01 March 2011

Luck 'O The Irish (PTU)

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Luck 'O The Irish

This tutorial was written by me on March 1st, 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 St. Patty's kit by Stina of Designed by Stina called "Wish Me Luck"  Stina always makes such wonderful kits and this one is no exception, it's awesome!  You can get it at Aussie Scraps or Twilight Scraps.  Thanks so much Stina!

Tube & close-up of choice: I used the wonderful art of Elias Chatzoudis.  You can purchase his tubes at PSP Tubes Emporium.

Template of choice: I used an awesome St. Patrick's template by Daira of Loving Miranda Creationz.  Scroll down until you see the Downloads header, then look for St. Patrick's Day Sets: It's set #1 you want.

Mask of choice: I used a terrific mask I got from Creative Misfit Creations, it's called cm_stpatsmask by Vicky.  Download HERE.

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

Font of choice: I used AL Playbook, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template Happy St Patrick's DayI in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the watermark layer and change the canvas size to 750 x 650.

Activate the "Ellipse" layer > Selections > Select All > Float > Defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Follow these same steps for the "Clover" and "Rectangle" layers.  Apply a drop shadow to these layers, I used H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 12.

Use the colour replacer tool to change the colour of the "Frame" and "Small Clover" layers to #254400.  Use the same tool to change the "Happy St Patrick's Day" layer to #fee8aa.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, move to the left side of the tag.  See my tag for placement.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 3.  Copy and paste your close-up tube as a new layer, mirror and place on the far right within the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Duplicate the close-up tube twice for a total of three.  Activate the middle tube layer (the first copy) and apply a gaussian blur with a radius of 8.  Activate the Frame layer and use the magic wand to click inside it once again.  Expand the selection by 3.  Activate the bottom tube layer (the original) and apply Mura's Meister Copies using these settings:


Deselect.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light.

Open CloverSpray01 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer, move to the top of the tag (see my tag for placement).  Use the eraser to remove some of the leaves that have been cut off.  Duplicate this layer; mirror and flip.

Now add your elements, I used:

PotOGold: resize 40%
BeerMug02: resize 18%
Cross: resize 50%
LuckyHorseShoe: resize 15%; free rotate 12 degrees left; sharpen
Flower04: resize 15%
Flower 01: resize 10%

Drop shadow the frame, text, small clovers and all elements.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 8.

Apply a drop shadow of choice to your main tube.  I used V: -2, H: 6, Opacity: 40, Blur: 16.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Reopen the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with #a3c046, apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Resize the merged layer 90% and use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement of the mask 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'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

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