Frosted Flower SB Tutorial


picture of tut result

By LismibaebisCreations
27 April 2006
Revised 22 June 2012

Tutorial image: ©Burkhard Niebert
Used with Group Permission

Skill Level: Advanced Beginners & Adventurous Others

This tutorial is my own creation; any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses



Needed

Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here



Image

Tube of choice



Filters

Xero (freeware filters Rel 5 - Oct 2000), available here



Preset

User Defined Filter Emboss_3, available here
(Used to be part of older PSP versions)



Performance Notes

This tutorial is in 2 parts:
- Preparation
- Background

The settings for different Tools and Effects will stay the same throughout the tutorial, unless new setting instructions are given

Don't forget to save your work often

arrow Click on the arrow and drag it to mark the progress on this page.


Preparation

1) Download the Emboss_3 preset zip, unzip and save to your Presets Folder
(Do not confuse with Preset Shapes)

2) File > Open
Open image of choice

3) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)
Close original

4) Image > Resize
Settings:
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked
Resize all layers = Checked
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels / Inch
Width = No greater than 400 Pixels
Height = No greater than 400
Write down new height

5) Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask
Settings:
Radius = 11.00
Strength = 20
Clipping = 7
Luminance only = Not checked
(or a setting of your liking)

6) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click to choose a light Foreground color
(I chose #e1ebe8)

7) Window > Duplicate
Minimize copy
(you have now 2 resized copies)



Background

8) Image > Resize
Settings:
Lock aspect ratio = Not checked
Width = 2000 Pixels (or width of choice)
Height = New height + 40 pixels

9) Layers > New Raster Layer

10) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Settings:
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

11) Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

12) Layers > Arrange > Send to Bottom

13) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

14) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Default

15) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Settings:
Radius = 47.00

16) Layers > New Raster Layer

17) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

18) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 38

19) Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

20) Effects > Plugins > Xero > Artworx
Settings:
Brush = Diamonds
Stroke = 20, Density = 30
Cohesion = 10, Angle = 370
Twirl = 10, Jiggle = 4
Spikes = 4, Variance = 1
Preserve details = 0
Overall strength = 255

Screenshot of Filter

21) Effects > User Defined Filter

Screenshot of Tool Location

Settings:
Emboss_3 (preset)

Screenshot of Tool

22) Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
Settings:
Mirror = Checked
Vertical = Checked
Vertical offset (%) = 0
Width (%) = 50
Transition (%) = 50

23) Layers > New Raster Layer

24) Flood Fill Tool
Left click to flood fill with Foreground Color

25) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 44
(or a setting of your liking)

26) Activate your minimized copy

27) Edit > Copy
(You can minimize or close it)

28) Activate background

29) Edit > Paste As New Layer

30) Move Tool (M)
Move image to the left of your background

31) Layers > Duplicate

32) Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Settings:
Bevel = #2, Width = 20
Smoothness = 10, Depth = 6
Ambience = 3, Shininess = 10
Color = White, Angle = 315
Intensity = 40, Elevation = 40
If you have used a mist, you might prefer not to use a Bevel

33) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity to 44
(or a setting of your liking)

34) Layers > Merge > Merge Down

35) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Vertical = 3, Horizontal = 3
Opacity = 50, Blur = 7.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked
(Or a setting of your liking)
If you have used a mist, you might prefer not to use a Drop Shadow

36) Layers > New Raster Layer

37) Add Watermark(s)

38) File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
Settings:
Set Compression value to = 20
Chroma subsampling = YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1 (None)
Save Exif data = Not checked

You are done!
Now you can assemble the stationery in LC or OE/Windows Mail or Wikmail.
Please link the tutorial to this page.

I hope that you enjoyed doing this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me:
Lismibaebi at gmail.com
I would love to see what you create with my tutorial.


A special "Thank you" goes to my friends of my Tester Group who helped me with the original Tutorial and with the revision in 2012.

smilie


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