30 November 2009

Vintage Holiday Wishes (FTU)

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Vintage Holiday Wishes 

This tutorial was written by me on November 30th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap Kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit from Lynne at Baby Cakes Scraps called "December Gift".  I love the colours in this kit!  Download from her blog HERE.

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Marco Guaglione with a valid license.  This tube was part of the 2009 Christmas gift package sent to all MPT customers.  Thanks so much to all the wonderful artists and staff at MPT!

Font of choice, I'm using MsMadi

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow.

Ready ... set ... go!

This is an easy-peasy one!

Open a new image, 700 x 700, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the scrap kit, open the decorated wreath.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your freehand selection tool, draw around the middle of the wreath.

Open a paper of choice, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below the wreath.  Selections > Invert > Delete

Add a drop shadow to the wreath.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 70, Blur 3.

Highlight wreath layer, right click and Merge > Merge Down

Open your tube, resize if needed (I resized 90%), copy and paste as a new layer.  Move to the right side of the wreath.  Add a drop shadow of choice.

Using a font of choice, write something seasonal (I wrote "Happy Holidays") and center it in the middle of your wreath.  Drop shadow.

From the kit, open the green swirl.  Resize 70%, then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the wreath on the left side.  See my tag for placement.  Duplicate this layer, then Image > Mirror > Image > Flip.  Move into place at the top right.  Merge the two green swirl layers together.  Drop shadow.

Open stars, resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the green swirls layer, place where you like at the top of the tag.

Duplicate layer, Image > Mirror and move down, place where you like.  Drop shadow.

Now add your name and the gradient glow effect (see my Shop Til You Drop tut for settings.)  Use a colour that compliments the kit or your tube, I used #88511e for the font and #f9d49c for the glow.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Now hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Click the Merged Opaque button located on the top menu bar and then click the green check mark.  This gets rid of all the excess canvas.  I found this cropped my tag down to a size I was happy with, but you can resize more if you wish.

Now save as a jpg or png and you're done!  Told you it was easy!  ;-)

Hugs, Carol

A Cold Winter Night (PTU)

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Cold Winter Night 

This tutorial was written by me on November 30th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit called "A Cold Winter Night" by Cuddlebeez and available to purchase at Butterfly Blush Designs 

Mask: Vix_Mask109, from Vix PSP, included in supplies.  She has all kinds of awesome PSP goodies on her site, it's well worth a visit!

Silver pattern, included in supplies

Tube of choice.  I'm using the beautiful art of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license.  You can purchase Jennifer's tubes from CILM.

Plug-in needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation.

Font of choice.  I'm using Mon Amour Script Pro.

Animation Shop

Supplies HERE.

Ok, let's make a new tag!

Open your supplies, put your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.  Open the silver pattern in PSP and minimize.

Open a new image, 700 x 700, we'll resize later.

From the kit, open frame1, resize 20%.  Paste as a new layer.  Image > Flip

Using your magic wand with tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6

Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit, resize by 15%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Drag this layer below your frame.  Do not deselect.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed and place under the frame.  Hit delete to get rid of any excess.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube and frame layers.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 5.

Hide background layer and merge visible.  Move your tag slightly to the right.

Open snowflake1, resize 15%, then 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the bottom left of the frame.  Drop shadow.

Open snowflake2, resize 15%, then 50%.  Center on top of snowflake 1, see my tag for placement.  Drop shadow.

Open ribbon, resize 20%, then 85%.  Move layer below both snowflakes and position at the bottom of the frame.  Use eraser tool to get rid of any bits you can see behind the snowflakes.  Drop shadow.

Open stars, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place on the right side of our tag and move down below your frame.  See my tag for reference.  Duplicate and mirror.  Merge down so both are on the same layer.  Rename this layer "stars".

Duplicate the stars layer twice for a total of 3 layers.

I like to link layers that I'll be adding an animation effect to, to prevent any of them moving out of place and causing my animation to "jump".  You do this by highlighting a layer in the layer palette and clicking the link layers button (shown below).
Now it's time to add the Constellation effect!  Hide the two copies of your stars layer and highlight the original.  Effects > Plug Ins > Xenofex 2 > Constellation with the following settings:

Hide the stars layer and open stars copy 1.  Apply the same effect, same settings only this time, click the "Random Seed" button.  Do the same for stars copy 2.

Now add a light drop shadow to all three stars layers.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 5.

Highlight your background layer, add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.

Choose a paper from your scrap kit, copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find Vix_Mask109 and apply with these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert mask unchecked.  On your layer palette, highlight the mask layer, right click and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Resize your mask layer 95%.

