27 October 2010

Dark Desire (PTU)

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Dark Desire 

This tutorial was written by me on October 26th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a wonderful kit by Tonya of Broken Sky Dezine called "Dark Desire".  I loved this kit, it has so many wonderful elements and is perfect for your darker or more gothic type tags.  Thanks so much for letting me use it Tonya!  You can purchase this terrific kit at I Got Lucky Skraps.

Template of choice: I'm using template 30 by Sixxbug Creationz.

Mask of choice: I used Gem's mask 192, download HERE.

Plug-in needed: MuRa's Meister Copies

Font of choice: I used Halloween Mirage

Let's get started!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the info and bars layer, flood fill Raster 1 with white.

Activate the circle layer, select all, float, defloat.  Copy and paste a paper of choice from the kit, resize if desired (I resized 70%).  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect!  Change the blend mode of your new paper layer to Color.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer.  Resize if desired, I resized 85%.  Use your eraser tool to get rid of the parts of the tube that overhang the circle at the bottom.  Deselect.

Copy and paste BSD_rose2 as a new layer, resize 20%.  Apply Mura Meister Copies filter using these settings:
Duplicate this layer, arrange one layer above the tube and one below.  Use the eraser tool to remove the part of this floral frame that covers her face and right shoulder.  Apply a drop shadow to the bottom layer only.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 69, Blur 7.  Drop shadow your tube as well.

Activate the Brushes layer, select all, float, defloat.  Copy and paste a paper of choice as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original brushes layer.  Drop shadow.

Apply drop shadow to the bats brushes layer and move it up a bit.

Add your elements:

BSD_bottle1: Resize 50%
BSD_candle2: Resize 15%
BSD_candle4: Resize 50%
BSD_cball: Resize 35%
BSD_deadrose1: Resize 70%, free rotate 20 degrees right
BSD_glidder1: Resize 105%
BSD_wordart5: Do not resize

Apply a drop shadow to all your elements.  Make sure you're happy with the placement of everything, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer above it.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection and apply the mask.  Merge the mask group.

Resize your tag if desired, then add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol
 

   

24 October 2010

Black Gold (PTU)

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Black Gold 

This tutorial was written by me on October 24th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a totally gorgeous kit called "Black and Gold" by Scrapin' Daisy.  Oh my goodness, is this a wonderful kit!!  Elegant and sophisticated with loads of potential, I loved working with it!!  Thanks so much for letting me use it Ruth!  You can purchase this beauty at I Got Lucky Skraps.

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful pin up art of Ismael Rac with a valid license.  You can purchase Ismael's tubes from his store HERE.

Template of choice: I'm using one of Ali's amazing templates, #46.  You can download from her blog HERE.

Mask of choice: I used Mask 19 by Weescotslass, download HERE.

Plug-in needed: Xero Emphasis

Font of choice: I used Mon Amour Script Pro.

Let's get started!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the copyright and staples layer.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill white and send to the bottom.

Activate the black circle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Choose a paper from the kit, resize as desired (I resized 70%), copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Do the same for the rectangle shapes layer.  Delete the original layers.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, move the the right side of the tag.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.  Duplicate the tube and mirror.  Resize 130% and place over the rectangle shapes on the left side.  Activate the rectangle shapes layer and using your magic wand, click somewhere outside the rectangles.  Activate the copy of your tube and tap delete.

Apply Xero, Emphasis with these settings:
 

Add elements:

element 25: Resize 40%, use the raster deform tool to adjust as you like.
element 28: Resize 35%
element 29: Resize 40%
element 42: Resize 40%, use the raster deform tool to adjust.
element 57: Resize 30%, free rotate right or left 10 degrees

Apply a drop shadow of choice to all elements.

When you're happy with how your tag looks, hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to pull the sides out all around the tag.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop, resize and save.  You're done!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

23 October 2010

Emo Girls (PTU)

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Emo Girls 

This tutorial was written by me on October 23rd, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a wonderful new kit by Clarey called "Emo Girls" which can be purchased from her store HERE.  Thanks so much for letting me use your wonderful kit Clarey!!

Tube of choice: I'm using the artwork of Elias Chatzoudis with a valid license.  You can purchase his tubes from MPT.

Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's wonderful masks, #198, download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Warlock.

Let's make a new tag!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.

From the kit, open stripedframe1, resize 85%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Click inside the frame with the magic wand, expand the selection by 4.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize if desired (I resized 80%), copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and move to the left side of the frame.

Open wordart4, resize 85%, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom of the tag, in front of the tube.

Add your elements:

bottlecap2: Do not resize
butterfly1: Resize 20%, duplicate and resize 85%
butterflysketch1 & 3: Resize 20%, then 70%.  Duplicate, resize 85%.
curledribbon: Resize 50%, then 85%.  Free rotate right 8 degrees.  Duplicate and mirror, arrange under the bottlecap.
plaintag: Resize 60%, arrange between the ribbons and beneath the bottlecap
emogirl2: Resize 30%, place to the left of the tube and behind the wordart (see my tag for placement)
emogirl1: Resize 25%, place to the far left, and in front of the wordart
skull1: Do not resize
starcluster2: Resize 95%, copy and paste above the background layer.  Duplicate; mirror; flip; arrange as desired.

