30 November 2009

A Cold Winter Night (PTU)

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Cold Winter Night 

This tutorial was written by me on November 30th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but 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 called "A Cold Winter Night" by Cuddlebeez and available to purchase at Butterfly Blush Designs 

Mask: Vix_Mask109, from Vix PSP, included in supplies.  She has all kinds of awesome PSP goodies on her site, it's well worth a visit!

Silver pattern, included in supplies

Tube of choice.  I'm using the beautiful art of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license.  You can purchase Jennifer's tubes from CILM.

Plug-in needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation.

Font of choice.  I'm using Mon Amour Script Pro.

Animation Shop

Supplies HERE.

Ok, let's make a new tag!

Open your supplies, put your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.  Open the silver pattern in PSP and minimize.

Open a new image, 700 x 700, we'll resize later.

From the kit, open frame1, resize 20%.  Paste as a new layer.  Image > Flip

Using your magic wand with tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6

Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit, resize by 15%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Drag this layer below your frame.  Do not deselect.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed and place under the frame.  Hit delete to get rid of any excess.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube and frame layers.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 5.

Hide background layer and merge visible.  Move your tag slightly to the right.

Open snowflake1, resize 15%, then 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the bottom left of the frame.  Drop shadow.

Open snowflake2, resize 15%, then 50%.  Center on top of snowflake 1, see my tag for placement.  Drop shadow.

Open ribbon, resize 20%, then 85%.  Move layer below both snowflakes and position at the bottom of the frame.  Use eraser tool to get rid of any bits you can see behind the snowflakes.  Drop shadow.

Open stars, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place on the right side of our tag and move down below your frame.  See my tag for reference.  Duplicate and mirror.  Merge down so both are on the same layer.  Rename this layer "stars".

Duplicate the stars layer twice for a total of 3 layers.

I like to link layers that I'll be adding an animation effect to, to prevent any of them moving out of place and causing my animation to "jump".  You do this by highlighting a layer in the layer palette and clicking the link layers button (shown below).
Now it's time to add the Constellation effect!  Hide the two copies of your stars layer and highlight the original.  Effects > Plug Ins > Xenofex 2 > Constellation with the following settings:

Hide the stars layer and open stars copy 1.  Apply the same effect, same settings only this time, click the "Random Seed" button.  Do the same for stars copy 2.

Now add a light drop shadow to all three stars layers.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 5.

Highlight your background layer, add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.

Choose a paper from your scrap kit, copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find Vix_Mask109 and apply with these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert mask unchecked.  On your layer palette, highlight the mask layer, right click and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Resize your mask layer 95%.

Now resize all layers to a size you like, I resized mine 80%.

Add your name, using black for your background and the silver pattern for the foreground.  I used Mon Amour Script Pro, size 50, stroke 1.

Add a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 100, Blur 5.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Now let's animate!

Open Animation Shop

In PSP, make sure the copies of stars are hidden and the original is open.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged

In Animation Shop, right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back to PSP, hide the original stars layer and open copy 1.  Right click and Save Merged.

In AS, right click on tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat for copy 2.

In AS, View > Animation to see your tag in action!

I changed the frame properties to 15.  Save as a gif.

That's it, you're all done!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and thank you for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol

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