16 May 2014

One Moonlit Night

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This tutorial was written by me on May 16th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.  This is a forum set tutorial consisting of a forum banner tag and avatar.  You will need the following supplies:

Beautiful tagger-size scrap kit "Magical Dreams" by Foxy's Designz, available at Heartbeatz Creationz.

Awesome tube by Claire Nobles "Heaven and Earth" can be purchased at PSP Tube Stop.

Plug-ins: 
Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow
DSB Flux, Bright Noise

Forum mask #15 by Moonbeams & Spiderwebs.

Font: I used Mr. Bedfort, a pay font.  A web search will result in multiple links.

*Note: when referring to drop shadows, I use the following abbreviations:

V = Vertical
H = Horizontal
O = Opacity
B = Blur

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

Open a new image, 650 x 225.

From the kit, open paper 6 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange so the "moon" shows at the top left corner.

Open paper 11 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Apply MB&SW forum mask #15 and merge the mask group.  Apply a light drop shadow of choice or use my settings:

V: 2
H: 2
O: 20
B: 8

Open element #5 and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side, as shown.  Apply drop shadow of choice or use my settings:

V: 2
H: 2
O: 67
B: 8

Duplicate the mask layer and resize 70%.  Move in front of the house and arrange as desired.

Open element #3 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste above the paper layer and change the blend mode to Overlay.

Choose the tube "Heaven and Earth Rock" and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the right side.  Apply drop shadow above.

Open element 25, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the tube layer.  Move to the right and down until you only see some of the leaves and branches.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow.

Open element #18 and resize 30%, duplicate and mirror.  Resize copy 85% and move behind tube layer.  See my tag for placement.  Drop shadow.

Make sure all layers are arranged to your satisfaction, then merge visible.

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #321c5e.  Selections > Select all > Selections > Modify > Contract > contract 5.  Tap delete and deselect.  Duplicate this layer twice for a total of three.  Rename each layer frame 1, frame 2 and frame 3.  Hide frame 2 and 3 and activate frame 1.

Effects > Plugins > DSB Flux > Bright Noise > Intensity: 70, Lighter button selected.  Click OK.

Hide frame 1, open and activate frame 2.  Apply Bright Noise again, clicking the Lighter button twice.  Repeat for frame 3, clicking the Lighter button 3 times.

Apply drop shadows to all three frame layers.  I applied drop shadow twice to each layer, once with the same settings as above, and again with these settings:

V: -2
H: -2
O: 67
B: 8

Add your name, if using the same font as I did (Mr. Bedfort), I used size 65, Stroke 0, colour #321c5e.  

Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow

Under the Colour tab, select "Thin"

Under the Basic tab:

Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 0
Overall Opacity: 100

Click OK.

Apply drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Hide frame 2 and 3 and open frame 1.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop.

Right click on the workspace and click "Paste as a new animation".

Back in PSP, hide frame 1 and open frame 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS > Edit > Paste > After Current Frame

Repeat these steps for frame 3.

View > Animation to see your tag in action.

Save your tag as a gif:

Go to File, Save as, enter the name of your tag and select the folder you'd like it saved to.

Click on Customize:

Under COLOURS tab:
Number of colours: 255 Colours
Create palette by: OPTIMIZED OCTREE
Reduce colours by: Error Diffusion

Under OPTIMIZATIONS tab:
place a check mark beside the second, third and forth choices. UN-check the first and last.

Under PARTIAL TRANSPARENCY:
check Convert pixels less than 92
Yes, blend with this colour: change to white #ffffff

Click OK. Click Next, next, next, next.
Done!

To create the avatar, open a new image 150 x 150.  Open paper 6 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.

Open the tube "Heaven and Earth" and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Apply the same drop shadow you've been using.

Add your initial using the same font and size you used for your tag.

Create a frame following the instructions above and animate in the same manner.  Save as a gif using the settings above.

I hope you enjoy your new forum set!

I love to see your results, email me HERE to show them off! ☺︎

Hugs, Carol ♥︎

12 May 2014

Tea In The Rose Garden


This tutorial was written by me on May 12th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Rose Garden Tea Party TG" is a gorgeous kit by Tootypup Scraps and is available at Scraps from the Heart.  Thank you for another really beautiful kit Susan!

