Autumn Beauty Blend

Autumn Blend

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to Tish - December 30, 2006

Colourful, detailed graphics work best for the background. There are free photographs for use at the link below

A Morgue File is where unused photographs are stored

For this tutorial you will need:

The three pics I used are in the Materials zipped file

Open a New Image 600 x 450

Flood with Off white or cream. I used #e6dac0

Selections - Select All

New Layer
Copy the Wild grasses graphic and paste into selection

New Layer
Copy the Orange coloured leaves and paste into selection

New Layer
Copy the Brown coloured leaves and paste into selection

Selections None

Highlight Raster 2 - Change the Opacity to 57 and the Mode to Hard Light
Highlight Raster 3 - Change the Opacity to 40 and the Mode to Screen
Highlight Raster 4 - Change the Opacity to 50 and the Mode to Darken

On Raster 4 apply Eye Candy Squint. Set the opacity slider to 20
On Raster 4 apply Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance and apply again
Merge Visible. Your Blend Background is ready

The possibilities are endless and fun
Choose different graphics and experiment
layer palette

blended background at this stage

Choose tubes or mists with similar colouring to your blend

Stay on the merged layer - Selection Tool - Custom Selection
Top = 50, Left = 50, Right = 300, Bottom = 400

Apply Effects - Texture Effects - Mosaic Antique
Symmetric: Columns and Rows = 50, Tile Diffusion = 2, Grout Width = 2, Grout Diffusion = 20
Leave the Selection
mosaic details

Add a New Layer
Selections - Modify - Select Selection Borders. Check Both Sides and Antialias and enter a value of 1
Flood the border with a gold pattern
Selections None
after gold fill

Apply Drop shadow Vertical and Horizontal = 1, Opacity = 50, Blur = 0, colour Black

Apply each tube on a separate layer. Change Opacity and Blend Modes to suit your taste

Tubes used with the settings I used for each one

Ametista Antique Petals. Resized to 90%. Opacity 42, Blend Mode Normal. Apply FM Tile Tools, Blend Emboss, Default Values
Ametista Glorious Katie. Resized 85% three times. Opacity 40. Blend Mode Normal
Manon Leaves and Bottle. Opacity 90. Blend Mode Normal

Drop Shadow applied to the Leaves and Bottle
Vertical 1, Horizontal 8, Opacity 65, Blur 15, Colour Black
Repeat Drop Shadow with the same values

Copy and paste the heart divider as a New Layer
Rotate Right 90 degrees and move to the far left. Opacity 65, Blend Mode Normal
Drop Shadow: Vertical = 1, Horizontal = 8, Opacity = 50, Blur = 15, Colour Black

Merge all Layers Visible

Copy - this will stay in memory until the border is applied

Add Borders, Symmetric with a value of 10, Colour White or one not in your graphic
Select the border with the Magic Wand, Inside Checked

Add a New Layer and Paste into Selection - (the copied image is now in the border)

Leave the Selection and apply a Gaussian Blur of 4
Selections None

Add Border, Symmetric with a value of 2, Colour White and Flood with a gold pattern

Apply your text, watermark and any necessary copyright information

Resize using Bicubic Resampling

Be creative, a tutorial is a guideline only so have fun

Alternate Images

Alternate image by KoKo

Alternate image by Lynn

Page design by Carol

Some of the graphics used are from groups I belong to which share tubes and/or images.
They are used here for the purposes of this tutorial only.

Copyright infringement not intended