Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring is in the Air


1 tube of choice – I used the amazing artwork of Katerina Koukiotis which can be purchased from PSP Tube Stop.  You must have a license to use.  The easter bunny and basket used in this tutorial are bonus layers that are included with the tube purchased from PSP Tube Stop.

Font of choice - I used DK Monsieur LeChat here

Supplies here which were all created by me with the exception of the mask:
Paper, Branch, Hummingbird.

Plug Ins used:
Eyecandy 3.1 - Glow

This tutorial was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.

~~ Lets get started ~~

Open up a 700 x 700 blank canvas.
Flood fill white.

Copy and paste the frame as a new layer.
Click inside of each square with your Magic Wand.
Selections/Modify/Expand by 4.
New Raster layer below the frame.
Copy and paste the paper that I supplied Into Selection.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. If you’re using the tube I did, do not resize.
Copy and paste the Rabbit-basket layer from the tube as a new layer.
Resize 60%

Merge Visible the tube and rabbit-basket.
Duplicate the merged layer.
Move into position below the frame – see my tag for reference.
Highlight the paper layer.
Click anywhere outside of it with your Magic Wand.
Highlight the merged layer below the frame.
Tap the delete key.
Change the Properties of the tube to Overlay.

Add the remaining elements that have been supplied:
Duplicate the branch: Move to the right.
Paste the branch again/Mirror/Lower the Opacity to about 10

Highlight your white canvas.
New Raster layer.
Select All.
Copy and paste the paper Into Selection.
Change the Properties to Multiply.
Merge Down.
Apply the mask.
Merge Group.

Copy and paste the Chicks layer from the tube as a new layer.
Move into position behind the branches – look closely at my tag and you’ll see the faint image of the chicks near the top of the frame in the background.
Apply the mask.
Merge Group.

Crop your image.

Add your credits.

Add your name.
Apply Eyecandy 3.1 – Glow:
Width: 3
Opacity: 100%
Opacity Drop Off: Fat
Color: #ffffff

Resize all layers 80%

I’d love to see your results.
Email me!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much Katerina. I just love the expression you have on this particular piece!