10 January 2010

Midnight Magic (FTU)

(Click on tag to view larger image) 

Midnight Magic

This tutorial was written by me on January 10th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in any other version.

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 FTU kit called "Stina" by Tracey at Soxational Scraps, available from her blog HERE.  Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful kit and hard work with us hun!

Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous art of Meredith Dillman with a valid license.  You can purchase Meredith's tubes from CILM.

Mask: HERE  I've had this mask for a long time and don't remember where I got it originally.  If it's yours or you know who created it, please let me know so I can give proper credit or remove it.  Thanks!

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Textures; Texture Noise.  (Optional)

Font of choice, I'm using FancyPants

Ready?  Let's make a new tag!

Download the mask and place in your PSP Masks folder.

Open a new canvas, 650 x 650, white background, we'll resize later.

Open two papers from your scrap kit, I used Paper 2 and Paper 5.  Minimize.

In your materials palette, change the FG to Pattern, open the pattern menu and choose one of the papers you just opened.  I used Paper 5.

Do the same for your BG, I used Paper 2.

Activate your Preset Shape tool and choose Ellipse from the drop down menu.  Anti-alias and create as vector checked, line style solid, width set to 8.  Draw out a large circle and then go to Objects > Align > Center in canvas.  In your layers palette, right click on your circle layer and choose Convert to raster layer.

Apply a drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 7.

From your scrap kit, open Charm 2.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move over to the left side of your circle (see my tag for placement).  Move this layer below your circle and Image > Duplicate.  Mirror the image and arrange on the right side of your circle.  When you're happy with what you see, merge these two layers together.  Duplicate the merged layer and Image > Flip.  Merge these two layers together and apply a drop shadow of choice.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5.

Open Wrap 2, resize 75%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Use your raster deform tool to adjust the size so it looks like it's wrapped around your circle.  Apply a drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.

Now have some fun decorating your tag!  I used Bag 3, Bow 1, Butterfly 2 and 3, all 3 candles, Rose 1 and 2.  Resize each as desired, copy and mirror some, use your raster deform tool to slightly rotate some of the roses and arrange all these elements behind your tube.  Place your butterflies as desired.  When you have your roses arranged the way you like, hide all other layers and merge visible.  Add a drop shadow to all your new layers.

Open Heart Weed and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below your roses.  Place on the left side of your tag, duplicate and mirror.  Arrange the duplicate layer on the right side.  Apply drop shadow to both layers.

Once you're happy with the placement of all layers, hide your background layer and merge visible.

Click on your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.

Open a paper of choice from your kit (I used Paper 1), copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk.  Find sensations mask 20 and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  In your layers palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to adjust the mask size to your liking.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Hide your background layer, activate your crop tool, select the Merged Opaque button on the right side of the top menu bar and then click the green check mark.  This crops away the excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.  Resize your tag to the size you prefer.

Now you may save your tag as a jpg or png.  If you're using the same tube I did and would like to animate it, let's continue!

Activate your tube tool and choose the flare tube from the drop down menu (this tube comes standard with PSP).  Add a new raster layer and apply the tube (I placed it between her hands).  Now duplicate the flare 3 times for a total of 4 layers.  Hide the 3 copies and highlight the original.

Now apply Eye Candy Textures, Texture Noise using these settings:

Repeat this process with the three copies, using the same settings but changing the Random Seed each time.

Time to animate!

Hide all three flare copies again, leaving the original open.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop.

Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide your original flare layer and unhide copy 1.  Right click and choose Copy Merged.

Back in AS, right click on your tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.

Continue in this manner until you have 4 frames.  Now go to View > Animation to see your tag in action!  I changed the frame properties to 15, but this is up to you.

Save your tag as a gif and you're finished!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!  Send them to me in an e-mail and I'll post them in my slide show.

Until next time ...

Hugs, Carol

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