31 December 2009

Happy New Year and some Info

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm temporarily MIA because my computer died on me just before Christmas and I've been waiting for my new one to arrive.  I'm suffering terrible PSP withdrawal symptoms so you can be sure I'll be back creating and posting tuts just as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  May you enjoy health, happiness and prosperity in 2010!

Hugs, Carol

24 December 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

It's Christmas Eve already!  It seems like I just put all the decorations away and it was time to put them back up again.  LOL!  I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  I hope you get to spend time with the people you love most and share some good times, good food and happy memories.  However you celebrate this wonderful time of year, I hope it's your best yet and I wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2010!

Hugs, Carol

15 December 2009

Christmas In The Heart (PTU)

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Christmas In The Heart 

This tutorial was written by me on December 15th, 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 and Animation Shop. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome collab kit from Creative Scraps Store called "Icy Sweet".  This kit is free with any $5 purchase and is filled with wonderful stuff!!  I'm using the portion by AJ Randoms Scraps.

Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous art of Cristina McAllister with a valid license.  You can purchase her tubes from CILM.

Template: TracyF.Designz Xmas.Template6 by Tracy at Freebie Friends.  Download from their blog HERE.  Thanks for sharing these awesome templates Tracy!

Silver pattern and snow animation are included in supplies HERE.

Font of choice: I'm using AL Heavenly

Winter scene of choice

Mask of choice

Animation Shop

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5. 

Ready?  Let's make a new tag!

Unzip your supplies and open the Bright_silver_speckle pattern in PSP, minimize.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete TracyF. Designz layer.  Image > Canvas Size > change size to 750 x 650 so you have room to work, we'll resize later.

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

Highlight the Circle layer.  Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Choose a paper from the scrap kit, I used Blue3.  Resize 20%, then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place it over the selected circle, Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, hit Delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.  Delete the original circle layer.

Repeat these steps for Shape 1, using a different paper, I used Pink3.

Select Shape 2, float, defloat.  Change your FG color to #709cb7 and your BG to #ffc9e9.  Now change your FG to Gradient, style linear, angle 45 and repeats 3.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Do not deselect!

Open your winter scene, resize if necessary, copy and paste as a new layer.  Place it over the gradient layer, Ctrl+Shift+I to invert, hit Delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Now duplicate your gradient layer and drag above your winter scene.  Change the blend mode on the top gradient to Color Legacy.  Adjust the opacity if desired, I left mine at 100%.  Merge down twice so that these three layers are now one.  Rename this layer snow scene.

Selections, float, defloat.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 4

Change your FG to pattern, find the Bright_silver_speckle pattern in the menu and select it.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the pattern.  Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 6.  Hit the delete key.  Selections > Select None.  You now have a frame around your scene.

Highlight the text 1 layer.

Change your FG back to colour, and change the color to #193e54.  Activate the Change To Target brush from the side menu (it's located in the fly-out menu below your paint brush tool).  Set the size to 100, Hardness 50, Step 10, Density, Thickness and Opacity at 100, Rotation 0, Mode set to Color.  Left click and paint over your text to change the color.  Do the same for the text 2 layer.

Now add your tube and any elements you like.  I added Flake1, duplicated it a number of times, changed the sizes and scattered them around my tag.  When you have all the flakes you want, and they're placed where you like, hide the rest of your layers and merge the flake layers together.  I then added the flower, resized 20%, then 80% and placed it at the lower left of my frame.

Add drop shadows to the circle fill, shape fill, text fill 1, text fill 2, your tube, the frame you created and the elements you added.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with the same gradient you used above, only this time, put a check mark in the Invert box.  Apply a mask of choice to this layer.  Resize your mask if you like, or use the raster deform tool to alter it to you liking.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Click the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top menu and click the green check mark.  This will get rid of any excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.

Unhide your background layer and resize your tag to a size you like.  Remember to check the box beside "resize all layers"!  I resized mine 85%.

Highlight your top layer.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Now hide your frame layer and all the layers above it.  Merge the rest of the layers visible.  Hide your merged layer and unhide the other layers.  Merge these visible.  You should now have two layers.  Highlight the bottom layer, right-click on your tag and choose copy.

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

Open your snow animation in AS.  Note that the snow has 20 frames, so your new tag must have 20 frames as well.  Right click on your new animation and choose Duplicate Selected.  Keep doing this until you have 20 frames.

Choose your snow animation again.  Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy.

Choose your new animation.  Edit > Select All > Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frames.  Carefully place your snow over the snow scene.  You will need to do this twice in order to cover the whole scene.

