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Friday, September 25, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Fall Colors



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.
 Tubes of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
FTU Scrap kit called Tears Of The Fall found HERE! Thank you Lily! Absolutely lovely freebie! ♥ Scroll down halfway!
Mask 350 by Vix found HERE Thank  you, Vix! ♥
Font for wordart & name is Susie's Hand found HERE
 Font for background wordart is Typical Writer found HERE
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 565 pixels.  Flood fill white. This will give us room to be creative and resize later.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select All ~ open paper 2, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Selections ~ none.
Sharpen. Open mask and minimize. On paper layer, Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask and apply.
Merge group. Duplicate masked layer and move one mask layer slightly to right and other, slightly to left.
 
2.  Open paper 1, resize it to 500 px wide, then go to Image ~ flip. Sharpen 'n minimize for now.
Using preshape tool ~ eclipse, create on vector, on material palette, close foreground, on background fill find the paper 1 in your pattern tab
angle 0, scale 100.
 Now draw an eclipse shape approx. 250 x 185 px. Convert to raster layer.
 
Using preshape tool again, draw another eclipse shape inside the wooden shape we made above, using background fill black only.
Draw a smaller shape, off-center to the wooden shape (see below)
 
 Convert the black shape to a raster layer. Selections ~ select All ~ float, defloat, invert
Choose the wooden preshape layer and press delete on your keyboard. This creates the eclipse wooden frame. Do NOT deselect yet.
Move the black layer below the wooden frame layer on your layer palette.
Resize paper 2 to 500 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste as a new layer above the black layer but below the frame layer.
Move paper to desired position and press delete again.  Do NOT deselect yet.
Open tube of choice, copy 'n paste as a new layer above your paper layer, press delete to remove excess.
Selections ~ none. D/S the wooden frame using 1/1/40/4 blur, color black
You can delete the black circular layer now.
 
 
3.  Open element 9, the wooden frame, resize it to 600 px wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Rotate ~ free rotate ~ 90 degrees to Right. Move this frame below the other eclipse frame 'n paper layers.
Using rectangular selection tool, draw a selection beyond the inside border of the rectangular frame.
Copy paper 2 again and paste as a new layer. Selections ~ invert ~ delete.  Move this paper layer below the frame on your layer palette. Selections ~ none.
Open a different tube of choice, copy 'n paste as a new layer above the frame layer.
Back to rectangular wooden frame ~ duplicate and move duplicate copy ABOVE the tube layer.
Erase part of the tube on the right that extends beyond the right side of the frame.
If you use the same tube as I, I drew a point-to-point selection around the fence of the tube and deleted it.
This best done by magifying your image to 250% to better see the part you are deleting.
I chose to leave the pumpkins intact. 
On the duplicate copy of the rectangular frame, erase the left side of the frame to make it appear her hand is reaching out.
 
4.  Now to personalize your tag, add any of the lovely elements supplied in the kit.
 
* * * * *TIP: When adding elements and you see a white edge on the tube, you can easily
clean up the edges using this method:
Selections ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection ~ contract 1 px ~ Invert selection ~ press delete on keyboard. Selections ~ none.
Then add your D/S. * * * * *
 
 
Add the acorn, resized 15%, copy 'n paste behind the pumpkins on left.
 Rotate with pick tool if desired. Add as many of these acorns to your image as desired. See reference tag. D/S each.
Add tree element 7, resized 625 px in Height. Copy 'n paste as a new layer above your masked layers. Duplicate ~ mirror. Arrange as desired. D/S each layer.
Add element 17 leaves, resized to 625 px wide. Copy 'n paste as a new layer above the tree layers.
 Add element 10 mushroom, resized 5% ~ mirror ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer below the acorn/pumpkin layers on left. D/S.
Add element 20 rope, resized 550 px Wide, Mirror image
Copy 'n paste as a new layer above the wooden eclipse frame. D/S.
Add element 14 ~ bow, resized 20%, copy 'n paste as a new layer above the rope.
Add element 18 ~ umbrella, resize 20% ~ mirror. Copy 'n paste as a new top layer. Using pick tool,
rotate umbrella to make it appear to be held in her hand. D/S.
Add element 19 ~ bird, resized 20%, copy 'n paste as a new layer above the rope. D/S
See reference tag for placement.
 
