barbieq25 Posted September 21, 2010 Share Posted September 21, 2010 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Making a Jewel - who could resist! If there is anything that needs to be changed please let me know. With the demise of Radial Blur Deluxe, this tute has been re-written to reflect alternative plugins although some images will still be the old ones. Plugins: Align Object Drop Shadow Fast FX or Glow and Soften Portrait Bevel Selection Gaussian Blur Circle text FONT:AEROFOIL This is what you should end up with (or at least close to it): Original image Updated version Make sure you have all the plugins & font downloaded before you start. 1. Start with a 3200 x 2400 canvas. 2. Make the background black. (CTRL + SHIFT + I) 3. New layer 4. Select yellow for the primary colour. Select Circle Text and Aerofoil, put a capital A in the text box 40 times and the remainder settings as shown below: 5. Select Magic Wand at default, set the flood mode to global and click outside the circle. Press Ctrl + I to invert the selection. 6. Bevel selection at the following settings as shown below: (Depth @ 10, Highlight colour 225, 227, 107 Shadow colour 147, 126, 7, Strength 1.00) 7. Run Curves at the setting shown below: 8. Gaussian Blur @ 2. 9. Duplicate layer and set to Overlay mode. Save your work if you haven’t already done so. If you run out of memory, the program will crash and you’ll lose the lot. 10. On the layer beneath the Overlay mode, use Fast FX Glow – Radius: 6, Brightness -32, Contrast 48. 11. On this same layer run Soften Portrait. Mostly for this one I use the opposite to what we do here but each gold wire is slightly different and you should experiment. For this one we will leave the Softness @ 5, Lighting @ 20, Warmth @ 0. 12. Merge the 2 gold layers down. 13. New layer (above the gold). Select brush width to 20. With yellow create a circle (hold down the Shift key) until it looks like it will cover the inner circle of the gold. Use the drag handles to fine tune the circle & then use Object Align & Centre Both. In the image below we selected the shape & then resized but with Version 4 onwards we no longer need to do that thanks to the hard work of Rick the developer. See below: 14. Repeat steps 5 to 12. Save. 15. Create a new layer above the black background. 16. Add an image of your choice. I chose the Australian Flag in the original & a rose for the second jewel. You can use any image you like. 17. Use Magic Wand to select the outside of the plain gold circle circle (select contiguous not global). Ctrl + I to select the circle. 18. Go to the image layer & blur or distort to your liking. I used Gradient Blocks @88 & everything else at default. 19. Ctrl + I to select outside the circle & press delete to cut the excess. 20. This step is only necessary if you coloured circle is not a solid. Go back to the golden circle layer. Select the inner circle. Create a new layer just below the layer with our coloured circle. Change your primary colour to black and fill the selected circle with black. Select the coloured circle layer and merged these two layers down. 21. Deselect all. Go to golden circle layer and Drop Shadow at the settings below: 22. Select the golden circle text layer and Press Ctrl + F to repeat the Drop Shadow at the same settings. 23. I used Helen’s Galaxy Ball Tute for the ball highlight: http://forums.getpai..._1 24. I duplicated the rose , used Splinter at maximum x 2 & duplicated that layer & True Blurred it & adjusted the opacity of the layers to suit. I merged all of the jewel layers except for the highlight, and then Drop Shadowed @ 1 with blur at max, X @5 & Y @12. 25. Save your image as a .PDN That way you can re-use parts of the image or make any changes. Then save it as a .PNG, resize your image to 25% and save again before posting. I am looking forward to see how interpret the tute. 4 Quote Knowledge is no burden to carry. April Jones, 2012 Gallery My DA Gallery Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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