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Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Memories



  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 Sonia Roji. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
Freebie Memoir/Keepsake Cluster Frame by Raspberry Roads found HERE
Supplies found HERE
Mask20/20 found HERE
Font used is Portfolio Regular, a payfont
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 575 px. Flood fill white.
Open the cluster frame, crop MERGED opaque, resize 600 px wide
C/P as a new layer.
Draw a point-to-point selection beyond the book window. Add a new raster layer,
move it below the frame, and flood fill with #93a364. Keep selected.
C/P tube of choice. Invert selection 'n delete. Deselect.
Duplicate tube ~ Effects ~ Blur ~ Gaussian Blur ~ radius 3.
Change blend mode to soft light.
 
2.  Add a new raster layer above the white bg. Flood fill with #93a364.
Open EBDMask52, minimize. Apply mask. Merge group.
Duplicate mask ~ merge down.
Open mask20/20, minimize. Apply mask ~ merge group.
 
3.  Add antique roses, resized 50%. Add antique books, D/S 1/-1/45/4 blur, color black.
C/P wordart supplied adding it above the masked layer.
 
4.  Add copyright, watermark & name.
Delete white bg, merge visible and save as a PNG
 
Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Faces Of Garv


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 close-up face tubes of choice.
I am using the sexy artwork of Keith Garvey. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Freebie Cluster Frame/Wordart called A La Faveur de l'automne by Fanette found HERE
Plugin: Xero ~ Radiance
Animation Shop
Font used is Aurora Script
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 625 px. Flood fill white.
 Open the cluster frame/wordart ~ crop Merged Opaque ~ then resize 600 px wide. C/P, move slightly down 'n to right.
Using selection tool, point-to-point, draw a selection beyond inside of grapevine wreath.
Fill with paper of choice, or add a new raster layer and fill with color of choice. I used black.
Keep selection, making sure it's below frame.
Open four tubes, resize if needed, C/P each tube above black bg, invert selection 'n deleting for each tube layer.
Deselect. Apply Xero ~ Radiance ~ setting: 205/10/8/223 to each tube layer.
Rename tube layers, from bottom, tube 1, tube 2, tube 3 and tube 4.
 
If you wish to resize, do so now 85-90% smartsize.
 
 2.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name
 
3. To Animate:
Delete white background *
Close off tubes 2, 3, & 4, leaving tube 1 open, copy ~ MERGED
Paste in A/S as a new animation
 
Back to PSP, close tube 1, open tube 2, copy MERGED, paste in A/S after current frame.
 
Back to PSP, close tube 2, open tube 3, copy MERGED, paste in A/S after current frame.
 
Back to PSP, close tube 3, open tube 4, copy MERGED, paste in A/S after current frame.
 
Now working in A/S only,
 
copy frame 1 and paste it after frame 4. You now have 5 frames in total.
 
Select frame 1, Effects ~ Insert Image Transition ~ Fade, setting below:
  
 
 click OK.
 
Select frame 7, apply image transition fade, same settings
 
Select frame 13, apply image transition fade, same settings
 
Select frame 19, apply image transition fade, same settings
 
You should have a total of 25 frames in A/S.
 
Cntrl A to select all frames, change animation properties to color of choice or color black.
Also, change frame properties to 25.
Click on Frame 1, change frame property to 30. Select Frame 25, change frame property to 30.
Click on Frame 7, change frame properties to 60.  Do same for frame 13 and frame 19.
 
View your animation. If happy, optimize and save as a .gif.
 
Tip:  if your animation is too large in file size, you can Cntrl A (select all frames)
and under animation, cull animation to read 
" remove 1 frame for every 5  
resulting in a total of 20 frames instead of the original 25.
Remember to cull your animation BEFORE optimizing.
Hope this helps you!
 
Hope you enjoy your animation! :+)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Made With 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 beautiful artwork of Jose A Cano. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Freebie Urbanites Cluster Frame by Raspberry Roads found HERE
Masked wordart by Nae found in her tut of same name HERE (second masked wordart) from the kit by Jaelop called Made With Love
Thank you, Nae for permission to share! ♥
Wordart 3D by Jaelop found HERE Thank you, Jaelop! ♥
Optional Plugin: Cybia ~ Screenworks
Font of choice.
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 625 px. Flood fill white.
 Open the cluster frame ~ crop Merged Opaque ~ then resize 600 px high. C/P as a new layer.
Add a new raster layer, using selection tool, draw a point-to-point selection just inside the outer edge of the frame.
Flood fill with #a91b23. Deselect. Use plugin Cybia ~ Screenworks ~ Hollow Dot setting.
Move this layer below frame.
 
