In My Eyes - Tag and Avatar Set

Background and images in sample tag Adam Braun www.adambraunart.com




This Tutorial was written in January of 2010. Please do not remove this tutorial from Ladyhawwk Designs in any way. This tutorial is copyrighted to Ladyhawwk Designs.

In My Eyes

TAG AND AVATAR SET

**This tutorial uses NO outside filters.  All supplies are included with the tutorial. 

For this tutorial you will need


* Paint Shop Pro (I am using pspx2 however any version will do)
* Animation Shop
* 3 tubes of choice, I am using the work of Adam Braun.  Adam Braun is now selling at CDO and you can purchase his tubes from CDO at www.cdoestore.com

* Word Art which is included in the supplies zip file
* Mask (20/20) which is also included in the supplies ZIP file

**the supplies folder will be reuploaded at a future date.


Let's Begin

OPEN ALL 3 ADAM BRAUN IMAGES IN PSP, THE MASK AND THE WORD ART AND MINIMIZE

1. Open a new canvas 550 x 250 transparent background

2. 
On your Foreground and Stroke Properties on your materials palette flood fill your new canvas with color #e2b2ae

3.  Now we're going to add a texture effect to that layer by going to "Effects",  "Texture Effects", "Blinds" 
(See the print screen below for the settings I used)



4. Now go to "Selections", "Select All", then "Selections", "Modify", "Select Selections Borders"
(See the print screen below for the settings I used)



5.  Add a new layer by going to "Layers", "New Raster Layer"

6. 
On your Foreground and Stroke Properties on your materials palette flood fill your new layer with color #90a4af
(it should only fill that selected area which will be a border looking area.  you can see my print screen below for what I have now)



7.  Add a drop shadow to your blue bordered layer by going to "Effects", "3D effects", "drop shadow"  I used the following settings shown below.



8.  Repeat the drop shadow again but change the Vertical and Horizontal to -2.  "Selections",  "Select None"

9.  Now we are going to apply the 20/20 mask to all 3 of our images.
Click on the first Adam Braun image you want to use and then go to
"Layers", "New Mask Layer", "From Image"
Arrow down and find the mask (20%2D20)
(see my print screen below)


Use the settings as shown in the print screen below
Source Luminance - checked, Invert Mask Data - UNCHECKED


10.  Over on your layers palette click on your mask layer and then right click and "Merge", "Merge Group"
(see print screen below if you're unsure where to do this step)



11.  Reduce the size by 50% by going to "Image", "Resize", 50%, all layers CHECKED

12.  "Edit",  "Copy" then go back to your main canvas and "Edit", "Paste as a new layer".  Move your tube to the left hand side of the canvas (make sure this layer is below your border layer)
(see my print screen below for what i have so far)



13.  Now repeat Steps 9 - 12 on your other 2 images and place them on your canvas to your liking.  You can use my finished tag as an example.  A little hint for you the other two images I have on my tag I mirrored so she was looking the other direction.  How I did that was after I had added the mask I went to "Image", then "Mirror".  You certainly don't have to do that to your's but that was how mine ended up facing the other way in case you were wondering ;)  Remember to make sure your border layer is always your top layer.

You can see my print screen below for what I have now.




14.  Now close the visibility on your border layer and your bottom layer by clicking on the eye on the layer in your layer palette.  What we want to do now is merge the 3 Adam Braun images together.  Once you have closed the visibility on your border layer (top layer) and your bottom layer, right click on one of the Adam Braun layers and "Merge", "Merge Visible"
(see my print screen below)



15.  Now open the visibility on your border layer and bottom layer again by clicking on the eye.  You should now have 3 layers.  Starting from the top - your border layer, below that your merged images layer then below that your bottom colored layer.

16.  Click on your border layer then add a new layer by going to "Layers", 
"New Raster Layer"

17.  
On your "Background and Fill Properties" set the color to #90a4af

18.  With your preset shapes tool  choose
"Rectangle"



19.  From left to right draw a rectangle across the bottom of your canvas.  See my print screen below for how I did mine



20.  "Effects", "Texture Effects",  "Blinds"  and use the same settings as we did previously.

21.  Change the "blend mode" to "hard light"  You do this on the layer palette
(see my print screen below if you need help finding where to do this)


22.  I now added my word art and moved it to the upper right hand side of my tag.  You can just add it as it is supplied or as in my case I did something a bit different with it.  What I like to do is turn my word art into a "custom brush"  This way I can change the color in my materials palette (the Foreground and Stroke Properties) to whatever I like so my wordart matches the colors in my tag.  If you'd like to do this you would do the following
* open your wordart
* "File", "export", "custom brush"
*name it to whatever you like
*close your wordart and activate your "brush" tool
*arrow down until you find the brush you just created

I do this for almost all my wordart that is just a black text wordart.  It's nice then because in the future you'll always have it to use again if you like. Make sure you always add a new layer if you're using the custom brush method for word art.  This way you can drop shadow it etc.

