09 January 2011

Sweeter Than Candy (PTU)

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Sweeter Than Candy 

This tutorial was written by me on January 8th, 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 kit by Kristi W called "A Love So Sweet".  This is a wonderful kit for Valentines Day!  I had so much fun creating this tag, thank you so much Kristi!  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.

Tube of choice: I used the wonderful art of Elias Chatzoudis.  If you would like to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT.

Mask of choice: I used mask #105 by Weescotslass.

Font of choice: I used Gazelle.

~~ Here we go! ~~

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 Frame 3 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice, copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Resize as desired (I resized 70%), invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and arrange in front of the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy below the frame.  Activate the original and using the eraser, remove the parts of the tube that overhang the frame at the bottom.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the bottom tube only.

Add your elements.  I used:

Bird 1: resize 50%
Candy 4 and 5: resize 80%; free rotate one of them 12 degrees right.
Cupcake 1: resize 35%
Cupcake 2: resize 30%
Hearts: resize 50%; duplicate and mirror x 3
Cupid: resize 50%
Ivy: resize 50%; duplicate and mirror
Flower 3: resize 25%; duplicate and resize 85% (repeat as desired, see my tag for placement)
Butterflies: resize 35%, free rotate 15 degrees left or right
Sweetheart: do not resize

Add a drop shadow of choice to all elements, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 8.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, 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 the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust it to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, then add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol

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