Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Joel Adams Fae


* Tube of choice. I am using the artwork of Joel Adams and you need to purchase a licence from CILM to use his work. You can check out his site at www.lilz.net

* Gradient to compliment tube

* Font of choice (a fat/bold font works best)

* Preset Shape of choice (a shape to compliment your tube)

* Flaming Pear Super Blade Pro with the coconut ice preset (can substitute Eye Candy Glass or PSP Inner Bevel)

* Xenofex Constellation filter (any sparkle type filter will do eg VM Sparkle)

* Xero Tekstya (can substitute Texturiser or PSP Fine Leather ie Effects - Texture Effects - Fine Leather)


Set up your supplies ready for use ie you want your gold pattern and your gradient on the materials palette, have your tube open in PSP.

Open a new image 400 x 400. Set your gradient to an angle of 45 and floodfill the layer. Select all, selection modify and contract by 14. Selection invert and apply Super Blade Pro Coconut Ice preset (or substitute). Selection invert.

Open a new layer. Floodfill new layer with gold pattern. Select all, selection modify and contract by 2. Press the delete key then merge the layer down. DO NOT deselect.

Apply Tekstya filter (or substitute) to selection. Use default settings. Make sure the top tone box colour is set on white as this lightens the gradient. (If using a substitute create a white layer beneath your selection, reduce the opacity of your texture layer then merge them together if you want your gradient lighter.) Select none.

Close off the gold pattern on your materials palette. Choose the preset shape you want to use and draw it out as a vector until it fills most of the canvas and is roughly centred. If your chosen shape has a thin outline you may need to increase the line width - I used 12 for my heart.

Convert to raster layer and duplicate twice (you should have your background and 3 shape layers). Apply your sparkle filter to each shape layer, changing the random seed on each layer from 1 to 11 to 21.

Duplicate your background layer twice and alternate your layers so that you can merge each shape layer onto a background layer. You should now have 3 layers only.

Activate your tube and resize if necessary. Copy and paste as a new layer. Bring your tube to the top if necessary. If your image looks blurry you can sharpen it (Adjust - Sharpness - Sharpen).

Click on your text tool. Using the fat font, size 48, stroke 2 (ensure pattern is open), vector, write your name. Stretch it out until it is a suitable size. Convert to raster, select all, float, defloat and apply SBP preset (or substitute). Select none.

Apply a drop shadow to the text and the tube layer - vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 60, blur 3 and colour black.

Position your tube and text where you want them. Merge your tube layer with the text layer. Duplicate so that you have 3 tube layers. Merge one tube layer with each background layer so that you finish with 3 layers again.

Add the appropriate copyright information and your watermark on another layer. Duplicate the layer and merge to each background layer.

Save image as an Animation Shop .psp file.

Open image in Animation shop and save as a .gif and you are finished. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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