Natures Beauty

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on April 11th 2018
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
Image and the matching Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Supercup and Rasyhanda
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 550 and flood fill with grey #AAAAAA
Select your preset shape tool with these settings:
Shape: Rectangle / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 5.00
Draw a rectangle, approx 170 x 225
Convert to raster, rename R3
Duplicate twice for a total of 3 layers
Rename R2 (the middle one) and R1 (the top copy)

Activate R2
Image, Free Rotate, Left by 10 degrees
Activate R1
Image, Free Rotate, Right by 18 degrees

Copy and paste your IMAGE of choice as a new layer – rename Image
Move down below all 3 R layers
Move your rectangles to cover different parts of the image
It doesn’t matters if they overlap
This is what I have

Activate R1
Select your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside R1
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Activate the Image layer
Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection I1
Move this layer directly under R1
Repeat the above step for R2 and R3
Ensure each Image layer is directly under its rectangle layer

Activate your Image layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Activate the grey background layer
Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection – Image BG

Image, Increase Canvas Size to 600 x 600, central placement selected
Activate the original grey background and flood fill with white
Activate your Image layer again
Adjust, Blur, Radial Blur

Activate Image BG and apply the same Radial Blur

With your Image BG still the active layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 50 pixels
Selections, Modify, Feather by 25 pixels
Selections, Invert
Press delete
Activate Image and press delete
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Image to Luminance (Legacy)
Reduce the opacity to 55

Activate R1 and add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 58 / Blur: 12.87 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Apply the same drop shadow to R2 and R3

Open your tube
Resize to the same height as the original image
Mine was 504 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Tube
Ensure this is the top layer (Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top)
Line the tube up with the image
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to about 51

Activate I3
Change the blend mode to Screen
Activate I2
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Activate your Tube layer
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Supercup
Set your foreground to null, background set to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice – I wrote Nature’s Beauty
Position where it looks best and convert to raster
I free rotated mine by 90 degrees to the left
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow

Keeping your text tool active, choose another font – I used Rasyhanda
Keep your settings the same, changing the background color if needed
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Use the same settings as before, changing the colors if needed
I deleted the second color tab
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Add the same drop shadow

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Delete the white background
Erase any tube that you can see – I selected the area to be deleted on my screen shot below

Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 😀

 

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