Apply a drop shadow of choice to all layers.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge mask group.

Crop and resize your tag as desired, hide the background layer and merge visible.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol

Golden Girl (PTU)

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Golden Girl 

This tutorial was written by me on October 23rd, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a gorgeous kit called Antiqued Butterscotch by Treasures by Terry.  What a beautiful kit this is, I loved working with it!!  You can get it at Butterfly Blush.  Thanks for letting me use it Terry!  :-)

Template of choice: I used one of Artmama's wonderful templates which you can download from her blog HERE.

Mask of choice: I used Mask 208 by Weescotslass 

Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Gennadiy Koufay with a valid license.  You can purchase his tubes from CILM.

Plug-in used: DSB Flux, Bright Noise.

Font of choice: I used Miss Lankfort

Let's begin!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the "Oh So Sexy" template, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the copyright layer.

Resize all layers 85% then change the canvas size to 750 x 750 so you have lots of room to work.  Activate the BG layer and flood fill the blank space with white.

Activate the Words layer; float, defloat.  Copy a paper of choice from the kit, resize as desired (I resized all papers 70%), paste as a new layer.  Arrange the paper as desired over the selection, then invert the selection and tap delete.  Continue in this manner for all the remaining layers except for the frames, dots, hearts, bl strips and the layer with the small words.

Colorize the B. Rect. and T. Rect. layers: Hue 18, Saturation 98.  After pasting your paper choice over these layers, change the blend mode to Color (L).

Small words layer (over the large rectangle): flood fill the selection with #5c3e29.  Left click two or three times until you like what you see.

I changed the colour of all the frames with the Color Replacer tool, which is located on the side menu under the paint brush (PSP default setting).  It looks like this:
Set your foreground colour to the colour you want to use (I changed the black frames, the dots and the hearts to colour #5c3e29 and the white part of the oval frame to #f5ebcc).  Use the eyedropper tool to select the colour you wish to change (for instance, right click on one of the black frames).  Set the brush size to 999, activate the layer you wish to change, center the brush and left click to change the colour.  Viola!

Add your elements:

Bow 6: Resize 40%
Butterfly 3 & 5: Resize each 30%, free rotate right or left 22 degrees, sharpen.  Duplicate and resize 85%, scatter around the tag.
Flower 7: Resize 30%, duplicate and flip.
Flower Doodle 2: Resize 50%, duplicate and mirror.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, arrange as shown.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube and all elements.  Hide the background layer and the "Oh So Sexy" layer, merge visible all other layers.  Unhide the background and words layer.

Duplicate the words layer twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two duplicates and activate the original.  Apply DSB Flux Bright Noise; Intensity 38 and the Mix button selected.  Now hide the original layer, activate the first copy.  Apply the bright noise effect again, click the Mix button twice.  Do the same for the second copy, but click the Mix button three times.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Resize the mask layer 95% and make any other adjustments you wish using the raster deform tool.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize your tag as you wish.

Now lets animate!

Hide the two copies with the noise effect and activate the original.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged from the pop-up menu.

Open Animation Shop.

Right-click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, close the original words layer and open and activate the first copy.  Right click, copy merged.

In AS: right click on the tag, paste after current frame.

Follow the same procedure for the final frame.  Click View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Save as a gif and you're all finished!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol

18 October 2010

Some shameless self-promotion ;-)

Please forgive the bit of bragging, but I just found out that I won the best FTU tutorial in Artmama's recent contest.  The tutorial that won was the first one I wrote this month, entitled "Seasons Change".  WOW!!  I'm sooo excited and I feel honoured to have won because there were so many really gorgeous entries.  I'm also excited because my prize for winning is a GC that I can use towards purchasing some of AM's amazing kits!  WooHoo!!

You can read more about the contest, see the other winners and all the entries at Artmama's blog HERE.

Thanks once again Artmama!!  :-D

16 October 2010

The Hunger (FTU)

 
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The Hunger 

This tutorial was written by me on October 16th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a wonderful FTU kit called "Vamp It Up" by Cindy of Puddicat Creations.  You can download it from her blog HERE.  Please remember to leave a thank you when you grab it, it only takes a second and is a small price to pay for hard work freely shared.

Tube of choice: I'm using the wonderful fantasy art of Maxine Gadd with a valid license.  You can purchase her incredible tubes from MPT.

Mask of choice: I'm using another of Gem's wonderful masks, #188.  You can download it from her blog HERE.

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Impact; Gradient Glow.  If you don't have this plug-in, a similar effect can be achieved using the drop shadow tool.

