I wrote up this tute that uses a few of the more common actions on PSP. I did this using PSP7 but it translates well to newer versions.
Feel free to fiddle with the options to get to look you like.
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in, like, a crapload of easy steps. And by easy, I mean REALLY easy. If I can do it, anyone can. At least, I hope so.
For this tutorial, you will need:
*An image. Preferably with a white background. That is, unless you LOVE erasing.
*A grungy brush. Follow the directions below and you can make one, or use your favorite.
*A graffiti font. I used crAzy-WRiterZ from http://www.dafont.com/en
*A few words or phrases that look cool in the graffiti font. Out of randomness, I used "Sagnasty" (slang for the town I was born in) and "MySlumberingHeart" (Rilo Kiley song) These look better with no spaces, since you can't really read it anyway.
This is the select none button. It really comes in handy. Use it to un-select something after you are done working with it. Click this if you are using a brush and it is only showing up on some areas. Also, ALWAYS make sure that you have the right layer active.
Open your original picture in PSP7. Before you do anything, duplicate the background layer. (Right-click>duplicate)
Next, make a new raster layer. Make it transparent and put it in between the background and the copy of the background. (Drag it there)
Delete the layer with the original on it. Or leave it there. It's really just another layer, and you'll already have quite a few going.
Now, click on the duplicate layer to make it active. Using the magic wand tool set to the values that follow:
Match Mode: RGB Value
Click on the white background and hit delete. There should now be your guy, but with a grey and white checkerboard around him. Erase any stray bits of the backgound if necessary. It should look kind of like this.
Now, using the mover tool
grab your guy and move him over so he is looking at the blank space.
Now go to Colors>Colorize. Set both values to one. This makes your image greyscale, but still color.
Next, go to Colors>Adjust>Threshold and set it to 100 or so. Make sure you can still tell what it is.
Click on your transparent layer and fill it with a color you like using the flood fill tool
. I used this orange: #FFA019. Hide the layer with the guy on it for a while. Do this by clicking on the glasses (next to the name of your layer) on your layer palatte.
If you don't have a grungy looking brush, make this image into a brush.
Open the image and select the whole thing. Click on your brush tool
and then click on the little picture or a brush on the dialog box. Select "Custom". Click on Create. You now have a grungy splattery brush. Close that image.
On your image with the guy on it, make a new layer. Using that brush you just made (size 255) and a pink color (#F61C7C) click once on that new layer. Using the mover tool, situate it in the upper right corner of your image.
Make a new layer and repeat above, clicking once. Go to Image>Mirror. Use your mover tool to put that so that it lines up with the other and looks seamless.
Do this again (new layer, click with brush), but instead of using Mirror, use Flip. Move that so that it is under the square in the upper right.
Repeat (new layer, click with brush). This time use Mirror and Flip. Put this in the bottom left corner. Your image will now look like this.
Now that you have your interesting background, make the guy visible again by clicking on the glasses on the layer that he's on.
If he is behind anything, drag his layer to the top of the pile.
Click on the color replacer tool.
Make your foreground color that pink that we used before and the background color black. Make sure the layer with the guy is active and color all over him. Make sure no black spots are left. He now looks like this.
Using the text tool
, type one of your words in the box in the graffiti font in size 150. Make it a contrasting color, like lime green. Click OK. Grab the rotate handle (look closely at the box around the text. A line comes off of the middle handle and there is another handle at the end. That's the rotate handle) and rotate the text to a cool angle.
Click again to make another text box. Use the same font and size, but a different color and the other word/phrase. I like electric blue. Click OK and rotate the text to a different angle. Don't worry if either of these go off the image. It actually looks better that way.
Right click on the vector layer that the text is on (there should only be one vector layer) and click Convert to Raster Layer.
With that layer still active, go to Effects>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Put the radius to .78 and click ok.
It looks like our guy became part of the graffiti, huh? Well, drag his layer back to the top of the pile. Make sure his layer is active, and apply a gaussian blur to him too. Try about .80 or so.
You're basically done. Go to Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten) to make the image one layer. Save it as a .gif and you are done.
Let me know if this is hard to follow. I try to make it as easy as possible, but sometimes I just suck.
I hope you enjoy!