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Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Easter Basket


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but or any version thereof.
 I am using the sexy artwork of Zlata_M of Pics For Design found HERE
Freebie Easter kit by Artmama called Spring Into Easter found HERE Thank you Artmama! ♥
Easter basket found HERE
Vix_ Mask350 found HERE
Font used for name is Clive Barker found HEREWordart by me found HERE
Optional Plugin:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name only.


 
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
We can resize later.
Add a new raster layer. Select all.
Open paper 10, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Deselect. Sharpen.
Open Vix_mask350, minimize. Image ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask ~ apply. Merge group.

2.  Open embellishment 3, resize 80%, C/P.
Duplicate. On original layer ~ gaussian blur setting of 2.
Add embellishment 27 ~ 80% C/P to left ~ duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip.
Open embellishment 10 ~ 80%. C/P as a new layer. Move to left. Rotate with deformation tool (pick tool). Sharpen.
Duplicate ~ mirror.
Offset slightly upward.

3.  Open basket of choice ~ resize 12%. C/P.
Add main tube of choice. Resize. C/P.
Brighten tube using brightness/contrast ~ clarify setting of 3.

To erase bottom portion of tube, magnify your workspace with center wheel of your mouse to 200% or more.
To better visualize basket, drop opacity of your tube layer to approx 50% on your layer palette.
Using selection tool, point to point, draw a selection around fingers and bottom of pants that you wish removed. Delete. Deselect.
See below:

NOTE:  *Remember to increase opacity of tube layer back to 100% when done*

4.  Add embellishements of choice. Colorize embell 30 using 'color changer' tool. Change foreground to # 8ac93a. Flood fill brown ribbon with green foreground color.
C/P above basket layer but below tube. Add:
Embellish 29 ~ 45%
Embell 15 ~ 80%
 Embell 16  ~ 75%
 Embell 11 ~ 80%
Embell 6 ~ 80%

5. Add wordart of choice. D/S all your elements using 1/1/55/5 blur color black.

If you wish to resize, do so now.

6.  Add copyright, URL, watermark 'n name.

For name use a lime green foreground color, baby blue fill color. Font sz 72. Stroke width set at 1. Anti-alias smooth.
Type name. Convert to raster layer. Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection contract by 1. Apply favorite inner bevel setting. Deselect.
Using EyeCandy 4000, gradient glow apply a small yellow glow to name.
D/S using 2/2/55/5 blur color black.

Voila! You're done!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Sun Sand Sea


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 Alena Lazareva. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 FTU Add-on by Cajoline Scraps called Sea Life found HERE Thank you, Cajoline ! ♥
Background image courtesy of Stock Exchange found HERE
Please credit www.sxc.hu if using same bg.
Beckys Mask023 found HERE Thank you, Becky!
Font used for name is Seawave found HERE
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1. Open a transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer. Select All.
Open paper 3 'n paste into the selection. Sharpen. Deselect.
Open becky_mask023, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group.

2.  Open element 1 ~ 75% C/P below masked layer.
Open frame element 2 ~ 75% ~ mirror. C/P above masked layer.
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert.
Open border element ~ 20% C/P as a new layer. Place over bottom edge of frame ~ delete. Deselect.
Using Lighten/Darken tool on left sidebar, right click with mouse on this border along the outside edges
to darken, giving the appearance the border is wrapping around the frame.
Merge down to frame. D/S frame using 4/4/35/5 blur color #404040.

3.  Add other elements of choice. D/S each.
Using rectangular selection tool, draw a rectangle selection beyond inside of frame.
Add a new raster layer.
Open background image of choice or the one provided.
Copy image and paste into the selection. Deselect.
Move this bg below frame but above your masked layer. Sharpen.

4. Add main tube of choice. D/S.
If using same tube, use brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3. Apply twice.
This helps to brighten/lighten the tube.

If you wish to resize, do so now.

5.. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
I used font Seawave ~ sz 72, anti-alias smooth, direction ~ vertical, kerning -200.
Fill color white. Adjust kerning to fit your name if needed. Adjust width by pulling in side vectors.
Duplicate.
Add a light D/S 1/1/55/5 blur color #404040.



 6.  Delete white background. Merge visible. Save as a PNG.

Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Awesome News....

