Floating on a Cloud 
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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to work with tubes, fonts, and plugins.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

This tutorial uses tubes that I have made.   Click on the link to download the zipped file of the tubes, then unzip into a folder onto your hard drive.  Download Tubes  You may also use any tube of your own.

You will also need the MuRa's Filter Meister Cloud Filter. Click link to download.

You will also need the McKloud Shadow Font.  Click link to download.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 7.0 .  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Before we begin, you might want to study the PSP tool bars.  I have labeled the tools on another page.  Click on the link and it will open a new page.  You may want to keep this page open while you work on the tutorial, to refer to the names now and then.  PSP Tools

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Click New File in the top menu bar.  Enter these settings:  width=500, Height=500, Resolution=72.000 pixels/inch, Backround Color= transparent, image type=16.7 Million Colors (24 Bits).  Click Ok.

2.  Flood-fill the image with color #479DBD

2.  Now apply the MuRa's Filter Meister Cloud Filter.  Click on Effects--Plugin Filters--MuRa's Meister--Cloud.

3.  Change the settings:  Change the last drop-down to Thin Clouds, then change the  light color to white, FG color to white, and BG color to #479DBD.  Leave all the other settings on default.

Click ok, and your image will now look like this:

4.  From the left menu, choose the text tool.  Choose the McKoud Black Font, set at size 72, and Fill with white.  Check the circle for vector and antialias. Type the first letter of your name. Click ok.

5.  The first letter will be surrounded by vector handles.  Left-Click on the middle left or middle right vector handles and drag/enlarge the letter to that side.  then Adjust the size vertically by left clicking on the middle top or middle bottom handles and dragging up or down.  Enlarge the letter, but be sure to leave some room above the letter to add a tube, and to the right of the letter to add more letters for your name.

6.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on that vector layer and choose New Vector Layer.

7.  Type your next letter, and click ok.  Use the vector handles to enlarge and overlap the letter on top of the first one.

8. Repeat Steps 6 & 7 until you have all the letters of your name.  If you need to resize the letter, just click on each letter's layer in the Palette and slide the handles inward to shrink the letters a bit.

9.  Once you have all your letter's typed (on their own vector layer), Right-Click on the first vector layer and choose convert to Raster Layer.

Change EACH vector layer to a raster layer (like in step 9).

10.  I decided that my name looked better with the first letter on top, so I dragged the letter layers into reverse order.  Make sure that the Layer 1 (your background) stays on the bottom.  Then click on the first letter layer.  In the top Menu, choose Selections--Select all.  Then Selections--Float

11.  Then apply the MuRa's Filter Meister Cloud Filter on that letter. In top Menu Click Effects--Plugins--MuRa's Meister--Cloud. Change the settings so that the light color=white, FG color = #EEEEFC, and BG color = white.  All other settings the same as before.  Click OK.

12.  In top Menu bar, click Effects--3D Effects--Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical=1, Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 13.6, Color = white.  Click OK.

13.  Click on the next letter layer and Repeat Steps 10 - 12.  Repeat Steps 10 - 12 on EACH letter layer of your name.

14.  In the Layer Palette X out the background layer (Layer 1), and click on the top layer.

15.  In top menu click Layers--Merge--merge Visible

16.  In top Menu, click Image--Resize.  Check the circle next to Pixel size and type 300 for the width.  Check Resize all layers and maintain ratio.  Click ok.

17.  In Layer palette activate layer 1 by clicking on it.

18.  Open up the bear angel tube.  In top menu, click Edit--Copy.   Then click on your cloud image and in top menu, click Edit--Paste--As New Layer.  The layer should be inserted between Layer 1 and the Merged layer.

19.  Click Image--Mirror

20.  On left tool bar choose mover tool and slide the bear tube over so that a small part of the left foot hides behind the first letter.  See Picture.

21.  In Layer Palette, Click on Layer 2 (bear tube) to activate it.  Then Right-click on that layer and choose New Raster Layer

22.  Change Foreground color to white.  From left tool menu, choose airbrush tool.  In Tool Options box set the airbrush to shape=round, size=20, hardness = 100, Opacity=100, Step=25, Density=100.

23.  In Layer 3 (make sure the third layer from the bottom is activated) with the airbrush tool, draw a white cloud over the bottom of the angel.  (See Picture)

24.  In top Menu, click Effects--Noise--Add noise.  Set noise to 30% uniform, and click OK.

25.  In top menu, click Effects--Blur--Gaussian Blur.  Set radius to 3.00 and click ok.

26.  Take the x off the background layer.  If your cloud is hidden behind your name, choose the mover tool and move the cloud up so that you can see the cloud between the bear and your name.  You want it to look like the bear is sitting on the cloud.

27.  Click on Merged layer (name layer) and from top menu click Selections--Select All.  Then click Selections--Float.  Then click Layers--Add raster Layer, called Shadow.  Make sure that the shadow layer is activated in the Layer Palette.

28.  In top menu, click Effects--3D Effects--Drop Shadow.  Change the blur to 21 and the color to white.  Click ok to apply.  Apply the Drop Shadow a SECOND time on the same layer.  Selections--none

29.  Slide the shadow layer below the merged layer.

30.  In top menu, click Layers--Merge--merge visible.

31.  From the left menu, choose the tube tool and select a sparkle tube.  There's one included in the tube download.  I set mine to size 30, and then I placed a sparkle on the bear's halo.  Looks like maybe a size 35 could have been used.  *S*

32.  Change the background color to color #479DBD.  In top menu, click Image--add border. Check Symmetric, and set border width to 10.  Click ok.

33.  In top menu bar, click Effects--3D Effects--Inner Bevel.  Choose Pillow Preset or set to the numbers below.  click ok.

34.  Now save your tag as a .gif or a .jpeg!

If you have any questions about this tutorial or comments, 

please email me.


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