5. Open wordart, using point-to-point selection tool, draw a selection around the words "Tears of the"  only. Press delete. Selections ~ none.
Resize the wordart Fall to 500 px wide.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer on your working image.
Using font Susie's Hand, sz. 72, anti-alias smooth, foreground nil, background color #311e0d,
write word "colors" but change the background fill color for each letter  ie.  #bd9313, # bb6204  D/S.
 
Using typical writer font, sz 18, anti-alias smooth, background fill color # 311e0d,
type the words "fall colors" ~ double space and type it again on same line
Highlight this entire line in your text window by left clicking on your mouse, copy
and paste as a new line below the first, repeat this for a total of 4 lines.
( see below )
Convert this wordart group to a raster layer.
Drop the opacity of this wordart layer to approx 50%.
Using eraser tool, find the fuzz soft preset on the top toolbar,
now erase the outer edge of the wordart to make it appear to fade outward.
When happy, move this wordart layer below the other word art layers.
 
 
 6.. Resize entire tag 85-90% smartsize ~ all layers checked ~ if desired.
 
 7.  Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name in Susie's font
To make your name, choose two colors from your tag, one as the foreground and one as your background.
Make a gradient from these colors by choosing gradient ~ angle 40 repeat 1, invert checked
Write your name, sz 90, anti-alias smooth. D/S
 
Merge all flatten as save as a .jpeg or delete white background, merge visible and save as a .png.
 I hope you enjoy your gorjuss creation!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thank you to Mirella & Sylvie!

Thank you Ladies for my latest awards! I treasure each and everyone! I'm honored you picked my blog. Love you both. ♥ This award is from Mirella! Thank you! ♥ This award comes from Sylvie! Thank you! ♥

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Show Girl



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 beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko. You can purchase a license to use her art at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by ShineAngel called A Splash of Gold found HERE Merci ShineAngel! ♥
*Scroll down a bit until you see the 4shared link and take note of the password*
Optional Plugin:  Lokas Software ~ 3D shadow
 Font used is called Banquet, a payfont
 
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 1.  Open a new transparent image 600 x 700 pixels and flood fill white.
Open the ornate gold frame, resized to 400 px in height.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Using magic wand, click in center of frame, selections ~ modify ~ expand by 5 px. Add a new raster layer.
Open black paper 12, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Selections ~ none.
Move paper layer below gold frame.
Rotate the paper ~ rotate ~ free rotate ~ 5 degrees to left and do the same with the gold frame.
Sharpen the gold frame & paper once.
 
2. Open the wooden clock face ~ resize 30% and then again at 80%
Copy 'n paste as a new layer above the black paper but below the gold frame.
Move the clock face to the right upper corner of the frame.
Change the blend mode of the clock face to Soft Light on your layer palette
 
3. Open tube of choice, copy 'n paste as uppermost layer.
Optional: use Lokas Software ~ 3 D shadow to drop shadow your tube using settings below:
 
 
4. Remember to save your work as you go.
 
 5.  Now to personalize your tag, add any flowers, glitter, elements & ribbons of choice. Drop shadow each element added except the gold ribbon.
Add these below your tube layer except for the umbrella.
Add the large gold ball if desired, the butterfly overlay resized to 600 px in height,
the floral arrangement resized to 600 px in width, place to top left behind paper layer. Duplicate and move copy to lower right.
add gold ribbon, resized to 600 px wide, add golden heart, resized 'n rotate slightly using pick tool (deformation tool),
add gold glitter, resized to 600 px wide, add black raffia, resized 30%,
add black umbrella, resized 30%, mirror and add light drop shadow of 1/1/50/4 blur, color #404040.
Use umbrella to hide any naughty bits on your tube.
Add white floral spray, resized to 500 px wide, then rotate 90 degrees to left when placing on tag
Add yellow flower cluster, resized 30%. Place near bottom of frame. Duplicate and mirror.
 
