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Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Christmas Moments



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.
Four tubes of choice by same artist. 
 I am using the sexy artwork of Denis Rino. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU papers & elements called Moments by KT Designs found HERE Thank you! ♥
Wordart by Delicious Scraps found HERE Thank you! ♥
Plugin: Xero ~ Radiance
Optional Plugin: EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for copyright only
Font for name is Portfolio Regular, a pay font
 
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 650 x 575 px. Do not flood fill white.
Open Noel element 09, crop MERGED OPAQUE
resize to 650 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Duplicate & drop opacity of duplicate layer to approx. 50%.
 
2.  Using selection tool, rectangle, feather 0, draw a rectangular selection around the 'N'
Open first tube, C/P as a new layer below your NOEL word on your layer palette.
Center tube as desired, selection - invert ~ delete. Selections ~ none.
 
For letter 'O', use selection tool ~ eclipse ~ draw a selection around 'O'
open second tube, C/P as a new layer ~ center as desired
(try to line up the 'eyes' of all your tubes for overall balance)
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ none.
 
For letter 'E', draw a rectangular selection around 'E'
Open third tube, C/P as a new layer ~ center
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ none.
 
For letter 'L', draw a rectangular selection around vertical portion of 'L'
Holding shift key on keyboard, draw another rectangle around horizontal portion of 'L'
The two selections will automatically merge.
Open fourth tube, C/P as a new layer ~ center.
Selection ~ invert ~ delete ~ none.
 
3.  Merge down the last tube layer to your third tube, merge down to second tube,
merge down to first tube layer.
All four tubes should now be one layer.
Using plugin Xero ~ Radiance ~ default setting or 128, 50, 128, 255.
 
 4.  Open Merry Christmas wordart from Delicious Scraps.
Draw a point-to-point selection around the Merry Christmas wording, excluding the red bow.
C/P as top layer on your layer palette
Resize 20% and again 90%. D/S if desired.
 
5. To personalize tag, add elements of choice, duplicating as desired.
Drop opacity of these elements slightly to blend in with white background.
Snowflake element 23 ~ 10%, element 01 ~ 20%
 
6.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name, close foreground color, using fill color white,
type name, image rotate ~ free rotate to left 7 degrees.
Use Effects ~ 3D effects ~ inner bevel as below:
 
 
 
 
Adjust Hue & Saturation 26 ~ 148. D/S if you wish.
 Draw a freehand selection around a red bead from the 'Merry Christmas' wordart,
C/P as many as desired on your name, resized to your preference.
 
 
7. Merge visible. Crop ~ Merged Opaque ~ save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your Christmas creation!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Sweet Surprise!

I stumbled upon a sweet surprise today!...A tutorial written for me!
Thank you, Vix for making my day but more importantly for your kind words.
You are my inspiration and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do.
Please check out her new tut by clicking on tag preview.
I'm honored to say the least!
Not only is Vix a talented tutorial writer, but a new scrap artist as well.
I've always enjoyed her masks 'n templates so please visit her blog 'n links. Thank you, Vix! ♥

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Winter Moon



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.
Freebie Winter Wonderland Cluster frame by RaspberryRoad Designs found HERE
Mask20/20 provided HERE
Optional Plugin: Xenoflex 2 ~ Constellation
 Font for name is Ability Black, which is a pay font.
 
Another quickie tut for you.
 
 * * * * *
 
1.  Open up a new transparent image 625 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
 Open the cluster frame, using crop tool, find on top tool bar ~ Snap crop rectangle to ~ choose Merged Opaque.
Click on center of your tag to crop.
Resize frame 20%. C/P as a new layer.
 
2.  Add a new raster layer above your white background, flood fill with color #002851.
Open mask20/20, minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Before merging, on your layer palette, duplicate the mask (layer highlighted).
Now merge group. Duplicate this masked layer. Merge down.
Resize 90%.
Using Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation ~ setting as below:
 
 
 
If you don't have this plugin, an alternative is the VM Natural ~ Sparkle plugin.
 
2. Open tube of choice, C/P above masked layer.
Using eraser or selection tool, erase any part of tube that extend beyond bottom of frame.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate layer above frame.
Again, erase any part of top tube layer to make it appear she is leaning through frame.
D/S original tube layer.
 
