10 November 2009

Gilded Christmas (PTU)

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Gilded Christmas 

This tutorial was written by me on November 10th, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

This tutorial was created using PSP X2 but should work in any other version.

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

Tools Needed 

Scrap-kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit called "Gilded Christmas" by Baby Cakes Scraps.  You can purchase this gorgeous kit HERE or HERE.

Mask: Christmas Mask by Sabre.  You can download this and many other PSP goodies from his blog HERE.  Thanks Sabre!

Tube of choice: I used the incredible art of Maxine Gadd with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you can purchase it HERE.

Font of choice: I used Passions Conflict ROB, a paid font.

Ok, let's get started!!

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

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

From your scrap-kit, open bcs_oval_frame.  Resize 45%, copy and paste as a new layer.

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

Select a paper from your kit, I used bcs_paper_seven.  Resize if you like, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Move this layer below your frame.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, I resized 80%.  Place it where you like inside your frame.  Duplicate your tube and move one copy above your frame.  Working on the top layer, use your eraser tool to remove the parts that are hanging over your frame at the bottom.  Highlight the bottom tube and carefully remove any parts showing under the frame.

Here's what my tag looked like before I used the eraser:
And here's what it looked like afterward:
Apply a drop shadow of your choice to the bottom tube only.  I used H & V - 2, Opacity - 55, Blur - 5.

Hide background layer and merge visible.

Highlight your merged layer and open bcs_angel from your scrap kit.  Resize 50% twice.  Place on the bottom left of your frame, see my tag for placement.  Apply drop shadow.

Open bcs_pot, resize 50%, then 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Move to the left side and move this layer below your merged frame layer.  Apply drop shadow.

Open bcs_spray and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Mirror.  Move this layer below the pot and place where you like it.  Apply drop shadow.

Open bcs_feather, resize 25%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Mirror.  Place in front of the frame but behind the angel.  Drop shadow.

Open bcs_leaves and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate right 12 degrees.  Make sure the box beside "Rotate single layer around canvas center" is checked.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.  Drop shadow.  Move this layer behind the frame on the right side.  See my tag.

Open bcs_poinsettia and resize 30% twice.  Place on top of the leaves.  Duplicate twice, resize each flower and mirror one.  Place where you like on the leaves.  Drop shadow the flowers.

Open bcs_flower_cluster, resize 30%, then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place behind the leaves layer.  Drop shadow

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Move your tag to the center of your canvas.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Layers > New Raster Layer.  Choose a complimentary colour from your tube or scrap kit (I choose #5c6852.)  Flood fill your new layer with this colour.  Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find SabreChristmasMask2quill0 and apply.  Settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask.  Invert mask unchecked.  On your layer palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  I then used the Raster Deform tool to push the sides in a bit, but this is entirely up to you.

Hide your background layer again and select the crop tool.  In the top menu, under "Snap crop rectangle to," choose "Merged Opaque".  Then click the green check mark to apply.  This will get rid of all the excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.  Resize your tag to whatever you're happy with.

Add your name and copyright/license information.  Here are the settings I used for the name:

Font: Passions Conflict ROB.  Size: 72, Stroke: 0  FG set to #8b6f27 and BG set to #d9c67d.  Change BG to Gradient; Style Linear, Angle 45, Repeat 3, Invert unchecked.  I then added an Inner Bevel with these settings:
Apply drop shadow to name.  I used H & V - 2, Opacity - 100, Blur - 3.

Now save as a jpg or png file and you're all done!

Thanks for trying my tutorial and I hope you'll show me your results!

Hugs, Carol 

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