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Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Tutorial ~ NOEL


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version will do.
 Tubes of choice, preferable one being an image.
  I am using the artwork of Angela Newman. You can purchase a license to use her work at AMI.
FTU mini-kit called Noel en Or by Cajoline Scrap found HERE Thank you! ♥
Mask2 (Starry Night) by Vaybs found HERE Thank you Vaybs! ♥
Plugin: EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ Glass
Optional plugin:  Xenoflex 2 ~ Constellation
Animation shop
 Font used for name is VIP.
 
 
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1. Open a new transparent image 675 x 550 pixels.
 Open all the NOEL blocks, resize approx. 85%. Arrange. Merge visible. D/S 1/1/50/4 blur, color #404040.
Add a new raster layer, move to bottom and flood fill white.
Add another raster layer, selections ~ select all.
Open paper4, copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections none. Sharpen.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ source luminance & invert mask are both checked. Apply.
Merge group.
 
2. Open white christmas tree, resized 80%. C/P as a new layer above your masked layer.
Erase the bottom base of the tree that extends beyond the NOEL blocks.  D/S with a light setting or 1/1/45/5 blur color #404040.
Open floral arrangement (element 9), C/P as a new layer above tree but below the NOEL blocks.
 
3.  Open gold frame, resize 50%. C/P. Image ~ rotate ~ 10 degrees to right.
Using magic wand, click inside center of frame ~ modify selections ~ expand by 4.
Open image of choice, resize if needed, rotate 10 degrees to right, C/P as a new layer below frame.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ selections invert again. Do not deselect yet.
Add a new raster layer.
Using EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ glass ~ find setting ~ CLEAR NO DROP SHADOW 'n apply.
Selections none.  This will give the appearance the image is behind glass.
 
4.  Open nameplate (element 22) resize 25%. C/P. Rotate ~ 10 degrees to right.  D/S.
Add name in font VIP, fill color #8b3b34, alias ~ sharp. Rotate 10 degrees to right ~ convert to raster layer.
Open gold doves, resize one 25% and the other at 30%. C/P. D/S. Sharpen once.
 Add Gift box (element 3) 20%.
 
5.  Add tube of choice. D/S.
 
6. Optional: on masked layer apply Xenoflex2 ~ constellation with following:
(this looks best on backgrounds with white or light color)
Eliminate this step for dark or black backgrounds.
 
 
 
7.  Add copyright, URL and watermark.
If you don't wish to animate, close white background, merge visible, crop ~ merged opaque and save as a .PNG
 
 
8.  To animate, be sure white background is closed.
Copy MERGED and paste in A/S as a new animation.
In A/S, Effect ~ insert image effect ~
animation frame checked ~ find Scratches in drop down menu
settings: effect length = 2.2
frames per sec = 6
Click OK.
View animation.
Tweak these settings if the scratches aren't to your liking.
Animation properties ~ opaque white.
Optimize and save as a GIF.
 
 Hope you enjoy your Christmas creation!
Joyeux Noel!

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