Glowing Heart sigtag

This is what we will be making

Glowing heart)

NOTE: Since PSP8 is so new, I've decided that for the first few tutorials I'll be using a lot more screen shots than I usually do so everyone can get used to the new icons and interface. I hope you find this helpful.

In order to make this sigtag you will need the following items:
1. Paint Shop Pro, get it here:
2. This Zip File

NOTE - Important instructions for folder contents:In order for PSP8 to find new items, everything you add must go into a special place. Open up your "My Documents" folder located on your Desktop (unless you moved it, LOL). Locate the "My PSP8 Files" folder. (This was created when you installed PSP8.) Put the heart1.jsl into the Preset Shapes folder and the Cyan-Magenta-Yellow.jgd into the Gradients folder. You should now be able to access both items for the tutorial.

Butterfly divider

Letīs begin!

1. Open a new raster image 325px by 325px, 72ppi, transparent background.

newimage.gif (7K)

2. Set your foreground and background colors to White.

colors.gif (5K)

Select your preset shapes tool and choose the "Heart 1 Shape".

heart1.gif (9K)

3. Beginning at approximately 15x, 15y (the numbers will show in the lower right-hand corner of your PSP status bar), draw your shape out to fill the image, but don't go right up to the edge. Use the bounding box to adjust the size if necessary.

heartbound.gif (5K)

Go to your layer palette, right click on the Vector layer and choose "Convert to Raster". Save your image in psp format as "Glow Heart" and minimize it.

4. Create a new image, same size and settings as the heart. Go to your Materials palette and switch from color, to gradient.

gradientchoose.gif (5K)

Choose the Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Gradient, Linear Style with these settings:

CMYgradient.gif (4K)

Floodfill the new image with the gradient.

floodfill.gif (4K)

5. Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Halftone. Use these settings:

halftone.gif (5K)

6. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Fur. Use these settings:

sigtagfur.gif (2K)

7. Go to Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise. Use these settings:

sigtagnoise.gif (1K)

Save your image. Name it "Multi noise".

8. Activate your "Glow Heart" image. Select your Flood fill tool, then go to your Materials palette and switch your material from Gradient to pattern.

sigpattern.gif (2K)

Click in the pattern window, and locate your Multi noise image in the drop down of the Fly out box and click O.K.

multinoise.jpg (14K)

Tap your Glow Heart with the Magic wand, using these settings:

mwand.gif (4K)

Go to Selections>Modify>Feather, and feather the image by 1 pixel, then floodfill the Heart.

9. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Mosaic-Antique. Use these settings:

mosaicantique.gif (3K)

10. Go to Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel. Use these settings:

sigbevel.gif (5K)

11. Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Unsharp Mask. Use these settings:

unsharp.gif (2K)

De-Select. Save your image.

12. Go to Image/Resize and resize to 80% using these settings:

resizeuncheckall.gif (8K)

Note: Be sure "All Layers" is unchecked.

Reapply the UnSharp Mask using these settings:

unsharp.gif (2K)

13. Add a new Raster Layer. Set the foreground on your Materials palette to Null, and your background to a color that goes well with the colors in the heart.

null.gif (4K)

Select your text tool. I used these settings:

texttool.gif (4K)

NOTE:You must set the text tool BEFORE you click on the image!

Type your name into the Text entry box.

textentry.gif (3K)

14. Use your Mover tool to place the text over the center of the heart, then go to Effects>3D Effects>Drop Shadow. Use these settings:

sigshadow.gif (3K)

(I think the drop shadow gives the text a 3D look.)


Use the deformation tool to rotate your text and move it up a bit.

Right Click in the layer palette and choose Merge>Merge Visible. Save your image.

14. Go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste>Paste as a new Image.

15. Add a new raster layer, then drag the new layer under the heart and flood fill it with a color, or a texture that you like (I used a texture because I had to blend it with my web page background).

Go to File>Export>JPEG Optimizer and export your tag using the default Chroma subsampling.

export jpeg.gif

NOTE: If you want to resize your tag again before you export it, use the Unsharp mask settings from Step #12 after you resize. I find it does a great job!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on April 17, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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