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Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Pirate's Life


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 tube.
 I am using the brilliant artwork of Angela Newman which you can purchase at MPT.
FTU Ocean Solace Cluster Frame by Ellen found HERE Thank you, Ellen! ♥
Mask09
by Artmama found HERE dated 4/23/10. Thank you, Artmama! ♥
Wordart by Elegant Wordart found HERE Thank you, Bethany! ♥
Freebie Scrap Paper by Create Wings Designs & Catherine Designs found HERE Scroll down til you see download and use top R-C23 Addon Paper link.
Thank you so much CW Designs & Catherine Designs. ♥
Font used is Pieces of Eight found HERE
No plugins used.

This tut is dedicated to Lynda of Kreative Mindz Designz for being the inspiration for writing this tut.
She is one talented tagger and a wonderful friend. ♥
Thank you Lynda!


 
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1.  Load the mask09 into your masks folder 'n direct your PSP program to the same folder using File Locations.
Open the cluster frame, using crop tool ~ crop using Merged Opaque.
Resize 20% and then canvas size 750 x 650.
Move the cluster frame slightly downward on your canvas.

2.  Using your selection tool, draw a point-to-point selection beyond the ship's wheel opening.
Open your close-up tube, C/P as a new later, align ~ invert selection ~ delete ~ deselect.
Move tube layer below cluster frame.
Duplicate tube layer. On duplicate, adjust blur ~ gaussian blur of 1 ~ change blend mode to soft light.
Sharpen the original tube layer only.

3.  Add a new raster layer ~ move to bottom ~ flood fill white.
Open close up tube again ~ mirror ~ C/P as a new layer above white bg.
Layers ~ Load Mask from disc ~ find ArtmamaMask09
select source luminance, fit to layer and hide all mask.
Apply. Merge group. Move this masked layer so it appears her face is looking through the fence,
being careful to not cut off the top portion of the masked layer on your canvas.

4.  Use selection tool, point-to-point, draw a selection around the glass bottle 'n starfish seen in front of the whiskey barrel.
Use the center wheel on your mouse to magnify your working image to help visualize area selected.
Promote this selection to a layer by right clicking on your layers palette.
Copy the main tube 'n paste as a new layer between the cluster frame and the promoted bottle layer.
Erase the small pumpkin at the end of her stick.
D/S the tube layer only using 4/4/65/4blur, color black.


5.  Open wordart, resize 15%, C/P as topmost layer.
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert
Open paper R-C23 Addon Paper ~ resized to 500 px.
C/P as a new layer above your black wordart ~ align so two colors from paper fall with in the selection area (see reference tag)
press delete. Deselect.
Delete original black wordart layer. D/S the new wordart layer with same setting as above.

6.  Do the very same process for your name. Using black fill color only,
sz 120 for first letter of your name and sz 100 for remaining letters, type your name.
Convert to raster layer. Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert.
The scrap paper should still be on your clipboard so paste as a new layer. Delete. Deselect.
Delete original name layer and D/S new name layer.

If you wish to resize, do so now using 90-95% smartsize.

7.  Add copyright, URL and watermark.
Delete white background layer. Merge visible, crop MERGED OPAQUE and save as a PNG.
 
Aiyeeeeee! You've created your new pirate tag!
Hope you enjoy! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Autumn Thyme


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
  Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Amy Brown. You can purchase a license to use her art at CILM.
Freebie Cluster Frame by Ellen found HERE Thank you Ellen! ♥
FTU scrap kit by Raspberry Roads called Autumnn Thyme Add-on found HERE Thank you! ♥
WSL Mask 119 by Chelle found HERE Thank you Chelle! ♥
  Optional plugin:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ gradient glow for name only.Font used is Aquarelle found HERE


This will be another quickie tut.
 
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 1.  Open cluster frame. Resize 20%. Using crop tool ~ merged opaque ~ crop to approx size of 700 x 630 px. by stretching nodes on crop tool.
Add a new raster layer ~ move down below cluster frame. Select all
Open the Add-on papers PREVIEW ~ copy 'n paste into the selection. Select none. Sharpen.
Open WSL mask119, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image. Find mask 'n apply.
Merge group.  Resize masked layer by 105%.  Arrange slightly upward if needed.

