WK 07-12-06

©Westie Kids/Diana; Created 12-14-05


This tutorial was written and all screenshots done in PSP9. You should be able to achieve similar results in other versions. Some of the effects you may need to search for in your dropdown lists (under Effects or Adjust). 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. Please do not create a script of my tutorials and I do not wish my tutorials to be translated, thank you. You may save an offline copy of this tutorial for your own use. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana

Supplies:

Paint Shop Pro

Xero Plugins (Thanks to Pete!)
(We'll be using Porcelain from Xero Plugin Set 1 and Lineart from Xero Plugin Set 3).
Scroll down to find Plugin Sets (4 freeware sets available), click on Site 1 or Site 2 to start download.
Create a folder named Xero in your Plugins folder and extract all .zip file contents to it.
Close your PSP and reopen to be able to see the new filter(s).

Font Used

Other Supplies Used
(Images and Template--open in PSP; PSP9's Dither 25 pct.bmp gets extracted to your Textures folder)
Tip: It's helpful to make folders for each tutorial you do, placing images
supplied in it for easy access and saving your .pspimage there as well.

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©Westie Kids/Diana Dorsey, 2005

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Remember to save your work frequently

1) File/New: Width=500; Height=300; Transparent.
File/Open and select at least 3 .jpg images you wish to use for the faces.
Windows/Duplicate (Shift+D) on each and close the originals to use another time.
(I used "wk_blenlad1.jpg", "wk_blenlad2.jpg" and "wk_blenlad3.jpg" -- included in your Supplies).

2) On first of your images click on Selection Tool:
Selection Type: Ellipse; Mode: Replace; Feather: 30; Antialias: Checked.
Draw out a selection on the face (I used wk_blenlad2.jpg). Edit/Copy and click on your 500x300 transparent file.
Edit/Paste as New Layer. Move image over to the right.

Repeat above on second image but move it to the center (I used wk_blenlad3.jpg).

Repeat on third image and move to the left (I used wk_blenlad1.jpg).
At this point you may wish to resize one of your images, or drag one layer under another to suit your own tastes.

3) Open another of the supplied images (or use one you already have open--I used copy of wk_blenlad3.jpg for this step).
This is going to be the background for our blended images (instead of using brushes).
Change your Foreground Color to #000000, black.
Change your Background Color to #7e0c0c, dark red.
Effects/Plugins/Xero Lineart changing to values in screenshot and then clicking OK:

4) Image/Rotate/Rotate Clockwise 90.
Edit/Copy and go back to your 500x300 file, clicking on Raster 1, the bottom layer, to activate it - then Selections/Select All.
Edit/Paste/PASTE INTO SELECTION.
Selections/Select None (CTRL+D).
TIP: If you can't see enough of the background through your images, try this on the background. Image/Flip and/or Image/Mirror.

5) I created a texture to use as a background in place of the Lineart for those who want a different, more Goth-type look. Open wk_rouge-texture-template.jpg and Edit/Copy. Go back to your bottom layer on the 500x300 file and this time Edit/Paste/Paste as New Layer. If you like the looks of the template with your chosen images better, just delete the Lineart layer from the bottom now. I like to try a mix-and-match before I decide on a finished look. You might also want to experiment with the other images using the Lineart steps 3 and 4 to see if another would look better behind your chosen images before we continue.

6) On your 500x300 image, click on the first image you added (will be Raster 2) then Adjust/Photo Fix/Digital Camera Noise Removal and we'll use the defaults, per screenshot below.
Apply the same Digital Camera Noise Removal effect to EACH of the image layers, but not the bottom (background) layer.

7) Effects/Plugins/Xero Porcelain and change values per screenshot below.
(You can mouse over the values in the boxes to highlight and type in the values instead of dragging box on each line).
Apply the Xero Porcelain effect to EACH of the image layers, but not the bottom (background) layer.