Font of choice: I used Creepygirl

Let's make a tag!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.

From the kit, open pdc_frame1 and resize 70%.   Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your freehand selection tool, draw around the frame, like this:

 
Open a paper of choice, resize as desired (I resized 70%), copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Move the paper below the frame.  Do not deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Resize as desired (I resized 85%) and arrange within the frame.  Tap delete to remove the excess.  Deselect.

Add your elements:

pdc_bats1: Resize 30%; duplicate, mirror and resize the copy 80%
pdc_bloodsplat1: Do not resize
pdc_candles1: Resize 30%, then 90%.  Apply Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Colour: #aa1f01

pdc_coffin1: Resize 40%
pdc_moon1: Resize 70%

Drop shadow all elements, I used H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 6.  For the tube I used H&V 2, Opacity 100, Blur 5. 

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background layer.

Add your name and apply the gradient glow effect using the same settings but changing the colour to black.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection, deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

That's it, you're all done!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol

12 October 2010

Pretty Poison (PTU)

 
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Pretty Poison 

This tutorial was written by me on October 12th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using an awesome kit by Krissy of Crimson Butterfly Scrapz called "Love's Poisonous Kiss".  Lots of awesome gothic elements and wicked papers in this one!  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.  Thanks so much for letting me use this great kit!

Tube of choice: I'm using the wonderful art of Cristina McAllister with a valid license.  You can purchase her tubes from CILM.

Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's awesome masks, #192.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Creature

Plug-in needed: Xero; Serious Fog

Ready ... set ... GO!  ;-)

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background.

From the kit, open cbsframe2, resize 75%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame (make sure you add the little bit between the swirl and the frame on the right side).  Open a paper of choice, resize as desired (I resized 70%), copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Move the paper below the frame.  Do not deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer beneath the frame.  Resize as desired (I resized 150%) and arrange within the frame.  Tap delete to remove the excess.  Do not deselect.

Effects > Xero > Serious Fog.  Choose Highlights from the drop down menu and apply the effect using the default settings.  Deselect.

Paste your tube as a new layer (it should still be on the clipboard) and move to the left side of the frame.

Add your elements:

cbsbfly1: Resize 15%, free rotate right 22 degrees.  Sharpen.  Duplicate and resize as many times as desired.  Scatter around the tag
cbsbttle: Resize 30%
cbscandles: Resize 70%
cbsdagger1: Resize 35%, mirror, free rotate 15 degrees right, sharpen
cbsflwrcluster2: Resize 40%
cbsskll2: Resize 35%
cbsspellbk: Resize 35%
cbstree: Resize 60%

Add a drop shadow of choice to your elements, tube and frame.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.

Apply the mask and merge the mask layers.  Add your name and all copyright and license info.  Resize and save your tag.  All done!

Thanks for trying my tut!

Hugs, Carol

09 October 2010

Save A Broom, Ride A Witch (PTU)

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Save A Broom, Ride A Witch 

This tutorial was written by me on October 9th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using one of Clarey's wonderful new kits, called "Ghost Town".  This is such a wonderful kit, full of beautiful papers and whimsical, colourful elements.  It's just awesome, thanks so much Clarey!  You can get it from her store, Clarey's Designz.

Tube of choice: I'm using the awesome art of Dominic Marco with a valid license.  You can purchase his wonderful tubes from CILM.

Template of choice: I used one of the awesome Halloween templates from Scrapity Scrap and More.

Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's wonderful masks, #189, available on her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Trinigan FG

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Impact; Gradient Glow (used on name only).

Ready?  Let's make a new tag!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete Raster 11 and Copy of Vector 2.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 650.  Activate Raster 1 and use the flood fill tool to fill the blank areas with white.

Activate Raster 2; select all, float, defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as desired (I resized 80%), invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Continue in this manner for the remaining layers except for Raster 8, Copy of Vector 8 and Raster 9.  Flood fill these selections with black, or a colour that compliments your tube.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Place as shown in my example.  Add a drop shadow of choice.

Add your elements:

Bat: Resize 20%, free rotate 20 degrees left.  Duplicate and mirror, duplicate again and resize 85%.  Place as shown.
Button5: Resize 30%
Candle: Resize 30%
Cat: Resize 30%
Cauldron: Resize 50%, mirror
Greenbubbles: Resize 50%, arrange over the cauldron and erase the excess
Magic Wand: Resize 40%, mirror
Plainpumpkin1: Resize 60%
Pumpkin2: Resize 50%
Pumpkin3: Resize 60%
Roundframe1: Place above large circle layer
Smoke1: Place above background layer, erase any excess at the bottom.  Duplicate and mirror

Apply drop shadow to all layers.  For the tag elements I used: H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8 and for the template layers I used H&V 0, Opacity 65 and Blur 12.50.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the mask to your satisfaction.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license info.  Resize as desired and save your tag.

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your result!

Hugs, Carol

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