2.  Open masked wordart by Nae, colorize white by using Adjust Brightness/Contrast 255/0 if using a black bg or 'as is' if using a white bg.
C/P as a new layer above your background.
Drop opacity to 66.
 
3.  Open tube of choice, C/P as a new layer above the hollow dot layer.
Using eraser tool, carefully erase the bottom portion of tube that extends beyond frame.
Duplicate tube ~ move this tube above frame 'n erase any parts of the tube that you want behind the frame.
D/S the original tube layer 1/-1/59/blur 7 color black
 
4.  Open Jaelop wordart ~ resize 450 px wide.
Using selection tool again, draw a selection around the black wording 'Made With Love' ~ right click on layer within layer palette 'n promote layer to a selection.
Do not deselect yet. 
Back to original wordart layer, press delete. Deselect now. The wordart is now in two seperate layers.
Select the "LOVE" wordart layer ~ colorize ~ Hue 254, Saturation 185 and brightness -20/ contrast 0.
C/P the LOVE wordart on your working image.
C/P the Made With Love wordart and place as desired.
  
 5.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name
 
 Delete white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your creation! :+)

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Naughty 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 Jose A. Cano. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Freebie scrapkit called Colors of Love by Shabby Pickle Designs dated January 22, 2010. Thank you, Erika! ♥
WSL Mask 10 by Chelle found HERE or any heart mask of choice
Grunge brushes of choice. I don't know where I found the brushes I used
but HERE is a link with some Grunge PSP brushes that are very similar
Plugin: Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Font for name is FFF Urban found HERE
 
This will be another quickie tut for you!
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 625 x 575 px. Flood fill white.
Open LOVE wordart, resize 600 px wide. C/P.
 
2. Open tube of choice, C/P on top of wordart. Arrange.
When happy, duplicate tube layer. On original layer, adjust ~ Blur ~ Gaussian blur ~ radius 3.
 
3. Open flower, resize 15%. C/P. Duplicate ~ resize 75%. Duplicate again. Arrange behind wordart layer.
 
4.  Open swirled brush element from kit, resize 625 px wide. C/P as a new layer above white bg.
Add a new raster layer and apply grunge brushes of choice
in colors #e79bc3 & # d34e92.
 
5.  Open butterfly, resize 10%, C/P & rotate with pick tool as desired. Sharpen once.
 
6.  Select uppermost layer, using FFF urban font, sz 10, foreground nil, fill color # d34e92
type your name ~ object ~ align ~ center of canvas ~ convert to raster layer.
Using Plugin Mura's Meister ~ copies ~ tiling setting: standard setting except change Tile Gap to 2.  Apply.
Open heart mask of choice or WSL_mask 10, minimize.
On name layer ~ Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find WSL_mask10 ~ apply.
Move this masked name layer on your layer palette above the white bg.
 
If you wish to resize your tag, do so now using 90% smartsize.
 
7.  Add copyright, URL, and watermark.
 
 Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your naughty tag!

A Great Tutorial Website

Here is a wonderful tutorial link featuring spotlight tuts and so much more: Tutorial Stalker A great idea and a wonderful resource for you taggers. Have a peek!
Enjoy!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Love Yourself



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 Gennadiy Koufay. You can purchase a license to use his art at CILM.
FTU cluster frame called I Am Waiting found HERE Look under January 9, 2010 (one page previous). Thank you, Mary! ♥
 Wordart by Beaches found HERE Thank you, Beaches! ♥
Gems Mask127 found HERE Thank you, Gems! ♥
Optional Plugin: VM Natural ~ Sparkle
Font for name is Caramel Crunch ROB, a payfont.
 
 
 * * * * *
 
1.   Open the cluster frame ~ resize to 600 x 600 px.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill white, move below cluster frame.
Add a new raster layer above the white bg, flood fill with color of choice or #b08ea7.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find gemsmask127 'n apply.
Merge Group.
Optional:  use plugin VM Natural ~ Sparkle ~ setting: 13, 255, 255, 255, 255, 142.
Offset cluster frame slightly to left.
 
2.  Using magic wand, tolerance 10, feather 0, click inside each of three small frames,
holding down the shift key while clicking inside the next frame.
Modify selections ~ expand by 10 px.
Add a new raster layer ~ flood fill with color of choice or #b08ea7. Do NOT deselect yet.
Move this layer below the frame. Open three tubes of choice, place one in top frame
Selections ~ Invert ~ delete.
Do the same for the next two frames, making sure tube is below the frame layer.
Selections ~ none.
 
