18 November 2011

Snowbird (FTU)

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Snowbird

This tutorial was written by me on November 18th, 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 working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Tube of choice: I used a gorgeous tube by Susan Justice.  You can purchase her art from Up Your Art.  You must have a license to use her tubes.

Template of choice: I used Christmas template #1 by Tracy of Freebie Friends.  Download from her blog HERE.

Plug-ins needed:

Eye Candy Textures: Swirl (download a trial version of Eye Candy HERE)
Xenofex 1: Shower Door (Google search)
Toadies: Blur 'em!, HERE

Silk flowers by Dozibaer, download from her blog HERE.

Colored Stars freebie by Horseplay's Pasture Designs, HERE.

Font of choice: I used Santa's Sleigh, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete Tracy F Designz layer.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Change your foreground colour to #325d78 and your background to #c7d9e8

Activate the oval layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the foreground colour.  Do not deselect.  Delete the original layer.

Add a new raster layer.  Change your foreground to gradient with these settings:

Style: Linear
Angle: 45
Repeats: 5
Invert: Unchecked

Flood fill selection with this gradient.  Deselect.

Apply the Swirl filter using these settings:

Under the Settings tab: Select Features, Large Loops
Under the Basic tab: Select Add Swirl to Original Image, leave all other settings at default.  Click OK.

Change the blend mode to Hard Light.

Activate the rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #325d78.  Do not deselect.  Delete the original layer.

Add a new raster layer.  Change the foreground gradient settings to:

Style: Radial
Angle: 45
Repeats: 5
Invert: Unchecked

Flood fill selection with this gradient.  Deselect.

Apply the Swirl filter again, using these settings:

Under the Settings tab: Select Solid, Small No Twist
Under the Basic tab: Select Add Swirl to Original Image, leave all other settings at default.
Click OK.

Change the blend mode to Hard Light.

Activate the circle layer.  Change your foreground back to colour and change your background to #8c2122.  Activate the Color Replacer tool with the following settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Tolerance: 30

Center the brush in your canvas and left click.

Select all, float and defloat.  Open the image that comes with the tube and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode to Hard Light.

Apply the following drop shadow to all the fill layers: H&V 0, Opacity 40, Blur 12

Hide the background layer.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

Unhide background layer.

Edit > Paste As A New Layer.  Move this layer so it's just above the background layer.

Apply Toadies Blur 'em! filter.  Change the X-blast to 20 and the Y-blast to 25.

Apply Xenofex Shower Door using the default settings.  

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and arrange.  Drop shadow: H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 10.

Open a-dozi's silk flowers F-07 and F-08.  Resize each 25%.  Colorize each flower using the following settings:

F-07: Hue -144, Saturation - 105
F-08: Hue - 56, Saturation - 21

Apply drop shadow above.

Copy and paste each flower as a new layer and arrange as shown on my tag or however you like.

Add the Stars of your choice, I used #11, 19, 24 and 30.  Resize as desired and place around your tag.  Add the following drop shadow to each star: H&V 2, Opacity 22, Blur 6.

Hide the background layer and the shower door effect layer.  Merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.  Unhide the two hidden layers.

Crop and resize your tag.

Now add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

If you try this tutorial, send me your tags and I'll show them off in my slide show!  Email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol 

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