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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Beauty of the Beach Tutorial

Beauty of the Beach Tutorial


This is what we will be making:


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Moderate level - Some knowledge of PSP is needed.




Materials Needed


Paint Shop Pro (used Version 9, but can be done on any version)
PTU kit for Crazed's Creations called "Beauty of the Beach - Tagger" which can be bought at Scrappin' Bratz
Monti's Mask - blindsmask1

Filters Needed:
Blinds (comes with PSP)
Xero Porcelain - freeware
Eye Candy 5 Impact - Gradient Glow


Fonts used:
FFF Fuego (for copyright info)
Kamp Friendship (for name/text - paid font)




Directions


1. Open PSP. Open New File, 600 pixels x 600 pixels, 72 pixels/inch resolution, transparent. Open your mask, and minimize in PSP.

2. Copy and paste paper6, then resize it 75% (be sure "all layers" is UNchecked). Do the same thing for paper4. Rename the water layer "water", and rename the sand layer "sand".

3. Making the water layer active, go to Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur and apply the following settings: radius: 4.00 then click OK.

4. Making the sand layer active, then go to Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image and use the following settings:

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Merge - Merge Group.


5. Copy and paste frame5 and center it over the mask area. Rename this layer "frame". Using the magic wand tool, click on the inside of the frame. Go to Selections - Modify - Expand and expand by 15 pixels. Click on OK. Choose a paper for the background to your frame (I chose paper16) then copy and paste it to your 'tag', then resize it 70% (be sure "all layers" is UNchecked). Go to Selections - Invert, then hit your Delete button. Move this layer to just under the frame layer and rename frame background. While you still have the marching ants on, copy and paste your tube and center it in the middle of the frame. Go to Selections - Modify - Contract and contract by 15 pixels. Click on the Delete button to remove all areas outside of the selected area. Go to Selections - Select None (to remove marching ants.) (If you have any stray areas outside of the selected area, just delete them with the eraser tool.) Rename this layer "tube" and move down to between the frame and frame background layers.


6. Go back to the frame background layer and make active. Go to Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds and use the following settings:

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7. Go to frame layer and go to Selections - Select All, Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat. Apply the Porcelain effect with the following settings:

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Apply Drop Shadow with the following settings:


Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 75
Blur: 18.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked


8. Go to tube layer and apply your preferred drop shadow settings.


9. Copy and paste on of the bows (I chose bow2). Move to top layer. Resize by 60% (be sure "all layers" is UNchecked). Move to the middle of the left side of frame (see my tag for idea). Duplicate, then mirror image. You should now have a ribbon on each side of the frame. Apply the following drop shadow to both bows:


Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 65
Blur: 10.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked

10. Copy and paste one of the starfish buttons (I chose button3). Resize by 80% (again, be sure "all layers" is UNchecked), and then move it over to the center part of the bow on the left side. When pleased, duplicate the button and mirror, so that you will now have one in the same area on the bow on the right side. Apply your favorite drop shadow settings to both buttons.

11. Use other elements (shells, starfish) to decorate as you desire.

12. Once you have it decorated as you desire, copy and paste one of the starfish tags (I chose starfishtag1), then resize it by 55% ("all layers" UNchecked), then place it on the left side of your tag, near the bow/button decoration. Duplicate the starfish tag, then move one of the copies to under your bow/button elements. Then, on the top one, you are going to take your eraser tool and erase the top part, like the area that is in the square:

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You are going to want it to look like the string is coming from BEHIND the button, like this:

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Add your preferred drop shadow to the bottom starfish tag.


13. When you have the tag looking how you want, resize it (all layers CHECKED), to 500 pixels x 500 pixels. Sharpen (Adjust - Sharpen) anything that might have become blurry in the resize.

14. Add your copyright information to your tag. Additionally, if you wish to crop any of the sides or top (if it seems to much to you), now is the time. (I cropped mine a little bit so the final tag ended up being 460 pixels x 489 pixels, and changed the properties on the copyright layer to "overlay".)