Now resize all layers to a size you like, I resized mine 80%.

Add your name, using black for your background and the silver pattern for the foreground.  I used Mon Amour Script Pro, size 50, stroke 1.

Add a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 100, Blur 5.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Now let's animate!

Open Animation Shop

In PSP, make sure the copies of stars are hidden and the original is open.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged

In Animation Shop, right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back to PSP, hide the original stars layer and open copy 1.  Right click and Save Merged.

In AS, right click on tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat for copy 2.

In AS, View > Animation to see your tag in action!

I changed the frame properties to 15.  Save as a gif.

That's it, you're all done!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and thank you for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol
 

28 November 2009

Pinkalicious Christmas (FTU)


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Pinkalicious Christmas

This tutorial was written by me on November 28th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a lovely FTU kit called "Pink Ice", download from Creative Misfits.

Template: #75 from Melissaz Creationz 

Mask: Christmas/winter mask from Sabre's Quill and Parchment, download HERE 

Tube of choice: I'm using the adorable art of Suzanne Richards with a valid license.  You can purchase Suzanne's art from CILM 

Font of choice: I used Frivolous.

OK, let's get started!

Put your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete Raster 9 and copy of Raster 5.  Image > Canvas Size > change to 750 x 650 so you have room to work.  We'll resize later.

Highlight raster 1 and flood fill white.

Highlight raster 2, Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Open a paper of choice from your kit, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection, hit delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Repeat these steps for all the other layers, using as many different papers from the kit as you wish.  When you've finished with all the layers, highlight raster 2 again.  Using your magic wand with tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside the circle.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 4.  Select another paper for the center of the circle, resize if you want, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Alternately,  you could add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with a colour from your kit or tube, or you could leave it open, it's up to you.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, place to the left of your tag.

Now highlight the larger circle on the right side of your tag.  Selections, float, defloat.  Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, and move it so the face is centered in the frame, resize if needed.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Change the blend mode to Luminance Legacy.  Duplicate this layer and mirror.  Resize to fit in the smaller frame and once again change the blend mode to Luminance Legacy.

Now add elements of your choice, I used 16, 22, and 23.  There are loads of gorgeous elements with this kit, so mix it up and have fun!  Resize as desired, copy and paste each as a new layer.

Add a drop shadow of choice to all layers, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 6 for most layers.

Using a font of your choice, add a saying to the top of your tag, I wrote "Have a sweet Holiday".  Apply drop shadow.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background and merge visible.  Resize your merged layer by 85%.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All  Choose a paper from your kit and paste into selection.  Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find SabreChristmas2quill and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  In your layer palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to push in the sides of the mask until you like what you see.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Choose the Merged Opaque button from the top right menu bar and then click on the green check mark.  This crops away any extra canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.

Resize your tag (all layers) once again if you'd like it smaller, then save as a jpg or png.

That's it, you're all done!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to hear from you if you try it!

Hugs, Carol
 

27 November 2009

Autumn's Flame (PTU)

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Autumn's Flame

I actually made this tag at the beginning of November and I finally got around to writing the tut for it. This tutorial was written by me on November 27th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: I use PSP X2, but it should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit by Lynne of Baby Cakes Scraps called "Autumn's Flame".  You can purchase this kit HERE.

Template: #26 by Scraps Dimensions, download HERE.

Tube of choice: I'm using the awesome work of Rion Vernon, aka Pinup Toons.  You can purchase his tubes from CILM.

Mask: "The Braveheart of Pansies" from The Quill and Parchment.  Thank you for sharing your incredible work, Sabre!

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Impact; Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I'm using Mr. DeHaviland.

Ready?  Let's get started!

Place your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open SD Template 26, duplicate and close the original.  Resize all layers to 650 x 650 pixels, then go to canvas size and change that to 700 x 700 so you have some room to work.  We'll resize later.

Add a new raster layer, send to bottom and flood fill white.

Starting with the leaves layer, Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Choose a paper from your kit, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Delete original layer.

Repeat this step for all layers except the Raster 1 layer (autumn days word art).

Highlight the Raster 1 layer.  Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Add a raster layer, then flood fill selection with #630000.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Add a glow effect to your word art by applying Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Colour I used: #f5cc49

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, place where you like.  I chose to center mine.

This is where the real fun begins!  Choose the elements you would like to add to your tag, this kit has some real beauties!  I used branch, butterfly, candle cluster two, daisy, dried cluster, gold leaf, gold leaf 2, mums, and roses.  Resize as desired, copy and paste all your elements as separate layers.  Now arrange to your satisfaction.  Get creative, mirror some of the elements, free rotate others, mix and match until you like what you see!

