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Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Merry Christmas

 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
 Artist tube. I am using the Amazing artwork of Carlos Diez. He used to sell with CILM but is no longer. Feel free to use another tube.
FTU scrap kit by Pink Princess Scraps found HERE Thank you, Vicki! ♥
Mask by Monti called Monti's Circle Mask found HERE Thank you, Monti! ♥ *scroll down*
Supplies HERE includes snow animation
Plugin: Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Optional: EyeCandy 5 ~ Nature ~ Snow Drift
Animation shop
Font used for wordart is Windsong found HERE
 Font used for name is Mon Amour Script Pro, a pay font
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1. Open a new transparent image 650 x 650 pixels, flood fill white if desired.
Add a new raster layer, select All
Open paper 5, copy 'n paste into the selection on your working image.

Open Monti's circle mask, minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find the mask (source luminance checked) and apply.
Merge group.

2.  Open element 29 (xmas tree) and C/P. Move to right hand side.
Open bridge, resize 65%. C/P to left side of tag.
C/P shrub found in supplies.
C/P wagon wheel. Resize 65%.
Using pick tool (deformation tool) on the wagon wheel, hold down 'shift' key and with cursor, click on node on left upper corner,
drag inwards to simulate wheel is at an angle (see reference tag).
Mirror wheel 'n place as desired.

3. C/P main tube. Place so she appears to be sitting on rail of bridge.
Duplicate tube. On original tube layer, use affects ~ blur ~ gaussian blur ~ radius 3.
This affect is in place of a drop shadow.

4. Add other elements of choice.
Deer 60%, plough 75%, single poinsettia 25%.
To change color of poinsettia, adjust hue 3, saturation 245.
Then adjust brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ strength of 3. Apply twice.

Optional: to add 'snow' to deer, poinsettia or your tube, use EyeCandy 5 ~ Nature ~ Snowdrift
on the preset Small, first flakes. Apply.

5.  To add wordart layer, choose topmost layer, use font Windsong, sz 48. Fill color # 8c0f03.
Type "Merry Christmas". Image rotate 12 degrees to left.
Object align ~ center in canvas.
Convert to raster layer.
Using Mura's Meister ~ copies ~ setting ~ tiling. Apply.
Using same mask as earlier, apply mask to wordart layer. Merge group.
Move this layer down, just above the paper masked layer, below tree.

6. If you wish to resize tag, do so now using smartsize.
Add copyright, URL, watermark & name in same color as above.
Delete white background if you added one, merge visible ~ save as a PNG.

Or if you wish to animate:
7.  Close white background (if you added one),
Edit ~ copy MERGED
Paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.
Duplicate frame for a total of 10 frames (to match # of frames in snow animation).
Edit ~ select All ~ select Propagate Paste.

Open snow animation of choice in A/S.

Note:  I supplied two snow animations, one is square. Perfect if using a white background in forums.
One snow animation is circle-shaped to match the mask used in this tutorial.

Open snow animation, edit ~ select All ~ select copy.
Drag frame 1 of snow animation over frame 1 of tag.
Preview animation by choosing 'View'.
If happy, change animation properties to Opaque ~ white or color of choice.
Optimize ~ save as as a GIF.
 Hope you enjoy your Christmas creation!

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