel

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on May 5th 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. Do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere on the net.
Scripting and translating of this tutorial is strictly forbidden.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X2 but this will work in any version
Tube & Image of choice
Fonts of your choice – I used Impact and AndantinoJF
Eye Candy 3.1 – Glass
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
VDL Adrenalin – Snowflakes

I used the awesome artwork of Fred Winkler
You will need a license from cdo to use his work
Please do not use Fred’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400 x 400 and flood fill with white
Select your preset shape tool and set it to ellipse
Set your foreground to a dark colour from your tube
Background set to null
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Set your line width to 10
Draw an oval on the left side of your canvas
Objects, Align, Vertical center in Canvas
Convert to raster and duplicate

On the original – Adjust, Blur, Gausssian Blur – radius of 6
Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds
Width – 2 / Opacity – 35 / Clour – White / Horizontal & Light from left/top – Checked
Repeat the blinds again
Lower the opacity to about 85

Activate the copy
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Effects, Eye Candy 3.1 – Glass

Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds – same settings as before but change the colour to a dark colour or black

Still on your copy
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Feather by 2 pixels
Selections, Invert press delete on your keyboard
This is just to give the ellipse a softer edge

Activate your original layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position part of your image inside the ellipse
I used part that didn’t have the tube

Activate the copy and select your magic wand with thes settings:
Mode – Add (shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – checked
Click inside the ellipse
Selections, Modify, Expand by 5 pixels
Selections, Invert

Activate your image and press delete on your keyboard
Selections, Invert
Activate your white background layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer
Selections, None

On your layer palette
Your promoted layer should be your active layer
Layers, Arrange, Move up
Activate your image layer and lower the opacity down to about 25
Activate your top layer

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position to the side of your ellipse
Resize your tube if needed – I resized mine by 80% all layer unchecked
Duplicate your tube

On the original – drag this layer so it’s above your white background
Erase any parts on the original tube layer that are on the left side of the ellipse

I drew a selection round it so you could see the area I was referring to
Activate your copy of tube
Again erase any parts that on the left side of the ellipse and covering the ellipse

Again I drew a selection round the area

Grab your text tool and choose your font
Set your foreground to null, background to a dark colour from your tube
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type out your name or message (in caps)
Use the nodes to stretch out your text (if needed)

Objects, Align, Horizontal Center in Canvas
Convert to raster
Duplicate your text layer

On the original
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 7
Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds – same settings as before BUT set your colour back to white

Activate the copy
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel – same settings as before
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 3.1 – Glass, same settings as before
Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds – same settings but change the colour back to a dark colour

Duplicate this text layer, on the copy change the blend mode to screen or one of your choice
Change your font to a pixel font – I used FFF Harmony
Foreground set to null, background to a dark colour
Create as vector checked, Anti-Alias – OFF

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

Change your font again
Keep your foreground on null and your background on a dark colour
Create as vector and Anti-Alias checked
Add your name and position on top of the other text
When happy with the size and placement – convert to raster
Effects, Plugins Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
Vertical – 2 / Horizontal – 1 / Opacity – 60 / Blur – 2 / COlour – Black

Crop away any excess canvas
You can save this now as a jpg or delete the white layer and save as a png

Or you can animate it…..carry on to animate it

Activate your image layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Add a new raster layer
Effects, Plugins, VDL Adrenalin – Snowflakes

Selections, None

Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation
Back to PSP

Edit, Undo Select None, Edit, Undo Snowflakes
Repeat Snowflakes but change the Random Seed to 5000
Selections, None
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Back to PSP

Edit, Undo Select None, Edit, Undo Snowflakes
Repeat Snowflakes but change the Random Seed to 9999
Selections, None
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

You should now have 3 frames in AS
Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties – change this to 15
View, Animation – make sure it runs smoothly
Save as a gif file
All Done

Another sample using the cool work of Dean Yeagle, who is also licensed through cdo
For this one, I use the same snowflake setting, increasing the amount to 250
I then applied motion blur at an angle of 15 with strength at 100
Font used on this tag is MTF Evas hand

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