Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Do I Dazzle You? - Forum Style

This tutorial was written by me on  22 February 2012.  Any similarities to other tutorials is purely coincidental.

Supplies Needed:

1 female tube, and 1 male close up of choice.  I am using the awesome artwork of Ismael Rac.  If you would like to use his artwork you must purchase the appropriate license at his store here.

Total Eclipse scrap kit made designed by me.  If you would like to purchase it, you can at any of my stores.  :-)

Font of choice.  I used Zephyr, which is widely known as the "Twilight" font.  This is a pay font, however, Dafont has a free one that is very similar to it called Twilight New Moon.  You can download that one here.

Plugins:


Xero Filters - Bad Dream XL, Soft Mood XL and Soft Vignette  (freeware)

Jasc Animation Shop (opt)

No other supplies needed

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OK!  Let's get started!  Open up a new transparent image 650 width by 275 height (pixels).  Open up paper 12 from the kit.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position it in your canvas like this:


Open up paper 1 from the kit.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.   Position it on your canvas like this:


Grab your freehand selection tool, type point to point, feather set at 100, anti - alias ticked.  Select in wavy lines around the left part of the paper that doesn't have the twinkle on it like this:


Hit delete on your keyboard 3 times.  Deselect (CTRL+D).

Grab your freehand selection tool again, but change the feather from 100 to 60.  Select the right part of the paper that doesn't have the twinkle in it like this:


Hit delete on your keyboard 2-3 times.  Deselect.  Merge your visible layers.

Copy and paste paper 12 as a new layer onto your canvas again.  Position the paper on your canvas like this:


Change the blend mode of the layer to overlay.  Merge your visible layers.

Open up Beads Deco 1 from the kit.  Resize by 70%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position them to the right of the canvas.  Duplicate the beads.  Lower the opacity of the bottom layer to 22 and give it a drop shadow of H -6, V0, Opacity 100, Blur 15.00.  Change the blend mode of the top beads to Screen.

Open up Cloud 2 from the kit.  Resize by 70%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Go to image > flip.  Position the cloud to the right of your canvas.  Give it a drop shadow of H and V 0, Opacity 20, Blur 25.00.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy) and lower to the opacity to about 63.

Go to your materials palette and change your foreground color to null, and your background color to black.  Grab your preset shape tool, shape - ellipse - circle.  Draw a circle that almost touches the top and bottom of the canvas.  

Position the circle to the right of the canvas.  Change the circle vector layer to a raster layer.  Go to selections > select all.  Selections > float.  Selections > defloat.  Open up paper 10 from the kit.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position within the circle like this:


Selections > invert.  Hit delete on your keyboard.  Deselect.

Go to effects > plugins > eyecandy 5000 nature - corona.  Click on the settings tab and choose Large, Aqua:


Now click the basic tab, and enter the following settings:


aQUAcORONANUMBERSETTINGS.jpg  

Apply Xero Filters - Soft Mood XL to the Corona Circle with the following settings:


Give the layer a drop shadow of H and V 0, Opacity 30, Blue 25.00.  Change the blend mode of the layer to Hard Light.

Open up the moon from the kit.  Resize by 47% smartisize.  Apply unsharp mask, Radius 5, Strength 15, Clipping 2.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position to the right of the Corona circle so that they are overlapping a bit.  (see my tag for reference)  Apply Xero - Soft Mood XL, same settings as before.  Give the moon a drop shadow of H and V 0, Opacity 35, Blur 25.00.  Change the blend mode of the moon to Luminance (Legacy)

Open up Sparkle Deco 1 from the kit.  Resize by 60%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Go to image > mirror.  Position it to the right of your canvas.

Open up the sparkle trail 1 from the kit.  Resize by 70%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position to the left of the canvas.  Give it a drop shadow of H 2, v 0, Opacity 30, Blur 5.00.  Lower the opacity to about 65.

Open up Light Ray 2 from the kit.  Resize by 70%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Go to image > free rotate.  Rotate right by 45.00 degrees, both boxes unchecked.  Position the light ray so that it looks as if it is shining out of the right upper hand corner.

Open up your female tube of choice.  Resize your tube as necessary, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position your tube to the left of your canvas.

Grab your freehand selection tool, type point to point, feather set at 25, anti-alias ticked.  Select around the outer edge of your tube like this:


Go adjust > Brightness/Contrast > Brightness/Contrast.  Apply with the following settings:


Now go to selections > modify > contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast same settings.  Contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast(same settings).  Contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast (same settings).  Contract by 20.  Apply Brightness/Contrast (same settings).  Contract by 20.  Now go to selections > invert.  Apply Brightness/Contrast with the below settings:


Deselect  (CTRL+D)

Change your foreground color to c5a8f8.  Grab your freehand selection tool, same setting as before. Select around your tube again, making the selection a bit larger than before.  Apply Xero Filters - Soft Vignette with the following settings:


Repeat the Soft Vignette.  Deselect.

