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Unzip the materials into a working folder you have created on your desktop named Emerging into Color. Please duplicate and close original tubes. I have used the plugins Graphics Plus/Cross Shadow, PhotoSwizzle/Prism, Penta/color dot, Neology/Blend Mosiac and PSP effects in this tutorial. Place the Selection in the PSP Selections folder. It is assumed you have a working knowledge of PSP to follow these directions. I have used PSPX7 for this tutorial but other versions may be used.

Thanks go to Maryse for her tubes used in this tutorial.


Use the flower to mark your place along the way.

1. In Materials Palette, set Foreground to #bfc66f, Background to #ff945e. Create Gradient using Style Linear, Repeats 0, Angle 45, Invert unchecked, center and focal points grayed out.

2. New/New Image 900px by 700px. Flood fill with Gradient.

3. Effects/Image Effects/Offset.

4. Effects/PhotoSwizzle/Prism.

5. Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.

6. Layers/New Raster Layer.

7. Selections/Load/Save Selections/Load Selection From Disk. Select Aras Ball Corner. Load .

8. Flood fill with Foreground #bfc66f. Deselect.

9. Effects/Image Effects/Seamless Tiling.

10. Effects/Neology/Blend Mosaic.

11. Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.

12. Repeat Neology/Blend Mosaic. Repeat Enhance.

13. Effects/Penta/color dot. (Example is shown with Raster Layer 1 closed off.)

14. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Vertical 11, Horizontal 11, Opacity 50, Blur 20, color #000000.

15. Open MR_Splash Woman.png. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

16. Using Eraser tool or Selections tool, eliminate watermark from lady layer.

17. Move lady to right and upward so her wrap fits in area shown below.

18. Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

19. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Vertical -11, Horizontal -11, Opacity 50, Blur 20, color #000000.

20. Using Selections tool set to Rectangle, Add (Shift), Feather 0, draw around the shadow at upper right of her wrap. Press Delete. Deselect.

21. Open MR_Lorelei.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New layer.

22. Image/Resize/Resize by 30%/Resize all layers unchecked.

23. Using Eraser tool, erase the left smaller vase and watermark. Place the taller vase with tulip in her top hand.

24. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Vertical -11, Horizontal -11, Opacity 50, Blur 20, color #000000.

25. Layers/New Raster Layer.

26. Using Selections tool set to Rectangle, Add (Shift), Feather 0, draw out a rectangle as seen below.

27. Flood fill with Background #ff945e.

28. Selections/Modify/Contract by 5px. Press Delete key.

29. Selections/Modify/Contract by 10px.

30. Flood fill with original Gradient as in Step #1.

31. Selections/Modify/Contract by 10px. Press Delete key. Deselect.

32. Effects/Edge Effects/Enhance.

33. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Vertical -11, Horizontal -11, Opacity 50, Blur 20, color #000000.

34. Duplicate. Move to middle top as shown. Duplicate. Move to left side as shown. Merge/Merge Down twice.

35. Pull merged layers down below woman layer.

36. Drop down/Highlight second layer from bottom to continue.

37. Duplicate. Image/Flip/Flip Vertical. Image/Mirror/Mirror Horizontal.

38. Image/Resize/Resize by 68%/Resize all layers unchecked.

39. Pull resized layer above lady layer. Erase the center as shown below.

40. Place in bottom right corner. Go back to top layer to continue.

41. Open MR_Lorelei.pspimage of vases. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

42. Image/Resize/Resize by 30%/Resize all layers unchecked.

43. Move into top center rectangle. Erase watermark.

44. Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

45. Image/Add Borders/Add 3px border, Symmetric checked, color #bd7425.

46. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #bfc66f.

47. Image/Add Borders/Add 10px border, Symmetric checked, color #ffffff.

48. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #bfc66f.

49. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #bd7425.

50. Image/Add Borders/Add 40px border, Symmetric checked, color #ffffff.

51. Select the 40px border with Magic Wand to activate it.

52. Effects/Graphics Plus/CrossShadow.

53. Selections/Select None.

54. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #bfc66f.

55. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #ffffff.

56. Image/Add Borders/Add 2px border, Symmetric checked, color #bd7425.

57. Open MR_Lorelei.pspimage. Copy/Paste as New Layer.

58. Using Eraser tool, eliminate watermark.

59. Image/Resize/Resize by 68%/Resize all layers unchecked.

60. Move flowers into bottom right corner.

61. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow. Vertical -14, Horizontal -14, Opacity 50, Blur 20, color #000000.

62. Add watermark or your name if you wish. Merge/Merge Visible.

63. Image/Resize/Resize by 90%/All layers checked.

64. Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

Save as .png or .jpg file named Emerging into Color.

Please, if you are going to use this tutorial for stationery, cards or place the tutorial/tag on another site, I would appreciate you contacting me for permission, giving Arasimages credit for the original tutorial and if possible, a link back to my site. Thank you.

This tutorial was tested by PamelaD and Evatexas. Thanks ladies!