View > Animation to make sure you like what you see!

Back to PSP.  Highlight your top layer, right-click your tag and choose copy.

Paste this layer as a new animation in AS, right-click and choose copy.

On your tag, make sure all frames are selected, and the propagate paste button is selected (in the top menu bar, it looks like three sheets of paper lined up diagonally).

Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame.  Carefully place the rest of your tag on top of your animated frames, then left click to place.  If you get it wrong the first try, just undo and try again.

Now simply save your new tag as a gif and you're finished!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol 


13 December 2009

Tasty Treats (PTU)

 
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Tasty Treats 

This tutorial was written by me on December 13th, 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 an awesome PTU kit called "BakaRama" by Angel's Designz, available at Scrapper's Secret.  I love this kit, it has lots of elements, frames, papers and word art and was a lot of fun to work with!  Thanks so much Kelly!

Tube of choice: I'm using the wonderful art of Rion Vernon aka Pinup Toons with a valid license.  You can purchase his tubes from CILM.

Template: #15 from Melissaz Creationz.  Download from her blog HERE (scroll down, links are on the right).  Thanks so much Melissa!

Mask: Vix_Mask177, available to download from her site HERE.

Please remember to say "thank you" when you download from these wonderful peeps who freely share their time and effort!

Font of choice, I used A&S Graceland.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5.

Ready?  Let's begin!

Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete raster 10.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.  Image > Canvas Size > change canvas size to 650 x 650 so you have room to work, we'll resize later.

Starting with Raster 8 (large circle), Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit, resize as desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Delete Raster 8.

Continue in this manner for all the layers, working your way to the top and deleting the originals as you go.

For some of the papers, I adjusted the colour a bit to better match my tube.  For instance, for Raster 6 and copy of Raster 6, I adjusted the brightness and contrast of the paper I chose.  Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > set brightness to 25 and contrast to 10.  You may wish to do the same, depending on your tube and the paper you choose.

For Raster 5 and copy of Raster 5, I changed the hue and saturation.  Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > set hue to 211 and saturation to 238.  Again, this will depend on your tube and paper choices.

Now have some fun and choose the elements you want to add to your tag.  I used Bowl1, Cake, Cupcake 4, 5, 7, Flower2, Hard Candy Jar, Jelly Beans Jar, Measuring Spoons, Sugar Cookie Butterfly Pink, Whisk and Wooden Rolling Pin.  There's lots of elements to choose from, so have fun with it!!  Resize each element as needed and arrange on your tag.  I placed the cake in the center frame and grouped the cupcakes together in the left frame, merged them together, duplicated, mirrored and placed the copy in the right frame.  I arranged the other elements at the bottom left of my tag, with the jars behind the bowl and rolling pin and the whisk placed so it looks like it's leaning on the rolling pin.  I placed the measuring spoons at the bottom corner of my left frame and used the eraser to remove bits of it so it looks as if it's hanging from the frame.

Add your tube, place on the right side of your tag.

Open a word art of choice, I used Word Art 1.  Resize as desired and place at the top left of your tag.  I changed the color of "Tasty Treats" by using my color replacer tool.  If you wish to make it look like mine, change your foreground color to #f56efd (your chosen color) and your background color to #f16d99, (the color you wish to change).  Choose the color replacer tool from the fly-out menu on the side menu bar (see image below for location).  With the brush size set to 55, Step 10, Hardness, Density, Thickness set to 100, Rotation 0 and Tolerance 20, left click and paint over the text.  Viola!  Instant color change!
Make sure you've added drop shadows to your layers and everything is arranged to your liking, then hide your background and merge visible.

Unhide your background layer and highlight.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a color that compliments your tube or kit, I used #bbd9ac.  Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find Vix_Mask177 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask and invert transparency unchecked.  In your layer palette, right click on your mask and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Resize your mask layer 95%.

Hide your background layer, activate your crop tool and select the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top menu bar.  Click the green check mark to crop your tag.

Now add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Resize as desired, save as a jpg or png file and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

 

09 December 2009

Winter Chill (PTU)

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Winter Chill 

This tutorial was written by me on December 9th, 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 by Creationz by Jo called "Winter Chill" and available to purchase at Aussie Scrap Designs 

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

Photo of a winter scene, I got mine from Stock Exchange.

Mask of choice.

Plug-in needed: VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes, available to download HERE.

Font of choice: I'm using Carattere

Animation Shop

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 60, Blur 7.