15. Merge All Visible and save as a .jpg

16. Add name, place in the starfish tag area. Go to Edit - Copy Merged and then save as jpg.


For text on tag, I used Kamp Friendship at size 14, 1.0 stroke, color #0d3044 for both foreground and background, rotated it 37 degrees to the left, then centered it in the starfish shape. Then I used Eye Candy 5 Impact - Gradient Glow with the following settings:

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then applied the following drop shadow settings:


Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 65
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked



And that is it!!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and would love to see your results!!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Penguin Parade Tutorial

TUTORIAL: Penguin Parade

This is what we will be making:

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Moderate level - Some knowledge of PSP is needed.



Materials Needed

Paint Shop Pro (used Version 9, but can be done on any version)
Animation Shop 3.0
PTU kit by Tamsin McAtee Studios ("Penguin Christmas, Tagger") which can be bought at Katelynn's Designs
Poser from Batschis Poserdesign (sak6) , received through her group HERE
Zuzzanna Mask "Winter" (8th from top)
Filters Used: Eye Candy 5 Impact - Gradient Glow
Other Supplies Needed: Animation, found HERE
Fonts used: FFF Fuego (for copyright info), ResPublica (for name/text)



Directions


1. Open PSP. Open a New File - 600 pixels x 600 pixels, 72.000 pixels per inch (resolution), transparent.

2. Open mask, then minimize. Open Paper 4, copy and paste as new layer on to your new file. Go to Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image and use these settings:

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Right click on that layer in the layer palette. Merge - Merge Group. Rename this layer "mask". Close original paper.

3. Open frame 2. Copy and paste as new layer. Image - Resize - 75%, all layers UNchecked. Center the frame over the 'frame' part of the mask, as shown here:

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Rename this layer "frame". Close original frame. With the frame layer still active, go to Effects - Eye Candy 5 Impact, Gradient Glow and use the following settings:

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Apply the following drop shadow settings:

Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 75
Blur: 18.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked


4. Open Paper 3. Copy and paste as new image. Image - Resize - 600 pixels x 600 pixels, all layers checked. Copy and paste the resized paper to your tag. Right click on that layer
in the layer palette and bring layer to bottom (Arrange - Send to Bottom). Rename this "background". If you find you now have a spare (empty/blank) layer, feel free to delete it. Close original paper.

5. Go to Mask layer, right click on it, go to Properties, and use the following settings:

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6. Open tube, then copy and paste as new layer on to your tag. Resize as needed. (Make sure "all layers" is UNchecked.) Right click on the layer, go to Arrange - Bring to Top. Move tube towards right side of red frame area (see my tag for idea). Rename layer "tube". Apply the drop shadow settings used earlier.

7. Open the igloo element. Copy and paste as new layer. Image - Resize - 45% - all layers UNchecked. Move to the lower left side of frame (see my finished tag for idea). Rename "igloo". Move this layer to just under the "tube" layer. Apply the same drop shadow settings on the igloo that you did on your tube. Close original igloo file.

8. Open one of the penguin elements (I chose the one with the green hat). Copy, paste as new layer. Image - Resize - 35% - all layers UNchecked. Move to in front of the igloo. Apply same drop shadow settings. Rename this "penguin1". Open another of the penguin elements and do the same thing, except move it to the lower right side of the tube. Rename this "penguin2". Close original penguin files.

9. Open Tree 1 element. Copy and paste as new layer. Move to under the 2 penguin layers. Apply previous drop shadow settings. Rename this layer "tree". Move the tree to the right of the tube. Close original element file.

10. Open flower 1 and flower 2 (elements). Copy one of them, then paste as new layer. Image - Resize - 85% - all layers UNchecked. Move it to the upper left corner of the frame. Apply the following drop shadow settings:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 75
Blur: 7.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked

Copy the other flower, then paste as new layer. Image - Resize - 60% - all layers UNchecked. Place over the other flower, but off to the side (see my tag for idea). Apply the drop shadow you did for other flower element. Rename the layers as "flower1" and "flower2", respectively. Close original element files.

Save your file as a .pspimage file. (You aren't done yet - this is just to save all that you have done so far, just in case!)

11. Open Animation Shop, then open the animation from the zip file in Animation Shop. Go to Edit - Select All. Edit - Copy. Then go BACK to Paint Shop Pro and go to Edit - Paste Animation as Multiple Images (see screenshot):

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Each frame of the animation will now be open in PSP as an individual frame. The last frame in the animation (frame 10) will be on top so that frame 1 be at the bottom.

