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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Baier Bauble

This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
Animation Shop
Tube of choice. I am using the stunning artwork of Steve Baier. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit called In Xmas Gold Mine found HERE
GG_snowfall Mask found HERE Thank you Gina! ♥
Snow animation supplied HERE
 Font used is called Portfolio Regular, a pay font
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 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.  You can resize later in A/S.
Open gold frame # 43, resize 20% copy  'n paste on working image.
Rotate 90 degrees to left. Sharpen
Using magic wand, click in center of the frame, selections ~ modify expand by 10.
Open star item # 18, resize by 50%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete.  Do NOT deselect.
Open tube of choice. Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Delete. Selections none.
Move gold frame layer above tube and star fill layer.
D/S frame with your favorite setting or 3,7, 80, 7 blur, black.
D/S tube with setting of choice.
Drop opacity of the star fill layer to 69%.
(Note: item # 18 will be referred to the 'star fill layer' thoughout this tutorial.)
Open gold tree item # 40, resize 20% 'n 75%. Rotate all layers 90 degrees to right.
Move tree layer above the white background layer on your layer palette.
Use a light D/S of 0, 0, 50, 5 blur, black
Add a new raster layer above the white background layer.
Flood fill this layer with any gold fill pattern, supplied with your PSP program.
I used 29goldfill pattern.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask layer ~ from Image ~find mask  'n apply.
Delete mask on layer palette, merge group.
Resize this mask layer by 105% ~ smart size.
Open gold bells # 36, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, on top of the gold frame.
Rotate 90 degrees to the left. D/S. Move to upper right hand corner of frame. D/S 3, 7, 80, 7 blur, black
Open gold bow # 58, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer over top the gold bells.
D/S with light setting or 0,0, 50, 5 blur, color #400000
Open gold poinsettia ~ resize 15%. D/S.
Place on top of gold bow.
Open item # 34 (gold bell ribbon) ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, below the poinsettia flower.
Open red felt flower # 4 ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, moving to left of tag.
Adjust ~ brightness, contrast ~ Brightness -40, contrast 5. Repeat.
Add any other embellishments to personalize your tag. D/S each.
Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name, I used fill only, color # 9a0000
Adjust add noise ~ random 43%, monochrome checked.
D/S ~ 1, 1, 100, 1 blur, black. Duplicate name for added effect.
If you do not wish to animate, 
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
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If you wish to animate with snow,
delete white background layer, close off all layers ABOVE your tube, close off tube layer as well
Only 3 layers should remain open ~ gold tree, mask & star fill layer.
Edit ~ Copy merged, these 3 layers
Paste in A/S as a new animation.
Duplicate for a total of 20 frames (to match snow animation) Select ALL, propogate paste.
Open snow animation in A/S. Select ALL ~ copy.
Drag first frame of snow animation over first frame of tag. Centre in middle of tag.
Back to PSP, close off the 3 layers previously copied, and OPEN all layers ABOVE the tube
and including the tube.  Edit ~ copy Merged.
Paste in A/S as a new animation. Duplicate this frame for a total of 20 frames.
Select ALL ~ copy.
Drag first frame of this animation over top first frame of main tag,
aligning as necessary.  Refer back to PSP for a reference point if need be.
View animation. If happy, change animation properties to opaque white.
Crop animation and/or resize animation 90% bicubic.
Optimize ~ save as a .gif.
 Hope you enjoy your new tag!

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