Love Letters Tutorial by RoniElaine



Tutorial by RoniElaine - Written on April 25, 2009   
Skill Level - Intermediate
  This tutorial was written using PSP X but should work
   in other versions with just a few adjustments.
   It was written in "split screen" format so that
   you can work on the tutorial with PSP open on one
   side of your screen and the tutorial on the other side.
Supplies Needed

    No outside filters are used for this one 
Supplies:  Click HERE
     All supplies needed will be provided for you.
     I encourage you to use tubes and brushes of your choice

     and make this your own "original" creation.

     (See variation at the bottom)


         KS_green-lady - Tube by Kitty Snijders - used with permission

                                       Thank you Kitty

         RULED LINES - group share

         image 12 - group share

         KaraWaveEffects7 - group share brush

         S_S_tex_021 - group share texture

         1134 - texture

         Font: Starburst



        Put the 2 textures into your texture folder

        Import the brush to your brush folder

         (Note: During testing this brush would not work for 1 tester.

                    You may use any other brush if you wish or skip the

                     brush layer)

        Open and minimize the font to your desktop


1.  File > Open the RULED LINES tube

     Window > Duplicate and close original

      (Note: you may want to use Zoom In to see better)

     In Materials Pallette, set foreground color to White

     With Magic Wand, click on one of the lines

     Use Flood Fill tool to fill all lines with white

     Selections > Select None

     Edit > Copy and minimize


     File > Open > KS_green-lady

     Window > Duplicate and close original

     Choose 2 colors from your tube

     Settings: I chose #b7cbc0 for my light foreground color

                      and #5d7d68 for my dark background color

             Note: If using different colors, make note of your colors

                       as they will change

     Minimize your tube


2.  File > New

     Open a new transparent image of 640 x 480 pixels

     In Materials Pallette, set your foreground to a gradient

     Settings:  Linear, Angle 180, Repeats 0

     Use your Flood Fill tool to fill image with the gradient



     Effects > Texture Effects > Texture

     Settings: choose the default arrow

     Texture 1134, 100, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315, 50, 30


     Layers > New Raster Layer


3.  Selections > Select All

     Edit > Paste Into Selection

     Selections > Select None

     Layers > Duplicate

     Image > Mirror

     Layers > Merge > Merge Down

     Layers > Duplicate

     Image > Flip

     Layers > Merge > Merge Down


     Set your Blend Mode to Dissolve

     Adjust Opacity - I used 50%


     Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel

     Settings:  Bevel #2

       8, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315, 50, 30


4.  Activate your tube KS_green-lady

     Edit > Copy

     Edit > Paste as New Layer onto your main image

     Image > Resize

     Settings: resize by 85%, all layers unchecked

     Use your Move Tool to move it to the far left


     Activate the Lines Layer

     Use your Eraser Tool at these settings to erase

        lines from the face and the hands

     Settings: Square, 10, 75, 5, 100, 100, 0, 100

         (Note: If you have difficulty using the eraser on this layer,

                      bring the Lines Layer to the top to see it better.

                      If you do this, be sure to bring the tube layer to the

                      top when finished erasing.)


5.   File > Open - Image12

      Edit > Copy and close original

      Edit > Paste as New Layer

      Use Move Tool to move to lower right corner

      Layers > Arrange > Move Down


      Layers > Duplicate

      Use Move Tool to move to upper right corner

      Set Blend Mode on Soft Light or reduce opacity

         to about 22% (will depend on your colors)


6.   Set your foreground color back to color

      Optional step: adding a brush

      Layers > New Raster Layer

      Select your Paint Brush tool

      Choose KaraWaveEffects7 or other swirly brush

         Settings: default of your brush

              Left click to apply the brush to a few places

              on the right side to give highlights or texture


      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible


7.   Image > Add Borders > Symmetric

      Settings: 2 pixels of your dark color

      Selections > Select All

      Selections> Modify > Contract

      Settings: 2

      Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout

      Settings:  0, 0, 100, 25, Black

      Selections:  Select None


8.   Image > Add Borders > Symmetric

      Settings: 25 pixels of white

      Magic Wand Tool - select that border

      Effects > Texture Effects > Texture

      Settings: Choose the default arrow

       Change the following settings

         Texture - S_S_tex_021

          Size 75%, Depth 5, Color #7ba090

          Optional: Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance         

      Selections > Select None


9.  Image > Add Borders

     Settings: 1 px symmetric in black

                      2 px symmetric in your dark color

                      2 px symmetric in your light color

                      2 px symmetric in your dark color

                      1 px symmetric in black


10. Text Layer

       Set your background color to white

       Select your Text Tool

       Settings:  Font - Starburst - set size to 36

                         Font Style - B (bold)

                         Align Left

                         Create as Vector

                         Stroke Width - 1

       Type your text - I typed Love Letters

        Use the vector boxes to move/ resize to your liking

        Layers > Convert to Raster Layer


        Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel

        Settings:  Bevel #2

          8, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315, 50, 30

        Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

        Settings: 2, 2, 50, 10, Black


        ** If making a side border background, make a copy

            of this text layer to use on the background

            Edit > Copy

            Edit > Paste as New Image  

                and minimize the text layer


        Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten)

        Add a layer for your watermark and apply watermark

        Image > Resize (to your liking)

        File > Export > JPEG Optimizer at 25%


Background for your letter 


1.  In Materials palette,

               change foreground color to White

               set  background color to medium or dark color 

               I used #7ba090 

    File > New

       Open a new transparent raster image of 400 x 400 pixels

       Use Flood fill tool to fill with dark color

       Effects > Texture Effects > Texture

       Settings:  Same settings except change color to

                         white foreground color

       Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

       Settings: Default Settings


2.    Layers > New Raster Layer

       Change foreground color back to your light color

       Use Flood Fill Tool to fill with light color #b7cbc0

       Change Opacity to 40%

       Layers > Merge > Merge Visible and minimize


3.    Reactivate the Love Letters Text image you minimized earlier

          in Step 10

       Image - Rotate Left

           (Note: In some versions of PSP, you will need to do

            Image > Rotate > Free Rotate

            Check Left, 90 degrees, All Layers)


       Image - Canvas Size

       Settings: 1300 pixels or width of choice

                        400 pixels height

                        Left center arrow


       In Materials Palette, choose the pattern you made at Step 1 above

       Settings: 45, 100

       Layers > New Raster Layer

       Flood fill with your pattern

       Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

       Effects > Image Effect > Seamless Tiling

       Settings: Edge, Vertical



   File > Export in JPEG Optimizer - 30% - 35%



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

I want to thank Claire, Francine and Wiciyela for testing it for me !!

Your input is much appreciated !

Please link this tutorial to The PSP Fun Group

and to Ramblin' Roots



Although this tutorial is written for 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.