Grey Dahlia

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on May 13th 2013
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 X4 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used SafariColorway
Xero – LineArt
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Dahlia Mini Kit (ftu) by TKDezigns or kit of choice

I used the awesome artwork of PinUpToons
I purchased this tube when Rion (PinUpToons) was with CILM, you now purchase his work and a license from CDO.
Please do not use Rion’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400×400 and flood fill with white
Open Frame 2 from the kit, resize to 220 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame
Image, Free Rotate, 90 degrees right

With your magic wand and these settings:
Mode: Add (Shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Click inside the frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 5 pixels
Add a new raster layer, name this Frame Back
Flood fill with a color of choice
Selections, None
Move this layer below the Frame layer

Keep the Frame Back as the active layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize your tube if needed – I resized by 50%
Position your tube within the frame
Duplicate and move the copy above the frame layer
Rename the original Bottom Tube, rename the copy Top Tube

Activate Top Tube
Erase any excess tube, you want the tube coming out of the frame
I selected the area I wanted to delete in the screen shot below

Activate Bottom Tube
Erase any tube that is outside the frame
Again I selected the area to be deleted

Open Element 16 (leaves) and resize to 250 pixels wide
Activate your white background
Copy and paste element 16 as a new layer
Position coming out from the behind the top right of the frame
Duplicate this layer
On the original – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 7.50
On the copy, add a drop shadow of choice I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 9.90 / Color: Black
Still with the copy active – Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Rename Leaves

Open Element 3(purple flower) and resize by 65%
Copy and paste as a new layer
Position over the leaves coming out from behind the frame
Duplicate this layer
On the original – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 7.50
On the copy, add a drop shadow of choice I used the same as on my leaves
Still with the copy active – Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Rename Leaf Flower

Open Element 9 (the bubble swirl) and resize to 230 pixels
Activate your Frame layer
Copy and paste Element 9 as a new layer
Image, Free Rotate, 90 degrees right
Position over the left edge of the frame
Duplicate this layer
On the original – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 7.50
Activate the copy and merge down (Layers, Merge, Merge Down)

Activate Top Tube
Open Elements 18, 18a and 18b (flowers)
Resize all 3 by 35%
Copy and paste each one as a new layer
Arrange to suit your tag
Add the same drop shadow you used before (2/2/50/9.90/Black) to all 3

Delete the white background layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Increase canvas size back to 400×400, central placement selected

Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Edit, Paste as a new layer – rename Xero
Line up with the original layers
Duplicate the Xero layer – rename Blur

On the Xero layer
Effects, Plugins,Xero – Lineart
These are the settings I used but hit random and play about until you get a look you like

Move the Xero layer below your Top Tube layer
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Activate the Blur layer
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 7.50
Change the blend mode to Hard Light and lower the opacity to 60
Leave this as your top layer

Select your text tool and select your font
Set your foreground to null and your background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name – used the nodes to angle/stretch your text if required
When happy with the placement/size, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as you used previously (2/2/50/9.90/black)

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits (if required) and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 🙂

 

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