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Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Gothic Fairytale


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube and image of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Jessica Galbreth. You can purchase a license to use her art at CDO.
This tube/image was available with CILM but at time of writing, was not available at CDO.
PTU kit by Artmama called It's Snow Wonderful found HERE or HERE.Thank you Artmama! ♥
Yes, it's a Christmas kit but I loved the versatile elements in this kit.

Supplies HERE includes mask and wordart.
 Font for name is Zapfino Extra LT Four, a payfont
 
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 1.  Open a new transparent image 650 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all
open paper 2 ~ copy 'n paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group. Duplicate mask ~ mirror ~ flip.
Move duplicate below original mask ~ change color to black using brightness/contrast -255/0.
Drop opacity to 69.
Add effects ~ noise ~ random ~ monochrome checked ~ setting of 9.
Do same for original mask layer.

2.  Open frame embellishment 07 ~ 58% C/P ~ free rotate 10 degrees left 'n move to left
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ resize 80%. Move this frame below larger frame.

3.  Draw a point-to-point selection around the larger frame. Open image of choice,
rotate image 10 degrees to left ~ C/P as a new layer below large frame ~ delete ~ deselect.
Sharpen. D/S large frame 3/3/55/5 blur, black
Open embellishment 32 ~ brightness/contrast -255/0
C/P above image but below frame. Delete excess that extends beyond frame.

Repeat for small frame using a different part of the image omitting
embellishment 32.

4.  Add main tube as the uppermost layer. D/S 2/3/55/10 blur, black
Adjust brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3.

5.  Add embellishment 05 C/P over main tube.
Using deformation/pick tool, resize to fit across the bottom of both frames.
Sharpen & D/S 3/3/55/5 blur, black.
Add embellishment 11 ~ 50% C/P above ribbon.
Embell 33 ~ 75%
Embell 44 ~ 70%
Embell 02 ~ 25%
Embell 04 ~ 65%
Embell 03 ~ 65%

Add D/S to added elements 1/1/40/5 blur, black

6.  Add wordart C/P
Select All ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection  expand by 2
Add a new raster layer ~ flood fill with color # dad3c5 ~ deselect.
Move this layer below wordart. D/S

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark  & name.

Hope you like your gothic creation!

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Define Sanguine


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 Katherine Barber. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 PTU scrap kit by Artmama called Sanguine found at Exquisite Scraps or on her blog HERE2020 mask HERE
No Plugins
Font for name is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart found HERE

 
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650. Flood fill white.
Open element 8 (tree) ~ resize 80% C/P to left of working image
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert
open element 43 (wordart) ~ resize 80% C/P over top of tree ~ delete excess
repeat  again over another part of tree. Deselect.

2.  Open main tube ~ C/P above white bg
Open 20/20 mask, minimize
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find 2020 mask 'n apply.
On your layer palette, duplicate the mask layer and then merge group.
You may have to apply mask one more time, depending on tube used.
Mirror masked tube (if using same one)

3. Open element 5 ~ 80% C/P to left of image. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip
open element 7 ~ 80% C/P
apply the 2020 mask to this layer as well to soften the hard edges
or use eraser tool set at fuzzy soft setting sz 150 opacity 100 to erase the hard edges.
open element 25 ~ 75% C/P to top right of image ~ drop opacity to 38

4. Back to element 43 (wordart) which is already resized at 80%
further resize 60% C/P to right of tree, then drop opacity to 38
Add element 23, C/P as is
Add element 34 ~ 80% C/P to bottom of image ~ duplicate ~ mirro
Add element 14 ~ 75% C/P ~ rotate with pick/deform tool ~ sharpen
Duplicate 'n arrange duplicate.
Add element 13 ~ resize 40% C/P
Add element 15 ~ 25% ~ C/P under flower (element 13)
Duplicate a couple of times 'n rotate each leaf seperately ~ sharpen.
Add element 32 ~ 50% C/P above leaves but below flower (element13)
Add element 16 ~ 50% ~ C/P a couple of times, resize as desired
Add element 26 ~ 50% C/P 'n rotate with pick tool as desired ~ sharpen.
No dropshadows were used except a light setting on name only.

5. Add main tube again ~ resize 50% C/P
Optional:   Duplicate tube
On original tube layer ~ brightness/contrast -255/0 (changes tube color to black)
Close off duplicate tube layer.
drop opacity of original tube to 15 and move this 'shadow' layer slight left 'n upward.
Open duplicate tube.
The shadow is barely visible on the reference tag
but I wanted to give you the option to add a shadow via this method.


