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Hello! My name is Chas. I am 33 years old, with a love for PSP. I've been tagging for 10 years now and enjoy the addiction. I am still learning but having fun doing so. I love to share my creations hence the premise of this blog. I use Corel PSP X2 and am learning Photoshop C3.
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
I am using the beautiful artwork of Sara Butcher of CDO
FTU Minikit by Raspberry Roads called Simply Amazing
Thank you Raspberry Roads!
Mask 40 by Chrissy's Chaos HERE. Thank you Chrissy.
EyeCandy 5.0 ~ Impact ~ Glass
Font used for name - Janda Celebration Script
Drop shadow setting: 10,10, 50, 15 blur, colour #404040
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1. Open a new image 700 x 675 px. Flood fill white.
Open paper 6, resize 25%. C/P
Install mask 40 into your mask folder.
Layers ~ load/save mask ~ Load mask from disk
 find ChrissysChaos_Mask40 in drop down menu
Source luminance, fit to layer, hide all mask checked.
2. Open element 26 ~ 25%, C/P.
element 7 ~ 25%, C/P above mask layer,
 rotate 45 degrees to left.
element 27 ~ 20%, move to upper right, duplicate
mirror, move slightly downward
element 25 ~ 25% C/P
element 31 ~ 15% C/P, rotate using pick tool
placing it below heart, bottom right
element 34 ~ 25% C/P, rotate 12 degrees to left, sharpen
element 14 ~ 15%, rotate with pick tool, placing bottom & left of heart
element 28 ~ 25%, C/P above the heart
apply EyeCandy 5.0 ~ Impact ~ Glass ~ preset Clear, no drop shadow
element 27 ~ 15%
element 13 ~ 15%, duplicate, resize 70%, duplicate, mirror
element 35 ~ 10%
element 11 ~ 15%
element 24 ~ 20%
element 21 ~  15%, duplicate, resize 70%, duplicate, resize 75%
3.  Add main tube, resize if needed.
Adjust ~ brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting 5.
D/S all elements as you wish.
4. If you wish to resize, use 85 - 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, watermark & name.
Delete white background.
Crop ~ Merged Opaque
and save as a PNG.
Hope you enjoyed this quickie tut!
Below is another version for this tut...
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
A tag I made using Dee's Sign Depot new kit Enchanted Garden
A beautiful kit with original elements and creatively blended
to create this enchanting kit.
This kit and all her kits are 'On Sale' for the month of April....

You won't want to miss this special at her STORE

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
  Tube of choice
I am using the sexy artwork of Sebastien Serrano
Unfortunately this tube is not available on CDO
as he used to sell with My PSP Tubes.
Absolutely charming PTU Scrapkit by Dee's Sign Depot called EASTER CHARM
Moonbeams and Spiderwebs Mask 27 HERE
Wordart by myself HERE

Font used for name - CK Cursive
* * * * *
1. Open paper 11, resize 675 x 675 px.
Select the layer palette, right click ~ convert to raster layer.
Add a new raster layer. 
Move it below the paper layer.
Flood fill white to help see what we're working with.
Select paper layer. Apply mask. Merge group.
Resize 105%, sharpen

2. Open element 43, C/P, resize 115%, sharpen
Open element 22a, C/P
Apply plugin Adjust Variations to 'more Yellow'

C/P main tube, resize if needed

3.  Add elements of choice:
element 8 ~ 70%
element 50 ~ 40%, duplicate, mirror
element 10 ~ 75%, mirror
element 7 ~ 40%
element 20b ~ 40%, rotate 15 degrees to right, sharpen
element 2 ~ 55%
element 35 ~ 62%
element 18 ~ 50%
element 25b ~ 45%
element 61b ~ 50%, duplicate, mirror
element 1 ~ 50%

element 42 ~ 75%, move to right, duplicate, mirror
Between these two elements, C/P element 34 ~ 75%
D/S element 34
all three of these elements in a horizontal line

D/S elements of choice with light setting or
1/2/45/5 blur, color #404040

Add wordart of choice or the one supplied.

5. If you wish to resize image, use 85 - 90% smartsize in PSP
If resizing in Animation Shop, use 'bicubic resample'

If you don't wish to animate, merge 'opaque', add copyright, name & watermark.
Save as a PNG.

6. If you wish to animate, delete white background.
Select the main tube layer
Edit Copy ~ Merged 
Open A/S, paste as a new animation
Back to PSP,
still on main tube layer, select effects ~ image effects ~ offset
horizontal 0, vertical -5, custom, transparent

Using warp brush, warp mode - expand size 250, strength 50
tap once the tip of the brush on the bunny's backside (between girl's legs)
copy ~ Merged
Edit Paste in A/S after current frame
Back to PSP, undo warp brush, undo offset affect.
Copy Merged
Paste in A/S after current frame
(OR copy frame 1 in A/S and paste after frame 2 in A/S)
Back to PSP
still on main tube layer
select effects ~ image effects ~ offset
horizontal 0, vertical -2, custom, transparent 
Using warp brush, select 'contract' warp mode
size 200, strength 50
Tap the warp brush once in approximately same area as earlier
Copy Merged
Paste after third frame in A/S.
You should now have four frames.
Edit ~ select All
change frame properties to '17'
View animation for errors
If you wish to resize, first crop the animated image ~ options ~ surround the opaque area
Click center of image to apply.
Resize animation to size of choice used bicubic sample.

Add copyright, watermark & name. 

Optimize using optimization wizard
optimized Octree, partial transparency ~ convert pixels to less than 80.
Blend with color white.
View animation one last time and save as a GIF

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
: + )

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
  Tubes of choice by same artist.
I am using the stunning artwork of Barbara Jensen
PTU by Mirella of A [Space] Between called Remembering
*on sale for month of March*
WSL Mask350 HERE
Xero ~ Serious Fog

Font used for name - Diana CTT
* * * * *
1. Open a new image 675 x 675 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, select all
Open paper 1, C/Paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask and apply. Merge Group.
Add a new raster layer, select all
Open paper 6, C/Paste into the selection.
Apply same mask. Merge group. Mirror.
2.Open element 41, C/P, rotating 10 degrees to left
Open frame element 48, resize 75%,
C/P, rotating 5 degrees to right, sharpen
Open lace element 45, C/P below frame
Using magic wand, click inside lace frame
select element 41 (paper) layer, press delete. Deselect.
This allows the masked layer to show through the frame.
3.  Select main frame, using magic wand, tolerance 10, click inside
frame, modify selection ~ expand by 5, invert selection
Open main tube of choice, resize if needed
C/P below frame, duplicate tube
Move duplicate tube layer above frame
Erase any part of original tube that extends below frame.
On duplicate tube layer, erase any part of tube that
extends below frame as well.
On duplicate tube layer, select all, float, defloat
apply Xero - Serious fog with setting:
100, 50
bias - midtones
definition 1
strength 50
4. To personalize tag, make a cluster of elements
placing at bottom left of frame
element 17 ~ 50%
element 67 ~ 50%
element 27 ~ 50%
element 14 ~ 45%
element 52 ~ 55%
element 34 ~ 45%
element 36 ~ 40%
element 49 ~ 45%
Change brightness/contrast to 250/0, respectively
D/S 1/1/45/5 blur, color # 404040
element 15 ~ 55%
element 39 ~ 45%
element 24 ~ 45%
D/S elements of choice including main frame & tube.
5. If you wish to resize, use 85 - 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, watermark & name.
Crop ~ Merged Opaque
and save as a PNG.
Would love to see your results! :+)
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