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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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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
I am using the always sexy artwork of Keith Garvey ~ Camille
FTU Kit 'sukura 2009' by Akizo Designs
Summer Wordbits by Akizo Designs HERE
Alpha by Akizo Designs HERE
Sticky Notes by Akizo Designs HERE
Mask By Melissaz Creationz called MC_ Mask19
♥ Thank you Designers for all these wonderful freebies! ♥
Filters Unlimited ~ Color Filters ~ Blue Sky

Font used for phone number - MoolBoran

Drop shadow setting: 5, 5, 50, 10 blur, color #404040

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1. Open a new image 675 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, select all
open paper 9, copy and paste into the selection. Deselect. Sharpen.
Open mask, minimize. New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find MC_Mask19.
Source luminance checked only. Apply. Merge group.

2.  Open frame (4)~ 30%
add frame (1) ~ 25%
add bow (1) ~ 20%

Using point-to-point freehand selection tool, draw a selection
within frame opening.
Open close-up of tube, resize 70% if needed,
C/P below frames ~ arrange to liking.
Invert selection ~ delete excess tube ~ invert selection again.
Duplicate close-up of tube.
Change blend mode on duplicate to screen.
Apply Filters Unlimited ~ Color Filter ~ Blue Sky ~ default setting
Deselect selection.

add net (1) ~ 11%, C/P below frames, duplicate twice
and arrange around frames.

 3. Select mask layer, 
open red scatter (2) found in element 2 folder, paper pkg
resize 11%, C & P
Add scatter (1) ~ 17%, C/P
erase any of the above scatter that has sharp, cut-off edges.

4.  Add other elements of choice:
bee 20%
foliage 20%
gelgems (7) ~ 10%, duplicate, resize 80%, arange
gelgems (5) ~ 10%
sticky note ~ 20%, add phone # using font in colour of choice
rotate using pick tool
leaf (4) ~ 10%
wordbits of choice ~ 20%

D/S elements of choice.

Open main tube, resize 90%, C/P to right
If using same tube, using freehand selection tool,
feather setting of 30, draw a selection around bottom of tube.
Delete. Deselect.
Duplicate tube ~ change blend mode to soft light, drop opacity to 69.

 5. If you wish to resize, 90% smartsize.
Add copyright.
Add alpha for name.
Tip:  Resize the color alphabet first (20%), then draw a rectangular selection
around individual letter to copy.

6.  Delete white background layer
Crop ~ Merged Opaque ~ save as a PNG
Thank you for trying my tutorials!
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Monday, May 19, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
I am using the beautiful artwork of Di_Halim of Scraps and Company
FTU MiniKit called Zen Attitude by le monde de Neferwene
Wordart by myself HERE
Lokas Software ~ 3D Shadow
Penta.com ~ Jeans
EyeCandy 4.0 ~ gradient glow for name only

Font used for name - Beaked Tyrant

Drop shadow setting: 2,4, 65, 5 blur, black

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1. Open a new image 700 x 675 px. Flood fill white.
Open main tube, if using same as above, resize 75%, C/P
Adjust brightness/contrast ~ setting 3
Add lokas software ~ 3D shadow setting:
outside only
17, 70
0, 0
-2, 100
15, 0
75, color black
'close off' main tube for now

2.  Open element 21 ~ 25% C/P below tube
Duplicate, mirror
 Element 22 ~ 25%
Duplicate ~ change blend mode to mutiply, merge down
Duplicate frame
On duplicate, rotate 15 degrees to left, move to left of image
Move original to right and down.
Add element 15 ~ 25% 
element 4 ~ 25%
element 19 ~ 20%, duplicate 2 or 3 times, arranging randomly

 3.  Using magic wand, click inside 'right' frame,
modify selection expand by 5, invert
Copy main tube and place below this frame,
arrange & delete excess. Deselect.
Duplicate this tube layer twice for a total of 3 layers
On original layer, greyscale using hue 0, saturation 0
on tube layer above, change blend mode to 'screen;
on uppermost tube layer, change blend mode to 'luminance L' and
add plugin Penta.com ~ Jeans 25/15

element 20 ~ 10%
element 16 ~ 11%
element 1 ~ 9%
element 3 ~ 40%
element 7 ~ 25%
element 8 ~ 10%

4.  Add wordart. 

D/S any elements added above.