Apply a drop shadow of choice to all layers.  Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with #384130.  Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find SabreL_BraveheartScrapkitMask2 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  On your layer palette, right click mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to pull the left side of the mask out a bit.

Add your name using a script-type font.  I used Mr. DeHaviland, size 90, stroke 0.  FG set to null and BG set to #f5cc49.  Apply the same gradient glow effect, only this time set the opacity to 75% and use colour #630000.  Apply drop shadow.

Now resize your tag to a size you like, add all applicable copyright and license information, save as a jpg or png file and you're all finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and I'd love to see your result!!

Hugs, Carol

25 November 2009

Christmas Elegance (FTU)

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Christmas Elegance

This tutorial was written by me on November 25th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a FTU kit called "Christmas Elegance" by Baby Cakes Scraps.  This is an add-on to Lynne's full-size version and it's gorgeous!!  Thanks so much for this generous share Lynne!  You can download it from her blog HERE and as of this posting, the full-size kit is on sale for only $1!  You can purchase it HERE. 

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license.  You can purchase Jennifer's tubes from CILM.

Mask: WSL_Mask84 by Chelle, which you can download HERE 

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow (optional)

Font of choice, I'm using Champagne.

Ready?  Let's begin!

Open a new image, 700 x 700, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the scrap kit, open bcs_golden_frame, resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate left 90 degrees.

Using your magic wand with tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside your frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > Expand by 15.

Open a paper of your choice, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Move this layer below your frame.  Do not deselect.
Open your tube, resize as needed to fit inside frame.  Copy and paste as a new layer, delete any excess.  Selections > Select None.

Add a drop shadow of choice to the tube and frame.

Open bcs_flower_bow, resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the left side of the frame, in the middle of the greenery.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow.

Open bcs_tassel, resize 30%, then 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move underneath your bow, arrange so it looks like it's hanging from the bow.  Drop shadow.

Open bcs_word_art, resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top of the frame.  Apply a light drop shadow.

Now add whatever extra elements you would like!  I used poinsettia 2, silk flower, vine star and wire deer.  Resize and place as desired, adding a drop shadow to each layer.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Use your crop tool to get rid of your excess canvas, then resize your merged layer 85%.

Highlight your background layer.  Selections > Select All.  Add a new raster layer.  Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit, copy and paste into selection.  Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find WSL_Mask84 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert mask unchecked.  In your layer palette, right click on the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.

Add you name and all applicable copyright/license information.  I also added a gradient glow effect to the name, but this is up to you.

Resize your tag if desired, save as a jpg or png and you're finished.  Thanks for trying my tut and I'd love it if you'd show me your results!

Hugs, Carol

24 November 2009

Snowflake Dreams (FTU)

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Snowflake Dreams 

This tutorial was written by me on November 24th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a FTU kit called "Wynter Thyme" by Tracy F. Designz.  You can download this fabulous kit HERE.  Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent Tracy!

Template: #103 by Dezigns by Ali, which you can download HERE. 

Tube of choice, I'm using the wonderful art of Dean Yeagle, which you can purchase from CILM.

Silver speckle pattern, download HERE 

Plug-in needed: DSB Flux, Bright Noise.

Mask of choice

Font of choice, I used Kayleigh

Let's begin!

Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close original.  Resize all layers 85%, then change canvas size to 700 x 650.  Delete Raster 1.  I also deleted Layer 1, but this is entirely up to you.

Add a new raster layer, flood fill white and send to the bottom.

Highlight Shape 1, select all > float > defloat.

From the scrap kit, open paper 9.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Delete the Shape 1 layer.

Highlight your new paper layer, select all > float > defloat.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 8.

Open your silver speckle pattern in PSP and minimize.  Change your foreground to Pattern, and choose the silver speckle pattern from the drop down menu.  With the Angle set to 0 and the scale set to 100, flood fill your selection with this pattern.  Select none.

Select your paper layer again, float and defloat.  Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 2.  Highlight the silver speckle layer again and hit delete.  Selections > Select None.  You now have an icy-looking frame for your paper layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Apply a drop shadow to Shape 2 and Shape 2 copy.  Merge these layers together, rename snowflakes and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copy layers.

Select Dreams layer, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Using the same silver speckle pattern, flood fill the selection.  Select none.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.  Delete the Dreams layer.

Do the same for the Snowflake layer, except change the pattern angle to 180.  Sharpen.

Merge these two layers together, rename text, apply a drop shadow and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copy layers.  Delete the Snowflake layer.