6.  If you wish to resize, do so now using smartsize.

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
To add name on curve,
on material palette, foreground black (fill nil)
select pen tool ~ point to point bezier curve ~ create on vector ~ line width 2
click to make first 'node' on left wing (see below) and
then click again to make second node (below butterfly)
and then drag the cursor (mouse) to right 'n downward while holding down the left click button on mouse,
 making a gentle curve as below:

When happy with curve placement, let go of mouse and it creates a smooth vector curve.
Select font sz 72, foreground nil, fill color #dcae64

Type name when you see a crescent shape on 'A' of center of curve.
Note:  You can easily move your text by moving the center node of the deform box either left or right
(the text will follow the path of the curve as you move it)

Back to layer palette, click on + sign (open the layers), close the new path layer then convert the text to a raster layer.
Duplicate text ~ merge down ~ D/S 1/1/55/0 blur ~ black.

I hope that makes some sense to you.  :+)

This blend looks best on a white background so merge all flatten and save as a JPEG
or delete white bg, merge visible and save as a PNG.

Well done!


Hope you enjoy your whimsical creation!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Life Is Sweet


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.
Image or tube of choice.  I am using the amazing artwork of Zindy S. D. Nielsen. You can obtain a license to use her work HERE 
 FTU sampler by Kay Miller called Life Happens Sweetly found HERE Thank you Kay! ♥
Just scroll down to find download link
Mask457 by Insatiable Dreams found HERE (in Masks 12 set ~ page 2)
EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Font:  Weltron found HERE

Another quickie tut...
 
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1.  Open up a new transparent image 700 x 650 pixels and flood fill white to best see what we're working with.
Add a new raster layer above the bg, flood fill with #ffa5b3.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply. Merge group.
Resize mask 90%.

2.  Open floral cluster ~ 25% C/P move upward 'n to left
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip ~ move slightly upward 'n to right.
Open ribbon 1 ~ 20% C/P

3.  Circle frame ~ 20% C/P move to lower left
Draw a point-to-point selection beyond inner opening of circle.
Add a new raster layer, move it below the frame on your layer palette
Open paper 2, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Sharpen.

4.  Open tube/image of choice. C/P as a new layer ~ arrange ~ invert selection ~ delete ~ deselect.
Brighten tube using brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3.
Sharpen tube only if needed.
D/S the circle frame 2/2/45/5 blur, color #404040.

5. Open wordart ~ 20% C/P as desired.
Apply eyecandy gradient glow ~ glow width 3, soft corners 0, overall opacity 100,
Setting at medium, color white.

6. Open flower2 ~ 10% C/P

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name using font Weltron. Apply gradient glow to name.
Open floral cluster ~ draw a selection around one of the white flowers seperate from cluster ~ C/P ~ resize 25%
Place flower on top of name for added effect.
D/S all elements added except circle frame & masked layer.
 
 Delete white bg ~ merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
 
Hope you enjoy your new tag!

New Tutorial ~ So Lovely




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 Rachael Tallamy. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 PTU scrap kit by Ninie's Designs called Lovely Things found HERE
Chichi Mask 2 found HERE
Light Effects CU freebie by designs by Sarah found HERE (scroll down a bit)
Plugin:  Adjust ~ Variations
Eye Candy 5 ~ Impact
Font for name is Alpha from the kit

 
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650. Flood fill white.
Open element 35 ~ resize 450 px C/P on working image.
Draw a rectangular selection within the outer edge of the stamp frame.
Add a new raster layer. Move this layer below the frame
Open paper 6 and paste into the selection. Sharpen.
Open tube of choice ~ mirror ~ C/P as a new layer (arrange as desired) ~ invert selection ~ delete. Deselect.
Change the blend mode of the tube to overlay.
Using plugin Adjust Variations ~ change the color to a soft pink of your liking.
D/S the frame using 4/4/35/10 blur color #404040.

2. Add a new raster layer above the white bg. Select all
Open paper 4, paste into the selection. Sharpen. Deselect.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply. Merge group.
Resize if desired.

