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Life's A Beach
This tutorial was written by me on June 2nd, 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.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Created By Jill called "Splish, Splash, Splosh". LOVE this kit!! You can get it at Sophista-Scraps. Thanks so much Jill!
Tube of choice: I used a tube by PinupToons that I bought when he was with CILM. If you wish to use the same tube, you may now purchase it from CDO.
Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome masks, #27. Download from her blog, Horseplay's Pasture.
This is a png file, right click and save to your computer.
Plug-in needed: Xenofex 2, Little Fluffy Clouds.
Font of choice: I used A&S Jiggy Roman
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 800 x 650, white background.
From the kit, open frame9 and resize 90%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of your canvas.
Using the rectangle selection tool, draw a selection around the frame, like this:
Change the foreground to #0487c3 and the background to #03b6d9. Change the foreground to a foreground/background gradient with these settings: Style: Linear, Angle: 45, Repeats: 3, Invert checked.
Add a new raster layer and move below the frame layer. Flood fill with the gradient above. Do not deselect. Apply Gaussian Blur with a radius of 5.
Apply Xenofex 2, Little Fluffy Clouds using these settings:
Under Settings: Choose "Wispy Morning"
Under Camera and Sky tab: Change the Zenith Color to background; change Horizon Color to foreground. Click OK.
Add the following elements inside the frame:
sand: resize 60%, then 50%. Arrange at the bottom of the frame, duplicate and mirror. Arrange so the sand covers the bottom part of the frame.
chair: resize 50%, then 80%
sun: resize 50%, then 70%
beachhat: resize 30%, then 85%; free rotate 23 degrees right
beachball: resize 20%
bucket: resize 20%, then 70%
kite: resize 30%
grass: resize 50% twice
cattails: resize 40%
Invert the selection, activate each of the element layers and tap delete to remove the excess. Deselect. Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.
Copy and paste fence as a new layer above the background layer. Position on the right side and erase the excess. Duplicate the grass and cattails and position as desired.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize as desired. If you're using the same tube, I resized 80%.
Add a few more elements, I used:
palmtree: resize 60%
bird: resize 20%
crab: resize 35%
Apply drop shadow.
Hide the background layer and merge visible. Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer. Change the foreground to #fcf2ba and the background to #f4c60a. Change the foreground to gradient with the same settings as above. Flood fill the new layer with this gradient. Apply the mask and merge the mask group.
Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 15%, Monochrome checked.
Add your name and apply the noise effect above. Drop shadow.
Crop and resize your tag. Add all applicable copyright and license information. Save as a png or jpeg and you're done! Thanks for trying my tutorial!
I'd love to see your results, email me! :-D