Back 2 School

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on September 23rd 2019
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Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X9 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used KG Blank Space Solid, KG Call Me Maybe Skinny & KG Faith Hope and Love
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
RR_MaskSet_2_1 and RR_MaskSet_5_2 by Rachel
RD Tag Template 72 by Rachel
IB MarylineCazenave September2019 BT by LHD Scraps

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

Let’s Start
Open RD_TagTemplate72, press shift +D to duplicate and close the original
Resize to 600 pixles wide, all layers checked
Now increase the canvas size to 600 x 600, central placement selected
Delete Raster 1 (the credits)

Activate 2 – Layers, Merge, Merge Down – Rename Pink Circles
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Smooth
Both values set to 10 and both boxes checked
Selections, Modify, Feather by 5 pixels
Add a new raster layer – name Back Circles
Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection – I used Paper2
Keep Selected
Selections, Modify, Contract by 8 pixels
Selections, Select Selection Border

Activate Pink Circles
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Selections, None
Move the Promoted Selection above Back Circles – rename Back Circle Noise
Using your Manual Color Correction tool (mini tut here)
Recolor Back Circle Noise to a darker shade of your paper
These are my settings

Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Uniform & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 45%
Activate Pink Circles and delete this layer

Activate 4 – Layers, Merge, Merge Down – Rename Green Rectangles
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Add a new raster layer, name Rectangle
Copy and paste a paper of choice into selection – I used Paper5
Selections, None
Activate Green Rectangles and delete this layer

Activate 6 – Layers, Merge, Merge Down – Rename White Rectangles
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Add a new raster layer, name Center Rectangle
Copy and paste a paper of choice into selection – I used Paper5
Selections, None
Activate White Rectangles and delete this layer

Activate Center Rectangle
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Open Ele21, copy and paste as a new layer – rename Center Rectangle Left
Position on the left side with the part you want inside the selection
Selections, Invert and press delete
Keep Selected

Open Ele15, copy and paste as a new layer – rename Center Rectangle Right
Position on the right side within the selection
Press delete
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy) and reduce the opacity to 63
Activate Center Rectangle Left and change the blend mode to Multiply

Activate Center Rectangle
Add the following drop shadow
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 65 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Checked
Activate the Center Rectangle again
Apply the same drop shadow BUT change the V&H to -2 (minus 2)

Activate 7
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Smooth
Both values set to 10 and both boxes checked
Add a new raster layer – name it Main Circle
Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection – I used Paper3
Keep Selected
Selections, Select Selection Borders

Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Selections, None
Rename the Promoted Selection Main Circle Edge

With Main Circle Edge your active layer
Press Shift + G to open your Gamma Correction tool
Set all 3 values to 0.70
Duplicate and on the original
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 4

Activate Copy of Main Circle Edge
Grab your Magic Wand with these settings
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside the Main Circle Edge
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 Pixels
Add a new raster layer – name it Globe
Open Ele17, copy and paste into the selection
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Soft Light
Move this layer below Main Circle Edge

Activate Copy of Main Circle Edge
Open Ele12
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Books
Position towards the base of the Main Circle
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 0 / H: 4 / Opacity: 48 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Open Ele25 and resize to 55%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Blanket
Place on top of the books
Add the same drop shadow as used on the Books

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Resize if needed, I resized to 55%, all layers Unchecked
Position your tube on the Blanket
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 7 / Opacity: 48 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Select your text tool and choose a bold style font – I used KG Blank Space Solid
Set your foreground to a dark color/paper of choice – I used Paper2
Background set to null
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Stroke width set to 2
Add your text of choice – I wrote ‘BACK 2’
Position where it looks best
DO NOT CONVERT TO RASTER
Duplicate and on the copy – Convert to raster
Rename Text 1 Outline

On the original layer, click the + on the layer palette
Right click on the indented layer and select Properties
Turn off the stroke color
Set the background to a color/paper of choice
I used Paper4 with these settings:

Click OK and convert to raster – rename Text 1 Fill
Effects, Image Effects, Offset

Duplicate and on the copy, change the blend mode to Hard Light

Activate Text 1 Outline
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Use the same settings as used previously
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 48 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Select another font – I used KG Call Me Maybe Skinny
Set your foreground to null, background to a color/paper of choice
I used Paper5
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice – I wrote ‘school’
Position where it looks best and convert to raster – rename Text 2
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as used on the Text 1 Outline

Select another font – I used KG Faith Hope and Love
Keep your setting the same, changing the background color/paper if needed
Add your name and position where it looks best
Convert to raster
Duplicate and on the original
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 4
Duplicate the blur and on the copy reduce the opacity to 70
Activate the copy and add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 0 / H: 2 / Opacity: 48 / Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate the background layer
Open a paper of choice – I used Paper2
Resize to 600 pixels
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Mask 1
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for RR_MaskSet_2_1 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Open another paper of choice – I used Paper4
Resize to 600 pixels
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Mask 2
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for RR_MaskSet_5_2 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Change the blend mode to Multiply
Duplicate and change the blend mode to Overlay

Activate the background layer
Delete this layer
Crop away all excess canvas
Activate the top layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible to a new layer – rename Blur
If you don’t have this option – Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Paste as a new layer – rename Blur
Increase the canvas size to 600 x 600, central plaement selected
On the Blur layer – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 6
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 65

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done

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