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Monday, April 19, 2010

New Tutorial ~ April Sun

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 Psyco Jimi found HERE You do need a license to use his work.
  Freebie April SunChallenge minikit by Kim La Designs found HERE for a limited time. Thank you! ♥
Font for signature tag is Bank Gothic Md BT
Font for avatar is Ability Black, a payfont.
Optional:  Filter Mura's Meister ~ Copies
This is a forum signature/avatar tutorial.
Feel free to use any scrap kit, tube of choice.
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 1.  Open a new transparent image 530 x 300 px wide or any size you prefer.
The avatar size is approx 125 x 125.
We will be making the signature tag. You can use the same idea for your avatar tag.
On your signature image, selections ~ select all.
Open aprilsun paper and using rectangular selection, draw a rectangle the approx shape of your signature image, as below:
C/P 'into the selection'. Selections ~ none. Sharpen.
2. Open the sun, resize 20%. C/P. 
Open the wordart overlay. Resize 12%.  C/P, moving slightly to right.
Open tree, resize 15%, C/P, moving to left.
Open flowers 5, resize 12%, C/P, moving to left.
Open flower sh, resize 5%, C/P as many as desired. 
3. Open tube of choice, C/P. Drop opacity of tube layer to approx 47%.
Select wordart overlay layer 'n erase part of this layer that extends to the left of your tube so it appears to overlap with flowers 5 layer.
Add any other elements of choice.
4. Merge all layers visible. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with color # ffffcc.
Selections ~ select All ~ contract 5 px. Delete. Selections ~ none.
Add noise to this frame using monochrome uniform ~ 35.  Sharpen.
Add a D/S of 1/1/59/4 blur color # 404040.
You may repeat this D/S with -1/-1/59/4 blur color # 404040.
5.. If you wish to add name as above. Use Bank Gothic Md BT, sz 40, alias ~ sharp. Foreground nil, background white.
Type name ~ Object ~ horizontal center in canvas.
Duplicate. Using Mura's Meister ~ Copies ~ select preset 'Line' ~ standard settings except change number to 5. Apply.
Drop opacity of this layer to approx 47%.
6.  Add copyright & watermark. Merge visible and save as a PNG.
Apply same principle to your avatar.
Hope you enjoy your signature/avatar set.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Tutorial ~ C'est Ma Terre

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 or one included in kit.
  PTU 'C'est ma terre' Scrap kit by Scrapment Votre found HERE. Thank you! ♥
April Showers Cluster Frame by Raspberry Roads found HERE Thank you! ♥
Raspberry Roads April Showers Add-On Freebie found HERE
Word art by Nathy found HERE Thank you! ♥
Font of choice or one I used called Segoe Script, a pay font.
Remember my tutorial is a mere guide.
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 1.  Open a new transparent image 625 x 625 px wide. Flood fill white.
Open the Raspberry Roads cluster, resize 600 px wide. C/P on working image.
Center as desired.
If using a dark background, the water ripple on the cluster has a hard edge on the left.
Simply use the eraser tool, sz 150, step 5, density 100, opacity 100 and erase this hard edge softly.
2.  Open element 58, resize 550 px wide. C/P above white background.
Open element 40, resize 500 px. C/P. Drop opacity to approx 75%. Duplicate ~ mirror.
Move copy to right 'n slightly lower.
Open element 24 ( green house) resize to 400 px high. C/P
3.  Open the lily pad element from the RP Add-On kit, resize to 520 px wide. C/P
Open the wordart of choice. resize to 450 px wide. C/P
If using a black background, you may use the wordart (recolored) below instead.
Just right click and save as, then erase copyright layer.
4. To personalize your tag, add any elements of choice, resized as desired.
I won't give you resize details as I'd love to see your creativity emerge here.
5.  To add your name to cupped leaf as I have done, use the pen tool to draw a freehand curve following the spine of the leaf as seen below.
Select pen tool. On color palette, choose white for foreground, close background fill.
Select freehand on toolbar, tracking 10, create on vector, line style solid line, width 1 or 2, anti-alias checked.
Click on text tool, the vector becomes visible, move cursor over white pen line til you see a cresent-shaped 'A' beneath the cross-hairs.
Use font of choice, sz 26, alias ~ smooth, foreground color nil, fill color white, type name.
On the layer palette, the Vector1 will show up with a + sign next to it. click on this + sign and it opens in layers.
The white pen line is the bottom layer called new path, simply close it off, then right click on vector layer 'n choose convert to raster layer.
The pen line should disappear.
Add a nice D/S of 1/1/59/4 blur color # 004000.
6.  Add copyright & watermark.
7.  Close white background ~ select any tube layer ~ merge visible.
Use crop tool ~ snap crop rectangle to: merged opaque.
click on center to apply.  Save as a PNG.
Hope you enjoy your new fairyland tag.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Angel Of Mine