12. Go to Layers - New Raster Layer. On the new layer, take your selection tool, be sure it set on rectangle. With the tool, make a rectangle inside of the frame area. Close out ALL layers except the frame layer. Making sure you have the new raster layer active, go to Selections - Modify - Expand by 2. Click ok. Move the new raster layer just under the frame layer. This is where you are going to need to pay close attention to what you are doing.

13. Go to your materials palette. Click on the Pattern tab. Click on the little arrow next to the preview window to open up the thumbnails. You are going to want the image that corresponds to the "frame 10" of your animation (for me, it would be "image 18"). Click on it. Keep Angle at 0, Scale at 100. Click ok. Go to floodfill tool and floodfill the inside of your rectangle with the "pattern" (your snow). Rename this "snow 10". Close out this layer. Go to Layers - New Raster Layer. Move it to just above the "snow10" layer. Go back to your materials palette and click the image prior to the one you just did (for me it would be "image 17"). Flood fill the inside of your rectangle with this pattern, rename the layer "snow 9" then close out the layer. Do this for each frame of the animation so that you will end up having 10 "snow" layers (with the layers renamed "snow" 1-10). Go to Selections - Select None to get rid of the marching ants from your rectangle.

Your layer palette should look something like this:

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14. Open all the layers up EXCEPT the snow layers 2 through 10 (keep them closed for now). At this point, if you want to add any additional elements to your tag, feel free to do so.

15. When done, go to Resize - 500 pixels x 500 pixels - all layers CHECKED. Feel free to sharpen each layer, if needed.

16. When done, add copyright/crediting information.

17. Now... we are going to make our file for our animation. Pay attention to detail, take your time. All your layers should be open EXCEPT snow 2-10 layers. With the snow 1 layer open, go to Edit - Copy Merged, Edit - Paste as New Image. Then go back to our "template" and close the snow 1 layer, and open the snow 2 layer. Go to Edit - Copy Merged. Then go to the new image and click on Edit - Paste as new Layer. Go back to the 'template' and close snow 2, and open snow 3. Go to Edit - Copy Merged. Then go to the new image and click on Edit - Paste as new Layer. Do this for each snow layer. When you are done you should have 10 layers (1 with each snow layer on it). Save as .psp (Animation Shop) file (will be at the very top of the drop down menu when you click on Save As).

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Go back to Animation Shop. Go to File - Animation Wizard - use following settings:

window 1: Same size as the first image frame (next)
window 2: transparent (next)
window 3: upper left corner of the frame, with the canvas color (next)
window 4: Yes, repeat the animation indefinetely, with a setting on 10 (next)
window 5: click on "add image" then browse to where you saved the .psp file, click on it, then click the "open" button - you will see the file show up on the list. Click "next", then "finish". The animation will now open up in Animation Shop. To preview it, go to View - Animation. If you need to fiddle with the speed of the animation (for the falling snow), this is the time to do it. Once you are satisfied, save it as a .gif.

18. Go to Paint Shop Pro. Add text (name) to template. Add any effects, as desired. (I am using Gradient Glow with previously used settings). Once I have the text looking like I want, I go to Edit - Copy (*not* Copy Merged)..... then go back to Animation Shop and go to Edit - Paste - Paste as new animation (or, Control + V, if using a shortcut). Now, because I have 10 frames to my tag, I will need 10 frames of my name. So I will click on Control + L 9 more times to apply what I just had copied as a new frame AFTER my current frame. You should now have a total of 10 frames of the name (text).

19. Go to your tag animation, Go to Edit - Select All .... Edit - Copy.... Edit - Paste - Paste as New Animation. Minimize the original tag.

20. Click on the name file, then go to Edit - Select All.... Edit - Copy. Click on the tag then go to Edit - Select All.... Edit - Paste Into Selected Frame then position the text where you want it. You will see the name show up in the same location on each frame. If you are happy with it, save the tag as a .gif and you are done!!


I would love to see your results, as I am sure the scrap designer and artist would too!


Thanks for checking out my tutorial and be sure to check back often for more!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

End of Autumn Fairy Tutorial

TUTORIAL: End of Autumn Fairy

This is the tag we will be making:

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This tutorial is written by me. Any similarities to any other tutorial is totally coincidental!

