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Candy Kisses Header

This tutorial was created 15th April 2007©Copyright Artwork by EssexGirl
Rewritten for PSP2018 March 2018
please do not copy it, or put it anywhere else without my written permission.

You will find links to filters/programs used in this tutorial Here
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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
Flaming Pear's Solidify
Mura Seamless Filters C

Materials :-
A tube of your choice
the wordart files, moonsurf texture the and mask Here
Unzip into a folder for your current work, move the mask into
your masks folder (or you can open it in PSP)
and move the moonsurf.bmp into your textures folder.

some images have been made smaller to shorten file size

Step 1.
Open a New Transparent image 800x600
Open your woman tube, go to Edit... Copy...
On yout transparent image go to Edit... Paste as New Layer
Resize your tube layer if necessary the woman should be slightly less than
the height of the image.

For the background you could add a layer and flood fill with a
gradient, but I'm going to show you a little trick I often use to
get interesting backgrounds in colours that go well with the tube.

Your results won't be exactly the same as mine, but I
always think some individuality is a good thing :)

Firstly go to Layers...Duplicate...
Hide the copy of your tube layer by clicking the eye for that layer
in the layers palette then make the original tube layer active
With the Freehand Selection Tool
Selection type=Point to point
Select some small areas on your tube that have good colours. There isn't
really a right or wrong place to select, but the the areas at the edge of
the selection are where the colour is going to come from, so the selection
needs to go through the colours rather than around them. See my screenshot
below for an example (the screenshot doesn't show the empty area around the tube)


Go to selections...Invert...
then hit the Delete key...
Select None.
You should have something similar to this


Step 2.
The tube that I am using doesn't have a wide colour range and
The results over the next few steps are going to vary according
to your tube and the selections that you made, so my screenshots
are just examples, your results won't be exactly the same

Go to Effects...Plugins...Flaming Pear...Solidify A
I used Solidify A, but you can use Solidify, or Solidify B if you prefer.
Solidify generally gives a more subtle blend of colour and
Solidify B is stronger and more wildly spread.
The position of your little peices of colour from the tube can
also have an effect on the result, you could try moving them to
different positions before the filter is applied. The next couple of
steps will change how the final background looks too, so have fun and
do some experimenting. This was what mine looked like at this point.


Step 3.
There are a lot more opportunities for variation, in this step
you could just use a gaussian blur to soften the hard bits of the image,
or you could apply a plugin filter, or one of psp's own effects,
so I hope you will do some experimenting of your own.
This is what I did for this tutorial:-
Go to Effects...Artistic Effects...Topography...

Width=25, Angle=106, Density=6, Colour=#b82f25

Feel free to play with the settings

This is what mine looked like


Step 4.
Effects...Art Media Effects...Brush Strokes...
softness=26,bristles=56, width=20, opacity=100, length=18, density=17, angle=315, colour=black

feel free to play with the settings here too

This is what mine looked like


Step 5.

Choose a light colour that goes nicely with your tube as the foreground
of your palette, I used #f3cec7.

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the light colour
Go to Layers...Load/Save Mask...Load Mask from Disk...
From the dropdown list of masks choose 18MaskkelsWWA
Create mask from Source luminance
Fit to Canvas
Invert transparency=unticked
Hide all mask
(alternatively you could open the mask in psp and go to
Layers...New Mask Layer... From image...and choose the
18MaskkelsWWA mask from the dropdown list)

Go to Layers...Merge...Merge Group...

Go to Effects...Plugins...MuRa's Seamless...Emboss at Alpha
Use the default settings


Step 6.
Make your tube layer active and unhide the layer by
clicking the eye on the layer palette
Use the Mover Tool to move her to the left side of the image

Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
These are the settings that I used
Vertical= -5 (minus 5)

Activate the layer below the tube (the one that you applied
the mask to and add the same drop shadow


Step 7.
Open the 3 wordart files which were in the download zip
They are called sg_candy-kisses-wordart, sg_justforyou-wordart
and sg_sweet-kisses-wordart, or you can use your own wordart

All 3 of the wordart files need to be changed to your
foreground (light) colour, do this by locking the
transparency of the layer on each one (click the padlock
on the right side of the layer palette) then paint over the
image in your light colour using a fairly large brush.
Click the padlock again when you have finished painting.

Starting with the sg_candy-kisses-wordart go to Edit... Copy...
It can now be closed

Then on your main image
Go to Layers... and Add a new Layer....
Edit...Paste...Paste as New Selection...
placing it in the top right section,
see my screenshot below


Select None

Step 8.
Open the sg_justforyou-wordart
go to Edit...Copy...it can now be closed
Back on you main image go to
Add a new Layer
Edit...Paste...Paste as New Selection
place it in the section just below the previous
text image, see my screenshot below


Select None

Step 9.
Open the sg_sweet-kisses-wordart
go to Edit...Copy...it can now be closed
Back on you main image
Add a new layer then go to
Edit...Paste...Paste as New Selection
place it in the bottom section
text image, see my screenshot below


Select None.
I changed the Blend mode on this layer to Hard Light.

Add a drop shadow ( using the same settings as previously)
to each of the wordart layers

Step 11.
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All(Flatten)
Selections...Select All...
Image...Add Borders...
Add a symmetric border of 20 pixels in your light colour

Go to Selections... Invert...

Go to Effects...Texture Effects...Texture...
use these settings

Go to Effects...Plugins...MuRa's Seamless...Emboss atAlpha
Use the default settings

Step 11.
Go to Effects...3D Effects...Drop Shadow
Vertical and Horizontal=5
Repeat the drop shadow but change the
Vertical and Horizontal setting to minus 5
Go to Layers...Merge...Merge All...

If you want to create a side panelled background make
an Incredimail letter with this header go to
Page 2 Here

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
The technique of applying MuRa's Seamless Emboss at Alpha
to the mask layer, I learned from a tutorial by Kevin of
Kevin's Creations so I would like to thank Kevin for that
and also for testing this tutorial for me
To see my other tutorials click Here

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