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making flair


TUTORIAL WRITTEN BY WY OF DESIGNSBYLK ON OCTOBER 18, 2017.
TUTORIAL WRITTEN USING PSPX2 WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF SOME KNOWLEDGE OF PSP.

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the first thing we are going to do is open a new image at 800x800 with transparent background.
select the elipse shape from the preset shapes.
while holding down the SHIFT key, click in the upper left corner to create a large circle.
now go up to Objects > Align > Center in Canvas

now on your tool bar, in the Presets button, click the Symmetric Shape button.
*if the nodes don't automatically show up, right click on the vector layer and select Edit Mode*
now on the Materials palette, make the foreground and background colors to #a0a0a0.

now duplicate the circle layer.
rasterize the bottom circle layer.

now click on the vector layer and change the foreground and background colors to #ffffff.
duplicate the layer and rasterize the bottom white circle layer.

now click back on the vector layer and change the foreground and background colors to #202020.
now rasterize the last layer.
you should now have a total of 4 layers, one empty layer with 3 layers with different colors.

now hide the black layer.
click on the grey layer and duplicate the layer.
on the duplicate layer, go to selection > select all > float > defloat.
delete the duplicate layer.
now use the mover tool to pull the white circle to the upper left corner, something like below:


now hit delete on the white circle layer.
now go up to selection > invert.
use the mover tool to bring the white circle back down, something like below:


now hit delete on the white circle layer.
select none.
now go to Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply it with the Radius at 20.00.
you can pull the white blur down just a smidge, it is more to your liking.

now click on the dark circle layer and unhide it.
duplicate the dark circle layer and go to selection > select all > float > defloat.
delete the duplicate layer.
repeat the steps we used for the white circle layer however move the circle to the bottom right corner.

these are screen caps of how far I moved the dark circle:



now you should have something that looks like this:


you can see how the dark shading on the bottom right corner looks VERY dark.
you can change this to a moderate grey rather than dark grey/black.
OR
you can change the opacity to make it go lighter without changing the dark grey we used in this tutorial.

now let's fix the blur outside of the flair.
go back down to the first grey circle we made.
duplicate the layer and go to selection > select all > float defloat > invert.
now go back to the white blurred layer and hit delete.
repeat the previous step with the dark grey blurred layer.
select none.

now open and copy a paper of your choice and paste as a new layer above the bottom grey circle layer.

go back down to the grey circle layer and duplicate it.
on the duplicate layer, do selection > select all > float > defloat > invert.
delete the duplicate layer.
hit delete on the paper layer, select none.
should it be needed, you can change the opacity on either blur layer so it looks how you want it to.
  
for my flair, I duplicated the white layer and changed the opacity on the duplicate white layer to 50%/
on the dark shade I changed the opacity to 55%.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and I hope it helped you with your scrapping. :)


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