Note:  When downsizing elements or in this case the cluster frame,
it is wise to sharpen it once. However, in doing so, the moon will appeared oversharpened
when the decorative portion will look fine.  To eliminate this,
simply use your selection tool, using either freehand or point-to-point, feather set to 5, smoothing 0,
draw a selection around the decorative element portion of the frame as below:
 
 
 
Adjust ~ Sharpness ~ Unsharp mask ~ settings: radius 1, strength 30, clipping 3
luminance only checked. Apply. Selections ~ none.
Using the unsharp mask gives your greater control over the degree of sharpness applied.
 
 
3.  Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
Hope you enjoy your wintery moon!

New Tutorial ~ I Feel Pretty



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 Irina Grank. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
Freebie sampler by Bellisae Designs called I Feel Pretty found HERE, dated 20 November, 2009
* Take note of Password*
Mask by me found HERE and mask20/20 found HERE
Optional Plugin: Lokas 3D Shadow
Font for name is Ability Black, a payfont
 
 
I do not take credit for this creation as this tag is inspired by the kit itself.
I simply wanted to share it with you.
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 650 x 575 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select ALL
Open paper1, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Selections ~ none.
Sharpen once.
Open chas10mask, minimize. Layers ~ New mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group. Duplicate. (If using a dark background ie. black, do NOT duplicate mask.
 
2.  Open wordart, resize to 600 px in height. C/P as a new layer. Place as desired.
Open mask20/20, minimize.  On the wordart layer, apply this mask. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask20/20.
Merge group. This nicely fades the outter edges of the wordart.
On material pallette, close background, for foreground choose color# b588db.
Using your Change-To-Target tool (left hand toolbar)
Settings: round circle ~ sz 50, hardness 50, step 10, density 100, thickness 100,
rotation 0, opacity 100, mode ~ color
Apply this change-to-target tool by left clicking mouse over the wordart.
This changes the color to a light purple or #b588db.
 
 
3.  Open green leaf element, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Using change-to-target tool again, same color, apply by mousing over the leaves.
D/S using 2/-4/50/4 blur color #404040.
 
4. Add purple sequin element E1, resize 15%. C/P as a new layer.
Open ribbon frame resize 25%. C/P as a new layer.
Image ~ rotate 90 degrees to left ~ mirror.
Center as desired.  Using magic wand, click in center of frame, selections ~ modify ~ expand by 5 px.
Open paper 1 again, resize to 600 px wide. C/P
Invert  selection ~ delete. Move this paper layer below ribbon frame.
Open tube of choice, C/P as a new layer above paper but below frame.
Using eraser tool, erase the bottom portion of the tube that extends below the frame in the selection.
Selections ~ none.
Duplicate tube layer. Move duplicate layer above ribbon frame.
Using eraser tool, erase excess part of tube that overlaps bottom part of ribbon frame.
D/S original tube layer only.
D/S ribbon frame with nice blurry D/S.
 
5. Open element 1, resized 21%, C/P as a new layer above the paper layer. D/S with lokas 3D Shadow as below:
 
 
 
6. Add element 3, resize 10%, rotate with pick tool, sharpen, duplicate and D/S each.
 Pink flower ~ 12%. Element 9 ~ 25%.  Add butterfly ~ 10%. C/P. Duplicate if desired. Resize 50%.
Rotate using pick tool.  Sharpen.
D/S all elements with 1/-1/50/4 blur color #404040.
 
7.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name I used a gradient of two colors from your tag
using angle 45, repeat 0 Linear style
 
 Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your pretty tag!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Time Of Giving



 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 Dave Nestler. You can purchase a license to use his work at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by NewLife's Dreams called Santa's Kingdom found HERE Thank you! ♥
Supplies found HERE includes mask, oval & wordart
Animation shop
No Plugins
 Font used for name is Passions Conflict ROB, a pay font
 
 * * * * *
 
1. Open paper from kit, resize to 600 px wide.
Open mask provided, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image find jwy_mask10 'n apply.
Merge group. Copy.
 
2.  Open a new transparent image 625 x 600 px, flood fill white.
Paste the masked layer as a new layer.
Open the stars, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Duplicate ~ mirror.  Resize the duplicate 90%.
 
