22 December 2013

Lilac Frost


This tutorial was written by me on December 21st, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Lilac Frost" is a beautiful tagger-size scrap kit by Gothic Inspirations and is available at the Gothic Inspirations store HERE.  Thank you so much for this lovely kit Jess!

I used a stunning tube and close-up by Barbara Jensen.  You'll find her tubes at her store HERE.

Template #196 by Blissfully Beth.

Plug-in used: Xero Radiance

Mask #58 by WeeScotsLass.

Fonts used: Bank Gothic MD BT, HERE.
Burgues Script, a pay font.  Check out this site for lots of lovely free script fonts.

**Note: When referring to drop shadows, V=Vertical, H=Horizontal, O=Opacity, B=Blur.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.  Delete Raster 2, Word Art, center Black Frame and Black Stripe 1 layers.  Change the canvas size to 800 x 700.  Flood fill Raster 1 with white.

Activate the Aqua Circle layer in the lower left corner.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 3 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired within the selection.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the Frost element, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the paper layer, I used V&H: 0, O: 55, B: 15.  Delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the top right Aqua Circle layer.

Activate Black Stripe 2; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 12 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect; delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow above.

Activate the text tool.  Font: Bank Gothic MD BT, Size: 14, Colour #151318.

Type Lilac Frost *-* 3 times and arrange on top of the stripe layer as shown.  Apply a drop shadow to the text, I used V&H: 2, O: 55, B: 10.  Merge the text and paper layers together.

Activate Pink Rectangle 1 layer and merge down, then merge down again so all rectangles are on the same layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 6 and resize 60%; copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow, I used V&H: 0, O: 55, B: 15.

Activate the Aqua Circle layer; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 3 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Open Frame 5 and resize 55%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the circle paper layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Activate the paper layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to the frame, I used V&H: 2, O: 55, B: 10.

Activate White Circle 2; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 12 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.  Resize the close-up tube 50%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete, do not deselect.

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #151318.  Change the blend mode to Colour.  Deselect.

Activate the tube layer.  Apply Xero Radiance with these settings:



Reduce the opacity to 85%.  Merge these three layers together (paper, tube, colour).  Repeat these steps for White Circle 3, mirroring the tube.

Resize the main tube 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange in the middle of the tag.  Using the rectangle selection tool, remove the bottom part of the tube that covers the text strip.  Apply drop shadow of choice, I used V: 0, H: 5, O: 35, B: 20.

Activate the Black Circle Frame on the left.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 3 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 85%, Monochrome checked.  Repeat for the second Black Circle Frame.  Drop shadow: V&H: 0, O: 55, B: 15.  Merge each frame layer with its corresponding layers.  I changed the placement of these circle layers, see my tag for reference.  You may choose to leave the placement as is, it's totally up to you.  :)

Add the elements, I used:

Berries: resize 25%; duplicate and mirror, duplicate again
Bling Flower: resize 35%; duplicate x3
Bush: resize 40%; duplicate and mirror
Cluster: resize 45%
Flower 3: resize 15%, then 70%
Flower 4: resize 35%; mirror

Apply drop shadow to all elements, I used V&H: 2, O: 55, B: 10.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Open Paper 4 and paste into selection.  Deselect and apply WSL Mask #58; merge mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.  Crop your tag and resize all layers 80%.

Add your name using a nice script font.  I used Burgues Script, size 72, stroke 0, colour #151318.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished.  I hope you enjoy your new tag and thanks for trying my tutorial!

I love hearing from you and seeing your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol♥

16 December 2013

Let It Snow (2)

(This is a subtle animation, click the tag to see it full-size)

This tutorial was written by me on December 16th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.  You will need the following supplies:

"Let It Snow" is a beautiful new kit by QueenBrat Designs and is available at her store HERE.  Thank you for this delightful kit Renee'!

"Snow Birds" is a stunning tube by Susan Justice McKivergan and is available at Up Your Art.

"Let It Snow" template by Twyzted T's Playroom.

Christmas mask #10 by Designs by Vaybs.

