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Tutorial: Creating a Blend with Images and Text -- from Start to Finish (v8)


One of the members requested help creating a blend that was similar to one she'd seen...

Here's what we'll end up with doing this tutorial:
Snake Blend -- How To - 8

But before we proceed, I'd like to remind everyone that aside from the technical aspects of using Paint Shop Pro, creating blends is often an art form. The artist (creator) may use the same techniques that everyone is using, but the artist's imagination, talent and skill can rarely be duplicated. I firmly believe blends are art -- and no two blends will ever be exactly the same. (Which is actually a good thing!)

I encourage each of you to follow this tutorial as a way to learn some very basic concepts of making a blend. Then go and find ways to expand on this, using a variety of layers which combine images, text, colors and effects. Play around with the settings and try new things! Personally, I don't think I'm much of an artist when it comes to making blends -- but I do loving teaching the basics to others. I've deliberately tried to keep this simple with the hope that each of you will find many wonderful ways to go beyond it and try more advanced efforts. All that said, let's proceed!

    I'll assume you have Paint Shop Pro 8 (PSP8) open and ready to go!

  1. Open a New Image, 300 x 150, black (HTML: #000000). For the rest of the tutorial we'll refer to this as your base image.

    Optional Tip: I suggest you immediately Save your new image, using the .pspimage (or .psp) format. I'd also suggest you save often during this tutorial!

  2. Be sure your Tool Options Palette is open! (You can toggle it on and off with the F4 key on your keyboard.)

    Optional Tip: Use your Zoom Tool to zoom in on the image. If you're having trouble working with any part of the tutorial, you might find it easier to do when you zoom in and can see things better!

  3. Take this snake head and use the Magic Wand Tool (Tool Palette) to select it.

    Note: Your Magic Wand Tool is bundled with the Selection Tools. Just click the drop down menu to locate it.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 1
    (Right-click and Copy. Go to PSP. Right-click and Paste As New Image.)

    Use these settings:
    Mode: Add
    Match mode: RGB
    Tolerance: 20
    Contiguous: selected
    Feather: 0
    Anti-alias: selected
    Outside

    Click on the white portion of the snake image.

  4. Go to Selections > Invert.

  5. Right-click on the image and Copy.

  6. Right-click on the base image and Paste As New Layer.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 2

  7. Use your Move Tool (Tool Palette) to adjust where the snake head appears on the black background.

  8. Go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

  9. Go to your Materials Palette and make the Foreground/Stroke green. (I've used HTML: #85cb33.)

  10. Select your Flood Fill Tool (Tool Palette). Use the following settings:
    Match mode: none
    Blend mode: Normal
    Opacity: 100

    Click the tool on the new layer of your base image. You should now see solid green.

    Reminder: Have you saved recently? If not, do so now! (Remember to use the .pspimage or .psp format!)

  11. Your Layers Palette must be open to proceed! (You can toggle it on and off with the F8 key on your keyboard.)

  12. Go to your Layers Palette and change the Blend Mode of your layer to Color (Legacy). Lower the Opacity to around 58%.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 3

  13. Go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

    We're going to use a Target custom brush here. You can use this tutorial (if necessary) to explain how to make a brush from the following image:

    CharlieMC's Target Brush - 1
    (Right-click and Copy. Go to PSP. Right-click and Paste As New Image. Create brush.)

  14. Select your Brush Tool (Tool Palette). Select your target brush. (Or feel free to use a different brush, if you wish.) We'll use the same color green you used for the color layer (HTML: #85cb33) you used for the color layer, so you can click on the (layer) base image. (You'll see that I stayed somewhat toward the right side of the image.)

  15. Go to your Layers Palette and lower the opacity of the grid layer to 30%. Change the Blend Mode to Hard Light.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 4

    Tip: With every Raster layer you have the option to use your Move Tool (Tool Palette) to shift (move) the layer around. Don't be afraid to try this.

  16. Go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

    We're going to use a Grid custom brush at this point. If you don't have one, you can make your own using this tutorial.

  17. Select your Brush Tool (Tool Palette). Select your grid brush. (I used my 'cmc grid 2' brush, but you can use whatever you wish.) We'll use the same color green (HTML: #85cb33) you used for the color layer, so you can click on the (layer) base image. (Again you'll note that I stayed somewhat toward the right side of the image.)

  18. Go to your Layers Palette and lower the opacity of the grid layer to 30%.

  19. Select your Eraser Tool (Tool Palette). Use these settings:
    Brush: +Default
    Shape: Round
    Size: 30
    Hardness: 50
    Step: 25
    Density: 100
    Thickness: 100
    Rotation: 0
    Opacity: 14

    Tip: This is a good time to zoom in on the base image, making it easier to see! (See 'optional tip' above.)

