16 July 2011

Serenity Garden (PTU)

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Serenity Garden

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 beautiful kit by Stina of Designs by Stina called "Serenity Garden".  What a lovely kit this is!!  It has so many lovely elements, it was hard to leave some of them out, lol!  This is an exclusive kit, you can only get it at Aussie Scrap Designs.  Thanks so much Stina!

Tube of choice: I'm using a softly beautiful tube by Camilla Drakenborg.  You must have a license to use this tube.  You can purchase it at Up Your Art.

Mask of choice: I used mask #44 by Weescotslass.

Font of choice: I used Aphrodite Stylistic, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 750 x 800, white background.

From the kit, open Frame05 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open SparkleRain, resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer, resize 87%.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Use your eraser tool on the copy to remove the parts of the tube that cover the frame at the bottom.  Switch to the original tube and carefully erase the parts that show beneath the frame.  Drop shadow the original tube only.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 15.

Drop shadow the frame using the same settings as above.

Open the Grass element, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Arrange so it looks like the frame is propped against the little hill.  Apply the same drop shadow as above.

Add your elements; I used:

Bird: resize 15%
Butterfly02: resize 20%
Butterflies: resize 50%, then 85%
Fence01: resize 53%
Floral01: resize 40%
Floral02: resize 40%; duplicate and resize 90%
Floral04: resize 27%
Flower01: resize 20%
Flower02: resize 10%
Flower03: resize 10%
Flower04: resize 10%, then 70%
Frog: resize 15%

Drop shadow all elements, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

Hide the background layer and merge visible, resize the merged layer 90%.  Unhide the background layer.  Open the Tree element and resize 50%, copy and paste as a new layer above the background.  Apply drop shadow.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  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 to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpeg and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.  :-)

I'd love to see your result and show it off in my slide show!  Email me. 

Hugs, Carol

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:


Deselect.

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


14 July 2011

Rest Assured (PTU)

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Rest Assured

This tutorial was written by me on July 14th, 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 gorgeous kit by Chichi Designz called "Fairy Tales".  I love fantasy tubes and this kit works perfectly with them!  You can get it at Stargazer Scraps.  Thanks so much Cindy!

Tube of choice: I used a fabulous tube by Rachael Tallamy with a valid license.  You can purchase her tubes from Up Your Art.

Template of choice: I used a wonderful template (#49) from Melissaz Creationz.

Mask of choice: I used mask #14, also by Melissaz Creationz.

Font of choice: I used Chivalry Decorative, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the melissaz creationz and floral brushes layers.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate the white background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the lg circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice, resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.  Do not deselect.

Copy the image that comes with the tube and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85% and arrange as desired within the selection (see my tag for reference).  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Overlay.  Merge layer down.  Apply a drop shadow of choice; I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 12.  I used this drop shadow for all template layers.

Follow the same steps for the smaller circle layer, resizing the image 70%.

Activate the rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 65%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Open the DiamondRain element and resize 80%.  Arrange on top of the paper layer and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow of choice; I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 8.  I used this drop shadow for all elements unless otherwise noted.

Change the foreground colour to #31979f and the background to #346294.  Change the foreground to Gradient and click Edit to open the gradient editor.

Click "New" and type a name for your new gradient.  Here's what you'll be looking at:

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You'll know which marker is active as it will have a black point instead of a white point.  Click around the mid point of the gradient bar to add another marker, which will now be the active one.

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Click the button beside "Back" to change your new marker to the background colour as shown above.

Now click the marker at the far right to activate it.  Click the button beside "Custom" and change the colour to #afbad8.  You should now have this:

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Click Close and answer yes to save the changes.  Change the gradient settings to this:

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Activate the rectangle frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.

Add your elements and apply drop shadow, I used:

Flowers2: resize 50%, then 85%.  Duplicate and mirror, erase any excess and merge these two layers together.
BlossomTree: resize 70%
Dove: resize 25%, then 85%
Branch: resize 50%, then 90%; free rotate 55 degrees right
FlowerString: resize 55%
Flowers1: resize 40%
Butterflies: resize 40%, then 70%
Butterfly: resize 15%, then 80%; free rotate 15 degrees right
Moon: resize 50%
Clouds1: resize 80%; apply light drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 25, Blur 12

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into selection, deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size of the mask to your satisfaction.

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 so I can show them off!  Email me!

Hugs, Carol

10 July 2011

Ruby Tuesday (PTU)

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Ruby Tuesday

This tutorial was written by me on July 10th, 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 gorgeous kit called "Lovely Poppies" by Cinnamon Scraps.  This is a full-size kit, which makes it even more versatile!  You can get it at Sophisti-Scraps.  Thanks so much Laura!

Tube of choice: I used the wonderful art of Elizabeth Austin with a valid license.  I adore Elizabeth's work!!  She has a wonderful style that I just love.  You can purchase her tubes from Up Your Art.

Template of choice: I used one of Mary's wonderful new "dotty" templates, #13.  Download from her blog HERE.

Plug-ins used: Eye Candy 3 - Glass; Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's wonderful masks, #25.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Ingrid Darling, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

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

Delete Raster 2, change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate Raster 1 and flood fill with white.

Activate dot arrow 1.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 15%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the following layers: dot arrow 2, small back 1 & 2, lrg back and lrg frame.

Change your foreground to #d01729 and your background to #b5ca2d.  Change your foreground to gradient with these settings: From the drop down menu: select Foreground/Background; Style: Linear; Angle: 45; Repeats: 3; Invert checked.

Activate the mask layer, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 20, Blur 10.

Change your foreground from gradient back to colour.  Select one of the small frames, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the foreground colour, deselect and delete original layer.  Do the same for the other small frame, using the background colour this time.

Activate the large round paper layer in the middle of your tag.  Open your tube and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the paper.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Use the eraser to remove the bottom part of the copy that covers the frame.  Activate the original tube and use the eraser to carefully remove the bits you can see beneath the frame.  Apply a drop shadow to the bottom tube only.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 15.

Activate the frame on the left side, using your magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 4.  Paste your tube as a new layer once again (it should still be on your clipboard) and resize 85%. Move below the frame, invert the selection and tap delete.  Apply the same drop shadow as above.  Change the blend mode to Luminance.  Duplicate and mirror, then move the copy below the frame on the upper right side.

Activate dot line 1, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Activate the flood fill tool and make sure the Match Mode is set to RGB Value.  Flood fill each dot, alternating between the foreground and background colours.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply Eye Candy 3 Glass using these settings:

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Apply the Glass effect twice.  Repeat for dot line 2.

Apply the glass effect once to all the frames as well.

Add your elements, I used:

leaves1: resize 15%, then 90%
flower2: resize 6%, then 90%
bird: resize 12%, mirror
ladybug: resize 10%, then 85%
butterfly: resize 15%; free rotate 12 degrees right and sharpen.  Duplicate and mirror, arrange as desired
frog: resize 10%
wordart1: resize 10%

Apply drop shadow to all elements.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 10.

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 of the mask to your satisfaction then reduce the opacity to 45.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name, then apply Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Basic tab:

Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 25
Overall Opacity: 100

Under the Color tab: choose the Fat preset

Drop shadow your name using the settings above.

Add all applicable copyright and license information, save your tag 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

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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