irish mousie 1

Irish Mousie

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    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; and my Supplies.

    Contained within the zip are three tubes that you may put into your tube folder, or if you prefer, there are two pspimages of two of the same - a new shamrock, a little mousie holding the shamrock and a rounded tophat; there are also a pspimage of the little brown mousie (in layers) and a green bow tie; there are also four (4) backgrounds that you can add to your Patterns folder, or just open in your PSP workspace to use. I only ask that you do not share these images with anyone unless you ask my permission first. I made each of the backgrounds and I drew the mousie and shamrock with vectors. Please respect my long hours to create these.

    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 transparent image 250x250. Add a new raster layer, naming it background. Fill with background of your choice. I am showing results of using each of the three I offer in the Supplies at the end of the tutorial. Feel free to work up a background of your own or use one you already have.


    2. Image/Canvas Size - new size 280 x 280 - see screen shot.

canvas size

    3. Add a new raster layer, naming it frame.

    4. Activate the Magic Wand - with Mode: Add (Shift), Match Mode: color; feather and tolerance set to 0, Sample Merged and Contiguous boxes checked. Anti-alias box checked, and "outside" - and click on the blank area.

wand settings


    5. Fill the selected area, either use one of the background images in the zip, or one of your own choice.

    6. Keep it selected, go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel. Bevel: Image 4; Width: 4; Smoothness: 18; Depth: 57; Ambience: 0; Shininess: 70; color: white; Angle: 328; Intensity: 25; Elevation: 40. Deselect by either going to Selections/Select None or by holding the Ctrl key down and clicking on the D key.

inner bevel


    7. Now you can add the tube/tubes or pspimages of your choice. This is what I did - Open or maximize the mousie pspimage - Edit/Copy. Edit/Paste as new layer, or if in your picture tubes, add a new layer and name it mousie. Move with the Mover Tool down and to the left as in the screen shot. Or you can mirror it and have the mousie facing the other way.

mouse placement

8. Add your name, and any other text or embellishment you might want.

    Congratulations, you are finished. Thank you for trying my tutorial and I hope you enjoyed it.

    Here are my variations, using the various backgrounds, not only for the background, but also for the frame fill.

irish mousie - 1       irish mousie - 2       irish mousie - 3

irish mousie1       irish mousie - mosaic antique

      This tutorial was written February 11, 2009.

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    All the content on this Framed Heart Tutorial site is protected by International Copyright laws. If photos or graphics were created by anyone other than Susie, it will be noted and the copyright will remain with the creator. Please respect these copyrights. Any similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. You may download my tutorials for personal use. You may share them within a group, if you write and ask my permission first. The image you create from this tutorial is yours to do with as you please. I worked hard to create this image and to write the tutorial - it took many hours, so please respect it.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie