24 November 2009

Snowflake Dreams (FTU)

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Snowflake Dreams 

This tutorial was written by me on November 24th, 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 FTU kit called "Wynter Thyme" by Tracy F. Designz.  You can download this fabulous kit HERE.  Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent Tracy!

Template: #103 by Dezigns by Ali, which you can download HERE. 

Tube of choice, I'm using the wonderful art of Dean Yeagle, which you can purchase from CILM.

Silver speckle pattern, download HERE 

Plug-in needed: DSB Flux, Bright Noise.

Mask of choice

Font of choice, I used Kayleigh

Let's begin!

Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close original.  Resize all layers 85%, then change canvas size to 700 x 650.  Delete Raster 1.  I also deleted Layer 1, but this is entirely up to you.

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

Highlight Shape 1, select all > float > defloat.

From the scrap kit, open paper 9.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Delete the Shape 1 layer.

Highlight your new paper layer, select all > float > defloat.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 8.

Open your silver speckle pattern in PSP and minimize.  Change your foreground to Pattern, and choose the silver speckle pattern from the drop down menu.  With the Angle set to 0 and the scale set to 100, flood fill your selection with this pattern.  Select none.

Select your paper layer again, float and defloat.  Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 2.  Highlight the silver speckle layer again and hit delete.  Selections > Select None.  You now have an icy-looking frame for your paper layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Apply a drop shadow to Shape 2 and Shape 2 copy.  Merge these layers together, rename snowflakes and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copy layers.

Select Dreams layer, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Using the same silver speckle pattern, flood fill the selection.  Select none.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.  Delete the Dreams layer.

Do the same for the Snowflake layer, except change the pattern angle to 180.  Sharpen.

Merge these two layers together, rename text, apply a drop shadow and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copy layers.  Delete the Snowflake layer.

We're going to add a noise effect to the text and snowflake layers.  On the original copy of each layer add the following effect:

DSB Flux; Bright Noise.  Set the Intensity to 45 and click the radio button beside Mix once.

Hide the original layer of both text and snowflake and unhide copy 1 of each.  Apply Bright Noise again, but this time click the Mix button twice.

Repeat the above procedure again for the copy 2 layers, clicking the Mix button three times.

Now hide both of the copy 2 layers and open the original copy of both text and snowflake.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and add any elements you like.  I used bucket 1, danglers, decoration 1, and skates.  Arrange as you like and drop shadow each layer.

Now crop your tag to get rid of the excess canvas.

Highlight your background layer and add a raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Open paper 12, copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply a mask of choice.  Resize your tag to a size you prefer.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Now let's animate!

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, 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 text and snowflake layers and unhide copy 1 of both.  Right click on tag and choose Copy Merged.

Back to AS.  Right click on animation and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

In PSP, repeat the above step, hiding copy 1 and unhiding copy 2 for both layers.  Copy Merged.

In AS: Right click and paste after current frame.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Save as a gif and you're finished!

Enjoy your new tag and thank you for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol


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