23.  After you have added your word art add a drop shadow to it.  I used the same drop shadow settings as we did earlier.

24.  Change the "Blend Mode" of your wordart to Hard Light then drop the opacity down to about 65

25.   Now add your name to your tag.  I used the font "Baskerville Old Face"  Size 11.  I set my Background and fill properties color to #90a4af and the Foreground and stroke properties to #e2b2ae.  I set the stroke and width to 1.  Once I typed the name I stretched it across the box. 

See my print screen below for the text settings and how mine looks now


26.  Add the same drop shadow to your name and on your layer palette change the "blend mode" to "lighten"

27. Now add Adam Braun's copyright information
(I supplied his copyright in the zip file)

28.  Now we're going to add some noise to our border layer.  If your border layer isn't your top layer I suggest moving it to the top now.  You can do this by right clicking on it on your layer palette and "arrange" then "bring to top"

29.  Duplicate your border layer 2 times so you'll have a total of 3 border layers

30.  Close off the visibility on the two layers you just duplicated by clicking on the eye.
(see my print screen below for what I have now)


31.  Click on your Bottom first border layer to activate it. 

32.  "Adjust",  "Add/Remove Noise",  "Add Noise"
(seen my print screen below)



33.  Random - checked,  noise - 30,  Monochrome - checked



34.  Turn off the visibility off your bottom border layer by clicking on the eye and click on your Border Layer 2.  Unhide it by clicking on the eye and use the same settings to add noise to it except change the percentage to 33%.

35.  Turn off the visibility off your border layer 2 by clicking on the eye and click on your Border Layer 3.  Unhide it by clicking on the eye and use the same settings to add noise to it except change the percentage to 36%.

TIME TO TAKE IT INTO ANIMATION SHOP

OPEN UP ANIMATION SHOP

36.  Back to PSP turn off the visibility off your border layer 3 by clicking on the eye and click on your Bottom border layer.  Unhide it by clicking on the eye.

37.  Go to
"Edit",  "Copy Special",  "Copy Merged" 



38.  Back to Animation shop and "Edit",  "Paste as new animation"



39.  Back to PSP turn off the visibility off your bottom border layer by clicking on the eye and click on your Border Layer 2.  Unhide it by clicking on the eye.

40.  Go to
"Edit",  "Copy Special",  "Copy Merged" 

41.   Back to Animation shop and
"Edit",  "Paste after current frame




 42.  Back to PSP turn off the visibility off your Border Layer 2 by clicking on the eye and click on your Border Layer 3.  Unhide it by clicking on the eye.

40.  Go to
"Edit",  "Copy Special",  "Copy Merged" 

41.   Back to Animation shop and
"Edit",  "Paste after current frame
(You should now have 3 frames in animation shop)



42.  Now "Save As" name it what you'd like and you're ALL DONE!!!

Your tag should look something like mine below.




If you'd like to do the Avatar to Match continue below



MATCHING AVATAR
Many of the steps in the matching avatar are done the same way as the tag so I won't go into detail with print screens.  Refer back to the tag tutorial if you have questions on a step

1.  Create a new image 150x150

2.  Flood fill with color
#e2b2ae

3.  Add a texture effect to that layer by going to "Effects",  "Texture Effects", "Blinds"
 


4. Now go to "Selections", "Select All", then "Selections", "Modify", "Select Selections Borders" choose border width 4

5. 
"Layers",  "New Raster Layer"

6.  Flood fill with color
#90a4af

7.  Add a drop shadow to your blue bordered layer by going to "Effects", "3D effects", "drop shadow"  I used the following settings shown below.



8.  Repeat the drop shadow again but change the Vertical and Horizontal to -2

9.  Choose one of your Adam Braun images and apply the mask to it the same as we did for the tag and paste it on to your canvas. Make sure that layer is below your border layer and resize it to your liking so just her face is showing.

10.  Add Adam Braun's copyright information and your name to the avatar if you like.

11.  Repeat the steps 28 - 42 to add the "noise" to your avatar border
(duplicating the border layer 3 times, adding noise to each layer then taking it into animation ship)

12 Save it in animation shop and you're ALL  DONE

You can see how mine looks below



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
~Ladyhawwk~

I always love to see the results of any tutorial people do.  Click on the "contact me" on my website and send me an email.  I also have a "tutorial results" page and love topost anyone's tutorial results.

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