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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Artmama ~ From The Heart BlogTrain coming June 15th

FROM THE HEART BlogTrain will start June 15th as a special Get Well tribute to Artmama who has been in hospital after a seizure and now on the road to recovery. As part of her CT team, we wanted to show her how much we love and think of her and how much she has imprinted upon us in the PSP and digital world.  Here is a preview of what is to come... If you wish to participate, you have until June 11th to send your previews to Bits 'n Bobs. Contact Julie via her blog. Thank you.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Dream Garden

Supplies needed:
Tube with image supplied.

I am using the beautiful artwork of Alena Lazareva. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit (for limited time only) called Totally Spring, a collaboration by ScrapofAngel & Florjuscrap which can be found HERE
Wordart & mask supplied HERE
Plugin: EyeCandy 4000 ~ Jiggle
Animation Shop
Font:  Sheila, a payfont

1.  Open paper 3, resize 650 x 650. We can resize later.
Mirror your background. Open mask of choice or one supplied. Minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask in dropdown menu 'n apply.
Merge group. Do not dropshadow.

2.  Add elements of choice:
element 1 resized to 319 x 484 px ~ mirror
element 40, resized to 177 x 292 px, change blend mode to luminance (L)
element 39 resized to 600 px wide, change blend mode to luminance (L)
element 37 resized to 450 px wide, change blend mode to soft light

 and wordart supplied.
Add a soft D/S to your elements like 2/2/50/7 blur, color #33471b.
Be sure the ivy layer is above the easel layer.

3. Open image of choice resize to approx. size of 195 x 230, using smartsize.
These dimensions will vary according to image chosen.
 Be sure 'lock aspect ratio' is checked when resizing.
C/P image on easel above the ivy layer. Choose the deformation tool or pick tool on image,
hold 'SHIFT' key on keyboard, drag the right lower corner on image downward to
match angle of easel ledge. Still holding 'shift' key, drag the right upper corner of image downward to match
the bottom edge of image. The image should now look like its sitting on the easel naturally, like a painting.
Sharpen image if needed.

4.  If you wish to resize your tag do so now, using smartsize 90-95%
Add copyright info, URL, watermark and name.
Merge visible, save as a PNG. See unanimated version at bottom.

If you wish to animate, continue on...

5.  To animate the stream, draw a selection using the freehand selection tool on the masked background layer,
 choose settings freehand, add mode, feather 4, smoothing 0,
draw a selection as below, trying to avoid the overhanging leaves on the falls:

This is how the selection should look with the feather setting at 4.
This nicely blends the animation with the bg.
Using eyeCandy 4000 ~ Jiggle settings 'turbulence'
bubble size 7.17, warp amount 4.46, twist 3
Apply to your selection by clicking OK.
Selections ~ none (deselect).
Paste in Animation Shop as a new animation. This will be frame 1.

Back to PSP, undo deselect, undo jiggle effect,
repeat Jiggle by clicking random seed once, Ok
Deselect. Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. This will be frame 2.

Repeat this method 2 more times for a total of 4 frames in A/S.

6.  Working in A/S, Edit Select All ~ view animation, if happy
 optimize using optimized octree, error diffusion, change partial transparency to 40 px and choose blend with color 'white' or color of forum background.
Save as a GIF. You're done! : )

Hope you enjoy your creation!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Something To Listen To

I've had my heart broken like the rest of you and when I first heard this song, I cried. 'Adele' sings this song with such deliverance that I couldn't hold anything back. I wanted to share it with you too.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Win UpYourArt Tubes...Offer good til May 31st so hurry!

Purchase Artmama's store HERE or HERE and get 2 free tubes of your choice from http://www.upyourart.com/ In addition, on May 31st they will draw one lucky winner to also receive 5 extra tubes!!!!
Simply make make your purchase at either site then email UpYourArt at CustomerService@UpYourArt.com with your reciept.
You must include your Full name, login email, license number and of course your 2 tube choices!
Don't forget, you could also get an adddtional 5 tubes!
Now through May 31st!
Please join their FaceBook Group
They would love to have you as friend on Facebook
If you love them, Please 'LIKE' them.
Dont forget to visit their Society Pages for UYA exclusive tutorials and latest news!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Sweet Temptation

Supplies needed:
Tube or image of choice.

I am using the sexy artwork of Shawn Palek. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit by Artmama called Anything Goes, part of the GI May blog train HERE
Silver staple attached below

Plugin: Xero ~ Porcelain & Radiance
Optional Plugin:  Superblade Pro (for name only)
Fonts: Susie's Hand found HERE & Pappo's Blues Band found HERE

1.  Open embellishment 04 ~ resize ~85% ~ all layers Unchecked
Rotate ~ free rotate ~ 15 degrees to left.
Add a new raster layer ~ move to bottom. Flood fill white to better see what we're working with.

