27 November 2009

Autumn's Flame (PTU)

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Autumn's Flame

I actually made this tag at the beginning of November and I finally got around to writing the tut for it. This tutorial was written by me on November 27th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: I use PSP X2, but it should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit by Lynne of Baby Cakes Scraps called "Autumn's Flame".  You can purchase this kit HERE.

Template: #26 by Scraps Dimensions, download HERE.

Tube of choice: I'm using the awesome work of Rion Vernon, aka Pinup Toons.  You can purchase his tubes from CILM.

Mask: "The Braveheart of Pansies" from The Quill and Parchment.  Thank you for sharing your incredible work, Sabre!

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Impact; Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I'm using Mr. DeHaviland.

Ready?  Let's get started!

Place your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open SD Template 26, duplicate and close the original.  Resize all layers to 650 x 650 pixels, then go to canvas size and change that to 700 x 700 so you have some room to work.  We'll resize later.

Add a new raster layer, send to bottom and flood fill white.

Starting with the leaves layer, Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Choose a paper from your kit, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Delete original layer.

Repeat this step for all layers except the Raster 1 layer (autumn days word art).

Highlight the Raster 1 layer.  Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Add a raster layer, then flood fill selection with #630000.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Add a glow effect to your word art by applying Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Colour I used: #f5cc49

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, place where you like.  I chose to center mine.

This is where the real fun begins!  Choose the elements you would like to add to your tag, this kit has some real beauties!  I used branch, butterfly, candle cluster two, daisy, dried cluster, gold leaf, gold leaf 2, mums, and roses.  Resize as desired, copy and paste all your elements as separate layers.  Now arrange to your satisfaction.  Get creative, mirror some of the elements, free rotate others, mix and match until you like what you see!

Apply a drop shadow of choice to all layers.  Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with #384130.  Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find SabreL_BraveheartScrapkitMask2 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  On your layer palette, right click mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to pull the left side of the mask out a bit.

Add your name using a script-type font.  I used Mr. DeHaviland, size 90, stroke 0.  FG set to null and BG set to #f5cc49.  Apply the same gradient glow effect, only this time set the opacity to 75% and use colour #630000.  Apply drop shadow.

Now resize your tag to a size you like, add all applicable copyright and license information, save as a jpg or png file and you're all finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and I'd love to see your result!!

Hugs, Carol

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