Dreaming of Autumn

 

Tutorial by RoniElaine - August 19, 2008

Skill Level - Intermediate (with ability to get creative!)

 

 I wrote this tutorial as I've had several requests asking

 how I make the blended backgrounds that I frequently

 use behind tubes in my letters.

 The focus will be on choosing and  combining tubes with a "theme"

 and similar colors and  using Blend Modes to put them together. 

 I hope that  you will use the ideas to make your own blends. 

 My  "theme" here is the colors of autumn leaves and 3 leaf tubes were

 used to make the background.

 I suggest that you do a Search of your computer  for "Autumn"

 and that you will find all kinds of tubes/images you already have and can use.

 I use the Vista "search" all the time to find what I need.

 

 

Second Example with same background tubes - different settings

 

An example with different tubes is at the bottom of tutorial

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No outside plugins are used for this tutorial.

 

Supplies:  All are shared tubes  Click HERE

 

  Yvonne_bomen_3_blad_september_2008

   jet-fall-leaves1- september 2007 (used according to  TOU - http://www.pspjet.nl/)

   jet-autumn-leaves-september-2007 (used according to TOU - http://www.pspjet.nl/)

   Marif_2007_02Fevrier_misted_decor0119 (Mariel Graphic Art Tubing- no present link)

   Image7NA 2 Eternal Soulmat - Tube by Lori Rhae

 

 1. First step is to choose 3 or 4 tubes with a "theme"  for your  background

     and 2 main tubes that will be your "focus" tubes to go on top of the blended background.

     We will start with 2 tubes.

 

     File > Open

       Yvonne_bomen_3_blad_september_2008

     Window > Duplicate

        minimize your duplicate and close the original

 

     File > Open

       jet-fall-leaves1- september 2007

     Edit > Copy and close the original

 

     File > New

       Open a new transparent image - Width 800, Height 600

     Edit > Paste As New Layer

     Use your Move Tool to move the tube up a little so that the bottom

         of the tube is at the bottom of your blank image.

 

     Right click on the blue bar of the minimized tube

     Edit > Copy

     Activate your main image

     Edit > Paste As New Layer

     Use your Move Tool to move to the left side touching the left edge

 

     Layers > Duplicate

     Image > Mirror

 

2.  In Layer Palette, activate Raster 2 (your first tube)

     Layers > Arrange > Bring to Top

     Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

     Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

        Setting: default

 

     Use your Dropper Tool to select 2 colors from your image

     I chose #ffd03c for foreground and #d41a00 for background

 

     Layers > Duplicate

     Image > Mirror

 

3.  In Materials Pallette, set your foreground to a gradient

       Settings: Foreground-background

                         Style: Sunburst    Repeats: 4   Invert checked

                         Horizontal:  both on 50

                         Vertical: both on 90

 

       

 

     Layers > New Raster Layer

     Use your Flood Fill Tool to fill layer with gradient

     Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

 

4.  In Layer Palette, make your top layer active

     Layers > Merge > Merge Down

     In Layer Palette, set Blend Mode on Luminance Legacy

       Set Opacity to 40%

          Note:  This is the first step where you will need to make

                       some decisions.  Do you want these bright colors

                       or would you rather have something more subtle?

                       Adjust your layers to your liking using different

                       Blend Modes and Opacity.  You can also add a layer

                       of color to tone down the bright colors and adjust

                       the opacity of that layer or move it down.

                      These same options are available each time we add

                       new layers.  In the second example I added a layer

                       of color and reduced opacity to 50%

 

      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance (on your merged layer)

      Layers > Duplicate

      Image > Flip

      In Layer Palette, set Opacity at 25%

 

5.   We're now going to add a 3rd theme tube

      File > Open

        jet-autumn-leaves-september-2007

      Window > Duplicate and close original image

 

      In Layer Palette, close the Green Layer and watermark layer

      Select the Gold Layer

      Layers > Merge > Merge Down

      Edit > Copy

      Edit > Paste As New Layer onto your main image

        You may close this tube now.

