Stupid Cupid Design

Resources:

Heart Brushes by Tatsuya Saverem from deviantart.com

Brush Hearts from brusheezy.com

Cupid Image

Hole-Hearted Font from dafont.com

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This will be the finished result:

Stupid Cupid Design

Click on the image for full size view

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Open a new file, 800 x 800, 72px resolution, white background

Create a new layer

Select the Brush Tool and Brush Hearts set

Select brush number 9, set size to 60px

Set foreground colour to red #E51F0B

Create a background of hearts as shown below (don’t be too careful with the placement of each heart):

Hearts Background

Select the Eraser Tool and Heart Brushes by Tatsuya Saverem

Select brush number 7, set the size at 520px

Click about 6 times in the same place to erase the heart shape

Create a new layer above the background layer

Select the Brush Tool and brush number 7 as above, size 520px

Foreground colour should still be red #E51F0B

Place the heart into the gap you erased and click once

Make the many-hearts layer active and using the Eraser Tool or your preferred method, erase the hearts from the outside of  the bigger heart shape

Heart

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel & Emboss settings:

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Double click on the heart outline layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Open the Cupid image

Select>All

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Select the Text Tool and Hole-Hearted font, size 120pt, foreground colour black

Set alignment to right-align

Type ‘Stupid (enter key) Cupid’

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Set foreground colour to red #E51F0B

*Select the Magic Wand Tool

Click in the heart shape of the P

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 1px, click OK

Create a new layer

Select the Fill Bucket and click inside the selection**

Repeat from * to ** for the D of Stupid and P and D of Cupid

Make the heart layer of one of the Ps active

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Duplicate Layer

Select the Move Tool and move the heart to the heart shape in the C

Using the Magic Wand Tool, select the heart above one of the Is

Create a new layer

Fill the selection with red as before

Repeat for the heart above the other I

Double click on any of the text heart layers to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel & Emboss settings:

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Copy and paste the layer style to all text heart layers

Double click on one of the hearts above the Is to bring up the blending options and apply the following Stroke settings:

Stroke Settings

Apply the same stroke settings to the other heart above the I

Turn off the visibility of the layers containing the hearts above the Is

Make the text layer active

Select the Eraser Tool and erase the hearts above the Is

Restore visibility to all layers

Double click on the text layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay, Bevel & Emboss and Stroke settings:

Blending Options Settings

Create a new layer above the background layer

Select the Gradient Fill Tool

Set the gradient as shown below:

Gradient Settings

Set to Radial Gradient, opacity 65%

Drag the cursor from the middle of the image to any corner

In the layers palette drag the cupid layer to the top of the palette

Stupid Cupid Design

Click on the image for full size view

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