8) Apply the following effect to EACH of your 3 image layers, but not the bottom (background) layer.
Adjust/Sharpness/Unsharp Mask with these values:
Radius = 2.00
Strength = 210
Clipping = 4
Luminance Only = UNchecked

9) Go to your Raster 2 layer in your Layer Palette and right click, then Duplicate.
On the duplicated layer: Effects/Artistic Effects/Posterize and use Levels 8. Change the Blend Mode of this layer to Soft Light.
Repeat this for your other 2 image layers, Raster 3 and Raster 4, making sure your Posterized effect layers are on top of each of your other layers.

TIP: When you have effects applied to duplicate layers and decide you'd like to move them, you will need to change the Layer Link Toggle from None to a number. If you only have 2 images to keep together, you would click on NONE and it changes to 1 (doing this on both of the paired layers). If you have 2 or more images to keep together, click on each of the pairs and change the NONE to 2, then 3, etc. To go back to NONE, just keep clicking the Layer Link Toggle area until None comes back. See screenshots of this and how our work looks so far:

10) Now if your layers are lined up like my screenshot above, we're ready to merge.
Right click on any layer in your Layer Palette then Merge/Merge All (Flatten).

11) Add a New Raster Layer, be sure your Foreground is #000000 and your Background is #7e0c0c. Change your Background from Color to Gradient and look for the Foreground-background gradient in your Material Palette dropdown folder. Change to Angle = 0, Repeats = 5, then click on the Style and change from Linear to Sunburst. Once you have the Sunburst style clicked, you can change the 4 values below it, but you will need to UNcheck the Link Center and Focal Points box to make those changes. See screenshot:

Floodfill this new raster layer with the Foreground-background gradient.
Change the Opacity from 100 to between 30-40 (mine's at 35) and the Blend Mode to Overlay.
Tip: If you click your mouse on the Opacity area you can then use your 4 arrow keys to lower the Opacity one degree at a time (left arrow key) or raise again with right arrow key.

12) Add a New Raster layer and click on your Foreground color (#000000) to bring up the Material Palette. Check your Textures Box at the top right and then search for the Dither 25 pct texture. Floodfill the layer (textures will make your color semi-transparent). Change the Blend Mode of this layer from Normal to Color (Legacy).

After floodfilling, go back and UNcheck the Textures box in the Material Palette and click OK to set it back to normal.

13) We're now ready to add our text (your name) using the font supplied, Beffle.
Swap your Foreground and Background colors:
Foreground Color = #7e0c0c.
Background Color = #000000.
2px stroke; Size 48 (see screenshot below):

14) Position your vector text where you want it, then right click the layer in your Layer Palette and Convert to Raster.
Selections/Select All; then Selections/Float.
Selections/Modify/Contract = 1.
Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel using these values:

Edit/Repeat Inner Bevel.

15) While still selected, apply Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow:
Vertical and Horizontal = 1
Opacity = 100
Blur = 1.00
Color = #DA9F3C, Gold
Shadow on New Layer = UNCHECKED

16) While still selected, Selections/Modify/Expand = 2
Apply Drop Shadow:
Vertical and Horizontal = 1
Opacity = 100
Blur = 5.00
Color = #FFFFFF, WHITE
Shadow on New Layer = UNCHECKED
Then apply the same shadow changing Vertical and Horizontal to -1 (minus 1).

17) While still selected, Selections/Modify/Contract = 1
Apply Drop Shadow:
Vertical and Horizontal = 1
Opacity = 100
Blur = 1.00
Color = #000000, Black
Shadow on New Layer = UNCHECKED
Then apply the same shadow changing Vertical and Horizontal to -1 (minus 1).
Now you may Deselect (Selections/Select None).

18) Add a New Raster Layer.
Selections/Select All
Selections/Modify/Contract = 3
Selections/Invert
Now floodfill this 3px selection using #7e0c0c, red.
Selections/Select None.

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

Below are two more variations:

©Westie Kids/Diana; Created 12-15-05

©Westie Kids/Diana; Created 11-01-05

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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 12/15/05
Revised 07/12/06
Westie Kids/Diana Dorsey 2001-2007
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Thank You and God bless........Diana