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FTU Tutorial – Circles and Squares

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FTU Tutorial: Circles and Squares

This tutorial assumes a working knowledge of PSP. This tutorial was written using PSP X7, but should work
in any version. This tutorial was written by Marie Ott on 6th September 2018 for the mystery tutorial
at The Taggers Inn.
Any similarity to other works is unintentional and purely coincidental
I used PSP X7 to write this tutorial but it should work with other versions of PSP as well. I try to write my tutorials as plain and clear as possible, but if I get you confused (and, if I do, I am sorry) you can always refer back to the image we are making for reference. Also, this is just a guideline (I write where I place the elements ) but feel free to move them around, or add different elements. Have fun and experiment, it is the best way to learn new things.


Screen shot 4 circle and square tut

Supplies needed:
Tube of choice (with a close up, preferably) I used one by Very Many Store Here
Filter: Funhouse – Mirror Moire Available Here
Font: DesignerPlus Available Here (If you want to make your own)
If not Download the decorations Here


Choose two darker colors from your tube I chose #210a2c and #47134d
Set foreground to your dark color background to lighter color
Set background to gradient #2 foreground/background
Settings: Radial Angle: 27 R: 10 Center Point H 54 V10

New image: 700 X 700 Flood fill white
new layer – flood fill with gradient
Adjust blur Guassian Blur 10
Apply funhouse filter:  Mirror Moire default settings
Adjust – sharpen:  sharpen repeat

C/P close up tube – move to far left
Blend mode: Soft Light Opacity 80%
Duplicate R 80% move to lower right of canvas
Blend mode:  Screen Opacity 50%
Close white bg merge visible

Selection tool set at circle add (shift) anti-alias checked feather 0
V- 350 H – 350 (or as close as you can get it)
Holding shift key down Start at center of canvas
draw out a large circle On the image layer. Refer to screen shot if needed
Screen shot 1 circle and square tut Screen shot 2 circle and square tut
Promote selection to layer Do not deselect
Resize 98% – all layers unchecked –

New layer – Flood fill with #ffc677
Add noise: settings guassian monochrome 70
Select modify contract 5 flood fill with your dark color
close bottom 2 layers
you should only have your circle image and glitter layer open
merge visible
Resize 60%

Resize your original image 50% – the square image (All layers unchecked)
repeating above directions for the circles border
for the square border select all change expand to 6 and contract to 3.
merge down so the square image and border are on one layer

The square should be directly behind the circle image
duplicate twice
R both duplicated layers 75%
Effects: image effects offset settings horizontal 200  Vertical 0
repeat with other duplicated image changing horizontal to -200
merge down
Apply Drop shadow to all layers
I used 4 -4 42 9.9
You should now have this:
Screen shot 4 circle and square tut
If you downloaded the decorations –
Place the floral decoration at top of your circle image
Place one square at the corner edge of your circle – lining up
with square image on the lower right and left side
(I had to resize the square decoration 75%, as at the larger size it covered up the
tubes nose)
Screen shot 4 circle and square tut
If you want to make your own decorative images:
(You can use different letters to make different images)
This is what I used to make the decorations I used
Text Tool – Settings 80  pt  smooth vector kerning 0
activate font ding: DesignerPlus
colors: foreground #a96800   background #ffc677  gradient #2 gradient fore/background
settings linear angle 0 repeat 1
Choose the letter w convert to raster add noise same setting as before
IB setting: shape 2 width 18 smoothness 30 depth 15 ambience -2 shiniess 20 color: white
Angle 15 Intensity 50 elevation 50
Add drop shadow 2 2 80 2 color: your dark color
place at the bottom corner of your circle -it should be even with the corner of the square image –
mirror horizontal
Repeat with the letter 0 – do not add the IB
Mirror – vertical place at top of circle

[b][u]If you downloaded the decorations skip above steps [/u][/b]
Or leave them off all together your choice.

selection tool -create selection from:  merge opaque – crop to selection
Depending on your forums size rules or your own personal preference resize as needed.

Resize image all layers checked: width 650 px
Add your name. I used  Ramonila Script add a nice soft gradient glow
place at bottom of circle between the two ornaments we made with the ding text.
You can use the original size (should be 688px width if you want to)
add your copyright after you have resized
Save as PNG and you are finished
Thank you for trying my tutorial

Some other tags made using this tutorial;


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Making an Easter Egg

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This tutorial was written by me on 02/27/2018.
Any resemblance or similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. ® All rights to tutorial are mine.
You results are yours to do with as you will. Please do not copy my tutorial and claim it as your own.

This tutorial assumes that you have a working knowledge of PSP. I used PSP X7 to write this tutorial but it should work with other versions of PSP as well.
Legend: C/P = Copy/Paste E = Element R = Resize S/F/D= Select All, Float, Defloat D/S = Drop Shadow Settings: 5 -5 52 7.92 Unless otherwise stated.

Needed Supplies:

Oval Preset Shapes Available Here
Go down 5 rows and there are oval preset shapes (if you don’t already have this shape)
download file and extract to your PSP preset shapes folder.
Paint Brushes Easter Eggs here
Download them to your computer (remember where)

How to install your brushes
In PSP go to File – import – custom brushes.
Open the brush file you just downloaded – click on the ABR file – Add all. Now the brushes should be installed.
While you are here you can look around for free backgrounds, papers, etc you may want to use on your Easter Eggs.

Eye Candy 6 glass (If you don’t have ec6 you can use any of the EC plug ins You may just have to use a different glass setting)


    • New canvas 400 X 400 bg transparent
    • Find your Oval Preset shape (I used SK Ovals 5)
    • Close your foreground color Set your background as the pattern or gradient you want to use
    • With your preset tool Start drawing at X30 Y15 Draw out to x:272 y:326 (It doesn’t have to be exact.
    • Objects – Align – Center in canvas.
    • Convert layer to raster properties: link set 1
    • Select all – Float, Defloat. Apply gaussian blur setting 3 30
    • Create New layer name this layer glass properties: linkset 1
    • Open EC 6 Glass Use Clear -Use the preset No Drop Shadow setting that comes with the program. Make these changes in the settings:
    • Bevel Width: 36.96 Bevel Smoothness 25.87 round selection corners 45
    • Glass color: white refraction: 80 Inner Shadow opacity 50 shadow offset 50
  • Do not deselect – On your paper layer contract 3 invert clear
  • Create a new layer above your glass layer.
  • Open up your foreground color choose a nice gold colored gradient or pattern
  • Open paint brush – find your egg brushes change brush size to 360 choose which pattern you like and apply to your canvas
  • – once you the pattern you like go to objects align center in canvas
  • If the pattern you use has a slight tilt on your egg and glass layer go to image – free rotate all layers unchecked Setting: Right 5.00
  • Add noise guassian 70 monochrome checked or
  • Effects – edge enhance (Choose whichever you prefer)
  • D/S 2 2 90 .99 use a darker color from your egg – what I do is select a color then in the color palette I slide the color bar down for the darker color
  • Save a png and you are done.

Create to your hearts content – try different patterns or gradients, as well as your brushes as see what you come up with.

I made these Easter eggs for a CDO challenge in their Valentine Event; Which has led to this tutorial.
You are welcome to use them for PU only.
Please do not claim as your own.
Thank you, Marie.

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