Fly Away Tutorial by RoniElaine
Written on July 28, 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:
   VM Toolbox - Motion Trail Wild
           VM filters available HERE
   Supplies:   HERE
          gldwhiteflecks.gif (put into your PSP Patterns folder)
          kc-030   (put into your PSP Mask folder)
          TasselScroll_patao.pspimage     Tubed by Patao
          DaisyWeb_Wee_A-Dune-Gulls.psp    No current link known
          MCT_020208_Seagull.pspimage  Tubed by Moon Catcher
          VonWright_seagull_janets.pspimage  Tubed by Janet Seals
          JLseagullflying.psp   Two tubes by JadeLane
      All settings remain the same unless changes are provided.
 1.  File > Open   bg_pattern_rec
      Window > Duplicate   and close original
      Layers > Promote background layer
           You may colorize the pattern for using other tubes.
      Window > Duplicate   and minimize for later use.
      Dropper Tool  - Choose two shades of the same color from the image .
          I chose #028f98 foreground and #b9d3d3 background
      Set your background to Pattern and select gldwhiteflecks
           Settings:  0, 100
2.   Layers > Duplicate
      Effects > VM Toolbox > Motion Trail Wild
             Settings:  Default - 76, 127, 36, 28, 50, 255, 255, 255
       In Layers Palette, change Blend Mode to Soft Light
      Layers > Merge > Merge Down
 3.  Layers > New Raster Layer
         Use  Flood Fill Tool to right click and fill with gold pattern
         Adjust > Blur > Radial Blur
         Settings:  Spin, 60, 50, 50, 0, Elliptical checked
      Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk
            Settings: kc-030, Source luminance, Fit to canvas,
                              Hide all mask   selected
                              Invert transparency unchecked,
      Layers > Merge > Merge Group
  4. Selections > Select All
      Selections > Float
      Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
      Selections > Select None
      Use your Eraser Tool (size 20) to remove the left and right
          sides of the mask area (see example at top)
      Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
          Settings:  2, 2, 50, 10
 5.  Optional Step - This step is for adding the smaller decor
            to the left side.  The result can also be used to add a
            border bar for a background.   Skip this step if you wish.
       Still on the same layer
        Use your Selection Tool to make a custom selection.
              Settings:  Left 0, Top 470, Right 794, Bottom 600
      Edit > Copy
      Edit > Paste as New Layer
      Selections > Select None
      Image > Resize
          Settings: 50%, Resize all layers not checked
     Image > Free Rotate
          Settings:  Right, 90 degrees
     Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
           Settings:  Default    2.00, 100, 5
     Use your Move Tool to move to left side.
         See example for placement.
        Note: If you want to use this decor as a side border on a
                   Edit > Copy
                   Edit > Paste As New Image    and minimize
 6.  File > Open   TasselScroll_patao.pspimage
      Edit > Copy   Close original
      Edit > Paste As New Layer
      Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize
           Settings:  130, 75 or to match your chosen colors
      Use Move Tool to move to right side.
      Use Pick or Deformation Tool to resize as shown
               in  example.       
      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance
      NOTE:  You may use this scroll later to add text of your choice
                     or another tube
      Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
           Settings:  2, 2, 31, 2
                              Repeat with -2 (minus)
 7.  File > Open   DaisyWeb_Wee_A-Dune-Gulls.psp
      Edit > Copy    Close original
      Edit > Paste As New Layer
      Use Move Tool to move to lower left
      Layers > Duplicate
      Layers > Merge > Merge Down
      In Layer Palette set Blend Mode to Soft Light
      Use Pick or Deformation Tool to stretch out to the right
      Use Move Tool again if needed to place as in example.
      Option: Set Blend Mode on Burn and adjust opacity
 8.  File > Open   MCT_020208_Seagull.pspimage
                               Select Raster 1
      Edit > Copy      and close original
      Edit > Paste As New Layer
      Image > Resize
            Setting:  change to 85%
          Note: I'm using this tube simply to add a little more
                      texture.  It will be barely visible.   You may wish
                      to use it differently.
      Set Blend Mode to Overlay and Opacity to 26
      Use Move Tool to move to upper left and then move it
           around until you have an effect that you like.
 9.   File > Open VonWright_seagull_janets.pspimage
       Image > Mirror
       Edit > Copy     and close original
       Edit > Paste As New Layer
       Image > Resize
            Setting:  50%
      Use Move Tool to move up and a little to the right
      Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen
      Effects > 3DEffects > Inner Bevel
10.  File > Open   JLseagull.psp
       Image > Mirror
       Edit > Copy     and close original
       Edit > Paste As New Layer
       Image > Resize
           Setting:  85%   
      Repeat resizing two more times and move down
         onto the "beach".
      Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen
      Effects > Inner Bevel
11.  The Scroll on the right side is there for you to add whatever
         you'd like to add.  You can use text as I've done or add
         additional tubes.
         I added the third seagull  (JLseagullflying)
         and a quotation from
         "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach.
         My text was done with Alfredo's Dance font set at 24
         The same bevel was used on the text and the tube. 
         Note:  Before we finish.........
            If you want a more "dramatic" background texture,
            select your bottom layer and use either the Enhance effect
            or an embossing such as Blend Emboss.
12.  When you are satisfied with what you have done........
        Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
        Image > Add Borders
            Settings: 1 px, black, symmetric
        Selections > Select All
        Selections > Modify > Contract
             Setting: 1
        Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
             Settings:  0, 0, 100, 20
        Selections > Select None
13.   Image > Add Borders
             Settings:  20 pixels, white, symmetric
        Use your Magic Wand to select the border.
            Settings:  Replace, RGB Value,
                               Tolerance and Feather 0,
                               Contiguous checked,
                               All layers and Anti-alias not checked
        Right click and use Flood Fill Tool to fill with gold pattern.
        Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
             Setting: 10
        Selections > Select None
        Image > Add Borders
            Settings: 1 px, black, symmetric
14.  Image > Resize
          Resize to the size you want to use which will depend
           on how you intend to use this image.
           I resized my image to a width of 700 pixels as I am going
          to use it as a header with a background and border bar.
          Add a new layer and add your watermark however you
           normally do that.
        File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
              Suggested setting of 20-25
        You may close this now.
15.  If making a background:
       Maximize the copy of my pattern that you made at Step 1.
       If you have lost it, just reopen from supplies.
       Image > Resize
            Settings:  Width 1750 or your preference
                               Height - 400
                               Lock Aspect Ratio not checked
       Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance More
       Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
            Settings:  Edge, Vertical - Other settings will self adjust
16.  Layers > New Raster Layer
          Flood Fill this layer with either one of your chosen colors
                 and adjust opacity.
                 I used the lighter color, opacity at 63
17.    If you want to add the gold decor as a side border:
         Maximize the copy you made earlier.
         Edit > Copy
         Edit > Paste as New Layer   onto your background
         Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
         Use your Move Tool to move to left side.
         See example for placement.
         You may resize if you wish and
              add a bevel or drop shadow of your choice.
         File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
I want to thank Cal, Claire, Heather and Janet
for testing it for me !!  Your input is much appreciated !
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