©Westie Kids; Created 06-30-06. Using tube by Steph Staker. Displaying image with border=1; tut does not create it.

This tutorial was written and all screenshots done in PSP9. You should be able to achieve similar results in other versions. You may need to search for some of the effects in your PSP's dropdown lists. Please do not offer any of the supplies for download anywhere, do not change file names, do not send the webpage through emails, and only offer a text link to my tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana


Paint Shop Pro

2 Penta Plugins ("VTR Filter2" and "ToyCamera")
(NOTE: If a Language Pack Installation box pops up - just click CANCEL).
Create a subfolder called Penta in your Plugins folder and extract the 2 plugin zip contents to it.
We'll be using ToyCamera_lite and VTR2 from these 2 plugin zip files:

Freeware Font Used


(Thanks to my friends Ginny Hopping & Steph Staker for tubes! Hugs, Diana)



1) Open tube (I'm using dkwarmthofhome1_sjs.psp for above example), make 2 copies (Windows/Duplicate or Shift+D) - one will be used as a Mask.
Minimize one copy.
With second copy use Dropper Tool; pick a medium or dark color for Foreground (I'm using #487F6B).
Background Color should be #F4D867 (gold, for example above) - or you may choose another light color for a different gradient effect, and substitute this color where I'm using #F4D867 - we want a nice contrast for the gradient).
Change Foreground style to Gradient and find Foreground-background in dropdown list: Angle 45, Repeats 1, Style: Linear
Minimize this 2nd tube copy for now as well.

2) File/New (CTRL+N): 500 x 500 Transparent. Fill with Background color, #F4D867.
Make sure your Layer Palette is visible (View/Palettes/Layers or F8 to toggle palette on/off).
Layers/New Raster Layer. Fill with the foreground Gradient.
Remember to save your work frequently.

3) Effects/Plugins/penta.com/ToyCamera_lite/ Amount: 255; Distance: 174; SoftLight: 255

4) Effects/Plugins/penta.com/VTR2/ Line Distance: 55; Line Width: 0; Contrast: 169; Ghost: 0:

5) Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.
Selections/Select All (CTRL+A).
Selections/Modify/Contract: 10.
Right click on the layer in your layer palette and Promote Selection to Layer.
(If you now hover your mouse over the Promoted Selection layer you'll see it's a 10px border).

6) While the 10px area is still selected, Effects/Artistic Effects/Colored Edges/ Luminance: 0; Blur: 3; Color: #FFFFFF; Intensity: 10.
(you won't see the 10px area in the window unless you click on the Zoom Out button a few times):

7) Keeping the 10px area selected, Effects/3D Effects/Chisel/ Size: 10; Solid Color Checked, Color #FFFFFF.
Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.
Selections/Select None.
Now click on Raster 2 (the gradient layer) in your Layer Palette and change the Blend Mode from Normal to Darken (click on arrow to the right of Normal for the dropdown list of blend modes).
Here's a smaller size of what you should now have:

8) In Layer Palette, click on top layer (Promoted Selection) to activate.
Layers/New Raster Layer.
Click on the Gradient in your Material Palette, change only the Angle to 135, and floodfill the new layer.

9) Effects/Plugins/penta.com/ToyCamera_lite and use same settings as Step 3.
Image/Rotate/Free Rotate: RIGHT, 90 degrees (make sure All Layers is UNchecked).
Effects/Plugins/penta.com/VTR2 and use same settings as Step 4.
Image/Rotate/Free Rotate: LEFT: 90 degrees (again, All Layers UNchecked).
Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.
Now change the Blend Mode from Normal to Darken on this 2nd gradient layer.

10) Layers/New Raster Layer (be sure it's added to the top of the layer pile).
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 3px.
Change your Background color to black, #000000, and floodfill this 3px outer area.
(you may need to use your Zoom Tool and Zoom in More to see the 3px area to fill). Selections/Select None.

11) Layers/New Raster Layer.
Selections/Select All.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 2px.
Change your Background color back to the gold, #F4D867.
Change your Gradient to Angle 45 and floodfill this 2px outer area.
Selections/Select None.

12) Remember the 2 copies of the tube we had minimized? Restore one of them to full size now.
(Doesn't matter that the dkwarmthofhome1_sjs.psp tube I'm using is larger than our 500x500 working file for this step).
Adjust/Color Balance/Negative Image (be sure to notice what the Image name of this file is).

13) Go back to your 500x500 file and be sure your top layer is the active one.
Layers/New Raster Layer.
Change your gradient in the Materials Palette back to Angle 135 and floodfill the new layer.

14) Layers/New Mask Layer/From Image (or click on your Mask From Image icon at the top of your layer palette).
Find the image you used the negative image effect on in the Source Window of the Add Mask From Image dropdown list and click OK (be sure Invert box is UNchecked).
Right click on your mask layer in the layer palette and Merge/Merge Group.
Change the Opacity from 100 to 50 and change the Blend Mode from Normal to Dodge.
Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance More.
You may now close the negative image copy of the tube - we're done with it.

15) Restore the other copy of the tube to full size.
Go back to the 500x500 file and Edit/Paste as New Layer.
Image/Resize: 90 percent (be sure Resize all layers is UNchecked).
Edit/Repeat Resize.
And once more, Edit/Repeat Resize (you've now resized the tube 90% 3 times).
You may now close this copy of the tube - we're done with it.

16) Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Vertical and Horizontal: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 15.00; Shadow on new layer UNchecked.

17) We're now ready for our Vector text, using the Lumos font. Click on your Text Tool, then go to the Material Palette and close the gradient Foreground; we just want to use the #F4D867 gold Background color only:

18) Type your name, phrase, etc. (if you use 2 lines of text, you might want to change Leading to -0.300 as well as the Tracking to -0.050). Position your text using Mover tool, and then Objects/Align/Horz. Center in Canvas.
Right click in layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer.

19) Selections/Select All.
Selections/Modify/Contract: 1
Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel with these settings:

Selections/Select None.

20) Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow: Vertical and Horizontal: 1; Opacity: 75; Blur: 1.00; Shadow on new layer UNchecked.
Repeat shadow changing Vertical and Horizontal to -1 (minus).
(Click on M to activate Mover Tool, then use arrow keys for precision moving of the text one pixel at a time, like I did to move text to sit on the border edge in my main sample above).

21) For the magic wand, that's one of the special characters in Lumos font. It's the ` character to the left of the number 1 on your keyboard. I used vector text again, font size 100 (you can highlight the numbers in the Text Size window after activating your Text Tool and key in a larger number than those in the dropdown list). Use the vector handle to rotate the character as you like.
Right click in layer palette and Convert to Raster Layer.
Use the procedures for Step 19 and Step 20 for this character.

22) Add your watermark and you're finished! File/Export/JPEG Optimizer: I use the defaults (Set compression value to 20).



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and perhaps learned a little something from it. If you would like to send me an email with your results, I would be delighted to see them...God bless, Diana


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Created 07/03/06
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