Secret Garden

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This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on June 25th 2016
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. All tutorials are for non-profit personal use only. No distribution allowed except via text link.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X8 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Hedgehog and Hellifa
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mask 228InsatiableDreams by Cat
A Fairy’s Garden by Gothic Inspirations

I used the awesome artwork of Amy Brown
You can purchase her work and a license from CDO
Please do not use Amy’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400 x 400 and flood fill with white
Open Door element and resize to 200 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Door
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 63 / Blur: 7.92 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Open Bricks element and resize to 225 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Bricks
Position so it’s a little higher than the door and to the right
Move below the Door layer
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Duplicate and Image, Mirror the copy
Move down a little until you are happy with the position
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Rename Bricks (again)
Add the same drop shadow as used on the door

Activate the Door
Open Flowers 1 and resize to 200 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Flowers
Position to the right side of the Door
Add the same drop shadow BUT change the Opacity to 40 and the Blur to 4.95

Open the Tree element and resize to 250 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Tree
Position on the left side of the Door
Add the same drop shadow as just used

Open BrushedGrass2 and resize to 150 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Grass
Position where it looks best, I placed mine in front of Flowers

Open Flowers 4 and resize to 100 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Flowers 2
Position at the base of the Tree
Add the same drop shadow

Activate your Tree layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Resize if needed – I resized by 40%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used
V: 2 / H: 4 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 14.85 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate your white background layer
Add a new raster layer
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 25 pixels
Copy and paste Paper 10 into the selection
Selections, None
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for 228Insatiable Dreams mask or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Duplicate and with the copy active – Layers, Merge, Merge Down

Hide your mask and white background layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible the remaining layers
Apply the same mask as used before with the same settings
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Unhide your original mask layer

Activate the top layer
Select your text font and choose a font – I used Hedgehog
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice – I wrote ‘a secret garden’
Position where it looks best and convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
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Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 20 / Blur: 2.97 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Select your text tool again and choose another font – I used Hellifa
Keep your foreground on null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both still checked
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Change the color if needed
Add the same drop shadow
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits and your own taggers watermakr as a new layer
Delete the white background layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 😀

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