Open main tube, re-arrange elements if needed.

 5. If you wish to resize, use 85 - 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, watermark & name.
Use gradient glow on black-filled name
with colours white & black on same slider, width 3, soft corners 20.

6.  Delete white background layer
Crop ~ Merged Opaque ~ save as a PNG
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Supplies Needed: Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof 
I am using the beautiful artwork of Misticheskaya of PFD
FTU Scrapkit by With A Russian-Dutch Heart called The Light In Your  Eyes
Thank you!
MoonBeams and SpiderWebs Mask 37 HERE Thank you!
Wordart by myself HERE
Screenworks ~ PinHole
Font used for name - Arriere Garde, a pay font
Drop shadow setting: 4,4, 50, 10 blur, colour #404040
* * * * *
1. Open a new image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Open frame ~ resize 19% ~ select all, float, defloat, add a new raster layer
Open paper 2, copy and paste 'into' the frame selection. Deselect.
Change blend mode to 'Overlay'
Copy 'Merged'
Return to working image, Paste the new frame onto working image.
Rotate duplicate 15 degrees to left. Move slightly left.
On original frame, resize 75%, rotate 15 degrees right.
Move slightly down and right.
2. Using magic wand, tolerance 10, click inside left frame
modify selection ~ expand by 5, add a new raster layer,
Open paper 7, copy and paste 'into' the selection.
Move the paper layer below the left frame.
Open main tube. If using same tube, resize 65%, mirror
rotate 10 degrees to left. C/P above paper, arrange.
Invert selection ~ delete excess tube. Deselect.
Duplicate tube layer. Apply Screenworks ~ Pinhole ~ default setting
Change blend mode to screen.
Do the same for the 'right' frame except no tube layer is required.
3.  Select background layer, add new raster layer, select all
Open paper 2, C/Paste into the selection. Deselect.
Apply mask. Merge group.
4. Open element 20 ~ 20% C/P to left 'n down of frame.
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip
Element 10 ~ 10% C/P mirror, flip
move to lower left side, duplicate, mirror
Element 4 ~ 20%, C/P. duplicate, mirror
Offset each other slightly
Element 1 ~ 20%, move up and left
Element 2 ~ 20%, move down and left
Element 6 ~ 25%, duplicate. Change blend mode to 'multiply'
drop opacity to 50. Merge down
C/P, move to right of frame. Duplicate ~ mirror.
Element 9 ~ 15%, move above right frame, duplicate ~ mirror.
Element 13 ~ 15%, move to right
Element 7 ~ 15%, move above left frame
Element 14 ~ 17%, C/P to left
Element 3 ~ 15%, C/P between right and left frames
(on layer above frames)
Element 22 ~ resize 15%, then resize 80%
Element 23 ~ 7%
Element 19 ~ 8%
Element 16 ~ 20%
Element 17~ 25%
5. Add main tube of choice, resize as needed.
If using same tube, rotate 5 degree to right.
Sharpen using unsharp mask: 5 radius, 10 strength, clipping 5,
luminance unchecked.
Add wordart.
 6. If you wish to resize, use 85 - 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, watermark & name.
For name use fill color #58baff, no foreground color.
Convert to raster layer. Select all, float, defloat
modify selection, expand by 2, add a new raster layer.
Flood fill white. Deselect.
Move this white layer below blue name layer.
Merge the blue name layer to the white layer.
Delete white background layer of tag.
Crop ~ Merged Opaque
and save as a PNG.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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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
* * * * *
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!
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