27 February 2011

Wishing For Summer (PTU)

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Wishing For Summer

This tutorial was written by me on February 27th, 2011 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 a wonderful kit by Aquarius Design called "Soft Summer Rain".  What a beautiful kit this is, it makes me feel like summer's just around the corner.  :-)  You can get it at Sophista-Scraps.  Thanks so much for this lovely kit!

Tube of choice: I used a wonderful tube by Abranda Icle Sisson which can be purchased from Up Your Art.

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome masks, #39.  You can download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used 2Peas Well Behaved, HERE.

Drop shadow used thoughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V -2, Opacity 62, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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 Element 20.  Resize 60%, then 90%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the left side of the tag.  See my tag for placement.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer, resize 95%.  Arrange so it looks like the girl is leaning against the birdhouse.

I don't like to leave a hard line on my tubes.  Use the freehand selection tool to draw out a small selection on the bottom of the tube, like this:


Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > Click the radio button beside Both and set the Feather Amount to 7.  Tap delete twice.  Deselect.

Open Element 34 and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Duplicate as many times as you wish to create a long grass "lawn" for her to sit in.  Mirror some of the copies and move them around.  Don't be afraid to play with it until you get the effect you want.  Once you like what you see, hide all other layers and merge all the grass layers visible.  Unhide your other layers.

Activate your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Draw out a selection around your tube and other elements using the rectangle selection tool.  Here's what my selection looked like:


Add a new raster layer, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, making sure the Fit To Layer button is selected.  Merge the mask group and use the raster deform tool to change the size and placement to your satisfaction.

Open Element 7 and resize 25%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the top left of the mask layer.  Duplicate, resize and arrange to your satisfaction, using my tag as a guide.  I placed the elements at the top of the birdhouse first, then merged them together and softened the top using the eraser tool with these settings: Size: 40, Hardness: 30, Step: 10, Density: 100, Thickness: 100, Rotation: 0, Opacity: 20.  Experiment using the eraser until you achieve a look you like.  If you make a mistake, simply undo and try again.  Duplicate some of these layers and move beneath the birdhouse layer as well.

Now add your other elements.  I used:

Element 10: resize 30%, place to the left of the birdhouse and behind the grass.  Duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.  Duplicate again and move to the right side, resize 85%.
Element 11: resize 20%; free rotate 90 degrees left.  Duplicate as many times as you like, mirror some of the copies, resize some 85%.
Element 14: resize 10%, duplicate as many times as you like, resize some of the copies 85%.
Element 24: resize 30%, duplicate as many times as you wish.

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

I'd love to see your results so I can show them off!  Email me!

Hugs, Carol

Stepping Out (PTU)

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Stepping Out

This tutorial was written by me on February 27th, 2011 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 a beautiful kit by Jane of JTs Designs called "Stepping Out".  I love the drama of black and red and the addition of cream in this kit gives it an extra degree of elegance.  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.  Thanks so much Jane!

Template of choice: I used an awesome template by Cinnamon Scraps which you can download from her blog HERE.  It's template #4.

Tube and close-up of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Jose Cano.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from PTE.

Mask of choice: I used Weescotslass mask #208 which you can download from her blog HERE.

Plug-in needed: Xero Radiance, download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Aquarelle, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, delete the copyright and doodle layers.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the "bottom lines" layer.  Selections > Select All > Float > Defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer and deselect.

Follow the same steps for the "horizontal line" layer.

Activate the "left line" layer.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Follow these steps for the remaining layers.  While working on any of the frame backgrounds, copy and paste your close-up tube and arrange a section within the selection after you do the paper layer.  Tap delete to remove the excess.  After you deselect, apply Xero Radiance using these settings:


When you've finished all the tag components, apply a drop shadow to each.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.  Use the same drop shadow for your elements (don't forget the close-up tubes!)

Open Pearls 7 and resize 57%.  Activate the left line paper layer, copy and paste as a new layer and apply drop shadow.  Duplicate the pearls layer and mirror, arrange on the right line.

Hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.