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 face tube.
 I am using the sexy artwork of Keith Garvey. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Angel of Mine Template49 by Punky Butts found HERE
Sparkles found by Punky Butts found HERE
Font of choice or one I used called Fair N Square found HERE
No filters required.
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 1.  Open template 49, Shift + D to duplicate. Close original template.
Delete top credit layer and bottom blue strip layer.
If you wish to use a black background, add a new raster layer
above the bottom white bg layer and flood fill black.
Resize all layers to 650 px wide.
2. Open sparkles1, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer
above the black bg. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ arrange.
3.  Arrange the hearts1 layer in straight line with hearts 2 layer, then merge down to each other.
Add noise ~ random ~ 45 ~ monochrome UNchecked.
Float ~ defloat ~ modify expand by 2 ~ add a new raster layer, flood fill white. Deselect.
Move white layer below hearts layer. D/S 2/2/50/5 blur, black.
4. Select dots layer ~ sharpen once.
Select heart right ~ adjust brightness/contrast to -255/0.
Do same for heart left.
On heart right layer, float ~ defloat ~ invert.
Open face tube, C/P as a new layer ~ arrange ~ delete ~ deselect.
Do same for heart left layer.
5.  On each of the tube layers added, duplicate ~ adjust gaussian blur ~ 1 and
 change blend mode on duplicate layer to 'soft light' and reduce opacity to 75%.
On right heart frame, add noise ~ same setting as above. D/S as above.
Do same for left heart frame.
6.  Select large black center circle layer, using magic wand, tolerance 10, select black area only.
Modify selection ~ feather inside 15 ~ invert selection.
Open face tube again, C/P, arrange ~ delete ~ deselect.
This should nicely feather the edges of the tube.
Duplicate tube layer ~ adjust ~ gaussian blur ~ 1.
Change blend mode to soft light. On original tube layer, change blend mode to Luminance (L)
7.  Select black center circle layer again, using magic wand, select the blue crescent area of this layer.
Selections ~ modify ~ smooth ~ both settings on 10.
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with color #f9aec5. Deselect.
Using effects ~ texture ~ weave ~ settings 1, 5, 6  color white and fill white. Fill gap checked.
D/S. Move this pink crescent layer above the two center tube layers.
8.  Select the lil hearts layer. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip. Merge down.
Float ~ defloat ~ modify ~ expand by 2 ~ add a new raster layer, flood fill white. Deselect.
Move this white layer below the pink hearts. D/S.
Add noise to the lil pink heart layer if desired.
9.  Select pbs wordart layer ~ using adjust brightness/contrast ~ +255/0. Add noise to this layer ~ D/S.
On blue wordart layer, adjust brightness/contrast to -255/0. Add noise ~ sharpen once.
10.  Open main tube ~ C/P as a new layer. See above reference tag for placement.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate layer BELOW both wordart layers.
Select main tube original layer and erase part of her left leg to make it appear she is stepping over the wordart.
Duplicate this tube layer ~ change blend mode to soft light.
Select the duplicate tube layer (below the wordart layers) ~ duplicate ~ change blend mode to soft light.
D/S the original duplicate tube layer only.
11. Add your name in pink color #f9aec5. Add noise.
Float ~ defloat ~ modify ~ expand by 2 ~ add new raster layer. Flood fill black 'n move
this layer below your pink name layer. D/S
Add copyright & watermark.
Close black and white backgrounds ~ select any tube layer ~ merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
Hope you enjoy your new tag.