3.  Open element 19, resize 600 px wide. C/P above masked layer.
element 5 ~ 537 px wide C/P to left of working image
element 7 ~ 327 px C/P on working image to right. Duplicate ~ resize 75% ~ mirror.
Arrange. D/S both with same setting as above.
element 9 ~ 625 px ~ C/P near bottom D/S
element 23 ~ 233 px ~ C/P to left ~ duplicate ~ resize 75%
Slightly turn duplicate copy to left with deform/pick tool
sharpen ~ D/S both elements
element 24 ~ 595 px wide ~ C/P to right D/S

4. Open light effects by Sarah ~ resize 562 px wide C/P above frame layer. Duplicate 'n mirror. Arrange.
element 06 ~ resize 406 px C/P top left

5. Open tube C/P to left of image ~ adjust brightness/contrast ~ clarify 3.
Use plugin Adjust Variations to soften tube using pink setting of choice.
EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ prospective shadow ~ choose setting 'reflect in front, short'

6. Add element 28 ~ resize 680 px wide C/P ~ use deform/pick tool to fit image (if needed)

7.  To drop shadow main tube, draw a selection around tube that sits above element 28 ~ right click on layer palette ~ promote this selection to a layer
Deselect. D/S as desired. This avoids a dropshadow on the reflection below the tube.
Add elements of choice:
element 36 (wordart) ~ 587 px
element 8 ~ 210  px
element 16 ~ 210 px ~ duplicate ~ resize 75%
element 30 ~ 136 px ~ duplicate ~ mirror ~ arrange to make one flower
element 10 ~ 120 px wide ~ place on top of black flower
D/S each flower

If you wish to resize image, do so now using smartsize.

8. Add copyright, URL, watermark and name using alpha resized 15% or less.


9. Delete white background ~ merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your creation!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Inner Storm


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko. You can purchase a license to use her art at CDO.
Cluster Frame by Dawn called Inner Storm found HERE Thank you Dawn! ♥
Pbs Mask2 by Punky Butts found HERE
  Thank you Punky Butts! ♥
Plugin: EyeCandy 5 ~ Textures
Xero ~ Porcelain
Optional: Filters Unlimited 2.0
 Font used is Filigree, a payfont
 
 * * * * *
 
 1.  Open the cluster frame, resize to 630 px wide.
Using the selection tool, point-to-point, draw a selection around the periphery of the frame.
Add a new raster layer, flood with gradient of choice using colors from your tube.
Deselect. Move this layer below frame on your layer palette.
Add texture of choice to the gradient layer using Filters Unlimited 2.0 ~ paper texture of choice.

2. Open tube C/P above the gradient layer but below frame.
Using magic wand selection tool, click outside of gradient layer. Select tube layer ~ delete. Deselect.
If using same tube, apply Xero ~ Porcelain standard setting or 50, 128, 128, 0, 0, 255.
Adjust ~ brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ strength of 3.
Drop opacity of tube to 77.


3. Add new raster layer, arrange to bottom. Flood fill with gradient 45 degrees, repeat 0 using colors
foreground #3c4e62, fill color #c6d2dd
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group. Resize masked layer 105%. Duplicate. Merge down.

Duplicate masked layer 3 times for a total of 4. Rename layers mask1, mask2, mask3, mask4.
Apply effect add noise ~ uniform, monochrome setting 43 to mask 1.
Apply same noise to mask 2 but change setting to 50.
Apply same noise setting 57 to mask 3.
Apply same noise setting 36 to mask 4.
Close off mask 4, 3 and 2.

4.  Add name using fill color #c6d2dd sz 72.  D/S 1/1/95/1 blur color black.

5.  To add copyright in curve as in reference tag, select eclipse tool ~ choose circle, create on vector, width 4,
foreground color black, fill nil, draw a circle beyond periphery of frame. Center to frame. Do not convert to raster layer.
Select text tool, (i used font Mr. Keningbeck sz 26) in same color blue, type copyright information by clicking cursor in top center of vector circle. You should see crescent shape on 'A' of your cursor.
Center lettering by using spacebar. When happy, click on + sign next to text on the layer palette, close off bottom circle layer.
Select text vector layer, pull down the center top 'node' on the working image to flip the text upside down, then 'mirror' the text.
Right click on text and convert to raster layer.
Well done! :+)

To animate:
Be sure mask 4, 3 and 2 are closed and mask 1 is open.
Select tube layer
Using EyeCandy 5 ~ texture ~ texture noise

setting as below:


Apply noise. Edit ~ copy merged
In A/S, paste as a new animation.
Back to PSP, undo noise effect to tube layer. Close off mask 1, open mask 2.
 Apply texture noise again to tube layer by clicking random seed once. Apply.
Edit ~ copy merged ~ paste in A/S after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo noise. Close off mask 2, open mask 3.  Repeat noise to tube layer by clicking random seed again ~ apply.
Edit ~ copy merged ~ paste in A/S after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo noise. Close mask 3, open mask 4. Repeat noise to tube layer by clicking random seed again ~ apply ~ edit ~ copy merged
Paste in A/S after current frame for a total of 4 frames.
In A/S, select all ~ view animation. If happy, change animation properties to opaque white or black.
Optimize using optimized octree. Save as a .gif.

 Hope you like your new creation! ♥