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This tutorial was written on May 1st 2018
using PSP 2018 by Sandie © Artwork by EssexGirl, All Rights Reserved.

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Filters and programs used in this tutorial :-
Paint Shop Pro
L&K Katharina

Materials :-
My mask, text tube and silver-sparkle, or gold-sparkle pattern
I've included both gold and silver patterns in the materials zip,
put them in your patterns folder, or you can use your own pattern.
Materials Here
A tube of your choice
the tube I used here was created by Tubes Isa and is included
in the materials zip with permission from Isa.Thank you Isa



Step 1.
Open a New Raster Image 900 x 600 transparent
Open your woman tube in psp, duplicate it and close the original
Remove the watermark, then go to Edit... Copy....
Choose 2 colours that go nicely with your tube. A dark colour for
the foreground, I used #2b2640 and a light colour for the background
I used #a9a4b0.
Make the foreground of your palette 'Gradient' and from the dropdown list
of gradients choose the foreground background gradient (Corel_06_029)
Style=Linear
Angle=45 Repeats=1
Invert=ticked

The tube can now be minimised out of
the way, as we won't need it again until later.

Flood fill your image with your gradient
Go to Selections... Select All
Edit... Paste into Selection...
Select None
Effects... Image Effects... Seamless Tiling... use the default setting

Adjust... Blur... Gaussian Blur...Radius = 50

If you are using a different tube your image won't look exactly the same as mine
but that doesn't matter, you should have something similar to this

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Step 2.
Go to Effects... Plugins... Simple... Pizza Slice Mirror

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Effect... Plugins... L&K Katharina... size = 20, shift = 0

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Step 3.
Go to Selection... Load/Save Selection... Load Selection from Disk...
load the sg_life-is-1.sel

create selection from = source luminance, Operation = replace selection

Press the delete key on your keyboard. Select None.

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Go to Selection... Load/Save Selection... Load Selection from Disk...
load the sg_life-is-2.sel

create selection from = source luminance, Operation = replace selection

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Go to Selections... Promote Selection to Layer... don't unselect yet
Change the blend mode on this layer to Multiply. If you are using
a different tube and colours one of the other blend modes might work
better, so try, them to see what you like best.

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Step 4.
The selection should still be active (if it's not just load it again)
Add a new layer
Go to Selections... Modify... Select Selection Borders...
Both sides, Border Width = 2, Antialias = ticked

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Change the background on your materials pallette to Pattern fill and choose the
silver-sparkle, or gold-sparkle (or a silver, or gold of your choice).
I used silver-sparkle
Flood Fill the selection with the gold, or silver pattern (right click).
Effects... 3D Effects...Drop Shadow...
Horizontal and Vertical = 0, Opacity = 100, Blur = 10, colour = Black
Select None

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Step 5.
On you pallette change the gradient setting to Angle = 0, Repeats = 2, invert = not ticked
Add a new layer, go to Layers... Arrange... Send to Bottom...
Food fill the layer with the gradient

Go to Effects... Distortion Effects... Wave...

Horizontal displacement - Amplitude=0, Wavelength=1, Vertical displacement - Amplitude=40, Wavelength=3,  Edge mode = Repeat

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You can get some interesting variations by changing the number of
repeats on the gradient and changing the Edge Mode on the Wave settings.



Step 6.
Open the sg_flower-edges3 mask from the materials supplied
You can minimise it out of the way.
On your main image make the top layer active then add a new Layer
On your materials pallette change the settings of the gradient
Angle = 90, Repeats = 0, Invert = not ticked
then flood fill the layer with gradient.

Go to Layers... New Mask Layer... From Image...
in the dropdown list choose sg_flower-edges3
Create mask from Source luminance, invert = not ticked

Go to Layers... Merge... Merge Group...
Image... Mirror... Mirror Horizontal (Mirror in older versions of psp)
Change the Blend mode of the layer to Dodge, if you are using other colours
try the other blend modes to see what you like best.

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Step 7.
Open the sg_life-is-txt tube (or your own choice of text),
go to Edit... Copy...
On your main image Go to Edit... Paste as New Layer
Use the Mover Tool to move it to the left of the image.

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Go to Image... Negative Image... to change the colour of the text to white,
you could leave it black if you prefer.
Go to Effects... 3D Effects... Drop Shadow...
Vertical and Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 40, Blur = 5, Colour = Black

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Open up the woman tube you minimised earlier, go to Edit... Copy...
On your main image Paste as a New Layer, resize if necessary.
I resized by 75%, Bicubic, all layers not ticked. If you are using
a different tube the amount of resizing needed may be different.
Use the Mover Tool to position the woman on the right side of the image

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Go to Effects... 3D Effects... Drop Shadow...
vertical = -10 (minus 10), Horizontal = 10, Opacity = 40, Blur = 20, Colour = Black

Merge All



Step 8.
Select All... Image... Add Borders...
Add a symetric border of 4 pixels (any colour)
Flood fill the selection with the silver (or gold) pattern
Selections... Invert...
Effects... 3D Effects... Cutout...
Horizontal and Vertical = 0, Opacity = 100, Blur = 25
Select None



Step 9.
On your materials pallette change the angle of the gradient to 45 and the Repeats to 3
Select All then go to Image... Add Borders...
Add a symetrical border of 30 pixels (any colour)
Go to Selections... Invert...
Add a new layer and flood fill the selection with gradient
Select None
Go to Image... Rotate Right... (this turns the whole image on it's side)

Go to Effects... Plugins...L&K Katharina... Size = 20, Shift = 0

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Go to Image... Rotate Left... (to rotate it back to the original postion)
Repeat the L&K Katherina plugin using the same settings

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Go to Image... Mirror... Mirror Horizontal... (mirror in older versions of psp)
Go to Effects... Plugins... Simple... Top Left Mirror...
Merge All

Step 10.
Select All... Image... Add Borders...
Add a symetric border of 4 pixels (any colour)
Flood fill the selection with the silver (or gold) pattern
Select None

Here is another version using another one of Isa's beautiful tubes.

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