3.  Open the swirls2, resize to 450 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Open star, resize to approx 441 px. wide.
C/P as a new layer. Using the selection tool, freehand ~ point-to-point,
draw a selection along the star frame border.
Open paper provided, resize to 500 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert. Delete. Do NOT deselect yet.
Move paper layer below star frame.
Open music heart paper, resize 25%. C/P as a new layer above the paper. Change blend mode to darken.
 
4.  Open tube of choice, C/P as a new layer above the music heart paper.
Center to star frame. Press delete to rid of tube excess. Selections ~ none.
Drop opacity of tube to approx 47.
Back to star frame, D/S with 1/-1/20/20/ 2 blur, color # 404040
Duplicate this star frame. Rename this layer "Star Animation"
 
5. Open oval shape found in supplies, C/P as a new layer above the mask layer.
Open ornament, resize to 600 px in height. Using selection tool,
draw a selection around string only 'n delete. Selections ~ none.
C/P as a new layer, placing at top of star frame.D/S
Open bird, resize 15%, C/P as a new layer.
Open wordart from supplies, C/P as top layer.
 
 If you wish to resize tag, do so now.
 
6.  Add copyright, URL, watermark & name. 
If you don't wish to animate,
 close white background, merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
 
* * * * *
 
To animate:
 
Delete the white background layer.
Find the star animation layer,
using the Lighten/Darken tool on your left-hand toolbar,
we will lighten each side of the star frame (10 sides in all) starting with left top.
Lighten section by left clicking on mouse and lightening area by mousing over it twice. (Is mousing a word? lol)
Copy MERGED &  paste in A/S as a new animation.
 
Back to PSP, UNDO your lighten effect, and lighten the next side of the star frame. 
 (Do not worry about overlapping areas
when lightening as it will blend in during animation.)
 
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame.
Undo/redo this lighten effect on all 10 sides of star frame.
When done, you should have a total of 10 frames in A/S.
 
Back to PSP, undo the lighten effect.  Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after frame 10.
(This will be a frame with NO lightening effect applied.)
We now have 11 frames in A/S.
Click on frame 11, change frame properties to 120.
All other frames will stay at default of 10.
Change animation properties to opaque white.
View animation. If happy, optimize and save as a GIF.
 
 Hope you enjoy your new Christmas tag!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Winter Is My Love



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 Elias Chatzoudis. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU Freebie kit by called Winter Romance found HERE
and Freebie Winter Is My Love kit by Kimla found HERE
BdMask3 HERE 
If this is your mask, please email me via my blog so I can credit you and/or remove. Thank you!
Font for name is Futurist Fixed-Width HERE
 
 
Another quickie tut for you.
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 575 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select ALL
Open paper from Winter Romance kit, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Select ~ none.
Sharpen once. Open Bdmask3, minimize.
Layer ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find bdmask3 and apply.
Merge group.  Duplicate masked layer 2 or 3 times.
 
2.  Open element3 from Kimla kit, resize to 600 px wide.
C/P as a new layer above your masked layers.
Move to top left. Duplicate and move this layer to bottom right.
D/S with 1/-1/20/2 blur color black
 
3. Open element 4, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
 
4. Open star element5, resize 12%.
Using selection tool, freehand ~ point-to-point, draw a selection
around the round ring at the top of the star 'n delete. Select ~ none.
D/S as above.
Duplicate as many times as desired, resizing some 75% more.
 
5. Open kimla's pink element2, resize 10% and C/P as a new layer.
Duplicate as many times as desire.
 
6.  Open blue star element2 from Winter Romance kit, resize to 600 px in height.
C/P as a new layer. Move slightly upward.
Using Adjust, brightness/contrast, brightness 255, contrast 0.
D/S if desired.
 
7.  Open wordart from Kimla designs kit, resize to 600 px in width.
C/P as a new layer. Using brightness/contrast 255/0, change color to white.
Adjust ~ add noise ~ uniform ~ 35, monochrome checked. Sharpen.
Add D/S 1/-1/40/2 blur, color black
 
8.  Add tube of choice. Duplicate tube. On this duplicate layer, Adjust ~ blur ~ guassian blur ~ 3.
Change blend mode to 'soft light'.
D/S original tube layer only.
 
9.  Open bird from Winter Romance kit, resize 10% and another 75%.
Sharpen. C/P paste as a new layer, rotate with pick tool (deformation tool) if desired.
D/S.
 
