WK 07-11-06

Created by Westie Kids/Diana 06-30-05

A variation is at the bottom of page

This tutorial was written & all screenshots done in PSP9. I created wk-tangomood-sheetmusic.psp file to be used in earlier versions in place of my PSP9 brush. The mask is a .jpg, so can be used in any version. Please do not offer any of my materials for download anywhere and only offer a text link to my tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. You may save an offline copy for your own use, of course. Thank you for your courtesy........God bless, Diana


Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9

Zip File (includes the following):
* Font
* tangoers1 & tangoers2 .jpg files
* mask-tangomood.jpg to be used as a mask
* wk-tangomood-shoe.psp
* PSP9 brush (.PspScript & .PspBrush--download to a temporary folder; must be IMPORTED into PSP9):
My good friend Ginny has a great tutorial for importing PSP Brushes Bunny's Attic
* wk-tangomood-sheetmusic.psp (use instead of PSP9 Brush for earlier PSP versions)

1) File/New Image: 550 x 550, Color WHITE (so we can see our progress - color can be changed later).
This will be our working file.

2) Open the 2 tango dancer .jpg images, the shoe .psp file & the .jpg mask.

Using the Dropper Tool, left click on one of the dancer images and choose a light Foreground color (#CAAF47 used here) and then right click on image for a dark color for Background (#be9f40 used here). You can now minimize them in your workspace. Change your Foreground palette to Gradient, find Foreground-Background gradient and change style to Sunburst.

To the working file, add a new raster layer and floodfill with the gradient:

3) Add a new raster layer. Change your Foreground from Gradient to Color #292929. Click on your Paintbrush Tool and find brush name 21wk-SheetMusic. Change brush tool's Opacity to 60. Click brush once in the center of the 550x550 image.(If you're using an earlier PSP version, open the wk-tangomood-sheetmusic.psp that was in the .zip file, Edit/Copy and Paste as New Layer). In your layer palette, click on Normal (Blend Mode) and change this layer to Soft Light.

4) Bring up tangoers1.jpg, click on your Selection Tool and use Ellipse; Add(Shift); Feather 50; Anti-alias checked. Place your cursor at the center of the image (in this case, 139 x 225) then watch the Status Bar at bottom right of your screen and draw out an area 170 x 350 (just make sure the selected area does NOT touch the sides of the image - we don't want a chopped off effect):

Edit/Copy then go back to your 550x550 working image and Paste as New Layer, then move it over to the left. You can now close the original tangoers1.jpg; we're done with it.

5) Bring up tangoers2.jpg and follow the same procedure as in Step 4, going to the center and drawing out ellipse so as not to touch the sides (you can determine the size of the ellipse to draw by subtracting 100 from both the width & height of your image; calculated by the feather 50 step adding 50 to top/bottom & 50 to both sides of image). You can now close tangoers2.jpg; we're done with it.

This would be a good time to save your work as .pspimage (.psp) file before we continue.

6) Click on Raster 2 (brush layer) to make it the active layer. Click on your eraser tool, settings below, and erase just the portion of the brush layer that might be covering their faces.

7) You should now have 5 layers in your layer palette: (from bottom to top) white background, gradient layer, brush layer, tangoers1 and tangoers2.

Hide (x out the visibility) bottom background layer on your layer palette, then click any other layer to make it active, then Merge/Visible. You can now unhide the white background.

7a) If you want to create your own similar mask with another word before continuing, here's how I made my mask-tangomood.jpg (then continue on to Step 8):
File/New: 500W x 500 BLACK.
Add a New Raster Layer, floodfill with WHITE.
Using your Freehand Selection Tool (looks like a Lasso), Selection Type: Freehand, Mode: Replace; Feather: 0; Anti-alias: Checked, draw around the edges of your white layer as explained in screenshot below:

Once you have your selection made, hit your delete key which will remove all but the white sides of the layer, revealing the black layer below. Click on Text Tool; Vector, Size 72, Stroke 0 (null your Foreground color) and Background color white, #FFFFFF. Use a bold/fat font like Arial Black, Rockwell Extra Bold, etc.

Type in your word, then Image/Rotate/Free Rotate: Right; 90 Degrees, making sure All Layers is NOT checked. Use your mover tool to drag the word to the right, then while it's still a Vector shape, use your mouse to pull on the 4 middle boxes (not the 4 corners of the bounding box), stretching the word from top to bottom. Don't make your word more than about 70px wide. When you get your word placed, right click on that layer in your Layer Palette and Convert to Raster Layer. Then right click on one of the 3 layers and Merge/Merge All (Flatten).

*** If you want to use your mask with the word at the top, instead of at the right as the mask was created, just go to Image/Rotate/Free Rotate with Direction Left and 90 degrees checked. If you want to save your new mask, just go to File/Export/JPEG Optimizer and I usually set my Compression Value to 15-20. Now continue on to use your new mask.

8) Click on the Merged layer to activate it then load the mask-tangomood.jpg (if you have the Mask From Image icon on your layer palette, click on it); else Layers/New Mask Layer/From Image. In the Source window, highlight mask-tangomood.jpg, then check the Source Luminance and Invert Mask boxes. After applying mask, right click in layer palette and Merge Group.

9) TIP: If mask is covering more of image layers than you'd like, just go back and hit your UNDO key until the layers are unmerged, and before using eraser brush. Then reposition your image layer(s) and repeat Steps 6 thru 8.

10) With your merged layer active, go to Image/Resize using 95% for the dimensions and making sure the Resize All Layers box is UNchecked. You can now close the mask-tangomood.jpg; we're done with it.

11) Add a Drop Shadow to the merged layer: Vert. 2, Hor. 5, Opac. 45, Blur 5, color black.

12) Open the wk-tangomood-shoe.psp. Edit/Copy and Paste as New Layer, moving to the lower left as in sample at top of page. Add the same Drop Shadow.

13) For the text, double-click on the font filename in the folder you put it in to make it available in PSP. With the inner bevel created for this tut, a thin or medium stroke font seems to look better than wide/fat ones. Create as Vector, settings below:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FONT ONLY HAS lowercase letters (no capitals).

Position your text next to the shoe, using the vector handle to rotate it a little (see placement in my sample image at top of page). Once in position, Convert to Raster Layer.

14) Apply the following Inner Bevel TWICE (I saved this one in my presets as tango mood - you won't find that preset name in your presets dropdown list):

15) Apply first of three Drop Shadows: Vert. & Hor. 1, Opac. 100, Blur 1, Black.
Shadow 2: Vert. & Hor. 2, Opac. 100, Blur 5; Color #CAAF47.
Shadow 3: Vert. & Hor. 1, Opac. 100, Blur 1, Black.

16) Add your watermark, if you wish. Then floodfill the bottom (Background) layer with the color you wish to use to display your new tag. File/Export/JPEG Optimizer and you're done.


Below is another one I did with a black background (mask rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise/left prior to using). I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. God bless, Diana

Westie Kids/Diana 2005


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Created 07/01/05
Revised 07/11/06
Westie Kids/Diana Dorsey 2001-2007
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Thank You and God bless........Diana