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The Legend of the Dogwood
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The Legend of the Dogwood
Created by: drango

 

An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints – brown with rust and stained with red – and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember."

With this tutorial we will be creating a framed copy of the poem "The Dogwood Legend". We will make use of layers, selections, masks, and borders to frame a copy of the poem with some sprigs of dogwood. We will also create a suitable matte and frame for our finished creation.

 
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If you have not already done so, please unzip your downloaded file and open the images dogwoodlegend.pspimage, dogwoodlarge.pspimage, dogwoodblossom.pspimage, and dogwoodsmall.pspimage into your workspace. Minimize.
 
 

Part 1: Creating a Dogwood-Framed Poem

In this portion of the tutorial we will place the copy of the poem on a suitable paper, then frame it with some sprigs of dogwood. If you are ready, let's begin.

 



New Image

Step 1: Open a New Image

Go to File || New (Ctrl+N):
– Width and Height = 500 x 500 Pixels
– Resolution = 72 Pixels/Inch
– Background = Raster Background
– Color Depth = 16 Million Colors
– Color = Antique White (#FAEBD7)
– Transparent = not checked

 

Step 2: Add the Poem to Your Image

Maximize dogwoodlegend.pspimage. Copy the image (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C), then paste it as a new layer onto your antique white image (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer or Ctrl+L). Go to Layers || Merge || Merge visible. Rename this layer 'Poem'.

Save your image and close the dogwoodlegend.pspimage file.

 



New Raster Layer     Layer Visibility Off

Step 3: Create the Parchment Background

Add a new layer (Layers || New Raster Layer) and name it 'Background'. Open your Layer palette and drag the 'Background' layer below the 'Poem' layer. Hide the 'Poem' layer.

 

Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Pattern Option   Flood Fill Tool

In the Materials palette, change the Foreground Material to Pattern, then click into the Foreground Box to bring up the Material dialog. Select:
– Pattern = Paper 03
– Angle = 0
– Scale = 100

Click on OK and flood-fill the 'Background' layer with this pattern.

 


Layer Visibility On     Load Mask from Disk

Step 4: Combine Your Poem with Your Parchment
            Background

We will now use a mask to combine our poem with the paper pattern.

Click on the 'Poem' layer and turn it back on in the Layer palette. Go to the Layers menu and load a mask (Layers || Load/Save Mask || Load Mask from Disk):
– Mask = Choose any mask that has a large central blank space
               (I used "Mask 118")
– Create mask from = Source luminance
– Orientation = Fit to canvas
– Options = Hide all mask

Click on Load. Open your Layer palette and merge your layers (Layers || Merge || Merge all). Double-click on this layer and rename it 'Parchment'. Save your image.

 
Move Tool

Step 5: Add the Sprigs of Dogwood

In this step we will add the two dogwood images to our poem/parchment.

Maximize dogwoodlarge.pspimage. Copy the image (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C), then paste it as a new layer onto your 'Parchment' layer (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer or Ctrl+L).

Use the Move tool to position the dogwood in the upper right portion of the image. Try to make the dogwood frame the text of the poem.

When you are satisfied with its placement, do the same with dogwoodsmall.pspimage. Place it in the lower left portion of the image. Again, try to make the dogwood sprig frame the text of the poem.

When you are satisfied with its placement, merge the layers (Layers || Merge || Merge all). Save your work. You may now close the dogwoodlarge and dogwoodsmall.pspimages.

 

Part 2: Creating the Matte and the Frame

We will now create a matte and a frame for our image.

 



Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Solid Color Option

Materials Texture Option

Step 6: Set the Color and Texture

In the Materials palette, change your foreground material back to Solid Color. Change the foreground color to the Antique White (#FAEBD7) used previously.

Change the background material to a dark brown color (#57432B). Click on the Texture button, then into the Materials Box and select the Evergreen texture:
– Angle = 0
– Scale = 50

Click on OK.

 

Step 7: Create the Matte

Let's add a border to our image (Image || Add Border). Use the following settings:
– Color = white
– Size in pixels = 50
– Symmetric = checked

Click on OK.

We now have our poem framed by a white border. Next we will give our matte some color and texture.

 
Magic Wand Tool     Flood Fill Tool

Step 8: Color and Texturize the Matte

Using the Magic Wand, select the white border. Flood-fill the border with the foreground color (antique white), then flood-fill with the brown textured background color.

Invert the selection (Selections || Invert).

 

Step 9: Add Depth to the Matte

We will now add some depth to our matted poem by using the Cutout effect. Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Cutout and use these settings:
– Vertical offset = 10
– Horizontal offset = 10
– Shadow color = right-click on the color block and select the
   background color (#57432B)
– Opacity = 50
– Blur = 20

Click on OK. Repeat the Cutout effect, changing the Vertical and Horizontal values to -10 (minus 10).

Deselect (Ctrl+D) and save your work.

 

We will now add a frame to our matted poem. You may choose to use a frame in PSP 8's collection of frames (Image || Picture Frame), or to create a frame using the border function in much the same way we created the matte.

Step 10: The Frame

Go to Image || Add Border and use these settings:
– Color = white
– Size in pixels = 10
– Symmetric = checked

Click on OK.

 

Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Gradient Option

Magic Wand Tool     Flood Fill Tool

Change your Foreground Material to Gradient, then click in the foreground materials box and use these settings:
– Gradient = Metal Brass
– Style = Linear
– Angle = 45
– Repeats = 1
– Texture = unchecked

Click on OK.

Using the Magic Wand, select this white border and flood-fill it with this gradient.

Do not deselect!

Let's apply a bevel: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel and use these settings:
– Bevel = Round (first row, second bevel)
– Width = 31
– Smoothness = 33
– Depth = 9
– Ambience = 0
– Shininess = 0
– Color = white
– Angle = 0
– Intensity = 35
– Elevation = 44

Click on OK. Do not deselect!

 

Let's apply a Drop Shadow to our frame: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow and use these settings:
– Vertical offset = 6
– Horizontal offset = 6
– Opacity = 50
– Blur = 10
– Color = Use the dark brown background color (#57432B)

Click on OK and deselect (Ctrl+D). Save your work.

 
Magic Wand Tool


Add another border (Image || Add Border). This time make the Size in Pixels = 30 and change the color to dark brown (#57432B).

Using the Magic Wand, select the brown, then go to Effects || Texture Effects || Texture and use these settings:
– Texture = Asphalt 01
– Size = 150
– Smoothness = 1
– Depth = 100
– Ambience = 23
– Shininess = 9
– Color = white
– Angle = 315
– Intensity = 39
– Elevation = 90

Click on OK and deselect (Ctrl+D).

 
Let's add one more gold border to our frame. Add a border of 10 pixels and white color. Using the Magic Wand, select the white border and flood-fill with the metal-brass gradient. Add a Bevel and Drop Shadow with the settings already used. When you are finished, deselect and save your work.
 
Deform Tool


Step 11: Final Touches

Maximize the dogwoodblossom.pspimage. Copy the image (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C), then paste it as a new layer onto your framed image (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer or Ctrl+L). Using the Deform tool, rotate the flowers and place them in the lower right corner of your image. Overlap the frame.

Merge all layers (Layers || Merge || Merge all (flatten).

Save your image.

We are now finished with our framed copy of the Dogwood Legend. At this point you may want to add another layer and drag it to the bottom, then floodfill it with the background of the page on which you will place your dogwood legend image. Adding a drop shadow will give your image some dimension.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. – drango