3.  Select the last tube layer you added, merge down to previous tube, merge down again to last tube layer.
All three tubes are now on one layer. Duplicate this layer ~ Adjust ~ blur ~ Gaussian blur ~ radius 3.
Change the blend mode to soft light.
 
4.  Add main tube of choice.  If using same tube as above, using selection tool ~ freehand ~ feather setting 25
draw a jagged free selection around the bottom edge of the tube ~ delete ~ selections none. This nicely feathers the bottom of the tube.
 
5. Add wordart ~ Adjust Brightness/Contrast ~ 255/0.
 D/S 1/-1/39/5 blur color black.
 
 If desired, resize your tag at this point, 90% smartsize, all layers checked.
 
6. Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 
 Merge all flatten ~ save as a JPEG or delete white bg ~ merge visible and save as a PNG
 Hope you like your new creation!
Remember this tutorial is merely a guide. Use of other tubes,
colors, supplies is greatly encouraged. :=)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ohhhh Another Award ~ wo0t!

I had to use Google Translator to find out what this award means...."Tender Award" which I believe translates to a "Sweet Blog Award" or close to that! Thank you so much, Artmama! How sweet of you! I'll pass this award onto: Twinky of Twinky Dezines Farrah of Farrah's Designer Scraps QueenBrat of Bits 'n Pieces of QBD Seachell Scrapz and Elizabeth of Jorgie's Place Congrats Ladies! ♥

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Forlorn Valentine



 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the stunning artwork of Natnkda. You can purchase a license to use her work HERE.
FTU Valentine's Day Scrap kit by Cajoline-Scrap found HERE Thank you! ♥
Valentine Wordart by Laura's Designz found HERE Thank you Laura! ♥
Heart Burst Mask by Essex Girl found HERE. Thank you! ♥
and mask436 by Vix found HERE. Thank you Vix! ♥
EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name only
 Font used for name is TK Doodle, a pay font.
 
 
 * * * * *
 
1. Open a new transparent image 650 x 575 pixels, flood fill white. This will be our working image.
Open another transparent image 539 x 559 px Flood fill with color #907400.
Open heart mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find heartburst mask 'n apply.
Merge group. C/P on working image.
Effects ~ texture effect ~ weave ~ 1,12, 2, weave & gap color white, fill gaps checked. OK
Add a new raster layer above mask layer, flood fill with red color again #907400
Open mask436 by Vix, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image, find mask 436 'n apply. Merge group.


2.  Open ornate frame, resize 40%. C/P. Duplicate twice more for 3 frames. Arrange.
On two outer frames, rotate ~ free rotate 5 degrees to left or right for each frame.
See reference tag.
Sharpen frame after rotating, using ~ Adjust Sharpen ~ unsharp mask ~ 1/35/2 Luminance checked.
Using magic wand, click in center of frame ~ modify selections ~ expand by 5 px.
Open paper2, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer below frames.
Selections ~ invert ~ press delete on keyboard. Selections ~ none.
Do this for all 3 frames, making sure paper layer is below frame for each.
D/S the frame with a heavy setting or 8/8/50/20 blur color black.

3.  Open tube or image, C/P as a new layer for middle frame, pasting below frame.
Select paper that fits in center frame ~ select all ~ float/defloat ~ invert.
Back to tube/image layer ~ press delete to remove excess. Selections ~ none.

4.  Open tube of choice, C/P, resize if necessary.  D/S  2/2/50/10 blur color black
Now add elements of choice, D/S with above setting, arranging on different layers.
Giftbox ~ 20%, wordart 70%, bow 25%, crystal heart 25%, cloth flower ~ one 50%, another 65%
For red bow, use freehand selection tool ~ point-to-point to draw a selection around right portion of bow 'n delete.
Using Lighten/Darken tool on left menu bar, right click with mouse on bow edge (edge that was deleted) to darken.
This makes it appear to hug the frame.

If you wish to resize, do so now ~ 90% smartsize.

5.  Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name use same red color as above, adding a gradient glow in color black.
as below:


 



D/S name, close white background, merge visible, crop merged opaque 'n save as a PNG.

 
 Hope you enjoy your Valentine creation!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

WordArt by Me

I made this wordart ages ago 'n thought I'd share
it with you all.
click HERE
to download.
Hope you find a use for it.
Enjoy!

