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Signature Tutorial: Enchanted Door

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  • Signature Tutorial: Enchanted Door

    Hello graphic makers!

    Today I'm going to teach you how to make a signature like this:

    I used Paint Shop Pro X8 to make this graphic, but most of the steps should be translatable to any graphics program with layer capabilities.
    The stocks and textures used in this tutorial are from So-ghislaine and Picanta on DeviantArt. The gradients used are my own.

    Step 1: Open a new transparent document with dimensions of 500 x 250.

    Step 2: Take this stock and place it in the middle of your canvas like so:

    Step 3: Take this stock and paste it as a new layer.
    Reduce the image size until the door looks like it could fit at the top of the trail.
    Then use the lasso tool to cut out around the door.
    You should end up with something that looks like this:

    Step 4: Set the door layer to darken and reduce the opacity to 92%.
    Then go in with the eraser tool and erase where the stone overlaps with the first layer on the left side until you have something that looks like this (zoomed in):

    Step 5: Now take this gradient and paste it as a new layer.
    Set this layer to darken at 75% and erase the parts where it overlaps with the door and the pathway.
    You should end up with something like this (zoomed in):
    (Feel free to use your own gradients for this step if you want a different effect.)

    Step 6: Now you get the chance to customize your graphic. Take an image of your favourite celebrity (I’m using this) and paste it as a new layer.
    For this type of graphic, a full body shot of your subject or a dynamic pose looks best.
    Remove the background using either the lasso or eraser tool. Then situate your subject in the middle-left area of your canvas like so:

    Step 7: Take this texture and paste it as a new layer. Reduce the texture in size and mirror it so the tree shape is on the right side.
    Set this layer to Darken at 90%. You should now have something like this (zoomed in):

    Step 8: Paste this gradient as a new layer and set it to Lighten at 100% opacity. You should now have something like this:

    Step 9: Colouring! Go to Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Hue/Saturation/Lightness and match your settings to mine:

    Step 10: Finishing touches! Merge your layers and sharpen your image if you wish.
    You can also add text or some cute pngs to customize your signature or play with the colouring using the Curves settings.
    Be as creative as you want! Or try repeating this tutorial using different stocks, textures and gradients.

  • #2
    Thanks for this! :)


    • #3
      oooh yes always need help with stock sigs bc I suck at those hahaha. thanks bex!


      • #4
        Originally posted by 88mph View Post
        Thanks for this! :)
        Originally posted by strobelightss View Post
        oooh yes always need help with stock sigs bc I suck at those hahaha. thanks bex!
        I'm glad you guys enjoyed the tutorial!
        I hope you post your results - I'd love to see what you came up with. *blowkiss*


        • #5
          Wow gorgeous!! You do an amazing job!! Can I ask what do you do to not distortioning your images when you shrink them? To don't look blury?


          • #6
            Originally posted by leabel88 View Post
            Wow gorgeous!! You do an amazing job!! Can I ask what do you do to not distortioning your images when you shrink them? To don't look blury?
            It helps to start with an image that's fairly good quality - if your original image is already blurry or pixelated, it's only going to get blurrier once you start to play around with it. Finding a high quality picture to start with is half the battle. Sometimes images can go pixelated when they're really big and you try to shrink them. To avoid that, instead of pasting your image directly as a new layer of the graphic you're working on, paste it as a new image first. From there you can reduce the size of the entire image to make it as small as you need before copying it onto the canvas of the graphic you want to make. In my graphics program there's a "reduce image size" option under the "Adjust" menu - most graphic programs should have a similar option.

            I hope that helps!


            • #7
              Thank you so much hun!! I searched for tutorials on youtube and that helps me a lot. Now I understand better. Thank you so much for your tips too!! ^_^

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