Copy and paste your main tube and apply drop shadow.  I used V -2, H 6, Opacity 50, Blur 15.

Now add your elements.  I used:

Doodle 4: resize 35%, place on the corner of the top left frame.  Use the colour replacer tool to change the colour from red to black.  For detailed instructions on how to use this tool, see my "Pretty In Pink" tutorial.  Duplicate and flip, arrange on the corner of the bottom right frame.
Flower 5: resize 20%, duplicate and mirror.
Rose 1: resize 30%, duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.  Arrange to your satisfaction and merge these two layers together.  Duplicate and mirror.
Bow 2: resize 20%, arrange over the roses.  Duplicate and mirror.
Butterfly 1: resize 20%, then 85%.  Duplicate and mirror.  Duplicate once more and place all as desired.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of everything.  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.  Reduce the opacity of the mask layer to 70%.  Use the raster deform tool to change the size to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

24 February 2011

Rosalynn (PTU)

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Rosalynn

This tutorial was written by me on February 24th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Tammy's Scraps called Rosalynn.  I LOVE the colour palette and all the beautiful elements, including lots of flowers, my fave!!  This is an exclusive kit, you can find it at PSP Tubes Emporium.  Thank you Tammy!

Tube of choice: I used a close-up tube by Jamie Kidd.  She was with CILM when I purchased this tube but can now be found at CDO.

Template of choice: I used a template by Babe's Designz, #11.  Download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome masks, #25.  You can download from her blog, Horseplay's Pasture.  Be sure to check out her wonderful tutorials as well!

Font of choice: I used Nadine Script Extra, download HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 45, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template, delete the copyright layer.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.

Activate the layer "large rec inner".  Select all, float, defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70% twice.  Copy and paste as a new layer and position within the selection.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer above the "large rec outer" layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, resize 80%.  Activate the "large rec outer" layer; using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Invert the selection.  Activate the tube layer, zoom in and use your eraser to carefully remove the parts of the tube that overlap the frame at the bottom, be sure to remove the bits between the curls of her hair.  Deselect.

Activate the layer "large rec outer".  Select all, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with #c2b2bc.  Deselect.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Random, 35%, Monochrome checked.  Delete the original layer.  Follow these steps for the layer "small rec outer".

Activate the "bars" layer.  Select all, float, defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.  Follow these steps for the "circle" layer.

Activate the "dot half circles" layer.  Select all, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with #cb5388.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate the "small rec inner" layer.  Select all, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Change the foreground to #ff97bd and the background to #ccc9a6.  Change the foreground to Gradient, select Foreground/Background from the drop down menu.  Choose Linear Style, Angle 315, Repeats 1.  Flood fill the selection with this gradient and deselect.  Delete original layer.

Now add your elements.  I used:

Element 27: resize 70%.
Element 44: resize 35%, then 85%.
Element 58: resize 30%, duplicate and mirror, merge down.  Arrange at the bottom of the large frame.  Duplicate the merged layer and flip.  Arrange at the top of the frame.
Element 45: resize 40%.
Element 5: resize 25%, duplicate and mirror.  Free rotate 8 degrees right.
Element 22: resize 30%, then 90%.
Element 18: resize 10%, duplicate and mirror, resize 85%. 

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with the same gradient you used above.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Resize the mask layer 90%.

Crop and resize your tag, I resized 85%.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

22 February 2011

Wild Irish Rose (PTU)

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Wild Irish Rose

This tutorial was written by me on February 22nd, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tut 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 Artmama Made called "Siochan".  This gorgeous kit is full-size, so would also be wonderful for creating layouts.  I always love any kit made by Artmama, and this kit is truly stunning, I had a lot of fun creating this tag.  You can get it at Stargazer Scraps.  Thanks so much Candee!

Tube and close-up of choice: I used the wonderful pinup art of Keith Garvey with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from PTE.

Mask of choice: I used a wonderful mask I got at Creative Misfit Creations.  I used cm_stpatsmask by Vicky, download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Irish Jig, available HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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 embellie 11 and resize 25%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Free Rotate > rotate right 90 degrees.