 
 10.  If you wish to resize your tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name use background color white ~ Adjust ~ add noise, same setting as above. Sharpen. D/S.
Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your wintery tag!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Winter Princess



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 Unholy Vault Designs. You can purchase a license to use their work at MPT.
Freebie Add-On called Winter is Coming found HERE Scroll down 3/4 of page.
Thank you MaryPop. ♥
Supplies HERE
Plugin: Mura Meister ~ Copies
Font for background is FFFUrban found HERE
Font for name is Arkitex found HERE
 
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 650 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Open frame 12, resize to 450 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Rotate 10 degrees to right. Duplicate. Drop opacity of duplicate layer to 75%. Merge down.
Using selection tool, freehand ~ point-to-point, draw a selection beyond inner border of frame.
Add a new raster layer.
Open paper8, resized to 500 px. wide, C/P INTO the selection. Do NOT deselect yet.
Move paper layer below frame.
Open winterscene background image of choice or the one provided in supplies. Mirror.
C/P as a new layer. Selections ~ INVERT ~ delete. Selections ~ none.
Change blend mode to Luminance and drop opacity to 76%.
 
2.  Open paper9, when you resize this paper, UNCHECK the lock aspect ratio
and change the width to 520 px X 430 px in height. Sharpen once.
C/P as a new layer above your white background.
Using selection tool ~ rectangular ~ draw a rectangle beyond the edge of this paper
approx. 10 pixels wider than paper size. Add a new raster layer. Flood fill white. Selections ~ none.
Adjust ~ add noise ~ uniform ~ 55 monochrome checked.
Move this noise layer below the paper9 layer.
D/S the noise layer 0/0/80/3.70 blur color #404040.
 
3. Choose topmost layer on layer palette. Using font FFFUrban, sz 8, anti-alias UNchecked, fill color white.
Type wording of choice or WINTER PRINCESS. Object ~ Align ~ center in canvas. Convert to raster layer.
Using plugin Mura's Meister ~ copies ~ tiling ~ use standard settings but change tile gap to 2.
Apply.
Back to Paper 9 layer, selections ~ select ALL, float, defloat, invert.
back to wordart layer, press delete on keyboard.
Selections ~ none. Move this wordart layer on your layer palette just above Paper9 layer.
Drop opacity to approx. 73%.
 
4. Now to decorate your tag, add doodles supplied, stars provided, white Xmas tree
and other elements of choice from kit, placing them below the frame/paper layer created in Step 1.
Resize snowflake element 6  ~ 10% and another 75%.  D/S 1/-2/80/3.7 blur, color #404040.
C/P as a new layer above frame.
Duplicate snowflakes as many times as desired, resizing a further 75%.
 
5. Open tube of choice, resize 90% smartsize. C/P as a new layer above all other layers.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate copy below frame layer. Using selection tool ~ freehand ~ point-to-point,
draw a selection around the bottom of the tube that extends beyond the bottom of the frame. Delete.
Do some for top tube layer. Selections ~ none.
 Erase part of the orginal tube layer to make it appear she is leaning through frame. D/S tube.
To soften the tube, use Adjust ~ Brightness/Contrast ~ Clarify ~ setting of 3.
Back to duplicate copy of tube, Selections ~ select ALL, float, defloat.
Add a new raster layer. Flood fill selection white. Selections none.
Change blend mode of this white layer to 'Soft Light'.
Move this white layer ABOVE the original tube layer (uppermost tube) to soften the color of the tube.
Carefully erase any part of this white layer that may overlap the frame.
 
6.  Add wordart WINTER PRINCESS supplied as topmost layer.
 
  7.  If you wish to resize your tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your winter creation!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Xmas Present



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 Walter Girotto. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU Scrapkit called Frozen 2 found HERE Thank you, Thaliris ♥
Gemmask8 found HERE Thank you so much Gem. I love your masks! ♥
Supplies HERE includes snowani & wordart
Optional Plugin: Eye Candy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name only.
Animation Shop
Font for name is Ability Black, a pay font
 
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select ALL
Open paper 27, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Selections ~ none. Sharpen once.
Open gemsmask8, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find gemsmask8 'n apply.
Merge group.
 
2.  Open element 75, resize to 600 px wide, C/P as a new layer.
Open element 25, resize to 550 px wide, C/P as a new layer. Image ~ free rotate 7 degrees to left.
Duplicate ~ merge down. D/S using 1/1/80/3 blur, color #404040
 
 3.  Open element 54, resize 20%, C/P as a new layer. Using pick tool (deformation tool),
rotate slightly. Sharpen. Duplicate as many times as desired. D/S each leaf.
 
