16 July 2011

Catch A Wave (PTU)

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Catch A Wave

This tutorial was written by me on July 16th, 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 was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful kit by Nette's NightOwl Works called "Catch A Wave".  Wow, I LOVE this kit!!  So many unique and colourful elements along with beautiful papers.  You can get it at Butterfly Blush and it's even on sale!  Thanks so much Nette!

4 tubes of choice: I used the wonderful art of Dean Yeagle.  Dean was with CILM when I purchased these tubes, but you can now get his tubes at CDO.

Mask of choice: I used mask #7 by Weescotslass.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow (for name).

Font of choice: I used Oh Ley, a pay font.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 10.

~~ 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 branchframe and resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left and down (see my tag for placement).

Using the magic wand, click inside each of the three frames and expand the selection by 4.  Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below the frame and arrange as desired.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Using the magic wand, click inside the top frame and expand the selection by 4.  Copy and paste one of your tubes as a new layer and move below the frame.  Resize if desired, I didn't resize mine.  Arrange within the frame, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Follow these steps for the other two frames.  Apply drop shadow above to the frame and the tubes.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, resize as desired and arrange as shown in my tag.  Apply drop shadow.

Now add your elements and apply drop shadow to each.  I used:

Conch: resize 20%, then 50%
Sand: resize 80% and use the raster deform tool to adjust the size
Sandcastle: resize 20%
Bucketshovel: resize 25%, then 85%
Birdie: resize 10%, then 80%
Tikitorch: resize 60%
Sun: resize 30%, then 85%
Gecko1: resize 15%, then 85%
Wavebreak: resize 80%, place above the sand layer.  Erase the excess showing to the left of the tiki torch.  Using the freehand selection tool with feather set to 20, draw a selection around the far right corner of the wave, like this:

Tap delete once or twice until you're left with something that looks like this:


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.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name and apply Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Basic tab:
Glow Width: 3
Soft Corners: 25
Overall Opacity: 100
Draw Only Outside Selection checked

Under the Color tab: Select the Fat preset, change the colour of both pointers to #fffd9c.  Click OK.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg 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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