27 February 2011

Stepping Out (PTU)

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Stepping Out

This tutorial was written by me on February 27th, 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 working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by Jane of JTs Designs called "Stepping Out".  I love the drama of black and red and the addition of cream in this kit gives it an extra degree of elegance.  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.  Thanks so much Jane!

Template of choice: I used an awesome template by Cinnamon Scraps which you can download from her blog HERE.  It's template #4.

Tube and close-up of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Jose Cano.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from PTE.

Mask of choice: I used Weescotslass mask #208 which you can download from her blog HERE.

Plug-in needed: Xero Radiance, download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Aquarelle, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, delete the copyright and doodle layers.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the "bottom lines" layer.  Selections > Select All > Float > Defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer and deselect.

Follow the same steps for the "horizontal line" layer.

Activate the "left line" layer.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Follow these steps for the remaining layers.  While working on any of the frame backgrounds, copy and paste your close-up tube and arrange a section within the selection after you do the paper layer.  Tap delete to remove the excess.  After you deselect, apply Xero Radiance using these settings:


When you've finished all the tag components, apply a drop shadow to each.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.  Use the same drop shadow for your elements (don't forget the close-up tubes!)

Open Pearls 7 and resize 57%.  Activate the left line paper layer, copy and paste as a new layer and apply drop shadow.  Duplicate the pearls layer and mirror, arrange on the right line.

Hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.

Copy and paste your main tube and apply drop shadow.  I used V -2, H 6, Opacity 50, Blur 15.

Now add your elements.  I used:

Doodle 4: resize 35%, place on the corner of the top left frame.  Use the colour replacer tool to change the colour from red to black.  For detailed instructions on how to use this tool, see my "Pretty In Pink" tutorial.  Duplicate and flip, arrange on the corner of the bottom right frame.
Flower 5: resize 20%, duplicate and mirror.
Rose 1: resize 30%, duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.  Arrange to your satisfaction and merge these two layers together.  Duplicate and mirror.
Bow 2: resize 20%, arrange over the roses.  Duplicate and mirror.
Butterfly 1: resize 20%, then 85%.  Duplicate and mirror.  Duplicate once more and place all as desired.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of everything.  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.  Reduce the opacity of the mask layer to 70%.  Use the raster deform tool to change the size to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

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