DSB Flux, Bright Noise

Font: Fragrance or similar

*Note: when referring to drop shadow, V stands for Vertical, H for Horizontal, O for Opacity and B for Blur.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

Delete the credit layer, as well as the following layers: Raster 4, 7 and 7 Shadow 1.

Resize all layers 85%, change the canvas size to 800 x 700.  Unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Copy of Raster 5; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Blue Snowflake Grunge paper and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Copy the close-up that came with the tube and paste as a new layer.  Arrange as shown within the selection and tap delete.  Change the blend mode to Luminance and reduce the opacity to 60.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate Raster 5; select all, float and defloat.  Use the same paper and follow the same steps as above.  Simply duplicate and mirror the close-up tube when you get to that step.

Apply a drop shadow to the two paper layers, I used V&H 0, O 60, B 15.

Activate Raster 3; select all, float and defloat.  Open White Glitter paper and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Repeat for Copy of Raster 3.  Apply drop shadow above to these two layers.

Follow these steps for Raster 2 and 8, using the Blue Snowflake paper.  Drop shadow.

Decorate the rectangles with the White, Blue and LtBlue Snowflakes.  Resize each 15%, and then a further 50 to 70%.  Duplicate and resize as desired until you achieve the look you want.  When finished, hide all other layers and merge the snowflake layers together.  Duplicate 3 times for a total of 4 layers.  Rename each Glitter 1, Glitter 2, etc.  Hide all but Glitter 1.

Make sure Glitter 1 is active.  Effects > Plugins > DSB Flux > Bright Noise with these settings:

Intensity: 80
Mix button selected.
Click OK.

Hide Glitter 1, open and activate Glitter 2.  Repeat the Bright Noise plugin, this time clicking the Mix button twice.

Repeat for Glitter 3, clicking the Mix button three times.
For Glitter 4, click the Mix button four times.

Hide all glitter layers except Glitter 1.

Resize the main tube 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange in the center of your tag.  Apply a drop shadow, I used V 0, H 4, O 26 and B 18.

Add the rest of your elements, I used:

Blue Glitter Leaves: resize 35%, duplicate twice and mirror.
Blue Glitter Tree: do not resize, duplicate and arrange copy beneath the original to create the look shown on my tag, merge together.
Blue Poinsettia: resize 30%; duplicate and mirror.
LtBlue Poinsettia: resize 35%; duplicate and mirror.
White Poinsettia: resize 25%; duplicate and mirror.
White Berries: resize 30%, then 70%; duplicate and mirror.
White Pinecones: resize 20%, then 70%; duplicate and mirror.

Drop shadow for all elements except Blue Glitter Tree: V&H 2, O 55, B 10.

Drop shadow for Blue Glitter Tree: V&H 1, O 23, B 6.

Add a new raster layer above the background layer.  Select all, copy and paste White Snowflake Paper into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply DBV Christmas mask #10 and merge mask group.  Reduce the opacity to 50.

Add a new raster layer above the mask layer.  Select all; copy and paste White Multicolour Snowflakes paper into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the same mask and merge the mask group.  Merge down.  Adjust size and placement of the mask layer with the raster deform tool.

Crop your tag and resize all layers 85%.

Add your name, I used Fragrance, size 72, Stroke 0, colour #5e92ba.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, make sure the Glitter 1 layer is open and all other glitter layers are hidden.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In Animation Shop: Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

Back in PSP: hide Glitter 1 and open Glitter 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

In PSP: hide Glitter 2 and open Glitter 3.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat for Glitter 4.

In AS:

Edit > Select All.

Animation > Frame Properties > change the display time to 15.

View > Animation to check your work.

Save as a gif and you're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.  :)

If you'd like to show me your results, please email me HERE.  I love hearing from you!

Hugs, Carol♥

14 December 2013

That Christmas Feeling


This tutorial was written by me on December 14th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.  You will need the following supplies:

"That Christmas Feeling" is a beautiful new kit from Designs by Stina and is available in both full and tagger-size.  Please visit Stina's blog HERE to find links to her stores.

Gorgeous tube by Barbara Jensen.  Her tubes are available at her store HERE.

Christmas template 7 by Tracy F. Designz, available HERE.  Scroll down to find links to her templates, located on the right side of the page.

Christmas Mask #5 by Designs by Vaybs.

