30 December 2010

Comfy Coffeehouse (PTU)

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Comfy Coffeehouse 

This tutorial was written by me on December 30th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

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

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a lovely kit by Karin Kreates Scrapz called "Comfy Coffeehouse".  I love the colours in this kit!!  Karin has included many elements and gorgeous papers to play with, so there's plenty of choice and loads of possibilities.  You can get it at I Got Lucky Skraps.  Thanks for this great kit Karin!

Tube of choice: I used a tube by Pinup Toons with a valid license.  You can purchase these tubes from CILM until December 31st.

Template of choice: I used an awesome new template by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture.  I used #125.  Thanks for sharing these wonderful templates Bev!

Mask of choice: I used a mask by the very talented Vix, download HERE.  I used Mask 416.

Font of choice: I used Mr. DeHaviland

~~ 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 the credit and corner lines layers.  Change the canvas size to 780 x 650.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Activate the Square 1 layer.  Select all, float, defloat.  Copy and paste a paper of choice as a new layer, resize 50%.  Invert the selection and tap delete, deselect.  Delete the original Square 1 layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the paper layer, I used H&V 0, Opacity 70, Blur 8.

Repeat these steps for all other layers except the Hearts layer.  Use the color replacer tool to change the color to one that compliments the kit or your tube, I used colour #711402.

Add your elements, I used:

Big Bow 09: resize 40%; free rotate 20 degrees left and sharpen.
Bead String 04: resize 45%
Glass Disk 02: resize 35%
Long Ribbons 05: Select one of the three ribbons using the freehand selection tool, then copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and free rotate left 7 degrees.  Sharpen, duplicate and mirror.  Arrange under the bow and beads.
Leafy Branch 05: resize 80%

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.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size to your liking.

Ensure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Crop and resize your tag.

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

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol

27 December 2010

Let's Party At Midnight (PTU)

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Let's Party At Midnight 

This tutorial was written by me on December 27th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous new kit called "Let's Party At 12" by Tootypup Scraps.  I love this kit!  Lots of choices, beautiful papers and Susan has also included many gray scale items that you can colorize to your exact needs.  Great kit with lots of beautiful elements, just like all of Susan's kits.  You can get it at Aussie Scrap Designs.

Tube of choice: I used the wonderful art of Shawli with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT.

Plug-ins needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation and DSB Flux, Bright Noise.

Font of choice: I used Mon Amour Script Pro

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

From the kit, open Cluster Frame 1 and resize 35%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move slightly to the right.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around each of the heart frames, like this:


 Open a paper of choice and resize as desired.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move beneath the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Add a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 8.

Open balloons 2, resize 35%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move to the bottom left, behind the bubbles (see my tag for reference).  Add a light drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 25, Blur 8.

Add your other elements and apply drop shadow as you go, I used:

bubbles 1: resize 30%; Colorize: Hue 30, Saturation 125.  Duplicate and mirror.
Champagne Bottle 2: resize 18%; Colorize using the same settings as above
gift: resize 20%, then 70%
Fireworks 1 & 7: resize each 50%; duplicate, mirror and arrange as desired.  Apply the same light drop shadow as above.  Make sure these are placed right above the background layer.

Merge the gold fireworks together as one layer and the silver fireworks as another.  Duplicate the gold fireworks twice for a total of 3, do the same for the silver.  Rename each layer Gold or Silver 1, 2 and 3.

Hide the background layer and all fireworks layers.  Merge visible.

Open and activate Silver 1.  Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation with the following settings:


Hide Silver 1, open and activate Silver 2.  Apply Constellation using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once.  Repeat for the Silver 3 layer.

Open and activate Gold 1.  Apply DSB Flux, Bright Noise with the Intensity set to 40.  Click the Mix button once.

Hide Gold 1, open and activate Gold 2.  Apply Bright Noise again only this time, click the Mix button twice.  Repeat for Gold 3, clicking the Mix button three times.

Crop and resize your tag (I resized 85%), then add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Now it's time to animate!

Make sure these layers are open: background, Gold 1, Silver 1, the merged tag and the copyright info.  Right click on the tag and choose Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop.

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

Back to PSP, hide Gold 1 and open Gold 2.  Hide Silver 1 and open Silver 2.  Right click and copy merged.

