17 January 2010

Once Bitten (FTU)

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 Once Bitten 

This tutorial was written by me on January 17th, 2010.  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 FTU kit named "Gothika" by Funky at Wishing On A Starr.  Download from her blog HERE and please remember to leave some love when you do.  It's an easy thing to do and it lets these talented designers know we appreciate them for freely sharing their hard work.

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Maxine Gadd with a valid license.  You can purchase her tubes from MPT. 

Mask of choice

Font of choice, I'm using Gotik

No plug-ins needed.

Ready?  Let's make a new tag!

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.

From the scrap kit, open Frame 3.  Resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your freehand selection tool: selection type - point to point, mode - add (shift), feather and smoothing set to 0 and anti-alias checked, draw around the inside of your frame, overlapping the edge a little, like this:

Open a paper of your choice (I used Paper 4), resize 70%.  Highlight your background layer, copy and paste your paper as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Do not deselect!

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer and resize as needed.  If you use the same tube, I resized 75%.

From the kit, open the tombstone.  Resize 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below your tube and arrange so it looks like she's leaning back against the tombstone.

With the tombstone layer still highlighted, hit delete.  Do the same for your tube layer.  Selections > Select None.

Add a drop shadow of choice (I used H&V 2, Opacity 70, Blur 5) to your layers.

Open Floral Trail, resize 65%, highlight your top layer, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move to the left side of the frame.  Apply drop shadow.  Duplicate, resize the copy 75%.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate left 15 degrees.  Duplicate and Image > Mirror.  Arrange the flowers to your liking, see my tag for reference.

Open the Cross, resize 50%, then 90%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and place in front of the flowers.  Apply drop shadow.

Open Tarot Card Box, resize 30%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move in front of the cross and apply drop shadow.

Open Wican Candle, resize 90%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move to the right side of the frame and drop shadow.

Open Floral Cluster, resize 50%, then 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and place at the base of the candle.  Open Flower, resize 30%, then 50%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Duplicate this flower twice, resize each copy 85% and mirror one.  Arrange these among the flower cluster and drop shadow all.  See my tag for reference.

Open the Butterfly, resize 20%, then 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and free rotate right 15 degrees.  Apply your drop shadow and duplicate twice.  Resize the copies as desired and place them around your tag.

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

Unhide your background layer and highlight it.  Add a new raster layer, Selections > Select All.  Open a paper of choice from the kit (I used Paper 7), copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply a mask of your choice, then use your raster deform tool to resize and position as desired.

Now 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 right menu bar and click the green check mark to crop your tag.  Resize as desired to your preferred size.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Hugs, Carol

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