Beginner to Moderate level
Some knowledge of PSP is needed

Materials Needed

Paint Shop Pro (used Version 9, but can be done on any version) -- provide link
PTU kit for Sizzel's Designs ("End of Autumn - Tagger Size") which can be bought at Katelynn's Designs -
Tube: "Gold Butterfly Fairy" by Ronne Barton (used with MPT license, which can be purchased HERE)
Tag Template #78 from Simply Devilish Scrapz
Chelle's Mask #59

Filters Needed:
Weave (comes with PSP)
Blinds (comes with PSP)
Halftone (comes with PSP)
Xero Porcelain - Freeware
Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow

Fonts used:
FFF Fuego (for copyright info)
Black Rose(for name/text)



Directions

1. Open PSP, then open Tag Template. Shift + D to make copy of template, then close original. Then, on the copy we have open, either delete or close off the top layer that has the designers info on it.

2. From your tube, pick a dark color for your foreground and a lightish color (or contrasting color) for the background.

3. Go to "Multi Rectangle" layer, make active. Go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat. You should have marching ants around the rectangles. Take Paper2 from the kit and copy & paste as new layer, putting it above the "Multiple Rectangle" layer. Rename "Rectangles". Go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button.

4. Keeping marching ants around your rectangles, go to Selections - Invert then go to Effects - Texture Effects - Weave and use the following settings:

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With the marching ants still around your rectangles, apply the following drop shadow (remember these settings as we will be using them throughout the tutorial for the drop shadow):

Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 1
Opacity: 40
Blur: 15.00
Color: Black
Shadow on New Layer: Unchecked

Go to Selections - Select None (to get rid of the marching ants).

5. Go to "Rectangle 1" layer, make active. Go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat. Take Paper12 from the kit and copy & paste as new layer, putting it above the "Rectangle 1" layer. Rename "Frame". Go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Go to Selections - Invert, then go to Effects - Textures - Blinds and use the following settings:

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Apply previous drop shadow. Go to Selections - Select None (to get rid of the marching ants). Close out "rectangle1" layer.

6. Go to "Rectangle 2" layer, make active. Go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat. Take Paper8 from the kit and copy & paste as new layer, putting it above the "Rectangle 2" layer. Rename "Pic Background". Go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Go to Selections - Select None. Close out "rectangle2" layer.

7. Copy your tube, paste as new layer right about the "pic background" layer. Resize it by 115% (be sure "Resize All Layers" is UNchecked). Center your enlarged image the best you can over the "pic background" layer. Rename this "enlarged tube". When you are pleased with your centering, go back to "pic background" layer, make active, then go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat. Then click back onto the enlarged tube layer, then go to Selections - Invert, then click on the Delete button. Then, with the marching ants still there, go to Selections - Invert, then go to Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur ... Radius: 10.00 and click OK. Right click on the "enlarged tube" layer in the Layer palette, go to Properties and use the following settings:

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Apply the previous drop shadow settings, then go to Selections - Select None.
Apply the previous drop shadow settings on the "pic background" layer as well.

8. Take your tube, copy and paste as new layer on to your template, then move to top. Rename "tube" layer. Center over the "pic background" layer, resize as needed (I resized 90%, be sure "resize all layers" is UNchecked). Apply Xero Porcelain with the following settings:

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Apply drop shadow with these settings:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 18.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked

9. Go to "Word Art" layer, make active. Go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat. Go to Layers - New Raster Layer. Flood fill the letters with one of the colors you choose (either foreground or background - I am using color #3d2826.) Close out the "wordart" layer. With the New layer with the wordart active, go to Effects - Artistic Effects - Halftone and use the following settings:

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Go to Selections - Select None.

Apply Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow with the following settings:

Glow Width: 4.00
Soft Corners: 25
Overall Opacity: 100

and here is how you will set the colors on the "color" tab:

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Apply drop shadow with the following settings:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 100
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked

10. Click on the "Backing" layer, make it active, then copy and paste Paper6 just above that layer. Rename "mask layer". Open mask in PSP, then minimize. Go to Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image and use these settings:

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Go to your layer palette, right click on the "mask layer" layer, then go to Merge - Merge Group.

