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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Gothic Rose






For this tutorial you will need a close up face tube and a body tube.
I am using the art of Keith Garvey.
You require a license to use Keith’s art,
available here.

I am using an awesome kit called “Fallen Angel” by
The kit is exclusive to Dreamscape Imaging.

You will also require a mask.
I am using Insatiable Dreams mask 211, here.

For the animation you will need Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Constellation filter.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (effects – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open p07_FA_Schnegge and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select, apply the mask and resize 80%. Duplicate this layer, lower the opacity on the duplicate to around 50 and merge the two layers together.

Open Glitter_03_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 95%.

Select the interior of the glitter circle with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the glitter and flood fill with white. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position nicely inside the glitter circle, invert the selection and delete the excess tube. You can now de-select. Apply a drop shadow to your tube, vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10. Go back to the glitter layer and apply a drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal to 1 and blur to 3.

Open Frame01_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 74% and position over the top of the glitter circle layer. Apply a drop shadow the same as you did for the tube.  Now click on your tube layer to activate it and merge it down onto the white layer below, then drag this layer up until its between the glitter layer and the frame layer.

Open Moon_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Drag down so its just above the mask layer and place in position. Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 40, blur 20.

Open Cloud_FA_Schnegge, paste as a new layer, position over the moon.

Open Wings03_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 110% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Drag the wings up so they are above the glitter layer and position so the wing is showing on the left hand side, duplicate this layer and move over so its showing on the right hand side. Erase any part of the left wing that is showing on the right hand side and vice versa. Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10 to each layer.

Open Leaf03_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Thorns03_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5. Erase any part that shows at the bottom of the frame.

Open Leaf03_FA_Schnegge again, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 40% and mirror. Duplicate this layer, mirror and flip the duplicate,  place both layers in position and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10 to each.

Open Flower04_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Flower12_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open LightRay_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Rotate 25 degrees to the right and resize 80%, place in position so the ray is coming from the moon.

Open Crow01_FA_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open your body tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and place in position. Apply a drop shadow vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.

Check the position of all your elements and when you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.

If you do not wish animate, export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.


Animation:

Click on the LightRay layer to activate it and duplicate it twice so you have three copies. On the first copy apply Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Constellation with the following settings.









Apply the same plugin on your other two layers, each time hitting the random seed button once. Close off the second and third copies.

Right click on your tag and “copy merged”, paste in animation shop “as a new animation”.

Close off the first copy of the light ray layer and open the second copy. Right click and copy merged again, paste in animation shop “before current frame”.

Now do the same with the third copy.

Put your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.






















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