Now apply Xero Bad Dreams XL to your female tube with the following settings:


Apply Unsharp mask, same settings as before.  Give your female tube a drop shadow of H and V 0, Opacity 75, Blur 25.00.

Open up your male close up.  Resize, if necessary, bicubic, so that his face fits into the Corona Circle.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position it in the center of your Corona circle.

Grab your freehand selection tool, type point to point, feather set at 15, ant-alias ticked.  Select around the circumference of the Corona Circle.  Go to selections > invert.  Still on your male close up tube, hit delete on your keyboard 2 times.  Deselect.

Grab your freehand selection tool, same settings but change the feather to 25.  Select around the outer edge of your male tube (like you did with your female tube)  Go to adjust > Brightness/ Contrast > Brightness/Contrast.  Apply with the following settings:

 BRIGHTNESSCONTRAST.jpg

Now go to selections > modify > contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast same settings.  Contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast(same settings).  Contract by 15.  Apply Brightness/Contrast (same settings).  Contract by 20.  Apply Brightness/Contrast (same settings).  Contract by 20.  Now go to selections > invert.  Apply Brightness/Contrast with the below settings:


Deselect  (CTRL+D)

Change your foreground color to #0ca1f2.  Grab your freehand selection tool, same setting as before. Select around your tube again, making the selection a bit larger than before.  Apply Xero Filters - Soft Vignette with the following settings:


Repeat the Soft Vignette.  Deselect.  Duplicate your male tube.  Resize by 85%, bicubic.  Move the smaller duplicated male tube so that if fits into the moon. The smaller male tube layer should be sitting just above the moon layer.   Change the blend mode of the smaller male tube to Hard Light.  Open up the sun from the kit.  Resize by 85%, bicubic.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Position it above your smaller male tube.  Change the blend mode of the sun to Soft Light and lower the opacity to about 77.
 
Highlight your larger male tube, and drag the layer below the Corona Circle layer.

Add any other embellishments of your choosing.

Highlight your top layer.  Using a brightish blue color, type out Do I Dazzle You?  Give the text a drop shadow of V 0, H 2, Opacity 50, Blur 3.00.  Position the text to your liking and change the blend mode to Hard Light.

Go to Image > Canvas Size.  Change the canvas size to 660 width to 285 height. Add a new layer to your working image.  Drag the new layer above your bottom blended layer.  Highlight your bottom layer (the blended paper layer)  Select, float and defloat. Go to selections > modify > expand by 1.  Floodfill your new layer with white.  Go to selections > modify > contract by 2.  Still on your white layer, hit delete on your keyboard.  Deselect.  Give the thin white line a drop shadow of H and V0, Opacity 50, Blur 10.00.

Open up paper 14 from the kit.  Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.  Highlight your bottom blended paper layer.  Select, float and defloat.  Go to selections > modify > contract by 3.  Highlight your paper 14 layer and hit delete.  Deselect.  Give the layer a drop shadow of H and V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 20.00.

With your freehand selection tool, type point to point, feather set at 0, carefully select around objects that are hanging out of the tag and into the border.  Delete them.

Add your copyright info, your watermark, and name.

If you are not animating, lower the opacity of the larger male tube to about 75, and lower the opacity of the smaller male tube to about 90.

Save as JPG or PNG.

If you are animating, rename your larger male tube layer M1, and your smaller male tube layer M2.  Open up Animation Shop.

In PSP, lower the opacity of M2 to 0.  Change the opacity of the M1 layer to 100.  Copy merged.  Paste as a new animation in Animation Shop.

Back to PSP.  Lower the opacity of the M1 layer to 75.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 1 in Animation Shop.

In PSP, lower the opacity of M1 to 52.  Change the opacity of M2 to 10.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 2 in Animation Shop.

Back in PSP, lower the opacity of M1 to 28.  Change the opacity M2 to 35.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 3 in Animation Shop.

In PSP, lower the opacity M1 to 12.  Change the opacity M2 to 57.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 4 in Animation Shop.

In PSP, lower the opacity M1 to 3.  Change the opacity to M2 to 77.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 5 in Animation Shop.

In PSP, lower the opacity of M1 to 0.  Change the opacity of M2 to 91.  Copy merged.  Paste after frame 6 in Animation Shop.

In Animation Shop, you should have a total of 7 frames.  Select frame 1.  Copy this frame.  Paste it after frame 7.  You should now have 8 frames.

Highlight frame 7.  Go to Effects > Insert Image Transition.  Apply the following settings:


You should now have 15 frames.  Highlight frame 7.  Duplicate this frame.  You should now have 16 frames.

Select all frames (CTRL+A)  Change the frame properties to 25.

Optimize and save as gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you have any questions, just give me a shout, or send me an email.  :-)

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