We're going to add a noise effect to the text and snowflake layers.  On the original copy of each layer add the following effect:

DSB Flux; Bright Noise.  Set the Intensity to 45 and click the radio button beside Mix once.

Hide the original layer of both text and snowflake and unhide copy 1 of each.  Apply Bright Noise again, but this time click the Mix button twice.

Repeat the above procedure again for the copy 2 layers, clicking the Mix button three times.

Now hide both of the copy 2 layers and open the original copy of both text and snowflake.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and add any elements you like.  I used bucket 1, danglers, decoration 1, and skates.  Arrange as you like and drop shadow each layer.

Now crop your tag to get rid of the excess canvas.

Highlight your background layer and add a raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Open paper 12, copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply a mask of choice.  Resize your tag to a size you prefer.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Now let's animate!

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.

In Animation Shop: Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back to PSP.  Hide the original text and snowflake layers and unhide copy 1 of both.  Right click on tag and choose Copy Merged.

Back to AS.  Right click on animation and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

In PSP, repeat the above step, hiding copy 1 and unhiding copy 2 for both layers.  Copy Merged.

In AS: Right click and paste after current frame.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Save as a gif and you're finished!

Enjoy your new tag and thank you for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol


22 November 2009

Freedom (PTU)

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Freedom

This tutorial was written by me on November 22nd, 2009, any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed: 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a PTU kit called "A Soldier's Story" by Baby Cakes Scraps.  You can purchase this kit HERE

 Tube of choice: I'm using the art of Jay Trembly, purchased when he was with MPT.  You must have a license to use.

Mask: WSL_Mask254 by Chelle, download HERE.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us Chelle!

Photo: I got mine from Stock Exchange.  If you wish to use the same photo, you can find it HERE.

Word art: by Bethany of Elegant WordArt 2.  You can find the link to download this word art HERE.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I'm using Akbar

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V: 2, Opacity: 69, Blur: 5

Let's get started!

Save your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 700 x 650.  We'll resize later.

From your scrap kit, open bcs camo frame and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Using your freehand selection tool, draw around your frame, like this:
 
Copy and paste your photo as a new layer.  Resize 80% three times.  Move below your frame and arrange as you like.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Reduce opacity to 80%.

Open bcs freedom button, resize 50% then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Place in the center of the frame. over the knot in the ribbon.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Open bcs metal tag, resize 65%, then 95%.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate right 40 degrees.  Move below the button and arrange so it looks like it's hanging from the button.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Open bcs ivy, resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the frame.

Open bcs camo envelope, resize  30%, then 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place at the bottom of the ivy.

Open bcs brown flower, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place in front of the envelope.  Open bcs dark green flower, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place to the right of the envelope.  Image > Duplicate > Image > Mirror.  Place on the left side of the envelope.  Open bcs brown daisy, resize 30%, then 60%, place in the middle of the two green flowers.  See my tag for placement.

Open bcs memory bow, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the top left side of your frame, over the ivy.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Apply drop shadow to all layers except for the photo layer.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide your background layer and merge visible.

Resize your merged layer 85%.  Move slightly to the left.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, I resized it 115%, then sharpened.  Drop shadow.

Open bcs glitter swirl, resize 60%, place on the left side of your tag.  Move this layer down so that it's just above your background layer.  Duplicate and flip.  Arrange as you like.  Use your eraser tool to get rid of any bits that show through your photo.  Drop shadow.

Highlight merged layer.  Open the word art, resize 15%, then 80%.  Add a gradient glow effect using Eye Candy 4000 with the following settings:

Under the basic tab: Glow Width: 5, Soft Corners: 0, Overall Opacity: 100
Under the Color tab: choose the medium preset but change the color to #7e8276.  Apply drop shadow.

Hide your background layer and crop your image using the Merged Opaque button (see my Joyeux Noel tut for more details.)  With your background still hidden, merge visible.  Resize your merged layer 85%.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a colour that compliments your tube or scrap kit.  I used #7e8276 again.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk > find WSL_Mask254 and apply with these settings: Source luminance, fit to layer, hide all mask, invert mask unchecked.  In your layer palette, highlight the mask layer, right click and choose Merged > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to push the sides in a bit if you wish.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Hide your background layer and use your crop tool once again to get rid of any excess canvas then save as a jpg or png file and you're all finished.

Thank you for trying my tutorial and please feel free to send me your results so I can add them to the slide show!

Hugs, Carol


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Many thanks to the wonderful people who sent me their tut results!  I've started a slide show to show off your beautiful tags, you'll find it at the bottom of the page.  :-)

20 November 2009

I want your tags! LOL!

