Saturday, October 3, 2015

Autumn Lights



Supplies Needed

1 tube of choice – I used the beautiful artwork of Erin Ewer which can be purchased Digital Art Heaven.  You must have a license to use.

Font of choice – I used:
Rockwell Extra Bold – no link found, but there is one that came with my PSP program that will work just as nice - Kozuka Mincho Pr6N H
Matilda – mine is a pay font, but this one will work just as nice here
Event Shark here

Plug Ins used:
Eyecandy 5: Textures – Swirl
Penta.com – Dot and Cross

Animated Leaves can be found here

Animation Shop

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

~~ Let’s get started ~~

Open up a 600 x 250 blank canvas.
Flood fill white.

Color Pallet:
Foreground: #d19f90 
Background: #fce1a7
Set the foreground to Gradient:
Style: Linear
Angle: 348
Repeat: 0

New Raster layer.
Flood fill with your gradient.
Duplicate
On the duplicate layer:
Effects/Texture Effects/Weave –
Match your settings to mine:

OK
Apply  Penta.com – Dot and Cross:
Amount: 72
Cross Distance: 10
Cross Width: 2
OK

Apply Eyecandy 5 – Texture: Swirl
Use Default settingsl
OK
Make your Selection Tool active set on Rectangle.
View/Rulers (to turn your Ruler on)
You want to section out the entire area of your tag from 50 down to 200
Tap the delete key.
Deselect.
View/Rulers (to shut the ruler off)
Give this layer a drop shadow.

Copy and paste your tube to the right side of your canvas.
If you’re using the same tube as I did, resize 60%

Highlight the layer below your tube layer.

Color Pallet:
Foreground and Background: #684134
Using either the Rockwell Extra Bold or Kozuka Mincho Pr6N H font -
Type out the word “AUTUMN” in all caps – Use the nodes to stretch the word so that it fits about like mine does – see tag for reference.
Convert to raster layer.
Make your Selection Tool active set on Rectangle.
Section out a small width straight across the word.
Tap the delete key.
Deselect.
Select All/Float/Defloat
Selections/Modify/Contract by 2.

Color Pallet:
Foreground: #d19f90 
Background: #fce1a7
Set the foreground to Gradient:
Style: Linear
Angle: 348
Repeat: 0
Invert checked

New Raster layer above the brown Autumn word layer.
Flood fill with the gradient.
Deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.
If you’re using the same tube as I did, resize 40%
Apply Mura’s Meister – Copies
Choose Wallpaper/Rotate
OK
Close this layer out.

Highlight the word gradient Autumn layer.
Select All/Float/Defloat
Highlight the Wallpaper layer.
Right click on it in your layers pallet.
Choose “Promote Section to Layer”
Move the promoted section just above the gradient Autumn layer.
Change the Properties to Soft Light.
Duplicate
Change the Properties to Multiply and lower the Opacity to about 20.
New Raster layer.
Effects/3D Effects/Cutout:
Vertical and Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 54
Blur: 24.64
Color: #664136
OK
Change the Properties to Dissolve
Deselect

Color Pallet:
Foreground: Close it out
Background: #fce1a7

Using the font, Matilda –
Type out the words (in all small letters) “nature’s color pallet” enough times that it goes across the entire length of the tag between the word Autumn.
Give it a slight Inner bevel:

Give it a drop shadow.

Color Pallet:
Foreground: #4a3027
Background: #684134

Using the font, Event Shark:
Type out the word “falling” in small letters.
Move into position – see my tag for reference.

Type out your name.
Give it a slight Inner Bevel:

Highlight the gradient layer that’s just above your white background.
Effects/Illumination Effects/Sunburst:
The default settings ended up placing the light exactly where I wanted!
You can play around with the horizontal and vertical settings if you need to -

Add your copyrights.

New Raster layer at the very top of your layers pallet:
Select All.
Flood fill with #4a3027
Selections/Modify/Contract by 2
Flood will with #fdf9ef
Selections/Modify/Contract by 1
Flood fill with #4a3027
Selections/Modify/Contract by 2.
Tap the delete key.
Deselect.

Copy Merged.

To make an avatar:
Create a new 125 x 125 canvas.
Paste your merged tag as a new layer.
Resize 80% and move into a position you like.
New Raster layer at the top.
Flood fill with #4a3027
Selections/Modify/Contract by 2
Deselect.
Type your Initial using the same colors you did for your name.
Give it the same Inner Bevel, too.

If you don’t want to animate then save your tag now. 

If you are animating then Copy Merged.

~Time to Animate~

Edit/Paste/As New Animation.
Ctrl + Shift + Tap the letter “L” on your key board until you have 11 frames.

Open up the animation.
Ctl + A (to highlight all the frames)
Copy

Make your working frames active.
Ctrl + A to highlight all the frames.
Ctrl + E – move the branch into exact position and click your mouse.
Click on Frame 1 and 11 to highlight just those 2 frames.
Animation/Frame Properties:
Change the Display time to 300
OK

View your animation.
If you’re happy then save.
   
I’d love to see your results.
Email me!
Hugs,
Bev

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