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Friday, January 28, 2011
This tut is for a forum set


TUBE OF CHOICE: I used the fantastic artwork of Keith Garvey.

The tube I used came with a close up.

You must purchase a license to use his art.

You can find Keith's art and get your license HERE.

SCRAPKIT: Valentine of Twilight by Rieka Rafita.

This is a PTU kit. You can find it HERE.

FONT OF CHOICE: I used Love.

I used Photoshop for this tut.


This tut is lengthy.

Remember we're making two things:

A banner and an avatar.

In this tut we'll be using Noise to create sparklies.

If you don't wish to animate, just skip the steps marked **BLUE**.

Let's start with making the banner.

Open a canvas, transparent background, 600x250 pixels.

Open RR_Paper12.

Size it to fit your canvas.

Open RR_Bling.

Place in center at top of canvas.

*Duplicate this layer twice.

You will now have three layers of Bling.

Click on your first Bling layer.

Go to Filter, Noise, Add Noise.

When the Noise window pops up

Type 20 in the box for Amount.

Check Uniform and Monochromatic.

Do the same for your next two layers of Icicles.

Second layer: 25 for Noise

Third layer: 30 for Noise.*

Open RR_Ribbon1.

Center it on canvas.

Now we'll create the frame using Ribbon1 and Ribbon5.

Open Ribbon5.

Resize in height to create top portion of frame.

Use my tag as a guide.

Make sure it reaches all the way from left to right.

Duplicate this layer.

Flip Horizontally.

Place this layer at bottom of canvas.

Now duplicate Ribbon1.

Flip 90 degrees clockwise.

Resize to fit between the top and bottom of the frame.

Place on the left side of canvas.

Duplicate this layer.

Flip Horizontally.

Place on right side of canvas.

Go to your last layer of the frame.

Highlight this layer.

Now right click.

You'll see a pop up window.

Click Merge Down.♥

Repeat this ♥ with the next two layers of your frame.

This will merge all four layers of frame.

You should now have your frame in one layer.

*Duplicate your frame layer twice.

You will now have three layers of your frame.

Click on your first frame layer.

Add Noise: 13

Second layer: 15

Third layer: 17*

Open your close up tube.

Position this behind your frame, over to the right.

Don't worry about anything on the outside of the canvas.

It won't show when you save it.

*To Animate the Bracelet:

Grab your magic wand.

Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard

Click on the bracelet until all of it is surrounded by 'marching ants.'

Go to Edit in your toolbar.

Click it.

A drop down menu will appear.

Click on Copy.

Go back to Edit.

Click on Paste.

This will create a new layer of your bracelet only.

You may want to label this layer 'Bracelet' in your layer pallet.

Duplicate this layer twice.

Now you will have three layers of bracelet.

Click on the first layer of bracelet.

Select White in your color pallet.

Over to the left, find the brush tool.

Click it.

In the top left of your tool bar

You'll see the word Brush.

See the little arrow next to Brush?

Click on that.

A window will pop up.

Search for a brush stroke that resembles a star.

Keep the Hardness at 100%.

Play with the Master Diameter to get the size you want.

You will be making little sparklies on the bracelet with this.

Now randomly click on the bracelet with the brush tool.

I put the star in four places on the bracelet.

Click on your second layer of the bracelet.

Place four random sparklies on it in different places than you first layer.

Do this again with your third layer of the bracelet.*

Open your other tube.

Position this behind your close up and frame.

Place this layer over to the left.

Again, no worries about anything outside the canvas.

Duplicate this layer.

Highlight your first tube layer.

Right click this layer in your layer pallet.

A window will pop up.

Go to Blending Options (second from top).

Use these settings:

Blending Mode: Luminosity

Opacity: 100%

Fill Opacity: 100%

Channels: Check R, G, B

Knockout: None


Blend Clipped Layers as Group

Transparency Shapes Layer

Blend If: Gray

This Layer: 255

Underlying Layer: 255

Highlight your second tube layer.

Right click.

Go to Blending Options.

Blend Mode: Screen

Set the rest as above.

Open RR_Sparkle3.

Position this on top of your bracelet layer.

(or on top of your close up layer if you are not animating.)

Move this layer around until you are happy with it.

Open RR_Crystal.

Resize to fit in corner of frame.

Duplicate this layer.

Place one layer in upper right corner,

One layer in upper left corner of frame.

Open RR_HeartBead.

Position this on top of your frame at bottom of canvas.

*Duplicate this layer twice.

You will now have three layers of HeartBead.

Click on your first HeartBead layer.

Add Noise: 15

Second layer: 20

Third layer: 25

Make a new layer.

Type your name.

I used ffbcca for color.

Stroke, outside, 2, c53452.


You must now do this:

Put the artist's name, website, and your license number

of the tube you used on the siggy!!

Add your name (ie: Designed by Your Name) behind this info.

Make sure this info is legible and clearly seen.

If you don't want to animate, Save as PNG.


(If you want to maintain your layers

Always Save as PSD first.

Then you can save it as a PNG.

When doing both these steps

It is important to change the title of the tag.


When I Save as PSD,

I always name the tag what I want.

Then, when saving as a PNG,

I add the number 1 behind the name of the tag.

Like this:

I'm Yours, Save as PSD

I'm Yours1, Save as PNG

Otherwise, your PNG will overwrite your PSD

Merging your tag into one layer only.)


Open the Animation Window.

You will need four frames.

Set the time for .1.

For the first frame:

Show only the first layers of:





Second frame:

Show only the second layers of these.

Third frame:

Show only the third layers of these.

Fourth frame:

Show the seconds layers only.

Save as PSD. Then Save for Web & Devises.

Now for the avatar!

Keep your banner window up.

Open a new canvas, 150x150, transparent background.

Make sure you can see both the banner and avatar windows.

We'll be using the drag and drop to create the avatar.

Click on your banner window.

Highlight RR_Paper12 layer.

Drag and drop it onto your avatar canvas.

No need to resize.

You won't be able to see anything outside your canvas when you save it.

Now click on your banner again.

Drag and drop your first (Luminosity) tube layer.

(Remember you didn't do anything to the tube for resizing

So when you drag and drop, you'll see her face.)

Position her face in your avatar.

Back to the banner.

Highlight your first frame layer.

Drag and drop onto your avatar canvas.

Resize to fit your canvas.

Use my avatar for a guide.

*Duplicate this layer twice.

Add Noise to second and third layers.

Second layer: 13

Third layer: 14*

Back on the banner

Drag and drop your first HeartBead layer.

Resize to fit avatar.

For the initial

I just drag and drop my name layer from the banner.

It's still in Text form.

Click on your Text tool.

Delete all letters except for the first one.

Resize this to fit.


For avatars:

Make a new layer.

Type the artist's name and your license number.

Like this:

©Keith Garvey MPT****

On avatars, you don't need the artist's website.

Just the name and your license number.

Make sure it is legible and clearly seen.

I normally put an Outerglow on it.

If you don't want to animate, Save as PNG.



Open the Animation Window.

You will need four frames.

Set the time for .1.

For the first frame of animation:

Show only the first Frame layer.

Second frame:

Show only the second layer.

Third frame:

Show only the third layer.

Fourth frame:

Show the seconds layer only.

Save as PSD. Then Save for Web & Devises.


I hope you had fun with this tut!


*This tut was created by me, Redneck Tuts by Savage.

Any resemblance to any other is purely coincidental.*

Artist: ©Keith Garvey www.garvgraphx.com MPT1608


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