22 November 2009

Freedom (PTU)

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This tutorial was written by me on November 22nd, 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 PTU kit called "A Soldier's Story" by Baby Cakes Scraps.  You can purchase this kit HERE

 Tube of choice: I'm using the art of Jay Trembly, purchased when he was with MPT.  You must have a license to use.

Mask: WSL_Mask254 by Chelle, download HERE.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us Chelle!

Photo: I got mine from Stock Exchange.  If you wish to use the same photo, you can find it HERE.

Word art: by Bethany of Elegant WordArt 2.  You can find the link to download this word art HERE.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I'm using Akbar

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V: 2, Opacity: 69, Blur: 5

Let's get started!

Save your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 700 x 650.  We'll resize later.

From your scrap kit, open bcs camo frame and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Using your freehand selection tool, draw around your frame, like this:
Copy and paste your photo as a new layer.  Resize 80% three times.  Move below your frame and arrange as you like.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Reduce opacity to 80%.

Open bcs freedom button, resize 50% then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Place in the center of the frame. over the knot in the ribbon.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Open bcs metal tag, resize 65%, then 95%.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate right 40 degrees.  Move below the button and arrange so it looks like it's hanging from the button.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Open bcs ivy, resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the frame.

Open bcs camo envelope, resize  30%, then 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place at the bottom of the ivy.

Open bcs brown flower, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place in front of the envelope.  Open bcs dark green flower, resize 30%, then 85%.  Place to the right of the envelope.  Image > Duplicate > Image > Mirror.  Place on the left side of the envelope.  Open bcs brown daisy, resize 30%, then 60%, place in the middle of the two green flowers.  See my tag for placement.

Open bcs memory bow, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the top left side of your frame, over the ivy.  Image > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Apply drop shadow to all layers except for the photo layer.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide your background layer and merge visible.

Resize your merged layer 85%.  Move slightly to the left.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, I resized it 115%, then sharpened.  Drop shadow.

Open bcs glitter swirl, resize 60%, place on the left side of your tag.  Move this layer down so that it's just above your background layer.  Duplicate and flip.  Arrange as you like.  Use your eraser tool to get rid of any bits that show through your photo.  Drop shadow.

Highlight merged layer.  Open the word art, resize 15%, then 80%.  Add a gradient glow effect using Eye Candy 4000 with the following settings:

Under the basic tab: Glow Width: 5, Soft Corners: 0, Overall Opacity: 100
Under the Color tab: choose the medium preset but change the color to #7e8276.  Apply drop shadow.

Hide your background layer and crop your image using the Merged Opaque button (see my Joyeux Noel tut for more details.)  With your background still hidden, merge visible.  Resize your merged layer 85%.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a colour that compliments your tube or scrap kit.  I used #7e8276 again.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk > find WSL_Mask254 and apply with these settings: Source luminance, fit to layer, hide all mask, invert mask unchecked.  In your layer palette, highlight the mask layer, right click and choose Merged > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to push the sides in a bit if you wish.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Hide your background layer and use your crop tool once again to get rid of any excess canvas then save as a jpg or png file and you're all finished.

Thank you for trying my tutorial and please feel free to send me your results so I can add them to the slide show!

Hugs, Carol

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