07 February 2010

Choco-Love (PTU)

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This tutorial was written by me on February 7th, 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 kit named "Choc-lot" by Natasha of Sticky Kisses Designs, which can be purchased HERE.

Tube and close-up of choice: I'm using the gorgeous art of Jamie Kidd with a valid license.  You can purchase Jamie's tubes from CILM.

Template: #154 by Beth of Blissfully Beth.  You can download from her blog HERE.

Mask: Awesome mask by Sophisticated Simone, which you can download from her site HERE (in the second set of masks).

Font of choice: I'm using Champagne Italic

Plug in needed: Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow (optional, used for name only)

Ready?  Let's make a tag!

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

Open the template in PSP.  Delete the bg, group - I LOVE YOU, pink heart 1 & 2, be my valentine and blissfully beth layers.  Resize all layers 85%.

Image > Canvas Size > Change canvas size to 750 x 650, we'll resize later.

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

Highlight the white oval layer.  Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Choose a paper from the scrap kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Delete the white oval layer.

Continue in this manner until you have applied a paper or colour of choice to all the shape and frame layers.

On the rectangle layer, after you have pasted your paper, do not deselect!  Open your close-up tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed, place in the center of your rectangle and hit delete.  Deselect.  I changed the blend mode on this layer to Hard Light, but feel free to experiment with the others to see if there's one you like better.

Move the I Love You layer to the center of the tag (see my tag for reference.)

Open SKD_ChocHeart, resize 30%, then 45%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate 15 degrees right and place on the lower left side of the rectangular frame.  Duplicate this layer and mirror it.  Place on the upper left side of the frame.

I used my Color Replacer tool to change the colour of the I Love You and dotted lines layers.  Here's how:

Change your FG colour to #452003 and your BG colour to black.  Choose your colour replacer tool from the fly-out menu on the left, located here:

 On the top menu, change your settings to this:

(700, 100, 10, 100, 100, 0, 20)

Center the brush in the middle of your tag and left click to change the colour.

Open SKD_Bear2 and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom right of the tag.

Open a variety of the candies, resize and arrange in front of the bear.

Open SKD_Choctnit, resize 30%, then 90%.  Place to the left of the bear, beside the chocolates (see my tag.)

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left of your tag.  Resize your tube if necessary, mine was fine as is.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your layers and make sure you're happy with the placement of all your elements.  Hide your background layer and merge visible.

Add a new raster layer above your background layer.  Selections > Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply your mask, and use the raster deform tool to change the size to your satisfaction.

With your background layer still hidden, activate your crop tool.  Choose the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top menu, then click the green check mark.  This removes the excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.  Unhide your background layer, resize as desired.

Now add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're done!  Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol

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