Friday, 17 October 2014

Hearts Galore

This tutorial was written by Monti on September 2nd 2007 and reworked on 17th October 2014. It's concept is copyrighted to Monti. Any creation you make from my ideas are yours. You may print out this tutorial for your own personal use, but please do not copy it in any way to put online, pass out or rewrite without my permission or worse yet attempt to claim as your own.

This was written for PSP 9 but will work in other versions. 

For this tutorial you will need 

Paint Shop Pro
Animation Shop

Mura Meisters - Copies
Filters Unlimited 2 - Optional

A Tube of your choice
The image used in this tutorial is ©Alicia Mujica used with a license from Please only use an artist you have permission for. 

My Supplies
Download HERE
The brushes all came as standard with my PSP but I am supplying them for those of you with different versions of PSP. The Ribbon is for use in the tutorial only and was made using an Action by Clohie Watkins. The Heart Bling was made by me. I have also enclosed the Heart preset which came with my PSP for those of you who don't have it.
Install your brushes and open the Ribbon in PSP and the Heart Bling in Animation Shop. 

A Font of your Choice
I used Second Grader. 

Ok we are ready to start. 


Step 1: 
Open a new image 500 x 500 and flood fill with white.
Set your Foreground to a meduim colour from your tube and your Background to null.
Select your Preset Shapes tool and choose Heart 1 - Create as Vector and Antialias Checked - Line style: Solid - Width: 30.
Hold down your shift key and draw out a large heart on your canvas and go to Objects - Align - Center in Canvas.
Convert to Raster layer.
Go to Selections - Select All - Float - Defloat and add a new Raster layer.
Locate the Fuzz Soft Brush and using a mixture of dark and pale shades of your heart colour add some texture to your heart.
Once you are happy with the look Deselect.
In the layer palette right click on the top layer - the brush one - and choose Merge Down.
Add the following Inner Bevel and rename Heart Outline.

Step 2: 
Select your Magic Wand - Tolerance 10 - Feather 0 and click inside the heart.
Go to Selections - Modify - Expand by 6 and add a new Raster layer. 
Move it beneath your heart layer.
Fill this with a slightly lighter colour than you used for the heart outline.
If you have Filters Unlimited 2 add a paper texture of choice.
I used Fibourous Paper Fine but changed the intensity to 40.
Add a new Raster layer and using your choice of marble brushes - I used Marble 1 - again add a selection of light and dark shades.
When you are happy with it Deselect. 
In the layer palette right click on the brush one - the one you just used - and choose Merge Down.
Click on your heart outline layer to activate it.
Add the following Drop Shadow 
Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 2
Opacity: 30
Blur: 4
Colour: Black 

Step 3: 
Select your Preset Shapes again. 
Stay on Heart 1 but change the Line Width to 2.
Set your Foreground to a dark colour and the Background to a pale colour.
Draw a small heart (about 40 x 40 pixels) in the center of your canvas. Move it towards the top center of the big heart and convert to Raster. 
Go to Selections - Select All - Float - Selections Modify Contract by 2.
Use your Marble 1 brush but reduce the size to 50 and add a slightly darker shade to the small heart. 
Go to Effects - Mura Meisters - Copies with the following settings

Use your mover tool to move it upwards so the tiny hearts at the top are level with the heart outline.
Duplicate this layer and move it over to left so the 4 small hearts at the top go over the edge of the heart. 
Duplicate again and mirror. 
See sample below for placement.

Hide all layers apart from the 3 Mura Meisters layers and Merge Visible. 
Add the following Drop Shadow. 
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 20 
Blur: 2
Colour: Black 

Unhide all layers. 
Click on your Heart Outline layer to activate it and with your Magic Wand click outside of it in the white area.
Go to Selections - Modify Expand by 2.
Click on the Mura Meisters layer and press Delete on your keyboard. 
If you want to resize your tag do it now. 

Step 4: 
Open the HeartsGalore-Ribbon.png. and colourize it to match your tube. 
Copy and paste as a new layer onto your image. 
Position on the left of the heart and resize if you want to. I resized mine by 85% - Bicubic.
See my tag for placement.
Duplicate this layer and go to Image - Mirror. 
Right click on the top ribbon layer in the layer palette and choose Merge Down.
Add the following Drop Shadow to the ribbons.
Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 2
Opacity: 20 
Blur: 4
Colour: Black 

Step 5: 
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize if necessary and position in the center.
Add a Drop Shadow of choice. I used 
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 5
Opacity: 50 
Blur: 6
Colour: Black

Add the artists copyright and your watermark.
Add your name using a font of your choice.
Go to Objects - Align - Horizontal in Canvas and convert to raster layer.
Add the following Inner Bevel. 

Add the following Drop Shadow 
Vertical: -2
Horizontal: 2
Opacity: 40
Blur: 3
Colour: Black 

Hide your white background layer and crop to size. Unhide the white background layer.

Step 6: - Animation
Hide your name, tube, artist copyright and ribbon layers.
Copy Merged and paste into Animation Shop.
In Animation Shop open the Monti Heart Bling.
You will notice it has 10 frames so you also need 10 frames of your main image.
Copy the main image and paste it after current frame until you have 10 frames of it then go to Edit - Select All. 
Back on your Monti Heart Bling go to Edit - Select all - Copy. 
On your main image go to Edit - Paste into Selected Frames. 
Position it in the large part of your heart on the left as shown below.

Activate the Monti Heart Bling and go to Animation - Mirror.
Copy again and paste back on your main image in the opposite corner.
Back in PSP hide the White Background, Heart Fill, Heart Outline, Small Hearts. 
Unhide the Ribbons, Tube and Name and copyright  layers and Copy Merged.
Paste as a new image in Animation Shop.
Activate your Propagate Paste button.

Copy the tube image you just pasted into Animation Shop and paste into selected frame on your heart image making sure you line it up properly so as not to crop any of the edge.
View your animation and if you are happy with it save as a .gif.

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