    Click the Eraser tool on the parts of the grid that overlap the snake head. You can also randomly remove other parts of the grid, if you wish.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 5

    Reminder: Have you saved recently? If not, do so now! (Remember to use the .pspimage or .psp format!)

    Now let's add some text!

  20. I used the free font Astigma (the link will take you to DaFont.Com where you can easily download the font). But you can use any font you wish!

    First, go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

    Go to your Materials Palette and make the Background/Fill green (HTML: #85cb33). (This will be the same green you used previously, so if you want you can just hit the 'Swap Materials' curved arrow to move the green where you need it.)

  21. Select your Text Tool (Tool Palette). Use these settings:
    Create as: Floating
    Font: Astigma (or your own choice)
    Size: 20 (or whatever works with your font)
    Stroke: 0.0
    Anti-alias: Sharp

    Type: SLYTHERIN RULES!

    Check again and make sure that your Background/Fill remained green (HTML: #85cb33). Sometimes this will change after you select the Text Tool!

    Click the Apply button.

  22. Use the built-in mover of your Text Tool -- or your Move Tool (Tool Palette) -- to move the text where you want it to appear (if necessary).

  23. Go to Selections > Select None.

    To make this text stand out a bit, I used a Drop Shadow in black.

  24. Go to Effects > 3D Effect > Drop Shadow. Use these settings:
    Offset
    Vertical: 2
    Horizontal: 2
    Attributes
    Opacity: 100
    Blur: 4.00
    Color: Black
    Shadow on new layer: not selected

    Click OK.

  25. Go to Effects > 3D Effect > Drop Shadow. Use these settings:
    Offset
    Vertical: -2
    Horizontal: -2
    Attributes
    Opacity: 100
    Blur: 4.00
    Color: Black
    Shadow on new layer: not selected

    Click OK.

    If you'd like to add a green 'glow' effect around this text, then go back and apply Drop Shadow again!

  26. Go to Effects > 3D Effect > Drop Shadow. Use these settings:
    Offset
    Vertical: -2
    Horizontal: -2
    Attributes
    Opacity: 100
    Blur: 5.00
    Color: Green (HTML: #85cb33)
    Shadow on new layer: not selected

    Click OK.

  27. Go to Effects > 3D Effect > Drop Shadow. Use these settings:
    Offset
    Vertical: 2
    Horizontal: 2
    Attributes
    Opacity: 100
    Blur: 5.00
    Color: Green (HTML: #85cb33)
    Shadow on new layer: not selected

    Click OK.

  28. Go to your Layers Palette and lower the opacity of this text layer to 70%.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 6

  29. Go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

    At this point I added the lightning bolt symbol in the upper corner of my blend! I used the free dingbat Zymbols (the link will take you to DaFont.Com where you can easily download this dingbat). But you can use any dingbat you wish.

    (In the Zymbols set, the lightning bolt is the letter 'i' -- in the capital form. I typed mine at size: 30.)

  30. Obviously to add a symbol from a dingbat set you'll use the Text Tool (Tool Palette). All the same settings as above (including color), except the size I just mentioned.

    Reminder: Have you saved recently? If not, do so now! (Remember to use the .pspimage or .psp format!)

  31. Use the built-in mover of your Text Tool -- or your Move Tool (Tool Palette) -- to move the text where you want it to appear (if necessary).

    Snake Blend -- How To - 7

  32. Go to Selections > Select None.

  33. Go to Layers > New Raster Layer. Click OK.

    I'm going to add one additional line of text, using the free font Aquiline (the link will take you to DaFont.Com where you can easily download this font). But feel free to use any font you wish!

  34. Select your Text Tool (Tool Palette). Use these settings:
    Create as: Floating
    Font: Astigma (or your own choice)
    Size: 20 (or whatever works with your font)
    Stroke: 0.0
    Anti-alias: Sharp

    Type: your name (or LJ username)
    Click the Apply button.

  35. Use the built-in mover of your Text Tool -- or your Move Tool (Tool Palette) -- to move the text where you want it to appear (if necessary).

  36. Go to Selections > Select None.

  37. Go to your Layers Palette and change the Blend Mode to Hard Light. Then lower the opacity to 50%.

    Reminder: Have you saved recently? If not, do so now! (Remember to use the .pspimage or .psp format!)

    Time to merge all our various layers!

  38. Go to Layers > Merge > Merge All (flatten) to combine all your layers.

    Snake Blend -- How To - 8


And now you can Save (using the .jpg format)!

All done! Wasn't that interesting and fun?

Do feel free to let me know how this went for you -- and to share some of your efforts.

==CharlieMC, assistant moderator


Tags: blend, blend modes, creating a blend, enhancing image, floating text, layer effects, layers, magic wand tool, raster layer, text layers
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