04 April 2011

Moonlit Forest (PTU)

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Moonlit Forest

This tutorial was written by me on April 4th, 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 called "Forest Days" by Shellez Creations.  I really had fun with this kit as it contains wonderful elements and beautiful papers.  Sooo many possibilities with this one!  You can get it at Stargazer Scraps.  Thanks so much Shelle!

Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous artwork of Anna Marine with a valid license.  If you wish to use her tubes, you may purchase them at CDO.

Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's masks, #149.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Leaf1, HERE.

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Gradient Glow (optional, used on name only)

~~ 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.

Open a paper of choice from the kit and minimize.  Change your foreground to pattern, and choose the paper from the drop down menu.  Set the angle to 0 and scale to 100.

Activate your Preset Shape tool.  Select Rectangle from the drop down box, create as a vector and anti-alias checked.  Line style solid, width set to 10.  Draw out a rectangle 525 x 500.  Objects > Align > Center in canvas.

Apply an Inner Bevel using these settings:


Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below the frame, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Using the rectangle selection tool, draw out a selection in the bottom quarter of the frame.  Copy and paste a green paper of choice as a new layer, resize 80%.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  You should have something that looks like this:


Drop shadow the frame, I used H&V 0, Opacity 68, Blur 12.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer below the frame and move to the left side.

Add your elements, I used:

element 05 & 06: resize 15%; sharpen
element 10: resize 50%; free rotate 45 degrees left
element 13: resize 50%; mirror
element 15: resize 50%
element 18: resize 50%
element 19: resize 50%
element 24: resize 50%
element 25: resize 30%, duplicate and resize 85%, duplicate again and resize 85%

Apply drop shadow to the elements, I used H&V 2, Opacity 68, Blur 8.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of everything, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Duplicate the merged layer, then activate the original layer.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius 15.

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.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and apply a light gradient glow if desired.  Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save your tag as a jpeg or png.

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your result!  Email me.  :-)

Hugs, Carol

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