Font: I used Mr. Bedfort, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work just as well.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate and close the original.  Delete the credit layer and change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Activate Circle 1; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 1 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate Circle 2; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 12 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate Square 1; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 7 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open Snow Sparkles and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.

Repeat these steps for Square 2, using Paper 6.

Activate Strip; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 3 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Invert selection, tap delete and deselect.  Delete original layer.

Activate text; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 1 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect, delete original layer.

Apply the following drop shadow to all the "fill" layers (except text fill):  V&H 0, Opacity 65, Blur 15.

Resize the tube 85%.  Copy and paste below the strip fill layer and arrange as shown.  Using the rectangle selection tool, draw a selection around the bottom part of the tube that shows beneath the banner.  Tap delete and deselect.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.  I used V -4, H 4, Opacity 38, Blur 18.

Add your elements, I used:

Branch_01: resize 40%; duplicate twice and mirror once; duplicate the mirrored image and arrange as shown.
Branch_02: resize 40%, then 90%
Candles_01: resize 35%
Glitter Branches_01, 02 & 03: resize each 35%
Icicle Lights: resize 60%; duplicate and mirror, erase any lights that cover the bird.

Apply drop shadow to all elements and text fill, I used V&H 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

Add a new raster layer above the background layer.  Select all.  Open Paper 2, copy and paste into the selection.  Deselect and apply Vaybs Christmas mask #5; merge the mask group.  Duplicate the mask layer to make it a bit darker.

Resize all layers 85%.

Add your name, I used Mr. Bedfort, size 72, Stroke 0, colour #841013.  Apply same drop shadow as above.

You may now resize further and save as a png if you wish.  If you'd like to animate the tag, read on.

Duplicate the Icicle Lights layer twice for a total of three.  Rename each layer lights 1, lights 2 and lights 3.  Hide all but the original (lights 1)

Make sure lights 1 is the active layer.  Activate the magic wand tool with these settings:

Mode: Add (Shift)
Match Mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: 20
Contiguous: checked

Starting with the light on the far left, click with the magic wand on every other light.  You may have to click more than once to select the entire light.

Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast > Set Brightness to -35 and Contrast to 5.  Click OK.  Deselect

Leave lights 2 as is.  Activate lights 3.

Using the magic wand, select every other light again, starting with the second light from the left, like this:

(Click for larger image)

Adjust > Brightness and Contrast with the same settings.  Click OK.  Deselect.

Hide lights 3 and open lights 1.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop.

Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide lights 1 and open lights 2.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat for lights 3.

Edit > Select all

Animation > Frame Properties > set display time to 25.

View > Animation to see your tag in action.  Use the animation wizard to save as a gif and you're finished.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

I always love to hear from you and see your results, please email me HERE.  :)

Here is the still version:



Hugs, Carol♥

10 December 2013

Winter Wonder


This tutorial was written by me on December 10th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Northern Exposure" is a stunning tagger-size kit by Horseplay's Pasture Designs.  You can find it at Scraps From The Heart.  Thanks so much for this beautiful kit Bev!

I used the beautiful art of Deanna Bach Talsma, this tube is entitled "Kindreds - Chickadee" and is available at PSP Tube Stop.

Mask #11 by Horseplay's Pasture.

Font: I used Mr. DeHaviland, a pay font.  Do a google search to find various links for this font and similar ones.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

Open element 11 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand 5.

Open Paper 16 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the frame.  Arrange as desired, using my tag as a reference.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the Kindreds On Branch tube and resize 45%.  Arrange within the frame and tap delete.

Open element 67 and resize 50%.  Arrange within the frame on the left side as shown; tap delete.

Paste the tree again and resize 40%; tap delete.  Duplicate, mirror and resize 70%.  Place the copy in front of the original on the right side.

Open element 46, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the tube layer; tap delete and deselect.

Add the rest of your elements; I used:

Fairy: resize 35%, then 85%

Chickadee: resize 35%, then 85%

#2: resize 60%

#5: resize 60% and arrange at the bottom of the frame, on the left side.  Duplicate and mirror, arrange on the bottom right.

#6: resize 65% and move to the bottom, just above the background layer.  Duplicate and move the copy to the left side.

