by RoniElaine

  Written on 8/15/2010



This tutorial was written using PSP X.

    Similar results can be obtained in earlier or later versions

    but may be slightly different.


    Although my tutorials are my own creations, they are almost always

    inspired by seeing so many beautiful creations in many groups.

    Any similarities are truly the effects of viewing, using and enjoying the

    tutorials written by many others.

    I encourage you to use other supplies and to experiment with

    different settings to create something of your own.


Skill Level - Intermediate


Filters Needed:


    MuRa's Meister - Cloud  HERE


Supplies:  HERE

   Sweetmask15 -Put this into your PSP Masks folder

    Jen_Vrouw 278_21-07-2010  Thanks Jenny for allowing me to use

                                                         your beauiful tube.

                                                         Jenny's creations HERE

    Dreams Text_rec.pspimage

    Today's Answers Text_rec.pspimage


     butterfly.pspimage (to use if making a background)

     Font: Dreamscapes1.ttf   (Optional)

                You can use this to do your own text images



    Are you ready?   This is a very versatile tutorial and I hope to see

    many different versions of it............Hugs from Roni




        Install MuRa plugin if needed.

        Copy the mask Sweetmask15 to your PSP mask folder.


        Choose a tube that is quite a bit taller than it is wide.

             The one I am using is 372 x 667 pixels

              Note:  At Step 5 you will be making a Selection from this

                         tube.  I've found that tubes with an interesting area

                         to select work the best.  You may want to do this

                         with the original tube first to see how the

                         selection is chosen and used.  Or you can refer to

                         Step 5 to see how this part was selected before

                         selecting your own tube.


   1.  File > Open   Jen_Vrouw 278_21-07-2010

                                     or your chosen tube

        Select the tube layer.

        Edit > Copy    and close original


        Edit > Paste As New Image

        Window > Duplicate    and minimize that copy


        Image > Rotate Right

        Image > Resize

           Settings:  Pixels, W-650, H-500

                               Lock aspect ratio not checked

                               Resize all layers checked


        Layers > Duplicate


   2.  Select two colors from the tube.

         I used #f4d781 (foreground) and #cfa45a (background)


         Select the bottom layer.


         Effects > Plugins > MuRa's Meister > Cloud

             Settings: Default   100, 100, 3, all the rest at 0



   3.  Select the upper layer.

         Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

             Setting: Default


         In Layers Palette, set Blend Mode to Hue.

         Adjust Opacity to your liking.  I used 75.


            Note: Experiment with different modes when using other



         It should look similar to this:



   4.  Change background color to a darker shade of same color.

         I used #a5732f. 

              Note: You may also choose a contrasting color.


         Layers > New Raster Layer

          Right click with Flood Fill Tool to fill with background color.


         Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk

             Settings: Sweetmask15,

                      Source luminance, Fit to canvas, Hide all mask


         Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance More

         Layers > Merge > Merge Group


         Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

             Settings: Of your choice or

                                2, 2, 25, 3, black


   5.  Maximize your original tube.

        Note:  The settings below will need to be adjusted when 

                    using other tubes. 

                    The object is to find an interesting area of the tube 

                    that you can copy to add to the top left and

                    bottom right parts of your image.

                    The selection below is the one from this tube

                     with the settings below.



        Use your Selection Tool to make a Custom Selection

                                 For this tube: 

             Settings:  Top 415, Left 50, Right 250, Bottom 600,





         Edit > Copy

         Selections > Select None     and minimize tube


   6.   Back to your workspace

         Layers > New Raster Layer

         Use your Selection Tool to make a selection of the

              upper top left selection of your image.  It does not have

              to be exact, as layer will be rearranged later.




        Edit > Paste Into Selection

        Selections > Select None


   7.   Layers > Duplicate

         Image > Mirror


         Use your Move Tool to move it to lower right area.


         Layers > Merge > Merge Down


         Layers > Duplicate


         Shut off your top layer, the copy of Raster 2.

         Select Raster 2.  Change Blend Mode to Hue (Legacy).

               This will increase some of the more subtle shades.