4.  Open element 79, resize to 600 px in height. C/P as a new layer.
Image ~ rotate ~ 15 degrees to left. Sharpen. D/S.
 
5. Open element 50, resize 25%, C/P as a new layer. Rotate with pick tool as desired. Sharpen.
Duplicate as many times as desired. D/S each leaf layer.
 
6.  Open element 47, resize 20%, C/P as a new layer. Rotate with pick tool slightly. Sharpen.
Duplicate as many times as desired. D/S each pine cone.
 
7.  Open frame element 17, resize to 550 px in height and again at 90%. C/P as a new layer.
Using selection tool ~ freehand ~ point-to-point, draw a selection just beyond inside border of frame.
Open Paper23, resize to 550 px wide, C/P as a new layer. Invert selection ~ press delete. Selections ~ none.
Move paper layer below rope frame.
 
8. Open tube of choice. C/P as a new layer above your paper layer. Duplicate. Move duplicate copy above frame.
Using eraser tool, erase any part of the bottom tube layer that extends beyond bottom part of frame.
On duplicate tube layer, erase part of foot to make it appear she is stepping out of the frame.
See reference tag. D/S duplicate tube layer only.
 
9.  Open element 30, resize 20%, C/P as a new layer. Duplicate as many times as desired. D/S each.
Open element 99, resize 25%, C/P as a new layer. Place on left side of frame. D/S
 Open wordart supplied, C/P as a new layer, placing to right of frame.
 
 If you wish to resize your tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 
To animate:
 
Close off white background and all layers ABOVE the paper layer on your layer palette (excluding paper).
Copy MERGED the bottom layers.
Open Animation Shop, paste as a new animation. Duplicate frames for a total of 10 frames. Select ~ All
Open snowani supplied. Select ALL ~ copy
Drag first frame of snow ani over first frame of main tag, placing it over the paper layer.
If you didn't resize your tag in PSP, the snow ani should fit perfectly over the paper layer.
 
Back to PSP, close off all the bottom layers BELOW the paper layer, including the paper layer.
Open all layers ABOVE the paper layer. Copy MERGED this top layer.
Paste in A/S as a new animation. Duplicate for a total of 10 frames. Select ~ all ~ copy.
Drag first frame of this top animation over the first frame of the main tag.
View animation. If happy, change animation properties to opaque ~ color white.
Optimize and save as a .gif.
 
Hope you enjoy your new Xmas creation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Joy Of The Season



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 gracious artwork of Emerald de Leeuw. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
FTU Sampler called Open the Door The Magical Time found HERE Thank you, Natali ♥
Find the words "freebie for you" on her blog to download the sampler.
Font for name is Burgues Script, a pay font
 
 
Another quickie tut for you!
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Open ribbon 3 without dropshadow, resize to 550 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
D/S 1/-1/50/5 blur color black
 
2.  Open overlays4 Emb2, resize to 700 px in height. C/P as a new layer.
*Do not be concerned this overlay is larger than the working image.*
 
3.  Open the overlays4 emb1, resize to 700 px in height C/P as a new layer,
aligning these overlays as best you can.
 
4.  Open tube of choice, C/P as a new layer between the two overlay layers.
Move tube to desired position.
If using same tube as above and to better blend the bottom of her gown into overlay,
use selection tool ~ freehand selection ~ mode add ~ feather 50, smoothing 0,
Draw a jagged selection around the bottom of her gown and press delete once or twice to rid of hard edge.
Selections ~ none.
 
See below for the feathered selection.
 
 
 
5. Click on topmost layer, open the overlays4 emb4 (rope), resize to 500 px in width, C/P as a new layer.
 
 If you wish to resize your tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 
Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG
 
 
  Hope you enjoy your new creation! ♥
 
Below is the same tag with a different tube.
 

