26 March 2012

A Peaceful Moment (FTU)

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A Peaceful Moment

This tutorial was written by me on March 26th, 2012 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.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit by Cindy of Puddicat Creations called "New Beginning".  Download from her blog HERE.  Please remember to say thanks, it's a nice gesture when someone shares their time and talent freely.  : )

Tube & close-up of choice: I used a gorgeous new tube by Susan Justice called "Eclipse".  I fell in love with this tube the moment I saw it.  You can get it from Up Your Art, you must have a license to use.

Template created by me, download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #166 by Gems, download HERE (scroll down).

Filters used: Xero Radiance, HERE
Mura's Meister Copies, HERE

Font of choice: I used Fleur DeLeah, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

Delete the Info layer.  Change the canvas size to 700 x 800.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank space with white.

Change the foreground to #3e323e and the background to #a17c9b

Activate the Circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete, do not deselect.  Copy and paste the close-up tube as a new layer and arrange as shown in my tag.  Tap delete.  Duplicate the tube and hide the copy for now.  Activate the original tube.  Invert the selection.  Apply Mura's Meister Copies, selecting Afterimage (Linear) from the drop down menu on the lower left and changing the settings to this:


Click OK.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light.  Deselect.

Unhide the copy of the tube, apply Xero Radiance using these settings:


Click OK.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 55.

Add a paper layer to each of the large rectangles, delete the original layers.

Activate the Medium Rectangle.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground to gradient: Style, Linear  Angle, 45  Repeats, 5  Invert unchecked.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Uniform, 50%, Monochrome checked.

Follow these directions for the two thin rectangles and the circle frame, this time invert the gradient and do not add the noise effect to the rectangles.

Resize the main tube 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown.

Add your elements, I used:

leaves1: resize 63%
element3: resize 40%
doodle1: resize 40%
element1: resize 45%
books: resize 20%, then 85%
candle1: resize 15%, then 85%
candle2: resize 20%, then 85%
doodle8: resize 40%; free rotate 30 degrees right

The leaves at the bottom of your tag will show through parts of the tube as it fades out at the bottom.  To fix this, use your freehand selection tool to draw a selection around the affected area, like this:


Tap delete to remove the leaves.  Make sure to do this for all the leaves layers if you haven't merged them.

Add drop shadows of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 63, Blur 8 for most elements and H&V 0, Opacity 63, Blur 10 for the template layers.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Unhide and activate the background layer; add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.  Resize 90% and use the raster deform tool to adjust size and placement.  I softened the outside edges of the mask: Select all, float and defloat.  Selections > Modify > Feather > Number of pixels: 7.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and readjust with the raster deform tool if necessary.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished.  Enjoy!

Email me HERE to show me your results!

Hugs, Carol 

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