2.  Using selection tool, draw a point-to-point selection beyond the inside of the grapevine wreath.
Open tube of choice. C/P as a new layer. Using eraser tool, erase the bottom of the tube that extends beyond the cluster frame.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate layer above the cluster frame. Erase any part of this tube layer that extends beyond the frame near bottom/sides again.
D/S using 4/4/60/4 blur, color black.

3.  Personalize tag with elements of choice, adding dropshadow as you go.
Sock ~ 20%, statice (golden twig flower) ~ 20%, gold leaf ~ 5%,
element 27 ~ 20% ~ sharpen
element 21 ~ using selection tool, trace around the stem 'n delete. Deselect.
Resize 10%.

4. To add name, choose font, foreground closed, fill color black,
type name, image rotate 12 degrees to left.
Convert to raster layer.
Add affect noise ~ random, 43, monochrome.
Using eyecandy 4000, gradient glow ~ glow width 3, soft corners 0, overall opacity 100%
choose fat setting but side second color slider to middle, color #dbc27b. Apply.
D/S.

5. Add your copyright, URL, & watermark.
Merge visible ~ save as a PNG.

Voila!
 I hope you enjoy your new autumn creation.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Tutorial ~ Autumn Delight


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 Uchakina Irina which you can purchase at MPT.
PTU Scrapkit by Mirella called Fallen in Love found HERE (find under designer Scrapity Scrap and More) or HERE (tagger size).
Thank you Mirella! ♥ Absolutely love this kit!
Font used is Astaroth WF, a payfont
No plugins.


 
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 600 px. Flood fill white.

Open element 66, the grapevine wreath, resize 85%. C/P as a new layer.
Using the selection tool, freehand point-to-point, draw a selection beyond the inside of the wreath.
Open paper 23, resize to 500px. C/P as a new layer.
Invert selection ~ delete ~ select none. Move the paper layer below the wreath.

D/S the wreath 2/2/69/4 blur, color black.

2.  Open element 5, circled ribbon. C/P as a new layer. Image ~ rotate 90 degrees to left. D/S.

3. Open element 21, basket. Resize 60%. C/P as a new layer. D/S.
To make the girl appear to be sitting in the basket,
draw a selection using your point-to-point selection tool,
as below:
 

Promote this selection to a new layer by right clicking on the basket layer on your material palette.
Important:  Lock the two basket layers together by choosing the layer link toggle on your material palette for both layers, changing the number to 1.

4.  Open tube of choice. C/P as a new layer between these two basket layers.

Using your eraser, erase any of the tube that extends beyond the bottom/sides of the basket (not the top).
Duplicate the tube layer. Move the duplicate layer above the promoted basket selection layer.

To make her elbows appear to extend outside the basket,
avoid erasing her elbows by using the point-to-point selection tool and draw a selection
carefully around both elbows (you may magnify your working image by using the center wheel on your mouse to help visualize the area)
and continuing to draw around the bottom of the tube to delete, thereby unhiding the basket layer below.
D/S the upper tube layer using 2/3/69/9 blur, color black 'n ticking the drop shadow on a New Layer box.
Erase any undesired dropshadow with the eraser tool.

5.  Now to personalize your tag, add any elements of choice.
element 19 ~ 25%, element20 ~ 25%, element23 ~ 50% (duplicate ~ mirror),
element17~ 45%, element18 ~ 75% (rotate 90 degrees left),
element28 ~ 100%, element (duplicate ~ mirror),
element32 ~ 75%, element34 ~ 80%, element40 ~ 100%, element44 ~ 75%,
element45 ~ 100%, element47 ~ 50%, element54 ~ 75%,
element50 ~ cut out individual leaves using selection tool, resize as desired.
element60 ~ 35%, element60 ~ 50%. Sharpen.
D/S all elements added using 2/2/69/4 blur, color black, making sure to 'untick' the shadow on new layer box.

6. Add element42 ~ 100% C/P as new layer above your white background layer. Move to top left.
Duplicate ~ mirror. Duplicate again ~ flip.
Rotate leaves as desired.
Do not D/S.

7.  Add copyright, URL and name.
Delete white background layer. Merge visible and save as a PNG.

 
Voila!