15 June 2013

Oh Canada! (FTU)


Canada will be celebrating its 146th birthday this July 1st, so I thought I'd create a tag to celebrate and honour this beautiful and diverse country.  I'm very proud to be a Canadian!  ♥♥♥

This tutorial was written by me on June 15th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Lovely free-to-use scrap kit called "Canada Day Eh" by Wench Designs.  Download HERE.  Please remember to say thanks for hard work freely shared.  :)

Beautiful tube by Ted Hammond, available from CDO.  Please don't use without a license.

My template #9, download HERE.

Mask #80 by Signature Collections.

Font: I used Times New Roman.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open my template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate and close the original.

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

Delete the credit layer.

Activate the circle layer and flood fill with #970906.

Foreground: #970906
Background: White

Change the foreground to gradient with these settings:

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

Activate the rectangle layer; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > radius set to 15.  Do not deselect.

Open the tube and mirror the image.  Resize 125%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection, see my tag for placement. Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 70%.

Delete the original layer.

Activate the tube and click undo twice to return it to its original size and orientation.

Activate the long rectangle layer; select all, float and defloat.

From the kit, open Paper 2 and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Duplicate the paper layer and mirror.  Move the copy below the original and arrange.  Merge these two layers together.  Apply drop shadow; I used H&V 0, Opacity 53, Blur 12.  Apply this drop shadow to the two glitter layers as well.

Activate the Oh Canada layer; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the foreground colour.  Click two or three times or until you achieve the opacity you like.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 6.

Activate maple leaves layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the background layer (white).  Click two or three times to achieve desired opacity.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow above.

Open Poppy 1 and resize 40%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the long rectangle layer.  Duplicate, mirror and arrange as shown.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 10.

Open Flower 7 and resize 40%.  Copy and paste as a new layer below the poppy layers.  Arrange as shown and apply drop shadow.

Open Butterfly 2 and resize 20%.  Free rotate 15 degrees right.  Copy and paste as a new layer; duplicate and mirror.  Drop shadow.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and arrange as shown.  Apply drop shadow, I used V -1, H 7, Opacity 38, Blur 18.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background and add a new raster layer.  Change foreground to gradient with these settings:

Style: Linear
Angle: 45
Repeats: 7
Invert: unchecked

Flood fill with the gradient and apply Gaussian Blur using the settings above.

Apply Signature Collections mask #80 and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag.

Swap the foreground and background.

Add your name:

Font: Times New Roman
Size: 90
Stroke: 1
Anti-alias: Sharp
Create as Vector

Type your name and place as desired.  Layers > Convert to Raster Layer.

Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 6.

Add all copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag and Happy Canada Day!

Hugs, Carol♥

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