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Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Surprise ~ Tutorial






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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Two tubes by same artist.  I am using the lovely artwork of Alicia Mujica
Facebook QP Freebie by Palvinka Designs HERE (for limited time)
or any other spring QP
Paper 4 from Addictive Pleasures Freebie Bunny. Thank you, Tammy! ♥
Spring gradients by Tonya. Thank you, Tonya! ♥ 
Optional Plugin:
L en K Lendksiteofwonders ~ L en K's Zitah
Trailing Animation by Jus Graphix ~ Thank you for these!
Animation  Shop
Font for name is Futurist Fixed-Width


* * * * *
 1.  Open a new transparent image 600 x 250 px. Foreground color
find the gradient TBT_Aphrodite ~ angle 45, repeats 0. Flood fill the layer.
Blur ~ Gaussian blur ~ 10.
Open paper 4 from Bunny kit. C/P as new layer ~ change blend mode to screen 'n drop opacity to 40.  Merge down.
Using L en K's Zitah ~ settings: 5,25,28,45,69,66,67, 255 ~ apply.


2.  Open QP ~ resize to 600 px wide. C/P ~ change blend mode to Luminance
Open face tube ~ resize if needed. C/P below QP layer. Arrange in middle of opening.
Using selection tool, draw a point to point selection beyond the opening on the QP layer
(where the face tube shows through) ~ invert selection ~ delete ~ deselect.

3.  Using pen tool, line style dotted ~ width 2, create on vector
foreground color #b42c38, fill none
draw a point to point Bezier Curve randomly above the QP layer
see below:


When the dotted line is drawn, convert to a raster layer
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip
and align the duplicate at the tail end of the original line
Merge down ~ change blend mode to burn
Make a few more if desired ~ have some fun with this!

4.  Open main tube, resize as needed C/P to left.

5. Add a new raster layer (this should be your uppermost layer)
Select all ~ flood fill with the same gradient as earlier
Modify selection ~ contract by 3 px. ~ delete. Deselect.
Affects ~ edge affects ~ Enhance. D/S with a light setting

Add a new raster layer ~ select all
for gradient, find the TBT_Pink Lush 2
45 degrees, no repeats
Flood fill the selection ~ modify selection ~ contract 6 px. ~ delete ~ deselect.
Affects ~ edge affects ~ Enhance.
1/1/35/5 blur, color black

6.  Add copyright info, watermark & Name.

Merge visible ~ save as a PNG. If you wish to animate, continue...

* * * * *

1.  To animate, do not merge visible
close off all layers above the bezier curve layer (excluding the bezier curve)
Copy merged the bottom layers

2.  Open A/S, paste as a new animation

Open the traileftjek11212 animation. It has a large # of frames, so we're going to 'cull'
the animation to keep the file size smaller.

With animation open, select all frames ~ Animation cull ~ remove 1 frame for every 2.
Ok. Repeat this. You should have 30 frames.
Edit Copy.

3.  Back to your new Animation, copy ~ duplicate frame to equal 30 frames.
Select All ~ propagate paste.
Select first frame of traileftjek ani, and drag over the first frame of
the working tag, centering slightly to left of opening (face tube)
View animation for placement
* you can always undo the step and tweak the placement of the ani*

4.  Back to PSP,
close off the bottom layers we copied and open all the layers ABOVE
the bezier curve layer.  Copy Merged

Back to A/S
Paste as a New Animation ~ duplicate frames to equal 30

select first frame and drag it over the main image, being careful to align the edges.
click on first frame ~ change frame property to 60,
leaving the other frames at 10.  View Animation
if happy, optimize ochtree, error diffusion

Save as a GIF

1.  To make the avatar in PSP,
open the original signature, close off all the top layers except the main tube and layers below it.
Copy Merged

2.  Open a new image 150 x 150
Paste as a new layer ~ arrange to show the portion you prefer as your avatar.
I chose the face tube area.
Select the bottom layer ~ select All
Back to the face image layer ~ Image ~ Crop to Selection.
Add a new raster layer ~ Select All ~ flood fill with the TBT_lush 2 gradient (same settings as earlier)
modify selection contact 4 px ~ delete ~ deselect.
Affects ~ edge affects ~ Enhance.
Add a new raster layer ~ select All ~ flood fill with the TBT_aphrodite gradient
modify selection ~ contract by 4 px. ~ delete ~ deselect.
Affects ~ edge ~ Enhance.
D/S 1/1/35/5 blur, black

3.  Add copyright & Initial.

4.  Close the top four layers
Copy Merged the bottom layers

In A/S, paste as a new animation
duplicate for 30 frames
Edit ~ select all ~ propagate paste
Drag first first of animation over first frame of avatar.
View animation for placement.