Apply following drop shadow to the masked layer:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked

11. Copy Doodle 1 from Kit, paste to just under the tube layer. Place as you like, then apply the first drop shadow settings. Copy the original doodle 1 again, paste as new layer on the template. Rotate 25 degrees to the right (be sure "all layers" is unchecked). Move it around so it is under the rectangles and word art (see my tag for idea). Use the following drop shadow settings:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 18.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked


12. Copy "jar" element, paste as new layer onto template, then move to top. Resize to 40%, then place as shown on the tutorial. Use following drop shadow settings:

Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked

Continue to decorate the tag with butterflies, as desired.

13. Resize all layers to 500 pixels x 417 pixels. Sharpen any layers that are a bit blurry.

13. Apply copyright information, scrapper information, tagger information. When happy with tag, Merge Visible, save as .jpg.

14. Apply name using the foreground and background colors you chose at the beginning of the tutorial. On mine, after I applied the actual text, I then applied Eye Candy 4000 with the previous settings, and then modified the colors on the color tab to this:

first box: color #ebe2d6
second box: color #3d2826

and I just fiddled with the boxes til I got a look that I liked.

Then I applied the following drop shadow:


Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 85
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on New Layer: UNchecked

Repeat drop shadow.


And we are done.

I would love to see your results!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mulberry Maiden Tutorial

TUTORIAL: Mulberry Maiden


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Moderate level - Some knowledge of PSP is needed.


Materials Needed

Paint Shop Pro (used Version 9, but can be done on any version)
PTU kit for Rieneke Designs ("Mulberry") which can be bought at Katelynn's Designs
Posers from Sabine's Poser Park (portrait47 and woman107)
Kirsty's Mask #24

Filters Needed:
Xero Fritilliary (freeware)
Filters Unlimited 2.0
AAA Foto Frame (freeware)
Eye Candy 5 - Impact Gradient Glow

Fonts used:
FFF Fuego (for copyright info)
Avalanche Script TT (for name/text)



1. Open PSP

2. Open New Image, 600x600 pixels, resolution 72.000 pixels/inch, transparent checked

3. Open lace frame 3... copy & paste it as new layer. Resize it 75%, be sure "resize all layers" is UNchecked. Frame should be - for the most part - centered in your canvas. Move it SLIGHTLY to the left. Rename this layer "frame".

4. Click inside of the frame with your magic wand so you will see the marching ants. Go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat, then Selections - Modify - Expand ... choose 10 pixels, then click OK.

5. Open one of the papers in the kit (I chose paper5) and copy and paste as new layer. Move it to just under the frame layer. At this point, if the print of the paper seems too large for the tag, feel free to resize it. (I resized my paper by 85%.) Go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Do NOT get rid of the marching ants yet. Rename this layer "frame paper".

6. Open the image you will be using for inside the frame. (I am using portrait47 for this part). Copy & paste it as new layer, then move just under the frame but above the paper layer. Resize so that it looks nice and fits well inside the frame area. (I needed to resize my poser by 65%.) Be sure "resize all layers" is UNchecked when resizing. When you are happy with how it looks inside the frame, click on the delete button. Go to Selections - Select None (to get rid of the marching ants). Add drop shadow to image using these settings:

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Rename this layer "frame image".

7. Go to your layer palette. Click on the locks for these 3 layers: frame, frame image, frame paper. Be sure they have the same number next to the locks, like this:

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This way, if you move one of those layers, it will stay together.

8. Cllick on the 'frame paper' layer to make it active and change to opacity to 50. Then click on the 'frame image' layer to make it active. Right click on it in the layer palette, go to Properties and use the following settings:

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9. Open on of the papers in the kit (choose one that doesn't have a lot of obvious design - I chose paper1.) Copy & paste as new layer, move to bottom. Resize by 75%, "resize all layers" UNchecked. Rename this "background paper".

10. Open mask in PSP then minimize. Go to Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image and use these settings:

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Go to your layer palette, right click on the background paper layer, then go to Merge - Merge Group.

You should now have something like this:

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11. Copy your other tube (I am using woman107 here) and paste as new layer. Move to top. Resize as needed. After resizing, sharpen if needed (sometimes image will get slightly blurred if resized quite a bit.) Move the image towards the right side of frame (see completed tag for idea of what I mean.) Use drop shadow settings we used before, except change blur to 22.00.

