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Winter blues

Post  flashy on Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:17 am

A tube of your choice. I am using the lovely artwork of Jose Cano, which can be purchased here:

A winter background picture of your choice.

Plugins needed:

MuRa Meister, copies, which can be found here:

Filters Unlimited 2, which can be found here:

VDL Adrenaline which can be found here:

Supplies needed:

My blue blossom frame, which can be found in frames, here:

Lets begin!

Open a new image 600x500, and floodfill in black for now. Foreground #86addf, background null,
go to the ellipse tool, and draw a decent sized circle, width 26. Objects, align, centre
in canvas, and convert to raster layer.

Filters Unlimited 2, and use the settings as shown below:

Paper textures
Structure paper 1
Intensity 128
Lightness 109

Ellipse tool once more, Foreground null, background #86addf. Draw a small circle, that will
be for the scallop around the blue frame. Convert to raster layer. Go to plugins and choose MuRa Meister, copies,
use the settings as below:

Image, resize 120%. Using the deform tool, fit the circle ring around the blue frame, until
it is equal on all sides, with only part circles showing. Erase what is showing inside the inner white frame.
Go to Filters Unlimited 2, and use the same settings as before. Drag this layer below the
blue frame. X out all layers but the blue frame and the circle frame, and merge visible.

Go to the ellipse tool once more, this time foreground white, width 2, Line style, small dashes.
Draw a circle that is central on the blue frame. Objects, align, centre in canvas.
Convert to raster layer. You may need to use the deform tool to get it exactly right. Bring
the dashed circle to the top of the layers.
Drop shadow the dashed circle, as follows:


The ellipse tool once more, width 4, line style solid, now make an inner frame on the inner edges
of the blue frame. Convert to raster layer and use the deform tool if necessary. Bring this layer
to the top.

Click on raster layer 1 in the layer palette. Add the background as a new layer. Use
the deform tool if necessary to fill in any gaps. Click on the white circle layer, and
with the magic wand, click inside the circle. Selections, modify by 4. Selections invert.
Now click on the background layer and hit delete. Deselect.

Add the blueblossom frame as a new layer. Position centrally and drag this layer below
the background.

Drop shadow the blue frame and the white inner frame with the above settings.

Add your tube and colourise to match your blue frame. Add the above drop shadow.

Now for the word art, font used is Kunstler Script, size 30, stroke 1, background #86addf,
foreground null. Convert to raster layer. Drop shadow as follows:


For your name, foreground white, background #86addf, font used is Snowdrift, size 52,
stroke 1. Convert to raster layer. Go to Filters unlimited 2, with the same settings as before,
and apply. Image, rotate, free rotate 90% left. Position on the left hand side centrally
to the frame. Add the first drop shadow we used.

Click on raster layer 1 and add a new layer. Floodfill in #86addf. Open mask 29. Go to
layers, new mask layer from image. From the source window choose mask 29, invert mask data,
and source luminace checked, and ok. Merge group, and resize to 110%. Lower the opacity
to 52.

Add a few snowflakes of your choice and colourise.

Add your credits.

Click on your background, and then magic wand it, i used tolerance of 136 to get the circle. Go to
VDL Adrenaline, and apply the settings as below:

Deselect and copy merged into animation shop, and paste as a new animation. Back to
PSPro and use the back button until the snowflakes have gone. Magic wand again if necessary, and
now back to snowflakes. Use the random seed, i moved it to 1. Deselect and copy merged
into Animation Shop and paste after current frame. Repeat this once more, moving the random seed again.

In Animation Shop, edit and select all. Go to Animation and frame properties, change the
display time to 20. Now animate ! Save as a GIF file.

Thats it your all done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

October 2010


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