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


Open a paper of choice, resize 15%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below the frame, invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the close-up tube and resize 90% (if using the same tube), copy and paste as a new layer.  Arrange within the frame and tap delete.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 85%.  Apply drop shadow to tube and frame.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.

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

Add the other elements, applying drop shadow as you go.  I used:

embellie 26: resize 25%, copy and paste above background layer, move to top so it shows above the frame.  Duplicate and move to bottom, erase excess.  See my tag for reference.
embellie 14: resize 16%
embellie 08: resize 25%, duplicate and resize 85%; mirror
embellie 06: resize 15%
embellie 25: resize 10%
embellie 15: resize 10%, duplicate and mirror.  Erase excess and merge down, arrange at top of frame; duplicate and flip.

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.  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.

Crop and resize your tag, I resized 85%.

Change the foreground colour to #e0d1b8 and the background colour to #354621.  Select the Irish Jig font, size 85, stroke 2 and add your name.

Add an inner bevel using these settings:


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

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

14 February 2011

Spring's Comin' (PTU)

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Spring's Comin'

This tutorial was written by me on February 14th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an unbelievably gorgeous kit by Bastelgalaxy called "Canterbury Quake Aid".  This kit just blew me away with all the lovely elements that are included.  I LOVE flowers and this kit has 'em in spades, absolutely beautiful!!  You can get it at Aussie Scrap Designs.  Thank you for this wonderful kit Angela!

Tube of choice: I used a wonderful tube by Elias Chatzoudis with a valid license.  When I purchased this tube, he was at MPT but is now at PTE.

Mask of choice: I used Mask 98 by Weescotslass.  Download from her blog HERE.

Plug-in used: Xero Porcelain and Radiance.  Download HERE.

Font of choice: I used A&S Jiggy Roman, available HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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 Frame03 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top left of the canvas.  Duplicate and mirror, move this layer below the original.  Place below and to the right of the original.  Duplicate and mirror once again, and move this layer to just above the background layer.  Move to the bottom left under the first copy.  You should have something that looks like this:

Activate the original frame layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete, move below the frame.  Do not deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and position her head within the frame.  Tap delete to remove the excess and deselect.

Apply Xero Porcelain using the default settings.  Then apply Xero Radiance using these settings:


Reduce the opacity to 85%.

Follow these directions for the remaining two frames.  Apply a drop shadow to the frames, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 12.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, move to the right of the frames and drop shadow.

Now have fun adding some of the wonderful elements!  I used:

Flower05: resize 45%
Flower 09: resize 60%
Flower03: resize 60%, then 85%; flip.
Flower04: resize 45%
Flower13: resize 60%
Flower12: resize60%
Bear01: resize 70%
Ribbon: do not resize
Heart01: resize 40%; duplicate and mirror

Be sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide and activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > 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 and placement to your satisfaction.

Add your name.  I used A&S Jiggy Roman; Size 85, Stroke 2.  Foreground colour #f6d708 and background colour #421462.

Add an Inner Bevel effect using these settings:


Apply drop shadow.

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

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

12 February 2011

Flights of Fancy (PTU)

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Flights of Fancy

This tutorial was written by me on February 12th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by EmJay Scraps called "Flowers Take Flight".  I love a kit with flowers and butterflies and this one is gorgeous!  It's filled with lovely elements and papers, and I love the colour palette.  You can get this wonderful kit at Butterfly Blush.  Thanks so much for this lovely kit Em!

Tube of choice: I used the wonderful pinup art of Jamie Kidd with a valid license.  Jamie used to be at CILM but is now at CDO.

Mask of choice: I used one of the wonderful masks created by Essex Girl.  I used sg_stencil-flowered-octagon and you can find it HERE.

