Almost An Angel

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on May 6th 2019
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 Juiletta Messie and Hello Vintage
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
BD New Mask Set -Valentines 2016-9 by Brutal Designs

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 600 x 600 and flood fill with white
Select your preset shape tool with these settings:
Shape: Ellipse / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 10.00
Set your foreground to a color of choice, background set to null
Draw a circle on your canvas – approx 340 x 340
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Do Not Convert to Raster

Duplicate twice, for a total of 3 vector layers
On the middle one, Convert to Raster and rename Circle
Hide the original layer
On the top copy
Click on the small plus/arrow symbol on the layer palette
Right click on the indented layer and select Properties
Change your foreground/stroke color to another color
Set the width to 3 and choose a line style – I used Diamonds
Now drag the circle in on itself to make it smaller

Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to Raster and rename Dotted Circle

Select your preset shape tool again, this time with these settings:
Shape: Rectangle / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 6.00
Set your foreground to a darker color, background still on null
Draw a horizontal rectangle across your canvas

Convert to Raster and rename Rect 1

Change your Width to 4
Draw another smaller rectangle inside Rect 1

Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to Raster and rename Rect 2
Move both Rect 1 and Rect 2 below the Circle layer

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Ensure this layer is above both Rect layers and below Circle layer
Position the focal point within the Circle
When happy with the positioning of your Tube, duplicate it
On the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 15
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to about 65
On the original, change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Select your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Activate the Circle layer and click outside
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Activate Copy of Tube and press delete
Activate Tube and press delete
Selections, None

Activate Rect 2 and duplicate
On the Copy, move above the two tube layer
Move it down so the top is level with the bottom of the original Rect 2

Using your Magic and with the same settings as before, click inside Copy of Rect 2
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Activate Tube layer – Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
Move the Promoted Selection above Copy of Tube layer
Now erase the end of Copy of Rect 2 from outside the circle
I selected the area to be deleted

Using your Manual Color Correction tool (mini tut here)
Recolor Copy of Rect 2 if needed

I also recolored my Dotted Circle too

Activate the Dotted Circle
Erase any dots that are inside the Copy of Rect 2
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V & H: 2 / Opacity: 95 / Blur: 5.94 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Add the same drop shadow to Copy of Rect 2

Activate the original vector circle layer (keep it hidden though)
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Rect 1 BG
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Miester – Copies
Choose the Wallpaper Rotate at the default settings

Effects, Art Media Effects, Brush Strokes

Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur

Duplicate and hide the copy

Activate Rect 1 and grab your magic wand with the same settings
Select outside Rect 1
Selections, Modify, Expand by 4 pixels
Activate Rect 1 BG and press delete
Selections, None

Activate Rect 2
Select inside with your magic wand (same settings)
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection – Rect 2 BG
Effects, Texture Effects, Mosaic – Antique

Change the blend mode to Overlay

Recolor Rect 1 and Rect 2 using the Manual Color Correction tool if required
Add the same drop shadow as preciously used on both the Rect layers

Activate Circle
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 4 pixels
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 50%
Selections, None
Add the same drop shadow BUT change the opacity to 50

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used: Juiletta Messie
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Unhide the vector circle layer
Activate the top layer on your layer palette
Hover the mouse over where the circle if until you get a +A) or +T) symbol
Click and add your text of choice, I wrote ‘Almost an Angel’
Position across the top of the circle where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster – rename Text 1
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as used on the Circle
Duplicate and on the original, apply the Gradient Glow again with the same settings
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 3
You can delete the vector circle now

Activate and Unhide Copy of Rect 1 BG
Image, Mirror
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for BD New Mask Set -Valentines 2016-9 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Apply the mask again with the same settings
Resize the mask by 90%, all layers unchecked
Duplicate and on the copy – Effects, Texture Effects, Mosaic – Antique
Same settings as before
Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 71

Activate the top layer on your layer palette
Select your text tool again and choose a font – I used Hello Vintage
Keep your foreground on null, background set 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

Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Add the same drop shadow as just used

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

Another sample using the retired art of Gaetano Di Falco, from when he was licensed with CDO

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