Pillow Talk Tutorial

Pillow Talk by RoniElaine

Written on Dec. 27, 2009




Skill Level - Intermediate


This tutorial was written using PSP X.

    Similar results can be obtained in lower versions but will be slightly


    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.

    I encourage you to use other tubes to make your own creation.


    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 Needed:

   Filters:  VM Distortion - Mosaic Ripple HERE

                 dsb Flux  - Linear Transmission HERE

                 Simple - Top Left Mirror HERE

                     Optional for background -

                     Fantastic Machines  - Paint Engine HERE


   Supplies:  Click HERE

                 GG09~LadyOnPillows_001   (by GranGran)

                 zv mask   (shared mask)

                 A texture of your choice (optional for background)



     Install filters if needed

     Put mask in your mask folder for PSP


 1.  Open GG09~LadyOnPillows_001 in PSP

      If using a different tube choose one similar in size

         and preferably not a misted tube

      This tube is 450x438.

      Window > Duplicate and close the original


        Activate the tube layer

      Choose 2 colors from your tube

      A light to medium color for your foreground and a medium

         to dark color for your background

      I used #d09cb9 and #984da7


      Choose a 3rd color from your tube to be used for a Wave

         effect on the frame.  Write this color # down for later use.

      Minimize your tube for later use


      Set your background to foreground/background gradient

         Settings: Linear, Angle 132, Repeats 10

                          Invert not checked


 2.  File > New

         Settings:  Width 600, Height 475, Transparent checked

      Use your Flood Fill Tool to fill with your gradient


      Effects > Plugins > VM Distortion > Mosaic Ripple

            Settings: 22, 176



      Repeat Mosaic Ripple

          Settings: Change Size to 5


      Effects > Plugins > dsb flux > Linear Transmission

         Settings: 9, 10, 50, Horizontal



      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance


 3.  Layers > New Raster Layer

      In Materials Palette, click on your background gradient

         to open it and click on Invert

      Use your Flood Fill Tool to fill layer with gradient


      Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk

                       Choose zv mask

         Settings: Select Source luminance, Fit to canvas,

                          Hide all mask;   Invert NOT checked



      Layers > Merge > Merge Group


 4.  Selections > Select All

      Selections > Float

      Selections > Defloat

      Effects > 3D Effects > Outer Bevel

         Settings:  Bevel #10, 12, 0, 20, 0, 0, 315, 50, 30

                           For color, choose your light color



      Effects > Texture Effects > Weave

          Setting: Click on Default Arrow

      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance

      Selections > Select None


 5.  Effects > Texture Effects > Weave

          Settings: 1, 1, 5, black, black, fill gaps checked



      Effects > Distortion Effects > Twirl

          Setting: 50

      Edit > Repeat Twirl

      Image > Resize

          Settings: 105%, All layers not checked


 6.   Maximize your tube

       Edit > Copy and minimize again

       Edit > Paste as New Layer

       Image > Resize    Same setting of 105%


       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner bevel

           Settings: Bevel #2, 8, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315, 50, 30

                Note:  This is a "puffing" bevel and does not work

                           well on some tubes.  You may change the

                           bevel to one of your choice.



       Edit > Repeat Inner Bevel

       Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

           Setting: Click on Preset Drop Down List

                          Select -  Above wide right

                          (-30 (minus), 70, 50, 30, black)

                          Option: white works well with some tubes


        Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

            Settings: Change Vertical and Horizontal to -4 (minus)

            (Note: Reposition if you wish.  I moved tube down)


 7.  Image > Add Borders

            Settings: 2 pxs black, symmetric checked

      Selections > Select All

      Selections > Modify > Contract

            Setting: 2 pxs

      Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout

            Settings:  0, 0, 100, 15, black

      Selections > Select None 


      Image > Add Borders

          Settings: 40 pxs, White, Symmetric

      Use your Magic Wand to select the border

      Use your Flood Fill Tool to fill with the gradient

         (During testing, some testers had to add a new layer

             before filling)


      Effects > Plugins > Simple > Top Left Mirror


8.    Note: The next two effects may need adjustment for

                  PSP9 or lower versions 

          If using older versions, go to notes below

                 under the  two screenshots


       Effects > Distortion Effects > Wave

          Settings: 3, 100, 0, 1, Transparent


      Note: Your wave should not have any additional

                 color added to it.  If it does, select the default

                 and then reset the above settings.


      Effects >  Distortion Effects > Wave

          For the color, choose the 3rd color you chose

          at the beginning.  Be sure to click on Color

            (Screenshot is from another example)




      Notes for some versions of PSP

      For the first Wave:

      Apply the Wave as in the step above.

      Effects > Distortion Effects > Wave

          Settings: 3, 100, 0, 1, Transparent

      If your Wave has a color in it or if the wave does not

       extend into your graphic:

         Click on Default setting

          Then reset the settings making sure transparent is checked


      For the Second Wave:

      Apply the Wave as in the step above

      Effects >  Distortion Effects > Wave

          Be sure color is checked and choose the 3rd

          color that you chose earlier

          Again, if it doesn't look right, click on the default setting

             and reset it again.


      The following bevel and drop shadows may look different

       than they do in PSP10, but you can still get a nice effect.


9.   Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel ....same settings

      Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

          Settings: 2, 2, 50, 5, black 

       Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

          Settings: change to -2 (minus)

      Selections > Select None


      Image > Add Borders

           Settings: 2 pxs of your darker color

      Image > Add Borders

           Settings: 1 px of black


      Add a layer and apply your watermark

      File > Export through JPEG Optimizer at 25

      Do not resize or close your image if making a background


10. On your main graphic layer,

      Use your Selection Tool to make a Custom Selection 

          Settings:  Top 10, Left 644, Right 687, Bottom 268        


      Edit > Copy

      Edit > Paste As New Image


      Image > Canvas Size

          Settings:  Width 43, Height 516 

                            Top Center Arrow


      Layers > Duplicate

      Image > Flip

      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

      Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling

           Settings: Edge, Vertical, 50, 50


11. Effects > Reflection Effects > Rotating Mirror

           Settings: Click on Default Arrow

                            0, 0, Reflect



       Image > Add Borders

           Settings: Uncheck Symmetric

                            Top 0, Left 2, Right 2, Bottom 0

                            Color - Black or Dark Color from your tube


12.  Layers > Promote Background Layer

       Image > Canvas Size

            Settings:  Width 1650 or your preference

                              Height 516, Left Center Arrow


       Layers > New Raster Layer

       Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

       Use your Flood Fill Tool

            to fill this layer with one of your colors


       Apply a texture of your choice.

        I used Fantastic Machines > Paint Engine

        I checked Wrap Edges to make it seamless

          and Random Settings to choose a texture


 13.  Optional Step for Drop Shadow on the bar

        In Layers Palette select your top layer


        Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

            Settings: 0, 2, 75, 9, Black

                             Shadow on new layer checked


       Use your Pick Tool or Deformation Tool to stretch the

       shadow beyond the top and bottom edges.



     Export through your JPEG Optimizer.

     Suggested setting of 25 - 35.




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 !

Please link this tutorial to The PSP Fun Group


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.  ronicox@gmail.com

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

under Guest Tut Writers after release to the Fun Group.