05 January 2011

Forest Maid (FTU)

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Forest Maid 

This tutorial was written by me on January 5th, 2011 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 knowledge of PSP. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU scrap kit called "Hibernating Beauty" by Lady Raven Scraps.  You can download from her blog HERE.  Please take the time to leave a thank you when you're downloading, it's a small gesture for hard work freely shared.  :-)

Tube of choice: I used the beautiful art of Anna Marine.  Formerly with CILM, you can now purchase her tubes from CDO.

Mask of choice: I used mask # 58 by Urban Fairytales.  Download from her blog HERE.  Thanks so much to Pennyjelly for sending me this information!  :-)

Plug-in needed: Greg's Factory Output Volume 2: Pool Shadow, available HERE.

Font of choice: I used Gotik

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

From the kit, open Frame 2 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the freehand selection tool, carefully draw a selection around the frame, like this:


Open Paper12, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer, move beneath the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Apply Gaussian Blur with a radius of 5 to the paper, then apply Pool Shadow using the default settings.  Add a texture of choice (Effects > Texture Effects > Texture); I used Grain, long with the default settings.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Resize 80% and arrange as shown in my tag.  Add a drop shadow of choice.

Copy and paste Tree1and Bush as new layers, do not resize any of them.  Arrange as shown in my tag or go your own way.  :-)  Drop shadow.

Activate the paper layer; using the magic wand, click anywhere outside the paper.  Active the tube layer and tap delete.  Repeat for the bush and tree layers.  Deselect.

Open Tree2, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move down so this layer is above the background layer.  Move to the left side of the frame, duplicate and mirror.  Use your eraser to get rid of the bottom part of the tree that you can see beneath the frame.  Merge these two layers together.  Duplicate and flip.  Use the eraser to remove the part of the duplicate that overlap and are too dark then merge these two layers.  Drop shadow.

Open Doodle4, resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom left side of the tag.  Drop shadow, duplicate and mirror.

Open Tag5, resize 35%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, free rotate right 90 degrees.  Arrange at the bottom center of the tag.

Ensure everything is placed where you want it, then hide the 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.  Deselect.  Apply Gaussian Blur with a radius of 10.  Apply a mask of choice and merge the group.

Add your name to the tag, then add all applicable copyright and license information.  Crop and resize to your preference.  Save as a png or jpg and you're done!

I hope you'll show me your tags, I'd love to show them off!  Email me!

Hugs, Carol

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