Spring Afternoons


This tutorial was written by me on April 12th, 2014 and is my own creation. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

PS Version used: PS CS3

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PS.


Tube of choice. I am using the stunning art of Alex Prihodko. You can purchase his tubes here

PTU kit Spring Afternoons by Freek’s Creations. You can purchase this kit here

Font of choice. I am using Young & Beautiful.


EyeCandy 4000 Gradient Glow (for text, optional)
Penta.com Color Dot
Filters Unlimited 2.0


Open the Grass Weave. Resize by 38%. Set your canvas size to 600 x 600 px.

Open Paper 5. Resize by 17%. Place you paper below the frame.

With your Polygon Lasso Tool, select along the inside of the frame just slightly larger than the frame opening. Select, inverse. With the paper layer selected, press delete. Deselect.

Open Brush 2. Resize by 42%. Place to the right side. Duplicate, flip horizontal. Place to the left side and merge these two layers together. Move this layer to the bottom.

Now let’s add the remaining elements:

Wall – resize by 35%; place to bottom left.
Fluff – resize by 35%; place to left. Duplicate, place to the right & merge these two layers together.
Birdhouse – resize by 18%; place to the bottom left.
Hearts – resize by 28%; place to your liking.
Grass – resize by 27%; place to the bottom left. Duplicate, place to the bottom right.
Kite – resize by 20%; place to the right side.
Flower – resize by 8%; place along the top of the wall. Duplicate, place to the top right, along the frame.
Tag – resize by 15%; place on the kite where the kite meets the string.

On your paper layer, Filters Unlimited 2.0, Paper Textures, Striped Paper, Fine using the settings of your choice.

Open your tube. Place your tube over the paper layer to the left side, slightly down. Duplicate, flip horizontal and place this copy to the right side and slightly up. Merge your tube layers together. Ctrl+Click on the paper thumbnail. Select, inverse and press delete. Deselect.

Duplicate your tube layer, blur, gaussian blur, 3.00. Set the blend mode to Screen.

On the original merged tube layer, Penta.com Color dot. Change the distance to 10. Set the blend mode to Luminosity, opacity 50.

Open your tube again, resizing as necessary. Place as the top layer, to your liking.

Add your name, copyrights, & license info. Apply a drop shadow of choice then merge visible. Save as a PNG.

Thanks for checking out my tutorials.


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