Gothic Valentines Tutorial

© 2006 Cazzy Designs - Tutorial written 31 January 2006
Tutorial re-written 12th April 2008

I am using the gorgeous artwork of Candra. You can view more of Candra's art HERE

You will need:
Paint Shop Pro 8 or above - HERE
A brush of your choice 
A small heart tube 
A gothic lady tube 
Font of your choice (im using Dark Crystal Outline)

You can get my supplies with a readme on brush installation in zip format - HERE 

Instructions

Install the brush following the instructions in the readme file.

Open a new canvas sized 375x300.

Flood fill the canvas with #BB3F56.

Add a new raster layer. Go to selections, select all,. Now go to selections, modify, contract,
and contract using the settings below.

Go to selections, Invert, then floodfill with black. Now go to selections, select none.

Add a new raster layer. Go to selections select all, and then modify, contract, using the settings below.

Go to selections, invert and flood fill this selection with #C00000. Now go to selections, select none.

Highlight the layer with the black border then go to Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds and apply the following settings.

Highlight the red layer, then apply the same effect, but using the settings below.

Open your small heart tube and copy and paste it onto the working canvas as a new layer. Move it to the top left corner of the canvas, so its inside the black border. Use your deform tool so its slightly on the diagonal. Your image should look like the one below.

Duplicate the heart layer, and go to Image, Mirror. Merge the duplicate layer down. Duplicate the layer again, and go to Image, Flip. Merge the layer down again. Change the layer blend mode to Multiply, as shown below.

Your image should now look like this.

Open your gothic woman tube, and copy and paste it onto the working canvas as a new layer. Resize the image by 50% or whatever looks good. Now position it between the bottom two hearts. Go to adjust, sharpness, sharpen, then set the layer blend mode to Burn.

Add a new raster layer and take your brush with the following settings.

Set the foreground colour to black and then place the brush on this layer. Move the brush image to position, duplicate the layer, and merge it down. Set the layer blend mode to Burn on this layer too.

Open your font, minimise it to the taskbar and set your text tool settings to the following.

Set your foreground colour to black, and your background colour to #800080. Apply your text and and position it between the brush and tube.

Convert the layer to a raster layer and change the blend mode to burn.

Your layer palette should now look like the one below.

Place your watermark on a new layer, merge all layers to a background layer.

Now save as a .PNG file and you are done. 

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