08 July 2011

Finishing Touch (PTU)

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Finishing Touch

This tutorial was written by me on July 8th, 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 with the assumption that you have a good general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by Scrapin' Daisy called "Graphite Dreams".  You can get this lovely kit at I Got Lucky Skraps.  Thanks so much Ruth!

Tube of choice: I'm using the wonderful art of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license.  Jennifer was with CILM when I purchased this tube, you can now purchase her tubes from CDO.

Plug-in needed: Xenofex 1, Shower Door (do a Google search)

Mask of choice: I used mask #362 by Weescotslass

Font of choice: I used High Society, a pay font

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 65, 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 element066.  Resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the frame, like this:

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Set the foreground to #afafaf and the background to #010080.  Change the foreground to gradient with these settings: From the dropdown menu, select Foreground/Background, Style: Radial, Angle: 45, Repeats: 3, Invert unchecked.  Add a new raster layer and move it below the frame.  Flood fill with the gradient, do not deselect.  Apply gaussian blur with the radius set to 20.  Apply the Xenofex Shower Door filter using the default settings.  Deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange within the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the eraser, remove all the parts of the tube that cover the bottom part of the frame.  Erase any part of the bottom tube that shows beneath the frame.  Drop shadow the bottom tube only.

Add your elements, I used:

009: resize 50%
013: resize 30%, then 85%; free rotate 15 degrees right
015: resize 50%, zoom in and carefully erase the excess to make it look like the pendant is hung on the corner of the frame
019 & 020: resize 50%
051: resize 55%; free rotate 12 degrees right
056: resize 50%, then 85%

Drop shadow all layers, 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.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and 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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