Font of choice: I used Passions Conflict, which is a pay font.  You can also use Aquarelle, which is a free font that is almost identical.  You can download it HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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 Element 43 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Open Element 53 and resize 85%.  Arrange on top of the frame and use the raster deform tool to adjust the size to fit, see my tag for reference.  Duplicate this layer.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer between the two frame elements.  Using the eraser on the top copy, remove the part across her head.  I also removed the part across the bottom of the frame from both the original and copy, because I found it too busy when I added the ribbon element, but this is up to you.

Drop shadow the bottom element only, I used H&V 2, Opacity 62, Blur 8.  I used the same drop shadow for all elements, unless otherwise noted.

Using the magic wand, click inside the square frame and invert the selection.  Using the eraser once again, remove the bottom part of the tube that overlaps the frame.  Invert the selection again and expand by 5.  Copy and paste a paper of choice as a new layer and move below the square frame.  Resize 55%, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Drop shadow the frame, I used H&V 0, Opacity 62, Blur 15.

Copy and paste Element 20 as a new layer above the paper.  Do not resize.  Move to the left and arrange as shown on my tag.  Duplicate and move the copy to the right, erase any excess.  Do not apply a drop shadow.

Open Element 28 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top of your layers.  Erase the large butterfly and arrange on the right side of the frame.

Open Elements 7 and 8.  Resize each 30%, then duplicate and resize 85%.  Arrange these on either side of the frame.  Continue until you have all the flowers you wish.

Open Element 37 and resize 85% twice.  Place at the bottom of the frame and use the raster deform tool to push the sides in a bit more so it looks like it's wrapped around the frame.

Open Element 24 and resize 40%, then 85%.  Free rotate right 15 degrees.  Place as desired on the left side of the tag.  Duplicate twice, resize and place as desired.

Open Element 14 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer.  Move to the top left side.  Duplicate and mirror.  Merge these two layers together.  Duplicate and flip.  Merge down once again.  Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 25, Blur 5.

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.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

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

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

04 February 2011

Chocolate Valentine (PTU)

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Chocolate Valentine

This tutorial was written by me on February 4th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: As promised, this is the second tutorial using Chocolate Valentine by Monti's Scraps.  I love this kit and couldn't resist creating another tag with it.  You can get it at I Got Lucky Skraps.  Thanks again for this amazing kit Monti!

Tube of choice: I used the awesome pinup art of Keith Garvey.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT.

Template of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome templates, #130, available on her blog HERE.  Thanks Bev!

Mask of choice: I used mask #17 by Sophisticat Simone, download from her blog HERE (second set of masks).

Font of choice: I used Fiolex Girls.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often!! ~~

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

Open the template, duplicate and close the original.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Delete the following layers: Credit, Right Heart Line, Left Heart Line.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Raster 1.  Select all, float, defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Follow these steps for all the remaining layers except the Diamond Circle layers.  For Diamond Circle Left, Right and Center, change your foreground to #a73f3f and your background to black.  Activate your Color Replacer tool and change the settings to: Size: 999, Hardness: 100, Step: 10, Density: 100, Thickness: 100, Rotation: 0 and Tolerance: 75.  Making sure one of the Diamond Circle layers is the active layer, left click in the center of your tag.  For the Diamond Circle Ring, change the background colour to white.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, resize 85%.

Add your elements, I used:

Flower-Double1: resize 30%, then 85%
Heart 16: resize 7% and sharpen.  Duplicate four times and arrange in a vertical line in front of the left rectangle.  Merge these five layers visible then duplicate and mirror.
HeartTrail-PinkBrown: resize 50%, duplicate and mirror.
HeartCurtainPink: resize 50%, duplicate and mirror.  Place at the top of the large rectangle.
Ribbon-Pink: resize 50% and use the raster deform tool to further adjust the size.
Rose-Red: resize 30%
Rose-Pink: resize 30%, then 85% and mirror.
Rose-Brown: resize 30%, then 85%.  Free rotate left 7 degrees.  Merge the three rose layers together, duplicate and mirror.  Arrange as shown on my tag.

Drop shadow all layers.  Make sure you're happy with the positioning of all your elements, then 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 adjust the size and position.

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

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

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