2.  C/P embell 01 ~ move to upper left, above white bg
C/P embell 02 ~ move to lower right
embell 29 ~ resize 125 % ~ sharpen C/P to left of double-silver frame.
Duplicate ~ move duplicate to right of double-silve frame.
D/S with light setting or 1/1/45/4 blur, color # 404040

3. Add embell 17 ~ 95%
C/P embell 10 ~ 50%
Embell 20~ 80% ~ mirror C/P to right

4.  Select double-silver frame, using magic wand ~ add shift ~ RGB  ~ tolerance 10 ~ feather 0
Click inside opening of frame on left. Invert selection.
Back to tube/image layer ~ delete excess ~ deselect.
Do same for other opening of frame.
Note: check to be sure the tube layers don't overlap within the frame. If so, simply erase excess.

5.  When happy with placement of tubes, merge down to one another.
Apply Xero ~ Porcelain ~ setting 50, 128, 128 Red channel 0, green channel 255, blue channel 255.
Apply Xero - Radiance ~ setting: 224, 247, 11, 182. Sharpen once.

Note: if your tubes don't fill the inside of the silver frame, you may add a paper layer if desired (below tube).

6. To make the 'Sweet Temptation' wordart,
open paper 05 ~ resize to 500 px wide. Minimize.
In material palette, foreground ~ choose the pattern tab ~ find paper 05 ~ angle 0, scale 100.
Choose the selection tool ~ in the drop-down menu ~ select rounded rectangle.
Draw a rectangular selection approx. 164 x 54 px.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill with the foreground paper pattern. Deselect. Move below the double-silver frame and tube layers.
See reference tag for placement.
Duplicate 'n move duplicate slightly down 'n to right.
D/S these paper tabs 2/2/45/5 blur, color black.
Using font Susie's Hand, sz 48, foreground nil, fill color black, write word "Sweet" on one tab just made and "Temptation" on other tab.
Convert text to raster layer. Using 3D affects ~ cutout ~ V/H setting -1, opacity 80, blur 34, shadow color #202020.
Do same cutout affect for both texts. Add D/S 1/1/90/ 0 blur, color white.
Add staple supplied to one of the tabs.
Well done!

7.  Add embellishments of choice to customize tag, drop shadow as you go.
Embell 18 ~ 75%
Embell 19 ~ 60% mirror
Embell 21 ~ 100%
Embell 23 ~ 50%
Embell 09 ~ 95% Sharpen.

8. Add copyright information & name.
 Delete white bg, merge visible ~ then crop "Merged Opaque"
Save as a PNG

Hope you enjoy your creation!

New Tutorial ~ Pixie Dust

Supplies needed:
Tube and image of choice.

I am using the beautiful artwork of Rachael Tallamy. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit by Artmama called Whisper which can be downloaded from the first issue of TaggersArt EMagazine HERE.
Pixie dust made by myself found attached at bottom
Plugin: Xero - Serious fog
Font:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Open embellishment 01 ~ resize 37%. C/P ~ move to left. Free rotate 12 degrees to left. Duplicate ~ mirror.
Move duplicate frame below original. Resize a further 90-95%.

2.  On original frame, draw a point to point selection beyond the inside of the frame. Invert selection.
Open image ~ resize if necessary ~ C/P as a new layer ~ delete excess.
Move image below frame
Invert selection again
apply Xero ~ serious fog ~ settings: severity 100, whiteout 50, mid-tones,  definition 1, strength 100
Deselect. D/S frame only using 2/2/45/5 blue color #404040.
3.  Repeat step 2 for smaller frame on right.

4. To customize your tag add embellishments of choice or
C/P embell  30 above white bg.

C/P embell 7 to upper right.
C/P 10
C/P embell 09 ~ resize 65% ~ drop opacity to 60%
C/P embell 28 ~ 50%
C/P embell 15 ~ 100%
C/P embell 26 ~ 50%
C/P embell 22 ~ resize 75% C/P ~ rotate 90 degrees to left.
C/P embell 15 ~ rotate 90 degrees to left ~ mirror ~ place above both frames to right.
C/P embell 16 ~ 70%
C/P embell 08 ~ 80%

D/S above elements with light setting as above.

5.  Add main tube of choice D/S
C/P embell 25 ~ 50%.
extract one of the single flowers from embell 25 to add in various areas ~ D/S
Add pixie dust (no D/S)

6.  Add copyright information & name.

Delete white bg ~ Merge visible ~ 'crop' MERGED opaque ~ save as a PNG
*crop merged opaque will crop your tag without cutting off any dropshadows*

Hope you enjoy your creation