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

In PSP, hide Gold 2 and open Gold 3.  Hide Silver 2 and open Silver 3.  Right click and copy merged.  Paste after current frame in AS.

View > Animation to see your tag in action.  I wanted to slow it down a bit, to do this go to Edit > Select All.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 15.

If you're happy, save as a gif.  You now have a blank animated tag that you can use again and again, simply add whatever name you wish.  :-)  Just remember to always duplicate and close the original before you do!

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

19 December 2010

Bling In The New Year! (FTU)

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Bling In The New Year! 

This tutorial was written by me on December 19th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU kit by Toni of Toni's Scraparoni called "Bling In The New Year - 2011".  What an awesome kit this is!!  Full of glamour and glitz, it makes my bling-loving heart sing.  LOL!  You can download it from Toni's blog HEREPlease make sure you leave a thank you when you grab the kit, it's a small gesture for hard work freely shared.  Thanks so much for this gorgeous kit Toni!

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful pinup art of Jessica Dougherty with a valid license.  You can purchase Jessica's tubes from CILM until it closes on December 31st.

Mask of choice: I used WSL_Mask75 by Weescotslass, available on her blog HERE.

Plug-in used: Xenofex 2, Constellation.

Font of choice: I used Aquarelle.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

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

Set the foreground color to #be9b4e and background to black.  Change the foreground to gradient and choose foreground/background from the drop-down menu.  Select linear style, angle 36 and repeats 3.  Using the preset shape tool set to rectangle, anti alias and create as a vector both checked, width set to 25, draw out a square, 600 x 600.  Objects > Align > Center In Canvas.  Convert to raster layer.

Apply an inner bevel with these settings:


Using the magic wand, click inside the frame, expand the selection by 5.  Open Paper 01 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move beneath the frame.  Arrange as shown in my tag.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and sharpen.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame, I used H&V 0, Opacity 70, Blur 12.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and arrange on the far right side of the frame.  Apply drop shadow of choice.

Open Fireworks 1 & 2.  Copy and paste each as a new layer and move to just above the background layer.  Duplicate each, resize 85% and mirror.

Add your elements, I used:

Champagne 2: resize 30%
Bow 3: resize 80%; free rotate 10 degrees left; sharpen
Flowers: resize 35%, duplicate as desired and resize some 85%
WordArt 1: resize 50%; sharpen

Activate background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into selection.  Deselect and apply the mask then merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the mask size to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

You may now save as a jpg or png OR if you wish to animate, let's continue!

Activate the paper layer below your frame and duplicate twice for a total of three.  Hide the copies and activate the original.  Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation using these settings:


Hide the original layer and open the first copy.  Apply Constellation again using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once.  Repeat for the second copy.

Now hide the two copies once again and open the original.  Right click on your tag and copy merged.

Open Animation Shop.

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

Back in PSP, hide the original layer and open the first copy.  Right click and copy merged.

In AS, right click on the tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.  Repeat for the second copy.

Edit > Select All.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 20.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Now save as a gif and you're all done!  Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you'll show me any tags you make with it!

Hugs, Carol

17 December 2010

An Outback Christmas (PTU)

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An Outback Christmas 

This tutorial was written by me on December 17th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

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

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome kit by Designed By Stina called "Sunburnt Christmas".  This kit is wonderful!  It's unique in that it provides some traditional Christmas elements, but with a fun Australian flair.  I loved working with it!!  You can get it from Aussie Scraps Designs.  Thanks for this beautiful kit Stina!

Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Ted Hammond with a valid license.  If you'd like to use the same tube, you must purchase it from CILM before it closes on December 31st.

Template of choice: I used template 2 from Truly Toxic.

Mask of choice: I used XmasMask12 by Vaybs, available HERE.

Plug-in needed: Mura's Meister - Copies.

Font of choice: I used Willing Race.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

Open the template, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the top layer and change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Activate the double circle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Invert again and contract the selection by 10, tap delete again.  You now have a frame for your circles.  Expand the selection by 3, copy and paste a different paper as a new layer.  Resize as desired, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and move this layer below the frame layer.  Delete the original layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the frames, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 12.  Follow these steps for the remaining layers.