12. Choose a darker paper from kit (I chose paper10), copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 75%, "resize all layers" UNchecked. Rename this 'background'. Apply Xero Fritilliary filter with following settings:

Granularity: 6
Aggression: 30
Tesselation: 48
Variation: 40

13. Open flowers1 from kit. Copy and paste as new layer. Move up to just above the frame layer. Resize by 50%, "resize all layers" UNchecked. Rename layer 'flowers 1". Move to the right of the frame, behind the girl on the chair (see finished tag for comparison.) Add drop shadow from before, with blur set at 15.00.

14. Copy and paste heartstring element. Move to under the 'frame paper' layer. Go to Image - Mirror. Move it around so that the frame is in the center of this element. Use last used drop shadow settings.

15. Open heart1 element. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 50%, "resize all layers" UNchecked. Rename 'heart'. Move to the top. Move heart around so that it is on the left area of frame. Duplicate heart (go to layer palette, right click on the heart layer, then go to Duplicate.) Resize by 50%, "resize all layers" UNchecked. This will already be named "Copy of heart". Go to Image - Mirror, then move it near the larger heart, slighly to the right. Use drop shadow, applying last used settings on both hearts.

16. Make 'background" layer active. Go to Image - Resize and use the following settings - be sure that "resize all layers" is checked. Go to Filters Unlimited 2.0 - Paper Textures - Canvas, Fine with the following settings:

Intensity: 110
Lightness: 110

17. While still on the background layer, go to the AAA Foto Frame Filter and use the following settings:

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18. Add any other elements you would like at this point.

19. Add copyright information, scrap designer information, tagger watermark.

20. Merge - Merge All Visible. Save as .jpg.


For name/text

1. Using Avalance Script, size 62, stroke width 1.0 ...foreground #5e4133, background #dcbcc7, write your name and place it where you would like it. I am placing mine in the lower left side.
When satisfied, convert to raster. Use Eye Candy 5 Impact Gradient Glow with the following settings:

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Then apply a drop shadow with the following settings:

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Then go to Edit - Repeat Drop Shadow.



And you are done!!

I would love to see your results!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rock Revolution Tutorial

Rock Revolution Tutorial

This is the tag that we will be making

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Moderate level - Some knowledge of PSP is needed.


Materials Needed

Paint Shop Pro (used Version 9, but can be done on any version)
PTU kit "Say What" by Schnegges Scraps which can be bought at Dreaming Scrappers
Missy Tag Template # 239 from Divine Intentionz
Vix Mask #14
Tube of choice (I am using posers that came with scrap kit)

Filters Needed:
Weave (comes with PSP)
Blinds (comes with PSP)
Eye Candy 5 Impact - Gradient Glow
Xero Fritilliary (freeware)

Fonts used:
Pixelette (for copyright info)
Waugh (for name/text)




1. Open PSP

2. Copy Template then click on Shift + D to duplicate entire template. Close original template.

3. Go to Paper #17 from the kit - Copy, then go to the template and Paste as New Layer. Rename it Paper 17. Resize (Image - Resize) 78%, All Layers UNchecked.

4. Make large circle layer active then go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat.
You will now have marching ants around the pink circle. Make the Paper 17 layer active by clicking on it.

5. Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Paper 17 should now be where the pink circle now is/was.
Go to Selections - Invert. Now the inside of circle is active again.

6. Go to Effects - Texture Effects - Weave and use the following settings:
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7. Do drop shadow on the Paper 17 circle with these settings (which is used often in this tutorial):
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8. Selections - Select None.

9. Copy Paper 10 and Paste as New Layer into the template - move it down to just above the background layer. Rename it Paper 10. Resize (Image - Resize) 78%, All Layers UNchecked.

10. Open Mask in PSP, then minimize. Go to Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image and use these settings:
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11. Go to Layer Palette, click on the Group - Paper 10:
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12. Then 'right click", go to Merge - Merge Group:
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13. Go to template - click on Frame1 and move it to just under Frame 2. Click on Frame 2 layer, then right click, Merge - Merge Down. Now both of the white frame squares are on the same layer. Rename it "frames".

14. In the layer palette, click on the 'Frame Background2' layer. Be sure the "Frame Background 1" layer is right under it, then right click - Merge - Merge Down. Now both of the blue squares are on the same layer. rename it "frame backgrounds".