Ready?  Let's begin!

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

From the scrap kit, open WC_TripleFrames, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > change Hue to 154 and Saturation to 124.

Using the magic wand with mode set to add, tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside each one of the frames.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6.

Open your photo, resize if needed, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Move this layer below your frame.

Open WC_Branch and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new image, move to the top.  Free rotate 8 degrees left and place on the left side of your tag.

Open WC_Lantern, resize 70%, then 80%.  Use your eraser tool to remove the rope and place at the bottom of the branch.

Open 2 flowers of choice, resize each 30%, then 80%.  Copy and paste each as a new layer, duplicate one and mirror.  Arrange at the base of your lantern.  I colorized two of the flowers using the same settings above.

Open 2 butterflies of choice, resize each 30%, then 45%.  Copy and paste as new layers, colorize if desired.  Free rotate left or right 15 degrees and place around your frame.

Open a bow of choice, resize and place in the middle of the frames (see my tag for reference.)

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube as I did, I mirrored mine and resized 120%.

Highlight your background layer.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #193686.  Apply your mask.

If you haven't already, apply drop shadows to all but the photo layer.

Hide background, mask and photo layers, merge visible.

Unhide the hidden layers and highlight the photo layer.  Duplicate this layer 4 times for a total of 5 layers.

Hide the top 4 copies and highlight original layer.  Apply the VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes filter using these settings:

Amount: 25
Size range begin: 1
Size range end: 10
Hardness: 75
Transparency: 0
Snow color: Basic - Snow
Random Seed: 0

Now hide this layer and unhide and select the first copy.  Apply the filter with all the same settings, except change the random seed to 2.

Continue in this manner, applying the filter to the remaining copies, changing the random seed setting on each layer.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Resize your tag to a size you like.

Time to animate!

Unhide the original photo layer and hide the copies.

Right click on your tag, choose Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop and right click on your workspace.  Choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide your original photo layer and unhide copy 1.  Right click, copy merged.

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

Continue in this manner until you have 5 frames.

View > Animation to see your tag in motion.  I chose to change the frame properties to 15.  Edit > Select All.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 15.

Once you're happy, save your tag as a gif and you're done!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and thanks for trying my tutorial.  Remember, I always love to see your results!  Send them to me in an email by clicking the "Contact" link in the top menu.

Hugs, Carol

06 December 2009

I Wanna Be A Cowboy (PTU)

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I Wanna Be A Cowboy 

This tutorial was written by me on December 6th, 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 by Sticky Kisses Designs called "Boots N Chaps".  You can purchase this kit at Scrappin' Bratz.

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful pin-up art of Keith Garvey with a valid license.  You can purchase his tubes at MPT. 

Font of choice: I'm using Cowboys

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5

Ready?  Let's go! 

Open a new image, 725 x 625, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the scrap kit, open SKD_Frame1 and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer. 

Using your rectangle selection tool, draw a selection around the opening of your frame.

Choose a paper from your kit, resize as desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Drag this layer below your frame.  Selections > Select None.

I changed the colour of the paper slightly.  Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > Hue 127, Saturation 13.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as needed.  Duplicate your tube layer and move one copy above and one copy below your frame.  Use your eraser to remove the bits showing below your frame on both layers.  Drop shadow only the tube below your frame.  Drop shadow the frame.

Open SKD_Fence, resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Drop shadow

Open SKD_LeatherFlowers and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, drop shadow.  Move to the left side of the fence.  Duplicate this layer twice, mirror one copy and arrange on the right side of the fence, place the other in the middle.  Duplicate again, resize 85% and move this layer behind the below the fence.  Place where you like, duplicate again and mirror.  See my tag for reference.

Open SKD_Horse.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the tag.  Move this layer down above your background layer and use your eraser to get rid of the bits you can see below the fence.  Drop shadow, duplicate and mirror.

Highlight your fence layer, open SKD_Cow and resize 30%, then 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the right fence post.  Drop shadow, duplicate and mirror.  Place the copy on the left fence post.

Now add any other elements you like.  I added Button2 to the top corners of my frame and Flower 3 and 4 which I duplicated and scattered around the bottom of my tag behind the fence.

Highlight your background layer and open SKD_Cloud.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top of your tag.  Duplicate, resize 85%, mirror and place on the right side, about mid-way down (see my tag).  Duplicate again and move the copy over to the left side of the tag.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information, crop and resize your tag as desired and save as a jpg or png.

