27 June 2012

It's Magic (PTU)

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It's Magic

This tutorial was written by me on June 27th, 2012 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 general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by Tootypup Scraps called "Blue Willow".  Please visit her blog HERE for links to her stores.  Thanks so much Susan!

Tube of choice: I used the beautiful fantasy art of Monica N. Galvan.  "Stardancer" can be purchased from PSP Tube Stop.  Please don't use without a license.

Template: I used template #23 from Scrap Rebellion.

Mask: I used mask #79 from Designs by Vaybs.

Plug-ins used: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow (used for name only).
Xero Sparkles, HERE

Font: I used Katie Rose, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work well.

Animation Shop

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

Repeat for the black rectangle layer.  After adding the paper, do not deselect.  Duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Rename each layer Sparkle 1, Sparkle 2 and Sparkle 3.  Hide Sparkle 2 and 3 and activate Sparkle 1.  Apply the Xero Sparkles plug-in using these settings:


Main colour: white
Highlights: #9da8b4

Click OK

HIde Sparkle 1 and open Sparkle 2.  Apply the Sparkle plug-in again, using the same settings but changing the Intensity to 6.

Repeat for Sparkle 3, changing Intensity to 7.  Deselect.

Activate the heart layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and resize 120%.  Arrange on the left side of the heart, see my tag for reference.  Tap delete.  Duplicate and mirror.  Do not deselect.

Activate the original tube layer (the one on the left).  Effects > Edge Effects > High Pass > Radius: 50.00, Desaturate: checked.  Click OK.

Activate the copy of the tube (on the right) and apply the filter again, this time do not check Desaturate.  Click OK and deselect.  Reduce the opacity of both layers to 75%.

Do the following for all the frames:

Select all, float and defloat.  Flood fill selection with #e4e7f4.  Deselect.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 70%, Monochrome checked.

Foreground #f7f9f8, change Background to white.  Activate the words layer and use the colour replacer tool to change the colour or leave them white if you prefer.  Apply drop shadow: H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 4.

Drop shadow the frames: H&V 2, Opacity 52, Blur 8.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange in the center of the tag.  Apply drop shadow.

Add your elements, I used:

Garden_03: resize 72%
CherryBlossomTree_02: resize 50%, then 80%
Bouquet_01: resize 20%, then 50%
FlowerCluster_02: resize 50%
Bird_01 & 02: resize each 15%, then 85%

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.

Hide all the Sparkle layers and all layers below them.  Merge visible the remaining layers.  Hide the merged layer and open the layers below the Sparkle layers except for the background layer.  Merge visible.

Unhide the first merged layer, Sparkle 1 and the background layer.  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.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and apply Eye Candy 4000 gradient glow if desired.  I used the following settings:

Under the Basic tab:

Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 0
Overall Opacity: 100
Draw Only Outside Selection: checked

Under the Colour tab:

Choose Medium, colour: #e4e7f4

Time to animate!  Open Animation Shop.

In PSP: Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged

In Animation Shop: Edit > Paste > As New Animation

Back in PSP: Hide Sparkle 1 and open Sparkle 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat for Sparkle 3.

Edit > Select All

Animation > Frame Properties > change to 25.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!

Save as a gif and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol

24 June 2012

Hot Sand (PTU)

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Hot Sand

This tutorial was written by me on June 24th, 2012 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 general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Bubbles Dream called "Sandy Love".  I loved this kit the moment I saw it!  You can get it from Lollipops & Gumdrops.  Thanks so much Dominique!

Tube of choice: I used the art of Gennadiy Koufay.  You can purchase his tubes from CDO.  Please don't use without a license.

Template: I used template #25 by Twyzted T's Playroom.  I love all her templates!

Word Art created by me: download HERE.

Mask: I used mask #80 by Designs by Vaybs.

Font: I used Mr. Canfields, a pay font.  Monika Italic is an almost identical free font and can be downloaded HERE.

Drop shadows used:

For template elements (not the frames) & tube: H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 12
Other elements & name: H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Resize all layers 90%.

Delete Raster 13, change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Raster 10, select all, float and defloat.

Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, arrange as desired.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Continue in this manner for the remaining template layers except for the frames, raster 8 and raster 9.  For each of these layers select all, float and defloat.  Expand the selection by 1 and flood fill with #9e8c80.  Deselect.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Select Gaussian, 55%, monochrome checked.  Click OK.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Resize if desired, I did not resize mine.  Paste above the frame for the half circles.  Duplicate and move the copy below the frames.  Using the eraser, carefully remove the part of the copy showing below the frame and erase the bottom part of the original tube above the frame.  Drop shadow the copy (below the frames) only.  Use the drop shadow noted above or one of your choice.

Copy and paste the word art and arrange the layers as desired.  Using the Colour Replacer Tool, change the colour from black to #50453a.  Repeat for all three word art layers.

Activate the "HOT" layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Expand the selection by 2.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #f8f5e4.  Move this layer below the "HOT" layer.  Activate the "HOT" layer and merge down.

Add your elements, I used:

3: resize 50%, then 80%
7: resize 30%
8: resize 70%
14: resize 40%
19: do not resize
26: resize 40%, then 95%
28: resize 50%
31: resize 30%, then 85%
38: resize 60%
44: resize 30%

Drop shadow all elements using settings above or of your choice.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 90%.  Unhide 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, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!

I'd love to see your results and add them to my slide show!  Email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol 

18 June 2012

A Star Is Born (FTU)

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A Star Is Born

This tutorial was written by me on June 18th, 2012 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 general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit by Candy's Treats.  Visit Diane's blog HERE to find out where you can download "Shades Of Grey".