#19: reisze 30%, then 70%

#20: resize 30%, then 80%

#25: resize 70%, copy and paste above the background layer and arrange behind the top right corner of the frame; duplicate 3 times, mirror one of the copies and flip the other two.

 #28: do not resize, duplicate and mirror

#35: resize 85%

#43: resize 50%

#66: resize 20%, then 85%.  Arrange as shown on the fence.  Duplicate twice, mirror once.

#69: resize 25%, then 90%

Apply drop shadow of choice to all layers, I used V&H 2, Opacity 58, Blur 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste Paper 9 into the selection; deselect.  Apply Horseplay's Pasture mask #11 and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Crop and resize all layers 85%.

Add your name, I used Mr. DeHaviland font, size 85, stroke 0, colour #ae1a22.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol♥
   

09 December 2013

Winter Magic 2


This tutorial was written by me on December 9th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.  You will need the following supplies:

"Winter Magic TG" is a beautiful tagger-size kit by Tootypup Scraps and is filled with beautiful papers and elements.  Please visit Susan's blog HERE for links to her stores.  Thanks for this lovely kit hun!

I used an adorable tube by Zephir D'Elph.  You will find this wonderful artist's tubes at Up Your Art.

Template #156 by Horseplay's Pasture.

Snow animation, also by Horseplay's Pasture.  You will find the download link in the supply list for "Heaven's Littlest Angel".  Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful ani Bev!!

 Christmas Mask #11 by Vaybs.

Eye Candy Nature: Snow Drift

Animation Shop

Font: Santas Sleigh Full Bold, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.  Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Delete the credit layer.  Activate Raster 3 layer; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 4 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for Raster 6 and 7, using Paper 6.

Activate Raster 11; select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 8 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open Christmas Church and resize 60%.  Mirror the image; copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown in my tag.  Tap delete; do not deselect.

Open the snow animation.  Activate Frame 1 and copy.  Activate your working canvas and paste just above the church layer.  Tap delete and rename this layer "Snow 1".

Back to the snow animation.  Activate Frame 2 and copy.  Paste above the first frame on your working copy.  Tap delete and rename this layer "Snow 2".

Repeat these steps for the remaining 8 frames in the snow animation, pasting each layer above the one before.  Once you're finished, deselect and hide all but the first frame (Snow 1) of the animation.

Apply drop shadow with these settings: V&H 0, Opacity 65, Blur 15 to the following layers: Raster 2, 4, 5 and 10.

Apply the following drop shadow to all elements and Raster 8 and 9: V&H 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

Resize the tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the canvas.  See my tag for reference.

Add your elements, I used:

Bow_02a: resize 30%; free rotate 15° right and sharpen.
Christmas Lamp_02: resize 35%
Holly_03: resize 35% and duplicate twice.  Mirror one of the copies and flip the other.
Rail Fence: resize 65% and arrange behind the snowman on the right side.  Duplicate and move to the left.  Use the rectangle selection tool to select the part of the left fence that overlaps the original.  Tap delete and deselect.
Snow_01: resize 85%; duplicate and mirror, arrange below the snowman.
Snow Tree_01: resize 80%
Snow Tree_04: do not resize; duplicate and resize 75%, arrange beside the original.

Resize all layers 85%.  Add a new raster layer and send to the bottom, just above the background layer.  Select all.  Open Paper 7, copy and paste into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply DBV Christmas mask # 11 and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask shape and placement.

Activate the text tool with these settings:

Font: Santas Sleigh Full Bold
Size: 90 or 95, depending on name length
Anti-alias: Sharp
Stroke Width: 0
Create as: Vector
Foreground: null
Background: #532620

Type your name and place where you wish.  Layers > Convert to Raster layer.

Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy Nature > Snow Drift

Under the Settings tab, select "Small - First Flakes".

Under the Basic tab, change the settings to this:


Click OK.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used V&H 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Time to animate!  Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, insure that all the snow layers except Snow 1 are closed (hidden).

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In Animation Shop > Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide Snow 1 and open Snow 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS > Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Continue following these steps until you have all 10 frames pasted in AS.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Save as a gif and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results!  Email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol♥

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