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Winter Time



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 wonderul artwork of Carrie Hall. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit called Frosted Whisper found HERE
Mask 20/20 found HERE
Note: Save this mask in your PSP Mask Folder and direct this folder to your PSP using File Locations.
Plugin:  EyeCandy 5 ~ Nature ~ Snow Drift
 Font used for name is Mekanik LET found HERE
 
  * * * * *
 
1.   Open up a new transparent image 700 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.  You can resize later.
Open paper from kit, resize to 700 px wide, C/P as a new layer. Using crop tool, click on 'Layer Opaque' on top toolbar
and click center to apply. This eliminates paper beyond working image.
Layers ~ Load Mask from Disc ~ find the 20/20 mask in your drop down menu.
Choose fit to canvas, source luminance and hide all mask. Apply.
Merge group.  Repeat this mask application.
 
2.  Open element 39 (brown frame), resize 28%. C/P as a new layer. Duplicate and resize duplicate approx 70%.
 Offset these two frames to your liking.
 
3.  Open wordart element 34, resize to 625 px wide. C/P as a new layer. Do NOT move it from this position.
Open wordart element 33, resize it to 625 px wide. C/P as a new layer. 
These two wordart layers should be superimposed perfectly.
Lock these two layers on your layer palette by choosing '1' on layer link toggle.
Doing so, you're able to move the wordart to any position on your tag.
 
4.  Open tube of choice. C/P as a new layer. Duplicate your tube 'n close this duplicate layer for now.
On original tube layer, Layers ~ Load Mask from disc ~ find 20/20 mask.
Choose Fit to Layer, source luminance 'n hide all mask. Apply.
Merge group. Drop opacity of this tube layer to 52. This nicely blends the tube with your background.
 
 5.  Unhide the duplicate copy of your tube and on this layer, using your selection tool,
choose 'square' in drop down menu, feather 0.
Draw a selection around the face of your tube, approx. 146 x 146.
On your layer palette, right click 'n promote this selection to layer.
Selections ~ none.
Back to the duplicate tube copy layer, make another square selection approx 113 x 113 px.
on your tube 'n promote this selection to layer again.
Selections none.  Move this layer below the first promoted selection only if these overlap (like my selections did.)
Give both promoted selections a nice blurry D/S, setting 6/8/50/10 blur, color black
DELETE the duplicate copy layer of your tube.
 
6. To make a white frame around these promoted selections, draw another
square selection around the promoted selections. Add a new raster layer 'n flood fill white.
Selections ~ modify ~ contract by 7 px ~ press delete.  Selections ~ none.
Repeat this for the smaller promoted selection. If desired, D/S these white frames with a light setting or 0/1/50/4 blur, black
 
7.  Open clock element 37, resize 25%, C/P as a new layer and drop opacity to 20. Move where desired
and placing it below the promote selections made above.
Add element 25 ~ 20%, element 29 ~ 20%,
open element 36, draw a selection around the second WinterTime wordart from the left to include flower,
C/P as a new layer and resize it 50%. Place wordart around the smaller brown frame.
From element 36, draw selection around individual flowers and C/P as new layers,
placing them in various areas of your tag. Resize to your liking.
 
8.  Using EyeCandy 5 ~ Nature ~ Snow drift ~ find setting for SMALL ~ FIRST FLAKES under settings tab 'n apply.
Add this snow to any elements you desire ie. leaves, twig 'n brown frames.
Resize tag at this point if desired using 90% smartsize.
 
 9.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 
Merge all flatten and save as a JPEG or close white bg, merge visible and save as a PNG. 
 
 Hope you enjoy your new blended tag!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Felt Christmas



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 gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE
FTU Felt Christmas Scrap kit elements found HERE and papers HERE
Christmas mask by me found HERE
Supplies HERE
Animation shop
Font for name is Edit Undo Dot BRK found HERE
 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open a new transparent image 650 x 625 px. Flood fill white
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select all
Open paper 6, copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections ~ none
Sharpen once.
Open my Christmas mask and minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find chas13mask ~ apply.
Merge group.
 
2. Open frame of choice, resize to 500 px wide, c/p as a new layer.
Using magic wand, click inside frame, selections ~ modify ~ expand by 5 px
Open paper 5, resized to 600 px wide, c/p as a new layer
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ do not deselect yet.
Move paper layer below frame.
Colorize this paper using Hue 2, Saturation 131
With selection still selected ~ invert selection 'n add a new raster layer and flood fill this layer with color #441916
Selections ~ none.
Change the blend mode of this color layer to MULTIPLY and drop opacity to approx 68.
Add a nice blurry D/S to the frame only using 0/0/80/20 blur, color black.
 