Tube of choice: I used a wonderful tube by Shawn Palek called "Teddy".  You can purchase this artist's tubes from Up Your Art, please don't use without a license.

Mask: I used mask #89 by Designs by Vaybs.

Filter used: Black Pencil, comes with PSP.

Font: I used Mr. Bedfort, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work however.

Drop shadows used:

For frame: H&V 0, Opacity 62, Blur 12
Everything else: 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 Cluster frame 4.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move slightly to the left.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.

Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete, do not deselect.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer above the paper.  Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > Hue: 255, Saturation: 0.  Resize 120% and arrange in the frame.  Tap delete and deselect.

Effects > Art Media Effects > Black Pencil > Choose Medium Pencil from the drop down menu and change the Opacity to 25, leave Detail at 50.  Click OK.

Paste your tube as a new layer (it should still be on the clipboard) and Colorize using the settings above.  Arrange on the right side of the frame, see my tag for reference.

Add your elements, I used:

Silver Stud: resize 30%
22: resize 30%, duplicate and mirror; duplicate again and resize 70%.  Duplicate and resize as desired to create the effect you like.  : )  Sharpen the smaller copies.
26: resize 70%; free rotate 4 degrees right and sharpen.

Apply drop shadows.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background 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.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.  : )

Hugs, Carol 

02 June 2012

Crimson Wings (FTU)

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Crimson Wings

This tutorial was written by me on June 2nd, 2012 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 general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit: I used a gorgeous full-size FTU kit by Numb Bumm called "Bloom".  You can download from their blog HERE (scroll down).  Please remember to say thanks, it's a small gesture for hard work freely shared.  : )

Tube & Portrait Tube: I used a stunning tube by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff called "Crimson Wings".  Wow, what a gorgeous tube this is and it comes with multiple layers too!  You can purchase it from PSP Tube Stop.  Please don't use her art without a license.

Template: I used template #95 from Scrap Rebellion.

Mask: I used mask #80 by Designs By Vaybs.

Font: I used Kaligrafia Galana Dos, a pay font.  Any nice script or swashy font will work well here.

Drop shadows used throughout:

Template elements and tube: H&V 0, Opacity 55, Blur 12
Everything else: H&V 2, Opacity 57, Blur 10

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Change the canvas size to 850 x 750.  Unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.  Delete the info layer.

Activate Raster 5, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 20%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for all template layers.  Add a noise effect to the frame with these settings: Random, Noise: 75%, Monochrome checked.  Click OK.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and move to the right side of the tag.

Activate the paper layer below the frame.  Select all, float and defloat.  Copy and paste the portrait tube as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the frame (see my tag for reference).  Once satisfied with placement, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 50%.

Now add your elements, I used:

butterfly3: resize 10%; duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
button4: resize 15%
button1: resize 15%, then 85%, arrange in the centre of button 4
flower8: resize 15% and arrange on the left side of tag as shown.  Duplicate and mirror; free rotate 32 degrees right and sharpen.  Arrange on the right side of tag, behind the main tube.
flower6: resize 5%, then 70%.  Arrange on the vine element, duplicate as many times as you wish.
tag1: resize 12%, then 85%
scatter: resize 20%; duplicate

Apply drop shadows.

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 selection and deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

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

I'd love to see your results so I can add them to my slide show, email me HERE.  : )

Hugs, Carol 

01 June 2012

Snips, Snails and Tall Cattails (PTU)

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Snips, Snails and Tall Cattails

This tutorial was written by me on June 1st, 2012 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 with other versions.

This tutorial was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous new kit by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs called "Snips and Snails and Tall Cattails".  What a wonderful kit this is!!  It's charming and whimsical and totally terrific, thanks so much Bev!  You can get it at Butterfly Blush.

Tube of choice: I used a fabulous tube by Sue Miller called "Keep In Touch".  You can purchase Sue's tubes from Up Your Art, please don't use without a license.

Template of choice: I used template #75 by Scrap Rebellion.

Mask of choice: I used mask #3 from Dees'Sign Depot.

Font of choice: I used AL Playbook, HERE.

Drop shadows used:

For the template layers: H&V 0, Opacity 55, Blur 10
Everything else: 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 in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750; unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Delete Raster 1, heart 1 and 2.

Activate the top grey rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired; invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.

Follow these steps for the remaining layers except faded rectangle, frame and the two dotted lines.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and resize 85%.  Arrange above the black rectangle paper layer.  Erase any parts of the tube that show beneath the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and invert the selection.  Use your eraser to remove the portion of the tube that overlaps the frame, being careful not to remove her elbow.  Deselect.

Activate the faded rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #5e712a.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode of this layer to Colour (L).

Foreground: #5e712a
Background: #fa903a

Activate one of the dotted line layers.  Change the colour of the dots using the Change to Target brush with these settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Continuous: unchecked
Mode: Colour

Center the brush on the canvas and left click once.  Repeat for the second dotted line layer.

Activate the frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the background colour.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Random, 70%, Monochrome checked.  Delete original layer.

Now add your elements, I used:

4: resize 40%
5: resize 30%
9: resize 30%
25: resize 25%
27: resize 35%
31: resize 20%, then 85%
34: resize 70%
35: resize 10%, then 85%
40: do not resize, use eraser to remove the bottom portion of the trunk
65 & 66: resize each 40%
70: resize 15%; duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
76: resize 50%
77: resize 70%; free rotate 5 degrees left and sharpen, duplicate as desired
87: resize 50%

Apply drop shadows.

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

Crop and resize the tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

I'd love to see your result, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol 

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