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Thursday, November 8, 2012

For this tut you will need:

PSP - I use version X3 but any version will do.
Iced Mocha kit from Pixie at Kissed by Pix. Or kit of choice.
Tube of choice. I used a tube by PinupToons purchased from CILM, but you can find it at CDO.
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
Mask15 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs
Font of choice, I used Santa's Sleigh.
Plugins used:
VDL Adrenaline, Snowflakes
Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP.

Open a new workspace 600 x 600, flood fill with white.

Open beadswag of choice, I used beadswag1, copy and paste as a new layer on your workspace. Move near the top. Duplicate, rotate 90 degrees to the left. Arrange so the tips lines up with the tips of the top swag. Duplicate this layer and mirror. Line it up the tips again. Then activate the first swag layer that you pasted on, duplicate and move it down so the tips match the two sides. You should have something like this.


Hide the white background layer and merge visible. Unhide the white layer again and using your mover tool, move the frame you've made to the center of the workspace. Resize by 80% all layers unchecked.

Click inside the frame with your magic wand, tolerance and feather set to 0. Selections, Modify, Expand by 2. Open paper of choice, I used paper 1a. Copy and paste as a new layer on your workspace. Invert selection and hit delete on your keyboard. Deselect. Move paper layer under frame layer.

Activate the frame layer. Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed and place her where you want her to go. Duplicate this layer, hide the original and move the duplicate below the frame.

Activate your frame layer again. Click inside with the magic wand and expand by 2, invert selection. Activate the duplicate tube layer and press delete on your keyboard.

Activate the frame layer again and give it a drop shadow of 1,1, 50, 5, color black. Repeat with the horizontal and vertical at -1. Activate and unhide the top tube layer. Give it a drop shadow of -3, 3, 50, 8. I usually do a second drop shadow of 0,2, 50, 5, but this is optional.

Now we're going to erase the excess below the frame. Start first by lowering the opacity of the top tube to about 60%. Zoom in about 600% on your workspace so you can see what you're doing. Using your eraser set at the settings below.


Erase everything below and on top of the frame, don't worry if you go over the edge, that's what the tube underneigth the frame is for, so it won't show. Just be careful not to remove any of the drop shadow on the tube. If you hide the bottom tube, you can see where you erased, like below.


Unhide the bottom tube, return opacity to the top tube to 100% and check for any stray pixels you might of missed by hiding and unhiding the layer several times while you're zoomed in. I found a couple on mine, so removed them with the erasor. Zoom back out to 100% when you're done.

Now we're going to add our elements from the kit. I used the following. Copy and paste each, resizing by the amount listed and place where desired, using my tag as a guide if desired.

Tree 3, 50%
Bow 3, 20%, duplicate and mirror.
Gingersled, 40%
Mug, 40%
Cupcake1, 20%

Give all of your elements a drop shadow of 1, 1, 50, 5.

Activate the paper layer behind your frame. Select all, float, defloat. Apply VDL Adrenaline, Snowflakes with these settings. Deselect when done.


Activate the white background layer. Copy and paste a paper of choice. I used paper 7a. Open your mask and minimize. With your workspace active, go to layers, new mask layer, from image. Find your mask in the drop down menu. Source luminance ticked, invert mask data unchecked. Click ok and merge group. I resized my mask down 95% but this is optional. With your mask layer still active, click on your crop tool and click on layer opaque on the tool options bar.


 Click on the nodes and drag out a bit if there's a chance it might crop off part of your tube, I had to do this with the top node or it would of cropped off part of her hat and that just makes your tag look bad. Double click on your canvas or click the green check on the tools options bar to apply the crop. Activate the top layer in your layers palette.

Now if you're going to resize it, do it now before you add your copyright info. I resized mine 90% all layers checked.

You can now add your copyright information, license if required and watermark if you have one. Add your name using chosen font, foreground and background colors from your tube or kit. Convert to raster and add this inner bevel or one of choice.


Then give it a gradient glow.


Then I gave the text a drop shadow of -1, 1, 50, 5.

Delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats you're done!

©2012 Queina. All rights reserved. Any similarities to any other tutorials is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.

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