Abstract Beauty

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on November 14th 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
5 Images of Choice from the same artist
Font of Choice – I used Rooster
Xero – Porcelain
Penta.Com – Color Dot
PhotoEffex – Scanlines
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Attitude Temp_03 by Me

I used the awesome artwork of Anthony Guerra
Unfortunately Anthony has retired from selling tubes
Please do not use his work unless you have a license to do so

Let’s Start
Open AttitudeTemp_03, press shift + D to duplicate and close the original
Delete the INFO layer and ALL the wordart layers (5 wordart layers)

Activate Right Top Frame back
Copy and paste your first image as a new layer – rename Right Top Image
Select your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Activate the Right Top Frame back and select outside it
Activate Right Top Image and press delete
Selections, None

Repeat this step for the other 3 Frames
Do not do the Center Frame yet
You should have something like this

Activate Center Frame Back
Using your Manual Color Correction tool (mini tut here)
Recolor to Black

Copy and paste your final image as a new layer – rename Center Image
Position within the frame
Resize if needed, I resized by 80%, all layers unchecked so it sat better within the frame
Duplicate and on the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 8
Change the blend mode to Overlay
On the original, change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Porcelain
Use the default settings BUT change the Blue Channel to 0
Activate Center Frame Back and click outside with your magic wand (same settings as before)
Press delete on both Center Images
Selections, None

Image, Decrease Color Depth, 2 Color Palette

Edit, Copy
Edit, Undo
Paste as a new layer – rename Color Depth 1
Duplicate twice, for a total of 3 layers, rename the copies Color Depth 2 and Color Depth 3

Move Color Depth 3 above Left Top Image
Move Color Depth 2 above Right Bottom Image – Hide this layer
Move Color Depth 1 between the two Center Images – hide this layer

Activate Left Top Image
Click outside with your magic wand
On Color Depth 3, press delete
Selections, None
Working on Color Depth 3, change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to about 55

Activate Right Bottom Image
Click outside with your magic wand
On Color Depth 2, press delete
Selections, None
Working on Color Depth 2, change the blend mode to Luminance (legacy)
Reduce the opacity to about 18

Select your Selection Tool with these settings:
Selection type: Rectangle / Mode: Add (Shift) / Feather: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Draw a selection round center, bottom left and top right
Depending on how you select, you may need to Invert to selection (Selections, Invert)
I hid the white background so I could see the frame edges better

Unhide and activate Color Depth 1
Press delete
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to about 22

Activate Center Frame
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 5 / Opacity: 55 / Blur: 6.93 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Add the same drop shadow to the other 4 frame

Activate Purple Stripe
Using your Manual Color Correction tool, recolor to a complimentary color
Effects, Plugins, Penta.Com – Color Dot

Zoom in and with your Selection Tool (same settings as before)
Select the top and bottom line of dots, also select the very edge of the rectangle

Flood fill the selected area with the same color
Selections, None

*Optional* Set your foreground color to white
Select your paint brush with these settings:
Shape: Square / Size: 1 / Hardness, Density, Thickness and Opacity: 100 / Step: 1 / Rotation: 0 / Blend mode: Normal
Paint over the dots so they stand out more
On the screen shot below the left side has been painted over

Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 3 pixels
Selections, Invert
Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Selections, None

Hide the original purple stripe layer
On the promoted selection – rename Glitter Edge
Now erase the end selections, you only want the top and bottom strips
I selected the areas on my screen shot

Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 65%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 0 / Opacity: 55 / Blur: 3.96 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Checked
Activate the Glitter Edge again
Add the same drop shadow but change the V to -2 (minus 2)

With the top shadow the active layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Now select around the outside of the Glitter Edge with your selection tool (same settings)

Make sure you are on the shadow layer and press delete
Selections, None
Unhide the Purple Stripe

Activate the Top Blue Stripe
Recolor to a complimentary color
Copy and paste as a new image
Select your pen tool with these settings:
Mode: Draw lines & polylines / Create on Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 5.00
Set your foreground to the same color as the stripe
Draw a stripe accross the full width of the canvas
I set mine to white so you can see it on the screen shot

Objects, Align, Center in Canvas and convert to raster
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Use the same settings as previously used
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Edit, Copy – you can close this image now
Back onto your main canvas
Still on Top Blur Stripe – Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Edit, Paste into Selection
Selections, None

Activate Bottom Blue Stripe
Recolor to a complimentary color
Effects, Plugins, PhotoEffex – Scanlines

Set your foreground to the same color as you changed your Bottom Blue Stripe too
Select your paint brush with these settings:
Shape: Square / Size: 5 / Hardness, Density, Thickness and Opacity: 100 / Step: 1 / Rotation: 0 / Blend mode: Normal
Paint over some of the lines, I just did it totally randomly

Activate the Center Frame, which should be your top layer
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Rooster
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, Convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 4 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 5 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

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 super cute art of Cuddly Rigor Mortis, which you can purchase at CDO. I used the following tubes 114-1, 124-1 and pkg 125. Fonts used are Snapdragon and Anteater

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