3.  Open both tree elements, resize one 25% and other 30%. C/P as new layers below paper layer
one each on either side of the frame. D/S both trees with 1/1/50/5 blur, color black
 
4.  Open cloud, found in supplies, C/P as a new layer above lower part of frame.
Open main tube of choice.  C/P as a new layer below the cloud but above the frame layer.
Duplicate tube layer. Adjust ~ blur ~ gaussian blur ~ radius 3. Change blend mode to soft light 'n drop opacity to approx 56.
Sharpen the original tube layer using Adjust ~ Sharpness ~ unsharp mask ~ radius 1, strength 30, clipping 3, luminance only checked. Apply.
 
5.  Now personalize your tag with various elements. Add two snowmen couples, resized 10%, behind frame. D/S using last setting.
Add more elements above cloud layer, drop shadowing each as you paste.
Snowman-2 ~ 20%, wagon 15%, christmas bells 10%, snowmen cluster 10%, hearts resized to liking, tag of choice resized to 5%.
If using same tube, erase part of her shoes to make it appear shes standing in the cloud (snow).
Duplicate cloud and place behind tube for added effect if desired.
 
6.  Add name to tag using font Edit Undo Dot with bg color #441916.
 
 7. If you wish to resize tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
 
 Add copyright, URL & watermark. Remember to save your work as you go.
 
To animate:
 
Close off white background and close off ALL layers above frame, including frame.
Copy MERGED these bottom layers and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.
Duplicate to equal 10 frames to match # of frames in snow ani. Edit ~ select all ~ propagate paste.
 
Open snow animation (found in supplies) in A/S, edit ~ select all ~ copy. Drag the first frame of snow ani over the first frame of the bg ani.
Center over the paper layer.  View animation to check for errors.
 
Back to PSP, close off all the layers below the frame
and open all layers above frame including frame. Copy MERGED all upper layers.
 
Back to A/S, paste as a new animation, duplicating for a total of 10 frames. Edit ~ select all ~ copy.
Drag first frame of this top ani over first frame of bottom ani placing so that the frame covers the edges of the snow animation.
 
View animation, if happy, change frame properties to opaque ~ white.
Optimize and save as a .gif.
Hope you enjoy your new gorjuss Christmas creation!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Tutorial ~ One Of A Kind



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.
Tubes of choice, preferably one with a close-up image. I am using the brilliant artwork of Tyson McAdoo. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Template 281 by Missy of Divine Intentionz found HERE Thank you, Missy! ♥ Please leave her some luv!
Plugins:   EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Unplugged Tools ~ Interlace
 Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Toadies ~ Ommadawn
Font for the name is FFFUrban found HERE
 
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open template 281. Press Shift + D. Close original template.
Delete copyright layer on layer palette.
Image ~ canvas size ~ 650 x 625 ~ centered. Open white background layer and flood fill completely white.
 
2.  On glittered oval layer, add dropshadow of 1/1/49/4 blur, color black
(we will be using this D/S setting throughout the tutorial)
 
3.  Select pink oval layer, select ALL, float, defloat,
modify selections ~ smooth ~ smoothing amt =10, corner scale =10, both anti-alias & preserve corners CHECKED
Add a new raster layer.
On material palette, set foreground to #e1cf8f, background #705b3a. Set foreground to gradient ~ angle 45, repeat 1, invert UNchecked.
Flood fill the selection with this gradient.
Selections ~ none.
 
4.  Choose black circle layer, select ALL, float, defloat, open close-up tube of choice.
If using same tube, mirror and resize 90% smart-size.
C/P as a new layer. Center as desired. Selections ~ invert ~ delete.
Selections ~ none.
Drop opacity of this tube layer to approx. 50%.
Choose the black circle layer again, using eyecandy 4000, gradient glow
glow width 3.25, soft corners 25, overall opacity 100%
with color setting #e1cf8f as below:
 
 
 
Using magic wand, mode ~ add(shift), tolerance 10, feather 0,
click on this gradient glow you just added,
adjust ~ add/remove noise ~ add noise 40% uniform, monochrome checked.
Selections ~ none. D/S.
 
