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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!!!