Activate the top left box layer.  Set the background color to #e4c663.  Select the text tool and using the font "Willing Race" (or another font of your choice) with the size set to 20, stroke 0, and "create as" set to vector, type "Outback Christmas" and place in the center of the box.  Convert to a raster layer.  Activate the paper layer below the text.  Selections > select all > float > defloat.  Activate the text layer again and apply Mura's Meister - Copies.  Choose Tiling from the drop down menu, and use these settings:

   
 Deselect and add a drop shadow, I used H&V 1, Opacity 60, Blur 2.  Duplicate the text and move over the lower right box.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, apply drop shadow.

Now add your elements, adding drop shadow as you go.  I used:

TreeStumps1: do not resize; mirror
Arrangement: resize 40%; sharpen
Tree3: do not resize
Koala2: resize 25%
All ornaments: resize 10%, then 85%

Arrange everything to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 90%.

Open the background layer and activate.  Add a new raster layer and 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 adjust the mask to your satisfaction.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize your tag and save.  You're all done!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol 

16 December 2010

Meet Me In Christmas Town (PTU)

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Meet Me In Christmas Town 

This tutorial was written by me on December 16th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

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

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome new kit by Clarey called "Christmas Town".  I had a wonderful time creating this tag, this kit has so many cute elements and pretty papers it was hard to decide which ones to use.  You can get it at Clarey's store HERE.  Thanks so much for this wonderful kit hun!!

Tube and close-up of choice: I used a fabulous Christmas tube by Elias Chatzoudis.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT 

Mask of choice: I used WSL_Mask12 by Weescotslass, available on her blog HERE.

Plug-ins needed: Xero Porcelain and Radiance, available HERE. 

Font of choice: I used Santa's Big Secret.

~~ 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 triplefram2 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, free rotate 90 degrees right.

Using the magic wand, click inside the small frame on the right and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Move this layer below the frame, do not deselect. Copy and paste your close-up tube as a new layer, move below the right frame.  Resize as desired, I resized 70%, tap delete and deselect.  Apply Xero Porcelain using the default settings, then Xero Radiance, again using the default settings.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the tube.

Repeat for the small left frame, mirror your tube.

Use the magic wand to click inside the middle rectangle frame, expand by 5.  Copy and paste the paper, resize 70%, invert the selection and tap delete.  Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and resize as desired.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the eraser, carefully remove the parts you don't want overlapping the frame on the top tube.  Carefully remove the part of the bottom tube showing below the frame.  Apply drop shadow to the bottom tube only.

Now add the elements and apply drop shadow as you go.  I used:

snowman: resize 40%
santa: resize 45%
glitterbranch: resize 40%; free rotate 45 degrees left; mirror; sharpen twice
berrybranch1: mirror; free rotate 85 degrees right; resize 35%; sharpen
snow3: do not resize
reindeer1: resize 45%
reindeer2: resize 40%, mirror
bird: resize 25%
bow1: resize 35%

Make sure you're happy with the placement of everything, then hide your 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 and deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size to your satisfaction.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize your tag, then save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

Hugs, Carol     

15 December 2010

Jolly Snowman Wishes (PTU)

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Jolly Snowman Wishes 

This tutorial was written by me on December 15th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using an adorable kit by WackyWinnie Designz called "Jolly Snowmen".  What a wonderful kit this is!  So many fabulous elements, I wanted to use them all!  I was only able to scratch the surface however so I'll be sure to use this kit again and again.  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.  Thank you for this wonderful kit Sue!

Mask of choice: I used two masks, gemsmask192, available from her blog HERE and DBVXmasMask06, available HERE.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Nature, Snow Drift and Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow (optional, used on text only).

Snow animation, which I've made available HERE.  If this is your animation, please e-mail me so I can give proper credit or remove it.  Thanks!

Font of choice: I used Mr. Wade

Animation Shop 

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

From the kit, open FWrap2 and resize 70%, then 90%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Duplicate, mirror and flip.  Arrange so they form a frame.  Add a drop shadow to each, I used H&V 2, Opacity 60, Blur 8.  Merge these two layers together.

Activate your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection (I used Paper21).  Deselect and apply gemsmask192, then merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to change the size of the mask so it fits inside the frame (see my tag for reference).

