09 February 2010

Heart of the Nile (PTU)


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Heart of the Nile 

This tutorial was written by me on February 9th, 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 and Animation Shop. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit called "Heart of the Nile" by Digicats (and Dogs).  I love this kit!  Lots of awesome elements and so many possibilities.  Thank you for letting me play with your lovely kit Dianna!  You can purchase it at Scrappers Secret 

Tube of choice: I'm using the art of Scott Blair with a valid license.  You can buy his tubes at MPT.  You will need a tube that's sitting or reclining.

Mask of choice, or you can use the same one I did HERE 

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Nature - Fire.

Font of choice: I'm using Secretary Hand Ancient.

Let's make a new tag!

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

Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the kit, open DCD_Chaise, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move this down a little, so it's sitting about 2/3 of the way down your canvas.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed.  Place on the chaise.

Now add the elements you like (this kit has lots!), resizing each to your satisfaction.  I added DCD_Bastet02, Candle02 & 03, Egyptian Pin, all 3 Ferns, the Glitter Leaf, Horus02, Orchidea01, Sacred Cat and Sun.  Dianne has included many wonderful elements, so you can do what I did or change it up and add different elements.  Lots of possibilities here!

I arranged all three ferns behind the chaise, then resized the orchidae and placed it on top of the ferns.  I duplicated this, resized again and used my raster deform tool to change the orientation of the flowers to my satisfaction.  I then resized the glitter leaf and placed it on the far right fern, on top of the orchidae.  I duplicated this 2 times, mirrored one and placed the other on top of the center fern.  See my tag for the placement of all other elements.

When you have your candles placed to your satisfaction, merge the layers together so all your candles are on one layer.

Add a drop shadow of choice to all layers.  Add a very light DS to the candles!  I used H&V 2, Opacity 20, Blur 5 for them.

Hide your background layer and your merged candles layer.  Merge visible all the other layers.  Make sure your candles layer is on top.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of your choice into the selection.  Selections > Select None.  Apply your mask to this layer and use your raster deform tool to resize it to your satisfaction.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Click the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu and click the green check mark to get rid of your excess canvas.  Make sure you leave enough room for your name!

Resize your tag as desired (make sure resize all layers is checked!) and add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Highlight the merged candles layer and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copies and highlight the original.

Let's make some fire! ;)

Using your freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the flame, going a little above and below it, like this:
 
From your Effects menu, choose Eye Candy Nature - Fire.  Under the Settings tab, select Candle, Small and change the settings under the Basic tab to this:

 
Apply the plug-in to the two copy layers using the same settings but clicking the random seed button each time.

Let's animate!

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, hide the two candle copy layers, make sure the original is open.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.

In AS, right click on your workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide the original candle layer and unhide the first copy.  Right click your tag and choose Copy Merged.

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

Follow the same procedure for the second copy.  Now click View > Animation to see your tag in action!  If you're happy with what you see, save as a gif and you're done!

Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time ...

Hugs, Carol 

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