6. Close off background layer, merge visible and crop MERGED opague.
Re-open your background if saving as a .jpeg.
Resize tag now if desired.
 
7. Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
Merge all flatten and save as a .jpeg or merge visible and save as a .png
 I hope you enjoy your new creation!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Autumn Wonder



This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP. 
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 but any version will do.
 Tube or image of choice.  I am using the stunning artwork of Jennifer Janesko. You can purchase a license to use her art at CILM.
FTU Freebie Add-On called Autumn Approaches found HERE.  Thank you, Becca! ♥
Vix Mask_238 found HERE  Thank you Vix! ♥ Scroll down to masks of July 25, 2008 (there is no preview but the mask is in the 4shared link)
Optional Plugin:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ gradient glow for name only
Font for name is 2Peas Gingersnap found HERE
 
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1.  Open Circle frame2, resize it to 400 px wide. Resize canvas size to 625 x 575 pixels.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill white and move this layer below the circle frame.
Using magic wand, click inside circle frame layer ~ modify selections ~ expand by 5 pixels.
Open tube/image, resize image 85-90%, copy 'n paste as a new layer ~ selections ~ invert ~ press delete on keyboard.
Move tube/image layer beneath circle frame layer on layer palette.
Sharpen tube/image layer.
 
2.  Still on circle frame layer, selections All ~ selections float, defloat
Add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with color # 321e07.
Selections ~ none.
Change the blend mode of this layer to hard light and lower the opacity to 84 on the layer palette.
Drop shadow the original circle frame layer with a favorite setting or 0, 2, 80, blur 20 color #404040
 
3.  Add a new raster layer above the white background layer, selections ~ select all
Open the leather paper, resize it to 600 pixels wide, copy 'n paste into the selection ~ select none.
Sharpen once.
Open Vix Mask 238, minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask ~ apply.
Merge group.
 
4.  Using preset shape, find burst 3:
 
 
 
 Foreground nil, background choose pattern and find the same leather paper used earlier in the drop down menu of your materials palette.
Holding shift key on keyboard, draw a shape above the masked layer but below the tube and circle frame layer,
to a size beyond the circle frame. See reference tag.
When happy, convert to raster layer and drop shadow with same setting as earlier.
 
5. Open wordart cluster, using magic wand, with a tolerance setting of 10, mode add(shift), mode color, feather 0, contiguous & anti-aliased checked,
click magic wand on word 'Autumn' and add a new raster layer, flood fill with color of choice or red color #781411.
Selections ~ none.  Merge visible. Resize cluster to 600 px wide.
Copy 'n paste as uppermost layer.
Rotate ~ free rotate ~ 5 degrees to left. Duplicate this wordart cluster and rotate the duplicate layer a little more to the left using pick tool.
Move this duplicate layer below the orginal cluster layer on the layer palette.
 Using eraser tool, erase the wordart 'Autumn' on the duplicate copy only.
D/S both cluster layers.
 
6. Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name, use foreground nil, fill color of choice or #2c2016. Convert to raster layer.
Using EyeCandy 4000 ~ gradient glow ~ Fat setting ~ color white ~ slide white color bar to center of scale.
Basic tab ~ glow width 3, soft corners 25, overall opacity 100%. Draw outside selection checked.
Drop shadow with your favorite setting.
 
 
 
Merge all flatten and save as a .JPEG or close white background, merge visible and save as a .PNG
 
 
 
  I hope you enjoy your fall creation!  Below is another tube option.