A Very Windy Day

For Italian and Danish translations, click on the flags.

For Materials, click on the Zip file.

Unzip the materials into a working folder. Open the materials in PSP, copy and close originals. You will need the plugins Alien Skin Xenofex2 to do this tutorial. I have used PSPX4 to create this tutorial but you may use an earlier version. It is assumed you have a working knowledge of PSP.

Thanks go to dworisch, Guismo, Irene, Mou for the beautiful tubes used. Please visit the tuber sites listed on my Links page.


Use this seagull to mark your place along the way.



1. In Materials Palette, set Foreground to #fcfbff, Background to #c5285d.

2. Create a Gradient in the Materials Palette using Linear, Angle 90, Repeats 5, Invert checked.

3. Open BackgroundArasimages in your workspace. This will be Layer Raster 1.

4. Layers/New Raster Layer. Flood fill with Background color #c5285d.

5. Lower opacity to 58.

6. Open DI_tube1837.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

7. Move to left side and up toward the top, having skyline along the bottom edge of second darkest stripe from top.

8. Set Blend Mode to Luminance (L).

9. Layers/New Raster Layer. Flood fill with Gradient.

10. Effects/Distortion/Pixelate. Use example of settings below.

11. Effects/Alien Skin Xenofex 2/Flag. Use settings below and under Settings, choose Simple Windy setting.

12. Move flag to right side of image as I have mine.

13. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical -10, Horizontal 10, Opacity 60, Blur 21, color #000000.

14. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 10, Horizontal -10, Opacity 60, Blur 21, color #000000.

15. Open calguispasseerelle25012012.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

16. Place at center bottom of image. Drop Opacity to 75.

17. Layers/New raster Layer. Flood fill with Gradient.

18. Effects/Distortion/Pixelate. Use settings below.

19. Effects/Alien Skin Xenofex 2/Flag. Use settings below and under Settings in Alien Skin Xenofex 2/flag, choose the Simple Windy setting.

20. Image/Free Rotate left by 15 degrees.

21. Image/Resize/Resize by 70%/Resize all layers unchecked.

22. Move flag to left lower side.

23. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical -10, Horizontal 10, Opacity 60, Blur 21, color #000000.

24. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 10, Horizontal -10, Opacity 60, Blur 21, color #000000.

25. Open calguisredelegant3510.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

26. Move lady to right bottom corner of image.

27. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 10, Horizontal -10, Opacity 60, Blur 21, color #000000.

28. Open 1150dwtubes.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

29. Image/Resize/Resize by 50%/Resize all layers unchecked.

30. Place Seagull on top of the fence on the left so that it appears it is standing on it. To get this effect, use Eraser tool set to Size 15 (all others default settings) and erase the small amount of cloud and tail feathers off the fence.

31. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 6, Horizontal 3, Opacity 49, Blur 12, color #000000.

32. Open mou_seagull.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

33. Image/Resize/Resize by 35%/Resize all layers unchecked.

34. Place seagulls over the second fence section, right of larger seagull.

35. Lower Opacity to 90.

36. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 6, Horizontal 3, Opacity 49, Blur 12, color #000000.

37. Image/Add Borders/Add Border of 8px top, 8px both sides, 60px on bottom, Symmetric unchecked, color #000000.

38. Select border with Magic Wand to activate it.

39. Change Gradient Angle to 45. Flood fill the border with new Gradient.

40. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 6, Horizontal 3, Opacity 49, Blur 12, color #000000.

Repeat Drop Shadow using Vertical of -6, Horizontal -3, all the rest the same.

41. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Use settings below.

42. Selections/Select None.

43. Image/Add Borders/Add Border of 3px, Symmetric checked, color #000000.

44. In Materials Palette, set Background color to #fcfbff.

45. From Text tool, choose font Liorah BT (tt2021m_), Size 36 (see settings below), type the words "A Very Windy Day".

46. Convert to Raster layer if necessary. Place in center of 60px bottom border.

47. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow, Vertical 4, Horizontal 4, Opacity 40, Blur 4, color #000000.

48. Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

49. Merge/Merge Visible. Save your work as a .jpg file named "A Very Windy Day."

A big thank you to Evatexas and PamelaD who tested this tutorial for me.