Art by Jennifer Janesko.  Jennifer was with CILM when I purchased this, but her tubes can now be found at CDO.

Mask #35 by WeeScotsLass.

Font: I used Mr. DeHaviland, a pay font.  A web search will result in multiple links.

*Note: when referring to drop shadows, I use the following abbreviations:

V = Vertical
H = Horizontal
O = Opacity
B = Blur

~~ Let's get started! ~~

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

Open a new image, 800 x 700, white background.

From the kit, open Frame 03 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the left side of the canvas, about 2/3 of the way up (see my tag for placement).

Open the freehand selection tool and change the settings to: 

Selection type: Point to point
Mode: Add (Shift)
Feather: 0
Smoothing: 0
Anti-alias: unchecked
Use all layers: unchecked

Draw a selection around the frame, like this:


Open Paper 1 and resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the frame and arrange as desired.  Invert the selection (Control + Shift + I) and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the tube and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the frame.  Tap delete and deselect.

Apply a drop shadow of choice to the frame and tube or use my settings:

V: 2
H: 2
O: 57
B: 10

Add the rest of your elements.  I used:

Bistro Chair 01: resize 47%
Bistro Chair 02: resize 47%
Bistro Table 04: resize 55%
Rose Corner 02: resize 45%
Street Lamp 03: resize 70%
Violin 02: resize 35%

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 7 into the selection; deselect.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius: 15

Apply WSL mask #35 and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Hide the merged layer.  Copy and paste the tube as a new layer (do not resize) above the mask layer.  Using the freehand selection tool with the same settings as above, draw two selections at the top and bottom of the tube, like this:


Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > select "both", Feather Amount: 15.  Click OK and tap delete two or three times until you get something like this:


Unhide the merged layer and position the tube.  Apply drop shadow above.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light and the opacity to 60.

Crop and resize the tag.  Add your name using the Mr. DeHaviland font or a similar script font.  I used size 85, stroke 0, colour #5e0809.  Apply drop shadow above.

Add all applicable copyright and license information, then save as a jpg or png.  It looks better as a jpg IMO because the white background blends the large tube better, but see which you prefer yourself.  If you wish to save as a png, I suggest lowering the opacity of the background tube to 25.  Enjoy your new tag and email me HERE if you'd like to show it off. ☺︎

11 May 2014

Vintage Sweetheart (FTU)


This tutorial was written by me on May 11th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Vintage Valentine" is a lovely FTU kit by Tasha of Tasha's Playground.  Please visit her blog HERE to download.  Remember to leave some love (a thank you) for hard work freely shared.  :)

Tube and close-up by Maxine Gadd, available at CDO.

Mask #4 by WeeScotsLass.

Font: I used Old Script.

*Note: when referring to drop shadows, I use the following abbreviations:

V = Vertical
H = Horizontal
O = Opacity
B = Blur

~~ Let's get started! ~~

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

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

From the kit, open Frame 2, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move up slightly.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand 5.

Open paper 3 and resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection (Control + Shift + I) and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the close-up tube and resize 85%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect.

Apply a drop shadow of choice to the frame and tube, or use my settings:  V: 2, H: 2, O: 63, B: 10

Add your elements.  I used:

Books: do not resize
Chain: resize 40%
Clock: resize 70%
Flower1: resize 30%
Flower3: resize 35%
Key: resize 40%, then 80%.  Free rotate 18° right and sharpen.
Owl: do not resize

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 4 into the selection and deselect.  Apply WSL mask #4; merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name using the Old Script font.  Size will depend on how much you resized your tag.  I used size 72, stroke 0, colour #673a22.  Apply drop shadow above.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save your tag as a png and you're finished.  Thanks for trying my tutorial and feel free to email me HERE if you'd like to show off your creation.  :)



06 May 2014

Computer Problems

Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of tutorials lately.  I'm having some computer problems and I'm not sure how long it will take to get them resolved.  It went to the shop this morning and I'm hoping for a quick resolution, but in the meantime, I'm unable to use PSP.  I miss it already.  :(

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