All done!  Enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

03 December 2009

Christmas Guardian (FTU)


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Christmas Guardian 

This tutorial was written by me on December 3rd, 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 fun FTU kit by Natasha of Scrappin Bratz called {Luv} Christmas, available to download from her blog Sticky Kisses Designs.  Please remember to say thank you when you download!  Thanks for sharing this awesome kit with us hun! 

Tube of choice, I'm using the beautiful art of Erica Ries with a valid license.  This tube was part of the 2008 Christmas gift from MPT.

Template: Awesome Xmas template #8 by Tracy of Freebie Friends.  Download from their blog HERE.  Please leave some love when you do!

Mask of choice 

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, gradient glow.

 Font of choice, I'm using Frivolous

Drop shadow used throughout, H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5 unless otherwise noted.

Ready ... set ... GO!  :) 

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete Tracy F. Designz, ribbon and ribbon bell layers.  Resize all layers 85%, then go to Image > Canvas Size > change to 700 x 600.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Highlight the circle layer, Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 20%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Ctrl+Shift+I to invert, hit delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Repeat this step for oval 1, oval 2 and rectangle layers.  You may also repeat this step for the tree layer or you may do what I did and replace the template tree with the one from the kit.  I decorated my tree with the heart and star2, resized 15%, then 20%.  Duplicate as many times as you like and mirror some.  Arrange them how you like.

Open the candle, resize 30%, then 55%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place to the right of the tree.

Open box 1, resize 10%, then 50%.  Place beneath the tree (see my tag for reference).  Duplicate, resize 85% and mirror.  Arrange the two packages as desired.

Open bow2, resize 10%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate left 7 degrees.  Place at top of the rectangle layer (see my tag.)

Open Ribbon 1, resize 10%, then 70%.  Free rotate right 90 degrees.  Move this layer below the bow and duplicate, mirror.  Arrange so it looks like ribbons hanging from the bow.

Highlight the text 2 layer.  Select your Change To Target brush located on the left (vertical) menu bar (see picture below).  Change your FG colour to #a9ba00.  With your brush size set to 10, Hardness 50, Step 10, Density, Thickness and Opacity set to 100, carefully go over each green letter in your text.  This will change the green to one that better compliments the green in the kit.  The red letters are fine.
I chose to delete the text fill 1 & 2 layers and replaced them with a gradient glow effect, but this is up to you.

I used Eye Candy 4000, gradient glow with these settings;

Basic Tab: Glow Width 3, Soft Corners 0, Overall Opacity 100
Color Tab: Choose the Fat preset

Add a light drop shadow to the snow layer, I used H&V 2, Opacity 20, Blur 5.

Make sure you're happy with the positioning of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 80% and move down and to the right.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and move to the left of your tag.  If you're using the same tube I did, I resized 90%.

Add your name and all applicable copyright/license information.  I added the same gradient glow effect to the name.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Select the Merged Opaque button on the top menu bar and click the green check mark.

Unhide your background layer and highlight, Selections > Select All.  Add a new raster layer, choose a paper from the kit, copy and paste into selection.  Select none.

Apply a mask of your choice, use your raster deform tool to adjust it to your liking if needed.  Resize your tag to your preference and save as a jpg or png.

You're all finished!  Hope you enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

Christmas Love (PTU)


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Christmas Love 

This tutorial was written by me on December 3rd, 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 gorgeous PTU kit by Tootypup Scraps.  This kit is loaded with beautiful elements and is so much fun to work with!  Thank you Tooty!  You can purchase it at Aussie Scrap Designs 

Mask: dmsk0670, download HERE.  I've had this mask for a very long time and have no idea who made it.  If it's yours or you know who made it, please e-mail me and let me know so I can give proper credit or remove.  Thanks!

Tube of choice, I used the poser supplied with the kit.

Font of choice, I used Vergennes

Plug-in needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation (optional)

Ready?  Let's make a tag!

Open a new image, 650 x 550.

From the scrap kit, open tp_pergola3.  Resize 85%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Open tp_snow1 and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, duplicate twice for a total of 3.  Move these layers below the pergola, mirror one and arrange to your satisfaction (see my tag for reference.  Once you're happy, merge these three layers together.  Go to Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize.  Hue 85, Saturation 41.  The snow layer will now match the snow in the pergola layer.

Highlight your pergola layer, right click and choose Merge > Merge Down.

Add a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 5.

Open tp_Christmas tree4b, resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the lower left side, on top of the snow.  Drop shadow.