5.  Back to PSP, close the bottom layers, open the top four layers
Copy Merged

In A/S paste as a new animation
Duplicate for 30 frames in total.
Edit ~ select all ~ copy
Drag first frame over first frame of Avatar
(being careful of edge placement)

View animation
if happy ~ optimize as above. Save as a GIF.

* * * * *
That's all ~ a quick way to make a forum set!

Thanks for trying my easy forum tutorial.

:+)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Easter ~ Tutorial



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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Tube of choice.  I am using the sexy artwork of Eugene Rzhevskii.  You can use his artwork by license only at Pics For Design
Facebook Freebie by Cinnamon Scraps called Hello Spring. Thank you, Laura! ♥
Stamp Frame by myself HERE
Mask13 by Sunf found HERE
Optional Plugin:  Xero ~ Serious Fog
EyeCandy 4000 ~ gradient glow
Font used is Mandingo

Now let's have fun with this...



  * * * * *
 1.  Open a new transparent image 600 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select All ~open paper 25. C/P into the selection. Deselect.
Open & minimize mask. 
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask. Apply.
Merge group.


2.  Open stamp frame C/P
Using selection tool, point to point, draw a selection beyond inside
of frame to include all three frames.
Open paper 27 ~ resize 600 px.
C/P as a new layer. Selections ~ invert ~ delete.
Move paper layer below frame.
Open main tube ~ resize if necessary ~ C/P as a new layer above paper.
Arrange ~ delete. Deselect.
Duplicate tube layer.
On duplicate layer ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection ~ expand by 1
Apply plugin Xero ~ Serious Fog ~ setting: 55, 30, mid-tones, 1, 64 strength.
Apply. Deselect. Drop opacity to approx 64.


3. Add elements of choice
string ~ 12% ~ rotate left 60% ~ duplicate ~ arrange opposite side
Leaves 3 ~ 20% ~ duplicate ~ flip ~ mirror
strip wordart 8, 9, 10 ~ 10% 
bike 2 ~ 20%
ribbon 11 ~ 15%
flowers ~ 6 -7%
nest ~ 16%
jelly beans ~ 10%
chicken & rabbit ~ 10-15%
Happy Easter Wordart ~ 10%
apply gradient glow ~ white ~ 3, softcorners = 0
setting 'fat' except move right slider middle
Apply. 
D/S 2/3/35/10 blur, color black
butterfly5 ~ 10%
Dropshadow all elements except masked layer & serious fog tube layer.


4..  Delete white background ~ save as a PNG
or 
Merge all Flatten, save as a JPEG.


* * * * *

Absolutely loved this add-on kit! Thank you so much, Laura! ♥

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sing Me To Sleep



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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Tube of choice.  I am using the Amazing artwork of Michael Calandra, at one time sold at MPT
Now you can find his artwork at PTE
NLD Freebie by NewLife Dreams called Sing Me To Sleep. Thank you so much!
Wordart of choice or one I made HERE
WSL_mask 248 by Chelle found HERE. Thank you Chelle!
Optional Plugin:  Xero ~ Radiance
Font used is New Garden

Another easy peasy tutorial for you!



  * * * * *
 1.  Open a new transparent image 650 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select All
Open Paper of choice ~ paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open WSL_mask 248, minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find mask & apply.
Merge group.

2. Open frame ~ resize 20%.  C/P
Open flowers (daisies) ~ resize 15% C/P ~ mirror
Open main tube of choice, C/P
Apply plugin Xero ~ Radiance setting: 243, 130, 175, 201
Open flowers 2, resize 30% C/P
Open sheep cluster ~ resize  20% ~ Adjust brightness/contrast = 12/2
Sharpen ~ Unsharp mask setting: 1.00 , 50, 1 Luminance checked. Apply.
Add wordart of choice or one supplied 



3. Add copyright, watermark and Name.
For Name use New Garden font, fill color white, fore Nil
D/S 0,0,35, 10 blur, color #202020
Move Name layer below 'Flowers 2' layer to make it appear to partially hide in flowers.