I'm thrilled to say I'm a CT tutorial writer for Up Your Art I'm tickled as all heck 'n two of my latest tutorials are in honor of some of the amazing artists affiliated with Up Your Art. Thank you for this privilege. ♥

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New Tutorial ~ Sunsational


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 sexy artwork of Guy Powers. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit by Rosie's Playground called Bright Summer found HERE Thank you, Rosie! ♥
Gina Gem's mask5 found HERE Thank you Gina! ♥
Font used for name is 2Peas Sunshine found
HERE

Another quickie tut...
 
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1.  Open element 32 (the sunsational wordart), resize 85% with all layers unchecked.
Move the wordart slightly downward.

2.  Open element 16, resize 85%, C/P as a new layer below the Sunsational wordart.

3. Open paper 2, C/P as a new layer. Move to bottom.
Add a new raster layer above the paper layer ~ select All.
Back to the paper layer, choose Image ~ crop to selection.

4.  Still on the paper layer, crop using crop 'merged opaque'.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find ginasgem_mask5 & apply.
Merge group.

5. Add flowers of choice.
Element 5 ~ 7%

6. Drop shadow all elements using 4/4/55/4 blur, color black.

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
I used different colors from the wordart to colorize each letter.
Add your favorite inner bevel setting. D/S.

8. Merge visible. Save as a PNG.


 Fait accompli!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Irish Wishes


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 stunning artwork of David Boller. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit by Cinnamon Scraps called Green Galore found HERE Thank you, Laura! ♥
St. Patty's mask by me found HERE
and 20/20 mask found HERE
Font used for background wordart is FFF urban found HERE
Font used for name is the Alpha from the scrap kit supplied.
Plugins:  Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Xero ~ Porcelain
 
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1.  Open up a new transparent image 700 x 660 pixels and flood fill white.  You may always resize later.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all ~ open paper of choice. I used paper 4 'n paste INTO selection. Deselect. Sharpen.
Open mask supplied. Minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find chas33mask. Apply. Merge group.
Resize 95%.
Open the rope frame, resize 75% C/PD/S using 4/6/35/10 blur, color black.
Open the heart frame, resize 80% C/P. D/S
Back to rope frame, erase any part of the rope that you do not want showing through the heart frame.

2.  Add other elements of choice resizing either 40 or 50%. D/S.
See reference tag.

3.  Draw a point-to-point selection around the heart frame.
Open paper 9, resize 80%. C/P as a new layer. Delete excess.
Move this below the heart frame.
Do not deselect yet.
Open paper 7 resize 80%. C/P as a new layer above the previous paper layer. Delete.  Deselect.
Change the blend mode to 'soft light'.

4.  Above your paper layers but below your heart frame, type the words "MAY ALL YOUR WISHES COME TRUE"
with font FFF urban, sz 8, color black fill, alias off.
Convert to raster layer. Object center to canvas.
Using plugin mura's meister ~ copies ~ use tiling preset but change gap to 2. Apply.

Open mask 20/20, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image, find mask 20/20 'n apply to your wordart layer.
On your layer palette, duplicate the mask then merge the group together.
Lower opacity to approx. 76%.

5. Add main tube of choice. Duplicate. Move copy tube layer above heart frame, leaving
original tube layer below heart frame. Close off copy tube layer.
Using point-to-point selection tool, draw a selection around the heel of her foot 'n delete.
Do same for copy of tube layer but lower opacity of this tube layer to better visualize where tube lies on heart frame layer.
Draw your selection ~ delete. Deselect. Remember to increase the opacity of your tube back to 100%.
D/S your copy tube layer same setting as above.

6.  Duplicate your top copy tube layer. On duplicate layer use
Xero - Porcelain ~ standard setting except change blue channel setting to 0 and increase green channel setting to 137.
Apply.

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

7. Add copyright, URL,  and watermark,
Add name using alpha supplied. I colorized mine with hue 69, saturation 117.
Resize all the alpha 75%. Using selection tool, draw a selection around letter of your name.
C/P as a new layer. Do this for each letter in your name.
Merge down each letter in your name, then D/S using 4/6/35/4 blur.

Move your name above the heart frame but below the top two tube layers.

Voila!

Hope you enjoy your Irish tag!

St. Patty's Mask

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