16 December 2010

Meet Me In Christmas Town (PTU)

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Meet Me In Christmas Town 

This tutorial was written by me on December 16th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

PSP Version used: X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome new kit by Clarey called "Christmas Town".  I had a wonderful time creating this tag, this kit has so many cute elements and pretty papers it was hard to decide which ones to use.  You can get it at Clarey's store HERE.  Thanks so much for this wonderful kit hun!!

Tube and close-up of choice: I used a fabulous Christmas tube by Elias Chatzoudis.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT 

Mask of choice: I used WSL_Mask12 by Weescotslass, available on her blog HERE.

Plug-ins needed: Xero Porcelain and Radiance, available HERE. 

Font of choice: I used Santa's Big Secret.

~~ Let's make a new tag! ~~

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

Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.

From the kit, open triplefram2 and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, free rotate 90 degrees right.

Using the magic wand, click inside the small frame on the right and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Move this layer below the frame, do not deselect. Copy and paste your close-up tube as a new layer, move below the right frame.  Resize as desired, I resized 70%, tap delete and deselect.  Apply Xero Porcelain using the default settings, then Xero Radiance, again using the default settings.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the tube.

Repeat for the small left frame, mirror your tube.

Use the magic wand to click inside the middle rectangle frame, expand by 5.  Copy and paste the paper, resize 70%, invert the selection and tap delete.  Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and resize as desired.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the eraser, carefully remove the parts you don't want overlapping the frame on the top tube.  Carefully remove the part of the bottom tube showing below the frame.  Apply drop shadow to the bottom tube only.

Now add the elements and apply drop shadow as you go.  I used:

snowman: resize 40%
santa: resize 45%
glitterbranch: resize 40%; free rotate 45 degrees left; mirror; sharpen twice
berrybranch1: mirror; free rotate 85 degrees right; resize 35%; sharpen
snow3: do not resize
reindeer1: resize 45%
reindeer2: resize 40%, mirror
bird: resize 25%
bow1: resize 35%

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

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection and deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size to your satisfaction.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize your tag, then save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

Hugs, Carol     

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