Friends Forever Tutorial by RoniElaine
Tutorial written on February 16, 2010
 Tutorial can be done as a header for a letter or as a Tag.
 
 
Something different from me for you.  Unlike most of my tutorials, this is one that is basically a
"Cut and Paste" tutorial and can be done by "Advanced Beginners" but can also be used by
those much more advanced creators by using your own tubes and adding your own ideas.
I first made this a couple of years ago but have had several requests to write a tutorial for it.
So here it is ! 
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.
 
Supplies Provided:  Click HERE
 
   The following tubes are from Cat of Insatiable Dreams
         http://insatiabledreams.net/
         Thanks so much to Cat for letting me use her tubes.
      TemplateGringoNightsCatID.pspimage
      Cactus.tub
      PC~Cactus_KK.psp 
        
      FR Rope - shared tube- creator unknown
      GGCowgirl_020    Tube by GranGran (Used with general permission)
            Thanks as always for sharing your tubes.
     
      Extras included with supplies:
           Rope.pspimage  (You may want to use in a side border)
           Rope MF.ttf   (You may want to use for adding text)
          
   This tutorial does not require any plugins.
   You may want to use one for a texture but it not necessary.
 
   This tutorial can also be saved in transparent gif or png formats
        for tags. 
    Tutorial done in PSPX but can be done in any version.
 
  1.  File > Open   TemplateGringoNightsCatID.pspimage
       Choose a color from template and set as foreground color.
       I used #c09e85.
       Edit > Copy and close original.
 
       File > Open    FR Rope
       Window > Duplicate and close original
 
       Image > Rotate Right
          (Note:  For PSP9 or older versions: 
                       Image > Rotate > Rotate Clockwise 90)       
 
       Image > Flip
       The large circle of the lariat should now be at upper left.
 
  2.  Image > Canvas Size
         Settings:  Width 650 pxs, Height 525 pxs
                           Select Center Arrow
 
       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
          Settings:  Bevel #2, 8, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315
                            50, 30
               
 
         Edit > Repeat Inner Bevel
 
         Note: If you plan to import as a transparent tag,
                    do not use the drop shadow settings in the tutorial.
                    Either skip those steps or use a drop shadow you
                    use that doesn't leave a blur around the edges.
 
       Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
           Settings:  2, 2, 30, 10, Black
                             Shadow on New Layer Unchecked
           Repeat Drop Shadow with -2, -2
 
  3.  Edit > Paste As New Layer
       (Your template should still be in memory)
 
       Image > Resize
            Settings: Width and Height -   85%
                             Bicubic, Lock aspect ratio Checked,
                             Resize all layers Unchecked
       Edit > Repeat Resize
       Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen
 
       Layers > Arrange > Move Down
 
       Apply the two Drop Shadows from previous step.
       Use your Move Tool to move it up close to rope.
 
  4.  File > Open   GGCowgirl_020
       Select Layer 1
       Edit > Copy    and close original
       Edit > Paste As New Layer on your main image
 
       Layers > Arrange > Bring to Top
       Image > Resize     Same settings
       Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen
       Use the Move Tool to move it a little down and to left.
         (See example for placement)
 
       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel   Same settings
       Edit > Repeat Inner Bevel
            (or apply drop shadow of choice)
 
  5.  File > Open     cactus.tub
       Select Layer 1 (the bottom layer)
       Edit > Copy   and close original
       Edit > Paste as New Layer  onto main image
       Use Move Tool to move to the left (see example)
 
       Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize
            Settings:   Hue 68, Saturation 35
       Image > Resize     Same settings
       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel   Same settings
 
       Layers > Arrange > Move Down
       Layers > Duplicate
       Image > Mirror
       Image > Resize
            Settings:  Change percentage to 90%
       Use Move Tool to move to the right as in example.
 
  6.  File > Open   PC~Cactus_KK.psp
       Image > Resize  
            Settings:  Change percentage to 50%
       Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen
       Edit > Copy   and close original
 
       We will be using 3 layers of the tube that you can
       resize and arrange at the bottom as you please.
 
       In Layer Palette, make top layer active (cowgirls)
 
  7.  Edit > Paste as New Layer   onto your main image
       Use Move Tool to move to lower left corner.
       Layers > Duplicate
       Image > Mirror
      
       Edit > Paste as New Layer
       Image > Resize 
           Settings: change percentage to 90%
       Position at the bottom and rearrange as you please.
 
       Layers > Merge > Merge Down
       Edit > Repeat Merge Layer Down
       Add bevel and/or Drop Shadow of your choice
       Layers > Merge Visible
 
       Note:  If making a transparent tag, you are finished.
                   Resize to your liking and change canvas size if
                   adding text.
                   Add your watermark in your usual way and
                   Export using the PNG or GIF optimizers.
                   I use the Wizard to do this.
 
  8.  Layers > New Raster Layer
       Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom
       Use Flood Fill Tool to fill with your chosen color.
 
       Effects > Texture Effects > Texture
       Choose a texture of your choice.
            Settings: 100, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315,
                             50, 30
            (Option:  Use any Plugin that produces seamless textures
                           such as Filters Unlimited or Paint Engine) 
      
 
  9.  In Layer Palette, select your top merged layer.
       Image > Resize 
           Settings: change percentage to 98%
                   (Note: This is to ensure that none of your
                             drop shadows are right on the edge.)
 
       Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
       Add a new layer for your watermark and apply as usual.
       File > Export > JPEG Optimizer at suggested setting
           of 20-25.
 
10.  Making the background.
       File > New
            Settings:  Width and Height - 200 pixels
                              Raster, RGB, Transparent Checked
 
       Use Flood Fill tool to fill with your chosen color.
       Effects > Texture Effects > Texture
       Use same texture and same settings used at Step 8
 
       File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
       Use same settings you used at Step 9.
 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
I want to thank Cal, Claire, Francine, Heather and Janet 
      for testing it for me !!
Your input is much appreciated !
Please link this tutorial to Ramblin' Roots
Tutorial will be available under Guest Tut Writers.
 
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 also be available at The PSP Fun Group.
 
Roni