The Bluebird


This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on April 30th 2015. Updated June 3rd 2015
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 X7 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used DJB Me & My Shadow Light
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
WSL Mask 20 by Chelle
All Things Grown With Love kit by Monti or kit of choice

I used the awesome artwork of Suzanne Woolcott
Unfortunatly Suzanne has now retired from selling tubes
Please do not use her art unless you have a license to do so.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400 x 400 and flood fill with white
Open Element 15 and resize to 300 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Grass
Move down slightly so it’s not in the middle of the canvas

Open Element 13 and resize to 300 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Grass 2
Image, Mirror
Move Grass 2 below Grass on your layer palette
Carefully erase the mushrooms

Activate Grass and duplicate it
Move it up and to the right slightly
Select your freehand selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Point to point / Mode: Add (shift) / Feather & Smoothing: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Draw a selection round the thin part of the grass on the right
Selections, Modify, Feather by 5
Ensure you are on Copy of Grass and press delete a few times
Selections, None
Move Copy of Grass down on the layer palette so its just above the white background

Open Element 4 and resize to 250 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Move the tree below Grass 2 layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 0 / H: 2 / Opacity: 40 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Open Element 3 and resize to 100 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Apply the same drop shadow
If needed, duplicate your flower and reposition

Activate Grass 2
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed, I resized by 50%, all layers unchecked
Apply the same drop shadow to your tube layer

Open a paper of choice – I used paper 4
Resize to 350 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer
Move down so it’s above your white background layer on your layer palette
Recolor if required
I used my Change to Target brush to recolor, setting my foreground to #006D8F
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for WSL_Mask 20 or a mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (Shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside the middle of your mask layer
Selections, Modify, Feather by 50 pixels
Add a new raster layer and move it below your mask layer
Open another paper of choice – I used paper 1
Copy and paste your paper into the selection
Selections, None
Activate the top mask layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Move your mask up slightly if needed
Erase any mask that is showing below the grass layer

Delete your white background layer
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Edit, Paste as a new layer
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Line the merged layer up with the other layer
On the merged layer – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5.5
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 65

Select your text tool and choose a 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 – position where best
Use the nodes to stretch your text if needed
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Apply the same drop shadow to your text as previously used

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

Another sample using the fab art of PinUp Toons, who is licensed through CDO. I used a few extra elements from the kit, but the base of the tag is the same. Fonts used are Huffleclaw (hole in one) and Fineline Script (name)


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