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Monday, November 10, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Country Christmas

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 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence. 
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
FTU Country Christmas Kit by Mirella HERE Thank you Mirella! ♥
Template by Ali_98 found HERE. Thank you Ali! ♥
Becky_Mask42 HERE Thank you Becky! ♥
Plugin Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation
Optional:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name
Golden bead pattern HERE
Font Rickles found HERE
 
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Open Ali's template 98, delete top credit layer.
Select Shape 1 layer using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 22 as a new layer ~ selections invert, delete, select none.
Select Shape 1 (copy 2) using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 4 as a new layer, selectons invert, delete, select none.
Select Shape 1 (copy) using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 24 as a new layer, selections invert, delete, select none.
 
Select Shape 14 on your template, D/S 2,2, 55, 5 blur, black
Optional:  Add Xenoflex 2, constellation effect
with these settings:
2.13, 6, 1,1, 100, 55, 45 degrees, keep original image, random seed 1.
Select Shape 16, select All, select float, defloat, selections expand by 1,
Open Paper 7, resized to 400 pixels wide, Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Selections invert. Select none.
Open tube of choice, resize if necessary, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Centre in middle of template.  Duplicate. Move duplicate copy below the Shape 16 layer.
Erase an overhang on both tube layers. D/S top tube layer using your fav setting but with dropshadow checked on new layer.
Erase any undesired dropshadow.
On Shape 16 layer, Select All, float, defloat, selections expand by 1, add new raster layer and fill with gold bead pattern.
Selections none.
 
Now to personalize your tag, add any embellishments resized to 50% or 75% as a guide.
See my reference tag.
Add ribbon wrap of choice. Use pic tool to adjust to size to template.
When done, D/S all layers with your fav setting.
I used a heavy D/S on the paper layers 3, 7, 80, 7 blur, black 
and 2,3, 55, 5 blur, back on the beaded snowflake layer.
 
Back to white background layer, add a new raster layer, select All
open Paper30 or paper of choice, copy 'n paste into selection. Select none. Sharpen.
Open BeckyMask_42. Layers ~ New Mask Layer From Image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Delete mask from layer palette. Merge group.
Duplicate this masked layer several times to enhance.
If you wish, resize tag now.
 
Add copyright, watermark and name. If you don't wish to animate, merge flatten. Save as .png or .jpeg.
 
To animate:
Close off white background layer
Back to Shape 16 layer, using magic wand, click inside centre of this layer.
Find Raster 3 paper layer (uppermost paper layer)
Add Xenoflex2 to this paper layer ~ constellation ~ same setting as above
Select none. Copy merged.
Paste in A/S as a new animation.
Back to PSP, undo last command, undo constellation effect
Re-apply constellation effect but hit random seed. Select none. Copy Merged.
Edit ~ Paste after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo last command, undo constellation effect.
Re-apply constellation but hitting random seed again. Select none.
Copy Merged.  Paste in A/S after current frame.
View animation, if happy, change frame properties to opaque ~ white.
Optimize and save as a .gif.
Hope you enjoy your new gorjuss tag!


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