Using the rectangle selection tool, draw a selection around the frame, like this:
Add a new raster layer and move it below the mask layer.  Flood fill with white, deselect.

Using the rectangle selection tool once again, draw a selection around the bottom 2/3 of the frame.  Add a new raster layer.  Apply Eye Candy Nature; Snow Drift.  Under the Settings tab, choose Large, Large Snow Pile From Bottom and adjust the settings under the Basic tab to this:


Duplicate the drift and mirror.  Arrange as desired at the bottom of the frame and use the eraser to remove anything that sticks out the bottom or sides.  Add a light drop shadow, I used H 0, V -2, Opacity 23, Blur 12.

Now add your elements, I used:

Tree1: resize 40%, then 90%.  Duplicate and mirror, resize 85%.  Duplicate again and resize 85%.
PolarBear1: resize 25%, then 90%.
Santa Sled: resize 40%.
lampPost1: do not resize, use eraser to remove bottom part that shows beneath frame.
Snowman3: resize 35%.
Snowman6: resize 25%, then 90%.
SnowmanSled1: resize 25%.

Apply drop shadow to all elements.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection and deselect.  Apply mask DBVXmasMask06 and merge mask group.

Hide the background layer, activate the crop tool and click on the "merged opaque" button on the far right of the top toolbar.  This will crop your tag without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.

Add your name and other info, along with a saying of choice (I used "Happy Holidays") then hide the frame, sled, saying, and name layers.  Merge visible all other layers.  You should have something that looks like this:
Rename this layer Background.

Hide the Background layer and merge visible all other layers, you should have something that looks like this:
Rename this layer Frame.

Let's animate!

Activate the Background layer and copy.  Open Animation Shop, right click on the workspace and choose "Paste As A New Animation".

Open the snow animation I supplied.  Click Animation > Resize Animation.  Resize 110%, bicubic resample.  Note that there are 10 frames in the animation, so we need to have 10 frames in your new tag.  Right click on your tag and choose "Duplicate Selected".  Keep doing this until you have 10 frames.  Click Edit > Select All.

Activate the snow animation.  Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy.

Activate your tag once again and click Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame.  Carefully place the snow animation over your scene, left click to place.  If you make a mistake, simply undo and try again.  Check the result by clicking View > Animation.  Once you're happy with the result, it's time to finish the tag.

Back in PSP, activate the frame layer and copy.  Paste as a new animation in AS > Edit > Copy > Edit > Propagate Paste.

Activate your tag.  Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame.  Arrange the frame over your snow scene, left click to place.  Resize your tag as desired, I resized 85%.  Check the result a final time and if you're happy with it, save your tag as a gif.  You're all finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol

10 December 2010

Santa's Favourite Elf (PTU)

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Santa's Favourite Elf 

This tutorial was written by me on December 10th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

PSP Version used: 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 used a gorgeous Christmas kit by Puddicat Creations called "Christmas Cards".  Wow, I really love this kit, there's so many goodies included!!  I just scratched the surface with this tut and can think of so many other tags I could make with it.  You can get it at Aussie Scraps Designs.  Thanks so much for this wonderful kit Cindy!

Tube of choice: I used the sexy pinup art of Ismael Rac with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from his store HERE.

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

Mask of choice: I used Mask 198 by Gems.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Miss Stanfort.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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, copy and paste Frame2 and resize 70%, then 95%.  Move to the left slightly.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 6.

Open a paper of choice (I used paper1), resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and position where desired within the selection.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Move this layer below the frame layer.  Do not deselect.

Open christmastree1 and resize 55%.  Copy and paste as a new layer under the frame layer.  Position as desired and tap delete.  Deselect.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the tree and the frame, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, position on the right side of the frame.  Drop shadow.

Add your elements and apply drop shadow as you go:

holly1: resize 20%
ornament1: resize 40%; mirror and free rotate 8 degrees left.  Sharpen.
ornament2: resize 45%
stocking2: resize 40%
deer1: resize 40%
all presents: resize 35%

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

Open the background layer and activate.  Add a new raster layer and 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 adjust the mask to your satisfaction.

Add your name and apply the gradient glow if using.  Add all applicable copyright and license information, save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

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