Just wanted to post a quick message to ask everyone who tries my tuts to please send them to me via the e-mail link above (click on "Contact".)  I'd love to see them and I also want to start a slide show so I can show them off for you!

Thanks everyone!

Hugs, Carol

19 November 2009

Kissable (PTU)

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Kissable 

This tutorial was written by me on November 19th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2 but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a PTU kit called "Pink Chicklette" by Scraps With Attitude, which can be purchased HERE.  Thanks for this awesome kit Missy!

Template: #290 which you can download from Divine Intentionz.

Tube and close-up of choice.  I'm using the incredible art of Denis Rino with a valid license.  If you'd like to use the same tube, you can purchase it HERE.

Font of choice, I'm using Miss Le Gatees.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.

Animation Shop.

Ready?  Let's get started!

Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close original.  Resize all layers 85%.  Image > Canvas Size > change the canvas size to 700 x 550 so you'll have room to work.  Delete the copyright layer and unhide the background layer.  Use your flood fill tool to fill in the empty area with white.

Highlight the circle.  Ctrl+A+F to float and then Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Choose a paper from your scrap kit, resize if desired, then copy and paste as a new layer.  Ctrl+Shift+I to invert your selection, hit delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, delete the original circle layer.

Repeat above for all the other circle layers as well as for the "kissable" text.  When you have "left circle 2" selected, copy and paste your close-up tube, invert and delete to get rid of the excess.  Lower opacity to 50.  Copy this layer and mirror, see my tag for reference.

Highlight the heart layer, float, defloat.  Using your color replacer tool which is located in the fly-out menu right under your paint brush tool (see picture below) change the colour of the heart to one that compliments your kit or your tube.  I chose to use the same pink colour as my large circle.  Change your foreground colour to the colour you want to use, and your background colour should be the colour you want to replace.  To change the background colour, I used the eyedropper tool to right-click on the deep pink of the heart, and then used it to left-click on my pink paper layer to change the foreground colour.  Now using your colour replacer tool, left-click and "paint" over the heart.  Presto!
Use the same method to change the colour of the small text within the heart.  I used the light gray colour from one of my circles.

Copy and paste your other tube and center it on your tag.

From the scrap kit, open Flower Bunch 1.  Resize 70%, then 85%.  Place on the top left side of your tag and move down to just above the background layer.  Duplicate and mirror.

Open Rose 1, resize 50%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate right 15 degrees.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.  Duplicate and mirror, move next to the original rose.  Open Rose 2, resize 50%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Place this rose in the middle of the other 2 (see my tag).  Drop shadow each rose then merge down twice so all 3 roses are on the same layer.  Move behind the glittered kissable layer.  Duplicate the roses and mirror, erase any parts of the stem that show beneath the text.  See my tag for positioning.

Open Butterfly 2 and 3.  Resize as you like and place around your tag.

Add your name and place where you like. I also added a gradient glow using Eye Candy 4000 with these settings:

Under the Basic tab: Glow Width: 3, Soft Corners: 0, Overall Opacity: 100
Under the Color tab: choose Medium.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Add a drop shadow of choice to all layers except for the heart layer.

Hide your background layer, select your crop tool, and click the merged opaque button.  Click the green check mark to crop your tag.  If you're unsure where to find this button, it's explained more thoroughly in my "Joyeux Noel" tut.

Highlight your glittered kissable layer, duplicate twice for a total of three copies.  We're going to add a noise effect.

On the original copy; Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise with these settings: Uniform, Noise: 45%, Monochrome checked.

On the first copy; change the noise setting to 43%

On the second copy; change the noise setting to 47%

Highlight the heart layer.  Selections, float, defloat.  Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 5.  Selections > Invert.

Duplicate the heart layer twice for a total of three copies.

Use the same method and settings above to add noise to the frame of your heart layer.  Selections > Select None.  Now add a drop shadow to each heart.

Time to animate!

Open Animation Shop 

In PSP, hide copy 1 and 2 of your glittered kissable layers, leaving only the original copy open.  Do the same with your heart layer.  Right click on your tag and select Copy Merged.

In AS, Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide the original copy of the glittered kissable layer and the heart layer.  Unhide copy 1 of both layers, right-click and copy merged.

In AS, right click on your tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

Back to PSP again, hide copy 1 of glittered kissable and heart layers.  Unhide copy 2 of each.  Right-click, copy merged.

In AS, right click on your tag, Paste > After Current Frame.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!

Animation > Resize Animation and change to a size you're happy with.

Save as a gif and you're finished!!  Thanks for trying my tutorial and I'd love to see your tag!


Hugs, Carol

   

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