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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to use a mask. If you have any questions, please feel free to Email me.
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Download this Bow overlay tube
1. Open up the photo or image that you want to use. SHIFT+D to duplicate it; close the original. It is best to use a HORIZONTAL picture (where the width is longer than the height)
2. Resize the duplicate so that the width is 500 px, and the height is smaller.
3. SHIFT+D to duplicate again. Minimize one copy for later use.
4. On the second copy: Effects > Plugins > Scribe > 4way Mirror. This plugin will automatically apply when you click on 4way Mirror
5. Effects > Plugins > Toadies > Weaver. Set: Width & Height = 59, cell edges = 255
6. Effects > Distortion > Pixelate. Set Width & height = 50
7. Effects > Texture Effects > Texture: Set: Texture = Paper Coarse, size = 25%, smoothness = 10, depth = 3, ambience = 0, shininess = 0, color = white, angle = 315, intensity = 50, elevation = 30
8. Image > Canvas Size, set width = 600, height = 500, placement = center
9. Right-click on the pixelated layer and choose Duplicate.
10. Image > Free Rotate. Direction = right, degrees = 90, UNcheck all layers
11. Choose the raster Deform Tool
12. Bring the top center node down, and the bottom center node up to shrink the top and bottom a bit.
13. Right-click on the top layer and choose Merge > Merge Down
14. Adjust> Hue and Saturation > Colorize. Play around with the slider to get the color that you like. I picked a red shade from my image.
15. Choose the Ellipse SHAPE tool
16. In the toolbar at the top, set the shape to circle, UNcheck show nodes, and create as vector
17. Layers > New Raster Layer
18. Foreground color = NULL, background color = White. Draw a large circle that takes up most of the graphic.
19. With the magic wand, select the white circle. Selection > Modify > Contract Selection by 8 pixels.
20. NOW, open the duplicate image that you minimized at the bottom of PSP desktop. Edit > Copy
21. Click back on your circle image. Edit > Paste Into.
22. Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Radius = 5
23. Selection > None
24. Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow. Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, Blur = 2, color = black
25. Repeat the drop shadow, but change Vertical and Horizontal to NEGATIVE 1
26. Layers > New Raster Layer
27. Choose the Rectangle Selection tool. In the Toolbar at the top, choose Custom selection
28. Set: Top = 100, left = 300, right = 600, bottom = 400
29. Flood-fill the selection with a color from your graphic
30. Effects > Textures > Texture. Use the same settings as before
31. Layers > New Raster Layer
32. With the Ellipse SHAPE tool, same settings as before, draw a white circle.
33. With the magic wand, click on the white circle to select it. Selection > Modify > Contract Selection by 8 pixels.
34. Open up the duplicate image again. Edit > Copy
35. Click back on your circle image. Edit > Paste Into Selection > None
36. Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 100, blur = 2, color = black
37. Repeat the drop shadow but change the Vertical & Horizontal to NEGATIVE 1
38. Right-click on circle layer and choose Merge > Merge Down
39. With the mover tool move this circle/square into position on the right side of the image.
40 Right-click on this circle/square layer and choose Duplicate.
41. Image > Mirror
42. Layers > New Raster Layer
43. Choose the Rectangle SHAPE tool. Foreground = Null, background = white
44. Draw a white rectangle, like so
45. With the Magic wand, select the white rectangle. Selection > Modify > Contract Selection by 8 pixels.
46. Open up the duplicate image. Edit > Copy. Then click back on the rectangle image. Edit > Paste into. Selection > None
47. Repeat the two Drop Shadow steps. First, with Vertical & horizontal = 1, then with Vertical & Horizontal = NEGATIVE 1
48. Layers > New Raster Layer.
49. Now we are going to make the little ribbon ties. Choose the Rectangle SELECTION tool, and draw a small rectangle selection from circle frame to square, like so
50. Flood-fill the selection with the same color choice as before.
51. Selection > None
52. Image > Free Rotate. Left, Free = 10
53. Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow. Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 75, blur = 5, color = black
54. Choose the Warp Brush tool
55. Set the warp mode to push, and size = 20
56. Use the warp brush in the center of the ribbon where it overlaps the white frame. Gently push the top (left-click and drag down) and then the bottom (left-click and drag up) to make the center squeeze in.
57. Click on the Green Check to apply the warp.
58. Right-click on the tiny ribbon layer and choose Duplicate.
59. Image > Flip
60. Use the mover tool, to line up the ribbons, then right-click on the top ribbon layer and choose Merge > Merge Down
61. Choose the paintbrush tool, set to round, size = 10, hardness = 100, step = 1, density & opacity = 100
62. Layers > New Raster Layer
63. With the paintbrush tool, left-click ONCE where the ribbons cross each other to make a knot. Use the SAME color as you did for the ribbon. I used yellow so that you could see where I was clicking.
64. Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel Set: Bevel = pie, width = 25, smoothness = 25, depth = 3, ambience = 0, shininess = 50, color = white, angle = 315, intensity = 50, elevation = 28
65. Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow. Vertical & Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 75, blur = 5, color = black
66. Right-click on knot layer and choose Merge > Merge Down
67. Right-click on the top layer and choose Duplicate.
68. Image > Flip
69. Use the mover tool to fix the second ribbon as necessary. Right-click on top layer and choose Merge > Merge Down
70. Right-click on the ribbons layer and choose Duplicate
71. Image > Mirror
72. Layers > New Raster Layer
73. Choose the paintbrush tool. Set shape = square, size = 10, Step = 200. Foreground color = black
74. Left-click ONCE above the rectangle frame at left corner.
75. Then hold SHIFT key down and left click above right corner. This will produce a straight line across. (The step setting made the spaces between the squares)
76. Right-click on squares layer and choose Duplicate
77. Image > Flip. With mover tool, move into position underneath the frame.
78. Open up the bow tube. Image > Resize, resize to about 100 pixels wide.
79. Selection > Float. Selections > Defloat
80. Layers New Raster Layer
81. Flood-fill the selection with the color you have been using.
82. Set the layer blend mode to DARKEN
83. Right-click on top color and choose Merge > Merge down
84. Edit > Copy
85. Click back on the frame images, and choose Edit > Paste as New Layer.
86. Choose the raster deform tool, and if necessary drag the top left corner into the center to make the bow smaller.
87. Drag the bow up to the top right corner and use the center handle to rotate the bow a little.
88. Apply a drop shadow to the bow: Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow, same settings as before BUT... if you CHECK create shadow on a new layer, then you'll be able to erase the part of the shadow that extends beyond the stacked frames so that it will save nicely as a GIF.
88. Save this as a GIF. File > Export > GIF Optimizer
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