17 December 2010

An Outback Christmas (PTU)

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An Outback Christmas 

This tutorial was written by me on December 17th, 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 kit by Designed By Stina called "Sunburnt Christmas".  This kit is wonderful!  It's unique in that it provides some traditional Christmas elements, but with a fun Australian flair.  I loved working with it!!  You can get it from Aussie Scraps Designs.  Thanks for this beautiful kit Stina!

Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Ted Hammond with a valid license.  If you'd like to use the same tube, you must purchase it from CILM before it closes on December 31st.

Template of choice: I used template 2 from Truly Toxic.

Mask of choice: I used XmasMask12 by Vaybs, available HERE.

Plug-in needed: Mura's Meister - Copies.

Font of choice: I used Willing Race.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

Open the template, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the top layer and change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Activate the double circle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Invert again and contract the selection by 10, tap delete again.  You now have a frame for your circles.  Expand the selection by 3, copy and paste a different paper as a new layer.  Resize as desired, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and move this layer below the frame layer.  Delete the original layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the frames, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 12.  Follow these steps for the remaining layers.

Activate the top left box layer.  Set the background color to #e4c663.  Select the text tool and using the font "Willing Race" (or another font of your choice) with the size set to 20, stroke 0, and "create as" set to vector, type "Outback Christmas" and place in the center of the box.  Convert to a raster layer.  Activate the paper layer below the text.  Selections > select all > float > defloat.  Activate the text layer again and apply Mura's Meister - Copies.  Choose Tiling from the drop down menu, and use these settings:

 Deselect and add a drop shadow, I used H&V 1, Opacity 60, Blur 2.  Duplicate the text and move over the lower right box.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, apply drop shadow.

Now add your elements, adding drop shadow as you go.  I used:

TreeStumps1: do not resize; mirror
Arrangement: resize 40%; sharpen
Tree3: do not resize
Koala2: resize 25%
All ornaments: resize 10%, then 85%

Arrange everything to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 90%.

Open the background layer and activate.  Add a new raster layer and select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection, deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the mask to your satisfaction.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize your tag and save.  You're all done!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol 

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