 

 6.  Image > Free Rotate

        Settings: Left, 90 degrees, no boxes checked

      Use your Move Tool to move to the left side

 

      Layers > Duplicate

      Image > Mirror

      Layers > Merge > Merge Down

 

      In Layer Palette, set Blend Mode on Overlay

      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

      Layers > Duplicate

      Image > Free Rotate - same settings

      Layers > Merge > Merge Down

        Settings: in Layer Pallette, set Opacity to 85%

 

      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

         Note: If you have used other options, adjust your layers

                     to what you desire before merging. This is your

                     time to change Blend Modes and Opacity.  You can

                     adjust all of the layers to get what you want.

                     You can also add an additonal layer of color before

                     merging.  You can also move your layers in the Layer

                     Palette to get the effect you want.

                     When you have what you want, do the Merge Visible

 

 

7.  File > Open

       Open Marif_2007_02Fevrier_misted_decor0119

     Edit > Copy - You may close this tube now

     Edit > Paste As New Layer

     Use your Move Tool to place in lower right corner

     In Layer Palette, set Blend Mode to Luminance Legacy

       and Opacity to 77%

 

8.  File > Open

       Open Image7NA 2 Eternal Soulmat

     Edit > Copy - You may close this now

     Edit > Paste as New Layer onto your main image

     Image > Resize

       Settings: 85 %

 

       Image > Mirror

       Use your Move Tool to move to left side so that drop shadow

       is on the far left edge

 

     Option: Set Blend Mode on Darken

          Note: If using a different image, adjust it to fit in with your

                      background

 

9.  Image > Add Borders

       Settings: 2 pixels, black

     Selections> Select All

     Selections > Modify > Contract

       Setting: 2 pxs

     Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout

        Settings:  0, 0, 100, 25, Black

     Selections > Select None

 

10.  Use your Selection Tool to make a Custom Selection

         Settings:  Top 20, Left 650, Right 750, Bottom 100

        

 

     

      Edit > Copy

      Selections > Select None

 

      Edit > Paste as New Image

      Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

          Setting: Same default setting

      Minimize this pattern.

 

      In Materials Palette, choose this as your background pattern and

        choose a gold fill as your foreground pattern

        Use settings of your choice.  I used  0, 100

 

11.  On your main image, you may now add one of your favorite framing

        techniques or use the simple borders below.

        Image > Add Borders

         Settings:  3 or 4 pixels of white

        Select border with Magic Wand and Flood Fill with gold pattern

        Selections > Select None

 

        Image > Add Borders

         Settings: 10 pixels of white or color not in your image

        Select border with Magic Wand and

                  Flood Fill with background pattern 

 

        Adjust > Blur > Radial Blur

         Setting: Default

        Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel

          Settings:   Bevel #3, 3, 4, 1, 0, 10, White, 315, 67, 21

            

 

        Selections > Select None

         Image > Add Borders

            Settings: 3 pixels of White

        

         Use Magic Wand to select the border

         Use Flood Fill Tool to fill with gold pattern

        Selections > Select None

         Image > Add Borders

          Settings: 1 pixel of Black

 

12.  Optional - Add text of your choice 

        Layers - Merge - Merge Visible

 

        Resize your image to your liking

        Add your watermark in your usual way

        File > Export > JPEG Optimizer

 

        You may use the background tile you made for

        the frame to make a background pattern for your letter.

 

Variation of Tutorial

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

I want to thank  Claire,Heather and Cal for testing it for me !!

Your input is much appreciated !

Please link this tutorial to The PSP Fun Group

 

Although this tutorial is written for the The PSP Fun Group

feel free to share my tutorials.

I only ask that you not claim them as your own.

If the tutorial is to be used as a lesson,

please contact me for permission.  ronicox@gmail.com

Tutorial will be available at http://www.ramblinroots.net

under Guest Tut Writers after release to the Fun Group.

 

Roni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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