15. Copy Paper 04, then Paste as New Layer on the template. Move it to just above the "frame backgrounds" layer. Rename it Paper 4. Resize (Image - Resize) 70%, All Layers UNchecked.

16. Go to the "frame backgrounds" layer - make active - then go to Selections - Select All.... Selections - Float .... Selections - Defloat.

17. Click on Paper 4 layer, then go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Selections - Select None.

18. Click on the left square to make it active then paste one of your tubes onto your template (I used Poser 2). Place it over the left square frame. Get it to how you want it to look. Then go to Selections - Invert. Click on the Delete Button. Selections - Select None. Rename this "left square". Right click on the layer in the layer palette, then go to Properties and use these settings:
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19. Do the same thing for the other blue square and rename it "right square".

20. Click on the left square tube - go to Effects - Xero - Fritilliary and use the following settings:
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21. Repeat for the right square tube.

22. Close off the blue "frame backgrounds" layer (put the red 'x' over the eye in the layer palette).

23. Click on the "frames" layer. Go to Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds and use the following settings:
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Use the drop shadow settings we used earlier.

24. Click on Word Art Layer - make active. Use Eye Candy Impact 5 - Gradient Glow with the following settings:

(the pink color I used is: #ff6be0)

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Use the drop shadow settings we used earlier EXCEPT change the blur to 2.00. Then go to Edit - Repeat Drop Shadow. Go to Effects - Blinds and use the following settings
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25. Click on the 'thin rectangle' layer and make active. Go to Adjust - Color Balance - Manual Color Balance. Change it from Gray to Black. Use drop shadow settings from earlier.

26. Click on the "tone" layer and make active. Go to Adjust - Color Balance - Manual Color Balance. Change it from black to white. Change opacity of layer to 65.

27. Copy your other tube and paste as new layer to template - bring to top. Resize (Image - Resize) 85%, All Layers UNchecked. Move to middle (roughly) of template. Apply drop shadow settings.

28. Go to 'dotted circle' layer - make active. Use Gradient Glow settings you use previously EXCEPT change overall opacity to 50, and make the pink outer layer smaller.

29. You should now have something like this:
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30. Copy guitar element, then paste as new layer onto template, move just under your main tube. Rotate (Image - Rotate - Free Rotate) to the right by 20, all layers UNchecked:
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Move guitar so that the body of it us just under the right square. Use drop shadow settings from before, then duplicate the guitar, and then mirror it (Image - Mirror).

31. Add any other elements you would like at this point.

32. Add copyright information, scrap designer information, tagger watermark.

33. Merge - Merge All Visible. Save as .jpg.



Additional - for name/text

1. Using the Waugh font, black for foreground and #ff6be0 for background, size 56, stroke width 1.0, make the name. Try to center it roughly in the center of the bottom (see tag for idea). Right click on the name, then go to Align Object - Align Horizontal Center in Canvas. This will make sure it is in the center of that particular area. Convert layer to raster.

2. Go to Effects - Eye Candy Impact 5 - Gradient Glow. Use previous settings, changing the Overall Opacity back to 100. Use Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Vertical and Horizontal: 0
Opacity: 85
Blur: 3.00
Color: black
Shadow on new layer: unchecked

3. Go to Edit - Repeat Drop Shadow.



And you are done!!

I would love to see your results!


Feel free to comment and thank you for checking out my tutorials.



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Creative Teams!!

I am just writing to let you all know that I have joined 2 new creative teams and I'm very excited about this! The first one is Katelynn's Designs Store, which can be found HERE. They have a lot of wonderful designers and beautiful kits so be sure to check them out!

The second one is a scrap designer who is selling some kits at Mistaken Art. Her name is Ruby who goes by the name Designs by Ruby, and she has some gorgeous, creative kits, and I'm really looking forward to creating with them!

I plan on working on some stuff over the weekend and into the week. Keep your eyes posted here for new stuff!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Tutorials

I have decided to start up a blog for my tutorials. I will be writing tutorials on the basics of Paint Shop Pro, Animation Shop as well as tutorials to make sig tags and even (maybe?) some for different scrapping items! Be sure to check back often and thanks for looking.