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Monday, October 10, 2011

Wo0p! Lovin' My New Blog Design

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Love the new blog design by Deb of Creative By Nature. She did a wonderful job and I'm so tickled. Thank you so much, Deb!♥ You're a sweetheart for helping me out.

The Treat ~ New Tutorial




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 intricate artwork of Stefano Mazzotti. You can purchase a license to use his art at CILM (which is no longer open so please use a different tube).
PTU scrap kit # 3 by Lori  found HERE
Template by Deb of Creative Misfits found HERE
  Plugins:  Xenofex 1.1 ~ Baked Earth
DSB Flux ~ Linear Transmission
Font used is Velvenda Cooler found HERE

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 1.  Open template 2 by Deb. Shift & D to copy, save original 'n close.
Canvas size ~ 650 x 650 px.

2. Select raster 6, selection all, float, defloat, invert
open paper  8, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Duplicate this layer. On bottom layer apply DSB Flux plugin
Linear Transmission setting:
1, 2, 25 horizontal checked.
Delete raster 6 layer.

3.  Select raster 4, select all, float, defloat, invert
Open paper 11, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Apply DSB Flux linear transmission same as above.
Delete raster 4 layer.

4. Merge Copy of Vector 1 layer down to raster 5 layer.
Select all, float, defloat, invert
Open paper 10, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Sharpen once.
Do not delete raster 5 layer.

5.  Select raster 2 layer, float, defloat, invert.
Open tube of choice and paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Change blend mode to screen and lower opacity to 55.
(Try other blend modes, depending on tube used.)

6.  Select yellow frame (copy of Vector1)
using Hue Saturation, change hue to 24, Saturation to 176.
Duplicate this frame and change blend mode to multiply.

7.  Select orange circle layer, using brightness contrast
change brightness to -255 and contrast to 0.

8.  To change color of raster 7 wordart layer to white,
use brightness 255 and contrast 0.
Drop opacity of this wordart layer to 40.

9.  Copy n paste tube of choice above wordart layer.
Duplicate, adjust blur, gaussian blur of 1. Change blend mode to soft light.
Drop shadow original tube layer only.

10.  Add elements of choice from kit.
Booo WA, spiders n bats. Resize to liking.
Add spiderweb, resize 85%.
Add a new raster layer above this spiderweb,
open gold glitter, minimize.
In your material palette, find the gold glitter under the pattern tab.
Flood fill this new raster layer with the gold glitter, setting angle 0, scale 100.
Back to spider web layer, select all, float, defloat, invert
back to glitter layer, press delete. Deselect.
Merge this layer down to the original spider web layer.
Drop shadow 1, 1, 95, 1 blur color black.

11. Select purple word art layer, float, defloat
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with color # 552e0b.
I only filled the words THE TREAT.
Using Xenofex 1.1, baked earth setting
crack length 40
crack width 4
variation 30
highlight brightness 5
highlight sharpness 10
Lighting direction 135  and 45.
Apply. Deselect.

12. For name, use Velvenda Coolor font, fill color # 552e0b.
Apply same baked earth setting as above.
Select all, float, defloat, modifty selection expand by 2.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill white.
Move this layer below name layer.
Add noise with setting of choice.
Drop shadow.

13. Dropshadow other layers with setting of choice.


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

Boo! You are done!

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Remember This Day


Supplies needed:
Tube of choice.I am using the ever-stunning artwork of Eugene Rzhevskii. You may obtain a license to use his artwork at PicsForDesign.
Limited Freebie Addon called Armful of Sunflowers by ET Designs found HERE . Thank you ET! ♥
Mask12 found in MaskSet 3 made by Rieka Rafita found on her blog HERE. Thank you Rieka! ♥
Plugin (optional):  VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission
Font:  Caramel Crunch, a payfont


1.  Open a new image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select All.
open paper supplied ~ paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask 'n minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask in drop down menu & apply.
Merge group. Close off mask.

2.  Open black photo mask. Resize 650 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Selections ~ select all ~ float defloat ~ invert selection.
Open tube of choice,
C/P as a new layer, move to right. Press delete on keyboard to remove excess. Deselect.
Duplicate tube layer. Adjust ~ blur ~ gaussian blur ~ radius 2. Apply.
Change blend mode to 'soft light'.

Back to photo mask layer again, select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert selection
Choose tube again except resize it 50% 'n mirror. C/P as a new layer below the previous tube layer.
Place to left. Delete excess. Deselect.
Drop opacity of this tube layer to approx44% and change blend mode to 'screen'.

3.  On black photo mask layer, apply VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission ~setting 3, 0, 40.

4. Add wordart of choice resized 18%. C/P above tube layers.
Add other elements of choice.
D/S each element 'n wordart with setting 3/3/35/10 blur, color black.

I used the selection tool ~ point to point to cut out her hat from the tube, resize and D/S
plus cut out the yellow flower from the wordart to place on the hat. D/S

5. Select masked paper layer, resize it 95% and/or resize further using pick tool (deformation tool)
to adjust size vertically.

6.  If you wish to resize your image, do so now using smartsize 90-95% all layers checked.

7. Add copyright & name.
Use same D/S setting as above for name.

8. Delete white bg, merge visible
Save as a PNG

Voila! Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial!