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Glass Heart Tag

    Please read my Terms of Use at the bottom of this tutorial. I hate having to state them, but in this day and age, it is necessary.

    I did the work for this tutorial in PSP version 9, but I am sure the technique would work in other versions as well.

    To do this tutorial, you will need a basic knowledge of PSP; a gradient, a mask and some "jewels". I used a gradient from Nanson's Place, which you can download Set 2 here.

    The mask I used is from Essex Girl. You can download sg_raining-hearts mask here.

    You can download it individually by clicking on the name under the image and downloading that zip, or you can download the entire page zipped as stated in her directions at the top of the page. You can put it in your mask folder, or open it in PSP and minimize it on your workspace. I have many masks, so preferred to keep it in a mask folder on my desktop so as not to overload my PSP.

    Download the Jewels here.

    Within the zip are three images of jewels - ruby, diamond and emerald. They have been resized and sharpened to be used on the glass heart. If you would prefer to use your own jewel tubes, that is fine. If you use these jewels, unzip them and open on your workspace. Minimize them to be used later. Open the raining hearts mask and minimize it on your workspace, also.

    Remember to save often! You can save it as a pspimage in the folder of your choice. (I often make a folder with the name of the tut for my images, especially if I make more than one - you know, do a bit of playing with it!)

    1. Open a 300x300 transparent image, flood fill with white. Add a new raster layer, fill it with Nanson's Flamingo - style linear, angle 45, repeats 5.


    2. If you are using the mask from your workspace, go to Layers/New Mask Layer/From Image - as in the following screen shot. The second screen shot shows the loading mask window - follow those settings.

mask layers       adding mask

    2a. If you have loaded the mask into your mask folder, go to Layers/Load/Save Mask/Load Mask from disk. Use the settings in the second screen shot.

mask layers       adding mask


    3. Right click on the Group in the Layer Palette and Merge/Merge Group.


    4. Add new vector layer, name it heart. Open Preset Shapes and choose the heart1 shape. Stroke/foreground: null; Fill/background: #f9a0c7. Draw a heart to 220x220 and go to Objects/Align/Center in canvas. Convert to raster layer.


    5. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel.

heart inner bevel


    6. Go to Effects/3D Effects/Cutout.

heart inner bevel


    7. Right click on the heart layer in the Layer Palette, and Duplicate. Go to Image/Resize and resize 85%, making sure the Resize all layers is not checked.


    8. Using the Mover Tool, move the top heart to the left and down a little - similar to in the screen shot or whatever looks the best to you.

hearts placement


    9. Add a new raster layer, naming it frame. Flood fill with #f9a0c7. Go to Selections/Select All. Selections/Modify/Contract - contract by 25. Hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Deselect. You can do this by hitting Ctrl & D or by going to Selections/Select none.


    10. Go to Effects/Texture/Blinds, using the settings in the screen shot. Then reapply the Blinds effect, checking the Horizontal box.

blinds effect


    11. Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Since we haven't changed the settings they should be the same that were applied to the heart.


    Now we are going to add some details. If you like your image as it is, that is fine. You may stop now. However, if you want a few more details, stick with me.

    12. Go to the Layer Palette and activate the original heart layer. Add a new raster layer. Activate the Paint Brush, with these settings: shape - round; size - 3; step - 10; Density and Opacity - 100. Stroke/foreground: white.

    13. Draw a small curved line on each side of the heart, similar to the ones in the screen shot. Go to Adjust/Blur/Gausian Blur - 2.00.

paint on heart


    14. Highlight the copy of the heart, add a new raster layer and apply similar lines in the same places and apply the same Gausian Blur. Both of the raster layers can be merged down onto the heart layers. (To Merge Down - right click on the raster layer, and go to Merge/Merge Down.)


    15. Open the jewels, and apply any of the jewels that you want in whatever manner you want. Here are two examples using both the rubies and the diamonds.

final diamond image       final ruby

    Congratulations, you are finished! I don't say to merge and export as a jpg, for you don't need to merge it to do that and if you save the pspimage, you can always make other changes on it sometime in the future.

    My tutorials are mainly guidelines and you are free to add to, alter or whatever to your own image! That is what makes it truly your own and unique!

    Here are a couple more examples, to show that they do colorize fairly well.

colorized purple       colorized red

    Thank you for trying my Glass Heart Tag tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.

      This tutorial was written January 7, 2009.

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