4.  Delete white background ~ crop 'Merged Opaque' ~ save as a PNG
or 
Merge all Flatten, save as a JPEG.

Well done! :+)

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Bunny Eggs ~ Tutorial



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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Zindy Nielsen
You can purchase a license to use her artwork HERE
PTU kit by TammyK called Happy Bunny Eggs found HERE. Thank you, Tammy!
WSL_Mask302 found HERE
Plugin:  Xero ~ Serious Fog
Font used is Pappo's Blues Band found HERE
  * * * * *
 1Open a new transparent image 650 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Open the element 27, resize 600 px C/P
Open mask and minimize.
Layers  ~ new mask Layer ~ find mask and apply.
Merge group.

2.  Open frame 4, C/P ~ free rotate 90 degrees to right
Resize 90%.
Using magic wand, tolerance 10, feather 0, click inside of frame ~ invert selection
Open paper 6, resize 600 px. C/P as a new layer
Press delete on keyboard ~ Deselect.
Move paper layer below frame.

3.  Open tube of choice. C/P above paper layer (below frame)
Duplicate tube ~ move copy above frame.
Erase any part of 'copy' tube that overlaps frame.
Open element 14 ~ 75% C/P
Element 19 ~ 80%
Element 15
Element 1 ~ 55%
Element 28 ~ rotate 7 degrees to right
Element 26 ~ 55%
Element 12
Element 21 ~ 25%
Element 22 ~ 40%
Element 20 ~ 35%

4. Open frame 5 ~ 80% C/P below the paper layer beneath frame & tubes
Free rotate 12 degrees to right
Duplicate ~ mirror
Merge down
Using magic wand, click inside each frame, holding down shift key
Modify selection ~ expand by 5 px ~ invert selection
Open paper 9 ~ resize 600 px ~ C/P as a new layer ~ delete excess
Open tube of choice
C/P as a new layer ~ arrange within right frame ~ delete excess
Back to tube ~ mirror C/P ~ arrange within left frame ~ delete excess
Deselect.
Merge down the tube layer to tube layer below it.
Duplicate this merged tube layer.
On this duplicate tube layer,
use Plugin Xero - Serious Fog
settings:

Severity 100, whiteout 46,
Midtones
definition 1, strength 70
Apply.

Select the outside perimeter of the paper layer that lies within these frames
using the magic wand as above.
Then select the serious fog-duplicate tube layer
and press delete. This removes the fog that lies outside the frame.
Deselect.

5.  Add a nice soft D/S to all layers (except duplicate tube layer)
 of 2/3/35/10 blur, color black

6. Add copyright, watermark & Name to tag.

Delete white background and save as a PNG or
merge all flatten and save as a JPEG.

Hope you enjoyed this quick, easy tutorial!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Hello Spring ~ Tutorial



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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Tube of choice.  I am using the brilliant artwork of Alena Lazareva
You can purchase a license to use their artwork at UpYourArt
Freebie mini by et designs called Hello Spring found HERE. Thank you!
any Spring paper of choice
or the one i used from the kit Let's the Sun Shine
a limited time freebie in the newsletter.
sg tiny hearts Mask found HERE
Font used is Free Alpha by Raspberry Roads HERE
  * * * * *
 1.  Open a new transparent image 600 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all
open paper of choice ~ Copy 'n paste into the selection.
Deselect. Open mask and minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image
Find mask in drop down list.
Apply sg tiny hearts mask.
Merge group.

2. Open wooden crate from kit. Resize 20% ~ C/P
enlarge the image by 200% by turning center wheel on mouse to better visualize area.
Using selection tool ~ freehand ~ point to point
draw a selection around the front of the wooden crate as below:


Promote this selection to a layer by right clicking on the crate layer on the layers palette.
Add your hyacinth flowers ~ resized 15 - 18%. Turn the flowers using the pick tool (deformation tool). Sharpen once.
Place the flowers below the promoted selection layer of the crate but above
the original crate layer. This will give the illusion the flowers
are laying inside the crate.

3. Add main tube of choice, resized if needed.
 C/P behind the flower but above original crate layer.
Duplicate tube. On original tube layer ~ adjust blur ~ gaussian blur of 2.
This blur is used instead of a drop shadow.

4. Open grass ~ resized 10- 15%. C/P behind the crate layers
and C/P some on top of the promoted crate layer. Duplicate as needed.
To change the color of the grass in the foreground,
use the Manual Color Correction tool
to change the color to a lighter green from your tube.

4. open leafy twig ~ resize 15%. C/P
rotate using pick tool, sharpen once.

