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We'll Always Have Paris
This tutorial was written by me on January 6th, 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.
Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome kit by Susan of Tootypup Scraps called "Je t'aime mon amour" which you can purchase at Aussie Scrap Designs. Thank you for letting me play with your beautiful kit hun!!
Template: I'm using Template #1 by Sara's Scraps which you can download from her blog HERE.
Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Aurelie Corre with a valid license. You can purchase her tubes from MPT.
Mask of choice
Font of choice, I'm using Lovelight.
No plug-ins needed for this tag.
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 5.
Ready? Let's get started!
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Image > Canvas Size > change to 800 x 650, we'll resize later. Delete Raster 2 layer. Unhide the Raster 1 layer, floodfill the empty space with white.
Highlight (click on) the Circle layer. Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat. Open a paper of choice from your kit, resize 70% (I resized twice), copy and paste as a new layer. Arrange the paper within the selection, then Selection > Invert > Delete. Do not deselect!
Open tp-fountain3, resize 50%, copy and paste as a new layer. Arrange on top of the circle and then hit delete. Selections > Select none. Delete Circle layer.
Continue in this manner for the remaining layers, using whatever papers you like and deleting the originals as you go.
Open tp-clocklamp 2 (or one of your choice), resize 80%, copy and paste as a new layer. Move over to the left side of your tag.
Open bistro table and chairs of choice, resize, copy and paste as new layers and arrange at the center bottom of your tag.
Open tp-swirl3, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the right of your circle and move layer to the bottom, just above your background layer (see my tag for placement). Duplicate, Image > Mirror and arrange on the left side of the circle. Merge down, duplicate, Image > Flip.
Open one of the Eiffel towers (I used EiffelTower02), resize 60%, then 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer behind your swirl layers. Arrange on the right side of the tag.
Open a roseheart of choice (I used tp-roseheart6), resize 50%, then 55%. Copy and paste as a new layer and place inside the top square frame. Duplicate, Image > Mirror and place the copy in the bottom square frame.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize if necessary and place where you like.
Add a drop shadow to all layers.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all your layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible. Resize your merged layer to a size you like, I resized mine 85%.
Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer. Select all, choose a paper, copy and paste into selection.
Apply a mask of your choice and use your raster deform tool to resize as necessary.
Now add your name and all applicable copyright information. Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool. Click the Merged Opaque button on the top right menu and then click the green check mark. This crops all excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.
Now save as a jpg or png file and you're done! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!