         Select the copy of Raster 2 and turn it back on.

         Adjust Opacity to your liking.  Try 20 to 25%. 


   8.   Select the mask layer.  (Group-Raster 2)

         Layers > Arrange > Bring to Top


         Maximize the copy of your tube.

         Image > Resize   This will depend on your tube.

                             Setting: 85 %

                         Lock aspect ratio and resize all layers checked

         Edit > Repeat Resize

                   Note: Maxium height should be 500 or less  


         Optional (if needed for your tube)

         Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask 

             Settings: 2, 64, 4


         Edit > Copy   You can close this now.

         Edit > Paste As New Layer  and place as you wish.

                 I left mine centered on my image.


         Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

             Same settings or one of your choice.


   9.   File > Open    Dreams Text_rec.pspimage

                                   or text of your choice


         Edit > Copy      and close

         Edit > Paste As New Layer


         Image > Free Rotate

             Settings:  Left, 20 degrees

         Use Move Tool to move to upper left section.


 10.  File > Open    Today's Answers Text_rec.pspimage

                                   or text of your choice


         Edit > Copy      and close

         Edit > Paste As New Layer

         Use Move Tool to move to lower right section.


 11.   File > Open    butterfly2_rec.pspimage

         Edit > Copy      and close

         Edit > Paste As New Layer


         Image > Mirror

         Use Move Tool to move up and place where you want it.


         In Layer Palette, drag it down under your main tube Raster 3

           Move any of your layers around to achieve what you want.

               (I moved my main tube a little to the left)

         When satisfied with your image

         Layers > Merge > Merge All


 12.   Image > Add Borders

           Settings: Background color, 2 pixels, symmetric


         Selections > Select All

         Selections > Modify > Contract

            Setting:  2


          Effects > 3DEffects > Cutout

             Settings: 1, 1, 100, 10, Black


          Selections > Select None


 13.   Change your foreground to a gradient

             Settings: foreground- background,

                             Linear, Angle 45, Repeats 4


          Image > Add Borders

             Settings:  20 pixels of white

          Select the border with Magic Wand




          Use Flood Fill Tool - left click to fill with gradient


         Effects > Texture Effects > Fine Leather

             Settings:  Your light color, 30, 20, 250, 150, 2



        Selections > Select None


        Image > Add Borders

          Settings:  Your background color, 1 pixel, symmetric


14.   Image > Resize   to your liking.  (I did not resize) 

        Layers > New Raster Layer

            Add your watermark in your usual way.

         Layers > Merge > Merge Visible


         File > Export > JPEG Optimizer

             Suggested setting of 20-25


Suggestion for a letter background


 1.  File > Open  butterfly.pspimage

      Window > Duplicate    and close original


      Image > Rotate Left

      Image > Resize

         Settings: 100 x 281 pixels

                            Lock aspect ratio and Resize all layers checked


      Layers > Duplicate

      Edit > Repeat Duplicate Layer

      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

      Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen


 2.  Layers > New Raster Layer

      Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom


      Effects > Plugins > MuRa's Meister > Cloud

          Same settings


      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible


 3.  Change your foreground color to a lighter shade of the color

       you have been using.  I used #f9e7b7.


       Image > Canvas Size

          Settings:   Width of your choice for a background

                                    I used 1750

                               Height - Height of your sidebar image

                               Left Center Arrow


       Layers > New Raster Layer

       Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

       Use Flood Fill Tool to left click and fill.


       Apply a texture of your choice.

       You can use a texture from PSP files or from a plugin.

        I used a Paint Engine texture.


        Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling (if needed)

            Settings:  Edge, Vertical


4.    Select your merged border layer.

        Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

            Settings: 0, 4, 25, 3, black. Shadow on new layer checked.


        Use your Pick or Deformation Tool to pull the drop shadow

           out beyond the upper and lower margins.


        File > Export > Jpeg Optimizer

            Suggested setting of 20-35% depending on texture used.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

I want to thank Cal, Claire,, Francine, Heather and JanetB

for testing it for me !!  Your input is much appreciated !

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