03 April 2010

Soft Spring (PTU)

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Soft Spring 

This tutorial was written by me on April 3rd, 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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by Vintage Vixens called Soft Spring, available to purchase from Sunflower Scraps Boutique.  Thank you for letting me play with your lovely kit Sherry!

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

Mask: I'm using WSL_Mask4 by Chelle which you can download from her blog HERE 

Font of choice: I'm using Mon Amour Script Pro.

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Impact Gradient Glow (optional, used on name only).

Ok, let's make a new tag!

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

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

From the scrap kit, open Frame 3.  Resize 20%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 4.

Open a paper of choice and resize 15%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Move this layer below the frame.  Do not deselect!

Copy and paste your tube above the paper layer, resize as desired and delete the excess.  Selections > Select None.

Add a drop shadow of choice to the frame and your tube.

Open Fluffy Bow 2, resize 15%, then 80%.  Use your raster deform tool to push the sides in so it looks like it's wrapping around the frame.  Drop shadow.

Open Buds 1 and resize 25%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the frame and move this layer below the bow.  Drop shadow.

Open Buds 2 and resize 25%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and mirror.  Drop shadow and arrange as desired.

Open Buds 3 and resize 30%, then 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, drop shadow.

Merge these three layers together and use your eraser tool to remove any bits showing below the wrap.

Open one of the pearls, resize 20%, then 90%.  Place on the top right corner of the frame.  Add a drop shadow and duplicate.  Image > Mirror and arrange on left side of frame.  Duplicate twice more and place on the two bottom corners.  Merge these four layers together.

Open one of the beads and resize 15%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and rotate 90 degrees right.  Move below the pearls layer and erase any extra bits showing underneath the pearls.  Drop shadow.  Duplicate this layer and mirror.  Duplicate again, rotate 90 degrees right and flip.  Move to the top of the frame and arrange under the pearls, erase the excess and duplicate once again.  Move this layer to the bottom of the frame.

Open a couple of the butterflies and/or dragonflies and resize as desired.  Copy and paste each as a new layer and arrange to your satisfaction.  Drop shadow.

When you're happy with the placement of all your layers, hide your background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections, select all.  Open a paper of choice, copy and paste into the selection.  Selections, select none.

Apply your mask using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  In your layers palette, right click the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Use your raster deform tool to change the size to your liking.

Now add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.  :)

Hugs, Carol

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