27 February 2011

Wishing For Summer (PTU)

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Wishing For Summer

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 wonderful kit by Aquarius Design called "Soft Summer Rain".  What a beautiful kit this is, it makes me feel like summer's just around the corner.  :-)  You can get it at Sophista-Scraps.  Thanks so much for this lovely kit!

Tube of choice: I used a wonderful tube by Abranda Icle Sisson which can be purchased from Up Your Art.

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome masks, #39.  You can download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used 2Peas Well Behaved, HERE.

Drop shadow used thoughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V -2, Opacity 62, Blur 8.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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 Element 20.  Resize 60%, then 90%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the left side of the tag.  See my tag for placement.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer, resize 95%.  Arrange so it looks like the girl is leaning against the birdhouse.

I don't like to leave a hard line on my tubes.  Use the freehand selection tool to draw out a small selection on the bottom of the tube, like this:

Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > Click the radio button beside Both and set the Feather Amount to 7.  Tap delete twice.  Deselect.

Open Element 34 and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Duplicate as many times as you wish to create a long grass "lawn" for her to sit in.  Mirror some of the copies and move them around.  Don't be afraid to play with it until you get the effect you want.  Once you like what you see, hide all other layers and merge all the grass layers visible.  Unhide your other layers.

Activate your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Draw out a selection around your tube and other elements using the rectangle selection tool.  Here's what my selection looked like:

Add a new raster layer, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, making sure the Fit To Layer button is selected.  Merge the mask group and use the raster deform tool to change the size and placement to your satisfaction.

Open Element 7 and resize 25%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the top left of the mask layer.  Duplicate, resize and arrange to your satisfaction, using my tag as a guide.  I placed the elements at the top of the birdhouse first, then merged them together and softened the top using the eraser tool with these settings: Size: 40, Hardness: 30, Step: 10, Density: 100, Thickness: 100, Rotation: 0, Opacity: 20.  Experiment using the eraser until you achieve a look you like.  If you make a mistake, simply undo and try again.  Duplicate some of these layers and move beneath the birdhouse layer as well.

Now add your other elements.  I used:

Element 10: resize 30%, place to the left of the birdhouse and behind the grass.  Duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.  Duplicate again and move to the right side, resize 85%.
Element 11: resize 20%; free rotate 90 degrees left.  Duplicate as many times as you like, mirror some of the copies, resize some 85%.
Element 14: resize 10%, duplicate as many times as you like, resize some of the copies 85%.
Element 24: resize 30%, duplicate as many times as you wish.

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!  I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results so I can show them off!  Email me!

Hugs, Carol

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