Hearts Amore

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on February 7th 2017
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 X9 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Love Ya Like A Sister Solid and Little Bliss
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Penta.com – Dot and Cross
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mask13 by Vix

I used the awesome artwork of Anna Marine
You can purchase her work and a license from CDO
Please do not use Michi’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 choose a heart
Set your foreground to null, background set to a color of choice
Draw out a small heart
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to raster – rename Heart

Duplicate your Heart
Working on the copy
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the Star Cluser preset

Activate Heart again and move to another place on the canvas
Repeat the MuRa’s Meister – Copies again, using the same settings
Activate Heart again and move to another place on the canvas
Repeat the MuRa’s Meister – Copies again, using the same settings

Hide the Heart and white background layers
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Rename this layer Heart Cluster
Unhide the White Background, leave the Heart hidden for now

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Mask Tube
Position where it looks best, make sure there is a gap at the top between the top of the tube and the canvas

Duplicate and rename the copy Top Tube
Hide the Top Tube for a moment

Activate Mask Tube
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for Vix_Mask13 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to canvas and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Unhide the Top Tube
Erase the base of the tube so you can see the masked tube

Apply the same mask to the Heart Cluster layer with the same settings
Rename Masked Heart Cluster
Duplicate the Masked Heart Cluster layer
On the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 2

Activate the white background layer
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a color of choice
Apply the mask with the same settings to this layer
Rename Base Mask

With Base Mask active
Copy and paste your second tube of choice as a new layer
Position the focal part within the mask
I lowered the opacity so you can see the mask

Apply the mask again with the same settings
Rename Base Tube Mask

Activate Base Mask again
Select the side without the tube

Effects, Plugins, Penta.com – Dot and Cross

Selections, None

Activate Top Tube
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Love Ya Like A Sister Solid
Set your foreground to null, background to the color you used for your Heart
Type out love and position on one side of the Base Mask

Erase the o of love and position the Heart in it’s place

Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Rename Love Text
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 45 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Still with your text tool, choose another font – I used Little Bliss
Keep your settings the same, changing the background color if required
Add your name and position where it looks best
Convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as previously used

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

Another sample using the retired art of Suzanne Woolcott aka Gorjuss. Fonts used on this sample are Little Bliss (masked text), Lazy Sans (love) and Alphabet Pony (name).

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