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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Irish Charm

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.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the sexy artwork of Keith Garvey. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU scrap kit by BlueDream Designs called Irish Charm. Thank you Bluey! ♥
Lucky Charm Frame by Clarey. Thank you Clarey! ♥ Note: download the tagger size
Green wreath & leaves from Piccolina Designs called Japanese Garden Elements Thank you Piccolina! ♥
Plugin:  VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission
 Wordart suppied HERE
Font for the name is Curly Cue found HERE
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 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 650 pixels and flood fill white.
Open IrishCharm paper 1, resize 80%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Adjust ~ Blur ~ Gaussian Blur ~ radius 26.
Using plugin VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission ~ setting  5, 0, 40
Drop opacity of this layer to approx 57
Duplicate this layer. Rotate to left ~ 90 degrees.
Merge this duplicate layer down and drop opacity again to 57.
Open Clarey LuckyCharm frame ~ resize 85%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Rotate 90 degrees to right.
Using selection tool ~ freehand selection ~ point to point, draw a selection
just beyond the inside opening of the frame.
Open paper IrishCharm paper 8, copy 'n paste as a new layer
BELOW the frame.  Selections invert ~ delete.  Select none.
Duplicate this paper layer. On duplicate layer, change blend mode to multiply.
D/S the frame layer only.
Open tube of choice. Resize if needed. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Delete any overhang below the bottom edge of the frame using your rectangle selection tool.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate copy above the frame layer. Erase
any part of this tube layer using the eraser tool.
D/S the duplicate tube layer but selecting the drop shadow on a new layer to
allow you to erase any undesirable dropshadow.
Open the green twig wreath from the Japanese Garden kit, resize 20%.
Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Duplicate wreath. Merge down.
Move wreath below frame & paper layers and to lower left of tag.
Using selection tool, freehand ~ point to point, draw a selection inside the wreath just beyong the inner border.
Open paper IrishCharm paper 6 or paper of choice, copy 'n paste as a new layer BELOW the wreath layer.
Selections invert ~ delete. Select none.
D/S the wreath layer only.
Merge down the wreath layer to this paper layer.
Duplicate. Resize 80-85%. Move duplicate wreath to upper right corner but above frame layer but below top tube layer.
Open my wordart, copy 'n paste as a new layer on top of this wreath layer.
Open the Lt twig green leaf from the Japanese Garden kit, resize 30%. Copy 'n paste as
a new layer on your tag, below the frame & paper layers. Duplicate as many times as desired.
D/S each leaf layer.
Add any other embellishments you desire. I added the LuckyCharm charm2, resized 10%, rotate 5 degrees to right.
Sharpen once. D/S.  Move above the wordart.
Resize entire tag as this point if desired.
 Add your copyright, URL, watermark & name.
For the name,  use black as fill color, foreground nil, write name on pot of gold ~ sz 36 px. Rotate slightly to right.
Use effects ~ 3D effects ~ cutout ~ setting 2H, 2V, opac 42, 2.50 blur, shadow color black, fill unchecked.
Add D/S if desired.
Merge all flatten. Save as a PNG or JPEG.
 Hope you enjoy your lucky charm!

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