Choose some of the Christmas balls to decorate your tree!  Resize each 15%, then 20% and place them where you like.  Once you have them all placed, hide your background, tree and pergola layers and merge visible.  Drop shadow the merged layer and merge down.

Open tp_bow6 and resize 20%.  Place at the top of the tree and drop shadow, merge down.

Open tp_deco2b, resize 10%, then 50%.  Use these to decorate the trees on the side of the pergola.  Resize and mirror some and place where you like (see my tag for reference).  Once your happy, hide all your other layers and merge your deco layers together.  Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 25, Blur 3.

Open one of the baskets, resize 15%, then 85% and place it to the right of the decorated tree.  Drop shadow.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Move your merged layer down a bit (see my tag for reference).

Highlight your background layer.  Open tp_ivycorner1, resize 35%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Flip.  Move slightly to the left.  Image > Duplicate > Image Mirror.  In your layer palette, highlight the copy and merge down so both are on the same layer.  Use your eraser to remove any bits you can see showing below.  Drop shadow.

Highlight background layer again and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Open a paper of choice (I used tp_paper5), copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk.  Find dmsk0670 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  In your layer palette, right click on the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.

Use your raster deform tool to move the sides in and the bottom up.

I added a star effect with Xenofex 2 Constellation, using the setting "A Few Small Stars", with these changes:


Now choose some elements to decorate your ivy frame.  There are loads to pick from, so have some fun with it!  Copy and paste each as a new layer, resize and arrange as you like.  Add drop shadow to each layer.

Once you're happy with everything, hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize 90%, Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Select the Merged Opaque button on the top left menu bar and click the green check mark.  This crops the excess canvas without cutting off any of your drop shadows.

Save as a jpg or png and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol

02 December 2009

Christmas Magic (PTU)

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Christmas Magic 

This tutorial was written by me on December 2nd, 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 and Animation Shop. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an absolutely gorgeous PTU kit called "Lilac Christmas" from Baby Cakes Scraps.  This kit is beautiful and I will be making more tags with it for sure!  You can purchase it at Sunflower Scraps Boutique.

Masked background, included in supplies.  The photo used is courtesy of Stock Exchange.

Twink animation, included in supplies.

Snow animation, included in supplies.

Tube of choice, I'm using a wonderful free to use tube by Zindy S.D. Nielsen.  You can download it from her site HERE.  Thank you Zindy!

Font of choice, I'm using A&L Snapper Script.

Supplies: HERE 

Ok, let's make a new tag! 

Unzip your supplies and open the background image in PSP.  Open a new image, 650 x 500, white background.  Copy and paste the background image as a new layer.

From the scrap kit, open bcs_sleigh_two.  Resize 30%, then 60%.  Move in front of the moon, see my tag for placement.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 5. 

Right click on tag, Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop, right click on workspace, choose Paste As A New Animation.

Edit > Duplicate Selected.  Continue doing this until you have 10 frames.  Edit > Select All 

Open your snow animation.  Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy

Make sure your new tag is active, then go to Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame.  Place your snow animation on your tag and left click to paste it.  You will need to do this twice, in order to fill the tag with snow.  I pasted the first on the right side of my tag, and then lined up the second with the first.  If you don't get it placed correctly the first time, simply undo and retry until you like what you see.

Animation > View to see what your animated tag looks like.

Back in PSP, open bcs_tree.  Resize 40%, then 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place on the left side of your tag.  Drop shadow

Open your tube, if you're using the same tube I did, I resized 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Add drop shadow and place to the right of the tree.

Open bcs_word_art_two, resize 50%, then 75%.  Place on the right side of your tag, see my tag for reference.  Drop shadow.

Feel free to add any other elements you like, I chose to keep this tag simple.  This kit has many gorgeous elements to choose from, so have fun with it!

Add your name, I used A&S Snapper Script, size 72, Stroke 1, FG colour #f6f6f6, BG colour #422a88.  Add drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Now hide your background, masked image and sleigh layers.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.

Back in Animation Shop, right click on your workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.  Edit > Copy.

Activate the tag you created earlier, Edit > Select All.  Make sure the Propagate Paste button in the top menu is selected and then go to Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selected Frame.  Place over your background and left click to paste.

View > Animation to make sure everything is working the way it should.

Now open the Animation 8 twink.  Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy.

Activate your tag, make sure all frames are selected, then Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selected Frame.  Do this as many times as you like, until you've added all the twinks you want.

Resize your tag if you like, I resized mine 90%.  Save as a gif and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and remember I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol

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