5. Open green swirl, ~ resize 20% C/P above masked layer.
Open wordart resize 20% C/P
Open butterflies ~ resize 15% C/P

6. Open alpha ~ resize 15% C/P
Add bow supplied with alpha ~ resized.

D/S elements and alpha except swirl, main tube and masked layer.
Use a soft setting
of 10/10/35/10 blur, color #404040

7. Add copyright, URL & watermark.

Delete white background and save as a PNG or
merge all flatten and save as a JPEG.

All done!

Hope you like your spring creation!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Love You Tutorial



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Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version thereof.
Tube of choice.  I am using the sexy artwork of Very Many
You can purchase a license to use their artwork at Pics For Design
PTU kit by TK Dezigns called HardCore found HERE. Thank you, Tammy!
 Template 450 by Missy found HERE. Thank you, Missy!
Mask found HERE
Wordart by me HERE
Filters Unlimited 2 - paper textures
L en K LandKsiteofwonder ~ Zitah
Adjust ~  Variations
Plugin: EyeCandy 4000 ~ gradient glow for name only
Font for name is Copperplate Gothic Bold
  * * * * *
 1.  Open the HOT template. Delete top 5 layers and square 2 (near bottom).
RESIZE enter template 90% smartsize, all layers checked.
Change canvas size to 675 x 575 ~ centered.

Select rectangle 2 layer, adjust add noise ~ random, noise 3, monochrome checked
Select square 1, using the Manual Color Correction Tool
change color to #a91fa1.
Using filters unlimited 2 ~ paper textures ~ filter paper 128/74
Apply.

2.  Select small circle 1, float ~ defloat ~ add a new raster layer
on materal palette, choose foreground # 830543 and bg # b31174.
Select gradient in foreground angle 45, repeat 1
flood fill the selection. Deselect. Delete small circle 1.
Repeat same for small circle 2.

3.  Select rectangle ~ using manual color correction change color
to #b31174. Using L en K's Zitah plugin, settings 5,24,37,47,69,66,57, 27
Apply.

Select frame back, float ~ defloat ~ invert selection
Open main tube ~ C/P as a new layer ~ arrange ~ delete. Deselect.
Apply plugin Adjust Variations ~ more red. Add same L en K's Zitah setting as above.
Repeat for Copy of frame back (on left side).


4.  Select frame 1, change color to black using brightness/contrast -255/0.
Add affect noise ~ random, noise 29, monochrome checked.
Sharpen once.
Repeat for frame 2.

5. Select circle back layer (white noise layer)
Change color to black using same brightness/contrast setting as above.
Add noise as above.
Sharpen.

6.  Select circle 1 layer, float ~ defloat ~ add a new raster layer
Open hardcore dark pink paper ~ copy 'n paste into the selection. Deselect.
Sharpen more.
Select circle 2 layer, change color to black using same brightness/contrast setting above.
Add plugin L en K's Zitah ~ settings:  5,33,37,47,69,66,57, 29
Apply.
Still on Circle 2, float ~ defloat ~ modify expand selection by 6 pixels
Add a new raster layer, move this layer BELOW circle 2
flood fill with # b31174. Deselect.
Add noise as above. Sharpen.

7. Open acrylic star frame dark pink, C/P
Using magic wand, click inside of star frame ~ modify selection  ~ expand by 5
invert selection
Open close up of tube. Copy 'n paste as a new layer BELOW the star frame.
Arrange as desired to right ~ delete. Do not deselect.

Open close up of tube again ~ mirror ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer
Arrange to left of star frame. Delete. Deselect.
Erase any part of closeup tube that may overlap other close-up tube.
Merge the two close-ups together. Apply plugin Adjust Variations as above.
D/S star frame

8. To personalize your tag, add other elements of choice, resized.
Open mask layer supplied, C/P above white background layer.
D/S all layers except mask layer using favourite setting or 2/2/50/5/black.

Add "I Love You" wordart ~ resize 9%. C/P.
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ add a new raster layer.
Flood fill with color #b31174. Deselect.
Delete original wordart. D/S wordart.


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

9. Add main tube. C/P ~ duplicate
On original tube layer ~ adjust blur ~ gaussian blur of 2.
Select Circle 1 layer ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert selection
Back to main tube layer, erase any portion of tube that
extends below the circle selected.
Do same for the duplicated tube layer.
Deselect.

10. Add copyright, URL, & watermark.
Add name in black fill color. Use color # b31174 for the gradient glow.
Sharpen. D/S.

Delete white background. Save as a PNG.

Well done! :+)


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