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Friday, January 8, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Snail's Pace



This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Selina Fenech. You can purchase a license to use her art at CILM.
FTU cluster frame by Irene Alexeeva found HERE
Round mask of choice or mask20/20 found HERE
Plugins: Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation
Filters Unlimited2 ~ Render
 Font for name is Portfolio Regular, a payfont
 
 * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image 625 x 625 pixels and flood fill white.
Open tube of choice, choose two colors to make a gradient.
A soft green for foreground #C6d097 and a soft pink for bg #fae4e0.
Select gradient in foreground ~ linear, angle 45, repeats 1.
Flood fill layer.
Open mask 'n minimize. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find mask 20/20 and apply.
On layer palette, duplicate mask, then merge group.
Apply Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation with following setting:

A


Duplicate this layer if desired.
 
2.  Open cluster frame, resize 625 px wide, C/P.
Erase any bubbles that are too close to the edge of working image.
Using selection tool, freehand ~ point-to-point, draw a selection beyond the inside of the frame.
Add a new raster layer,
choose two colors to make a new gradient. I used a soft green color and white.
Flood fill this layer with same gradient setting as above.
Move this layer below frame.
Using Filters Unlimited2 ~ Render ~ choose fore/background color clouds
setting: cloud type 162, gamma 102.
Selections ~ none.
D/S the frame with a light setting 1/-1/45/5 blur, color #404040
 
3.  Open tube of choice, C/P above the gradient layer.
If you wish part of the tube to extend beyond the frame, duplicate tube layer,
move this copy above the frame and erase any parts that you don't want extending outside the frame.
D/S the original tube layer.

 4.  Add name in color of choice, apply same constellation effect to your name, then D/S.
 
5. Add your copyright, URL, and watermark.
Close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG
 I hope you enjoy your new creation!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Attention: Looking for New Tuts?

Hey Taggers! Looking for new tuts? Behold I've found a place for you... It's called the TUT Shop. Please have a look and tell them Chas sent you. I really think you'll be pleased as I am too. It's a great one-stop tut shop. :=) Enjoy! xoxo, Chas

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Precious Valentine


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof
Tube of choice.  I am using the artwork of Walter Girotto. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
Freebie Valentine Romantic kit by Ivy found HERE Thank you Ivy! ♥
Freebie doodle from Green & Purple minkit by Malina Design found HERE Thank you Malina! ♥
 Mask 20/20 found HERE.  Wordart by me HERE
Optional Plugin: VM Natural ~ Sparkle
Font for the name is P22 Zaner Two, a pay font.
 
  * * * * *
 
1. Open the extras 1 from Ivy's Romantic Valentine, resize 900 px wide.
Draw a freehand selection around the double heart/bow accent 'n delete it. Copy the vertical heart.

Open up a new transparent image 625 x 575 px, flood fill white. Paste ~ center.
Add a new raster layer ~ selections ~ select All.

Back to vertical heart layer, Image ~ crop to selection. This deletes any excess beyond the working image.
 Open the 20/20 mask, minimize.  Image ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find the mask 'n apply.
BEFORE merging group, duplicate the mask layer on your layer palette then merge group.

2.  Using magic wand, click in center of heart frame, modify selections ~ expand by 10.
Open paper2, resize 600 px. C/P as a new layer ~ selections invert ~ delete. Selections ~ none.
Move paper layer below vertical heart frame. Sharpen paper once.

3.  Open tube of choice. C/P as a new layer above the paper layer.
Apply the 20/20 mask to your tube layer.
Using eraser tool, setting FUZZ soft ~ sz 150, erase more of the tube around the outer edges if needed.

4. Back to vertical heart layer, D/S using 1/-1/45/5 blur, color #404040.
Optional, apply plugin VM Natural ~ Sparkle ~ setting 12, 255, 255, 255, 255, 142.

5.  Open the green doodle from Malina's kit, add a new raster layer, move beneath the doodle layer.
Flood fill white to better visualize the doodle. Back to doodle layer, erase some of the round circles that are cut-off in half (near outer edges).
Close white bg, resize doodle layer 25% and C/P back on working image,
above the white bg layer. Move to lower right corner. Drop opacity of doodle to approx. 75% on layer palette.
Duplicate ~ flip ~ mirror and resize duplicate 80%.


6. Add wordart supplied, copyright, URL, watermark & name.
For name, use fill color #bac7a0 with following inner bevel applied:
 
 

7.  Close white bg, merge visible, save as a PNG.


Voila!
 Hope you enjoy your Valentine creation!