5.  On white shape layer, use plugin Unplugged Tools ~ Interlace ~ setting 2,127,1,0
 D/S.
 
6.  Open main tube of choice, copy n paste as a new layer.
Add same gradient glow as earlier to this tube and D/S.
 
7.  On wordart layer, adjust hue/saturation to 26/81.
Duplicate this word art layer and change the blend mode of the copy layer to MULTIPLY
Lock these two layers together by pressing on the 'lock' on the layer palette for both wordart layers to '1'
Move the word layer to desired position on tag.
No need to D/S the wordart layers.
 
8.  Choose the Star 1 layer, using brightness/contrast, change the brightness to -255, contrast 0.
Add the same gradient glow as above to this star layer. D/S
Repeat this step with the Star 2 layer.
Duplicate these star layers as many times as desired (see reference tag).
 
9. If you wish to add your name to large oval layer as seen on reference tag,
use font FFFUrban sz 10, anti-alias unchecked.
Type your name in black or color of choice for background, as the top most layer
Center name to tag by using object ~ align ~ center in canvas.
Convert to raster layer.
Using Mura's Meister ~ copies ~ tiling ~ standard setting but be sure tile gap is set to 1.
Apply.
Move this layer on layer palette, above your gradient layer.
Set blend mode to Luminance (L) and lower opacity to 53.
Choose the pink oval layer again, Select ALL, float, defloat, selections ~ invert
back to your name text layer, press delete. Selections ~ none.
 
10.  Close off white background layer, copy MERGED all layers
Open the white background layer, and paste the Merged layers as a new layer above your white background.
Move this merged layer to center it beneath all other tube layers, then adjust blur ~ gaussian blur ~ radius 15
Using Toadies ~ Ommadawn ~ standard setting or 17,16,234,17
Apply.
 This filter leaves black crosshairs on your image. If you wish to make those crosshairs
transparent as I did, magnify your working image by scrolling the center wheel on your mouse
so image is magnified 150% or greater.
Using the magic wand, click anywhere on a black crosshair on this ommadown layer.
When correctly done, all the crosshairs will be selected.
Press delete on your keyboard. Selections ~ none.
Voila!
 
 
11.  Add your copyright, URL and watermark.
 Merge all flatten save as a .JPEG or close white bg, merge visible and save as a .PNG
 
 
 Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Peaceful Feeling



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 amazing artwork of Sonia Roji. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
This particular tube can be found under the FREE PSP tubes section ;)
Freebie Scrap kit by NewLife's Dreams called Peaceful Feeling found HERE Thank you so much! I love this mini-kit! ♥
Cloud supplied HERE
Font for name is FFFUrban found HERE
 
Another quickie tut for you!
 
 * * * * *
 
 1.  Open up a new transparent image 625 x 625 pixels and flood fill white.
Open doodle element, resize to 500 px wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
 
2.  Open leaf element, resize to 500 px. in height.
Copy 'n paste as a new layer, moving slightly down and to left.
 
3. Open overlay, resize to 600 px in height, copy 'n paste as a new layer above leaf.
 
4. Open butterflies, resize to 600 px in height, copy 'n paste as a new layer
Duplicate this butterfly layer, resize it approx 90% and move copy layer to right
and original layer to left.
 
5.  Open wordArt 2 element, resize to 600 px wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Reduce opacity to 46%.
 
6.  Open ribbon element, resize to 550 px in width, copy 'n paste as a new layer
 
7. Open tube of choice, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
To make it appear her feet are wrapped inside the ribbon, duplicate tube layer
and move duplicate copy layer below ribbon layer.
Erase uppermost tube layer around the ankles and across midriff.
 
You may add a drop shadow to the duplicate tube layer if desired OR
as I did, duplicate the bottom most tube layer
and on original duplicate tube copy layer, use Adjust blur ~ Gaussian blur ~ radius 2 or 3.
 
8.  Open cloud layer, copy 'n paste as a new layer between the two uppermost tube layers.
 
9.  Add your copyright, URL, watermark & name.
 
To make name as mine above, using FFFUrban font, sz 10, anti-alias UNchecked, in Fill color of choice or #71290b.
 type your name six or eight times on one line, 'highlight' the line
and paste it beneath the original line in the text box
to make six or eight lines of the same text.
Apply and convert to raster layer.
Using eraser, find preset fuzz soft, erase some of the edges of your name text to make it appear to fade outward.
 
10.  Merge all flatten save as a .JPEG or close white bg and merge visible, save as a .PNG
 
 
Hope you enjoy your new tag!