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Saturday, May 31, 2014
This tutorial was written by me on 05/31/2014 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any simularities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:

PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Animation Shop
Tube of choice - I'm using the artwork of Michi Art. You can buy it from CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
Tag Template 26 & Wordart Template 17 both by Divine Intentionz
You can download the wordart templates from the link on the left side of her blog under her TOU
Font of choice, I used Refreshment Stand
Mura Meister Copies
Xero Fritillary, Porcelain & Radiance
Xenofex 2 Constellation
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open tag template in psp, duplicate and close the original. Delete the credits layer.

Activate the circle layer. Copy your tube and paste as a new layer. My tube came as a half tube also, so I used that one and resized 75%, all layers unchecked. Apply Mura Meister Copies, Wallpaper Rotate at default settings.

Give this layer a radial blur with Spin, 30%, Elliptical checked and all other options at 0. Rename this layer circle blur. Duplicate this layer 2 times for a total of 3 layers.

Click on the first blur layer. Apply Xero Fritillary at 10, 30, 100 and 20. Activate the 2nd blur layer, apply the filter again but change the Variation to 22. Activate the 3rd blur layer and apply the filter once again with the Variation at 24.

Activate the circle layer. Select all, float, defloat, invert selection. Activate the first blur layer, press delete. Activate the 2nd, press delete and then finally the 3rd, press delete and deselect. Activate the bottom blur layer, give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 100, 10, shadow on a new layer checked. You can now delete the original circle layer. Hide the top 2 blur layers for now.

Activate the small stars layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a color from
your tube, I used #c94959, deselect. I gave my stars a slight white gradient glow. You can now delete the original small stars layer.

Activate the star layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer, fill with the same color you did the small stars or another color from your tube if you like. Deselect. Then give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 70, 5. Copy your close up tube again and paste as a new layer. Arrange her so her face will fit in the star, resizing if necessary. 

Duplicate this layer. On the original apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but change the blue slider to 0. On the duplicate apply Xero Radiance at 8, 84, 117, 241. Change blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 60. Activate the original tube layer and give her a drop shadow of 0, 0, 50, 10. Be sure you uncheck the shadow on a new layer box. 

Activate the star layer again. Select all, float, defloat, invert selection, activate the bottom tube layer and press delete, repeat on the duplicate tube layer, deselect. You may now delete the original star layer.

Activate the white background layer. Select all and crop to selection.

Activate the dotted star outline. Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation with these settings:


Then apply a slight drop shadow of 0, 0, 50, 5.

Copy your main tube and paste as a new layer. Resize if needed, I resized mine 55%. Apply Xero porcelain but change the softness to 40. Give her a drop shadow of -3, 3, 60, 10.

Now open your wordart template, duplicate and close the original. Delete credits, big star and white background layers.

Activate the small star layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a color from your tube. I chose a blue from her eyes, #5c8599. Deselect and delete the original small star layer.

Activate the main wordart layer, select all, float, defloat, add a new raster layer and flood fill it with a lighter
color from your tube, I used #dd7386. Deselect and delete the original wordart layer.

Copy merged and paste as a new layer onto your tag. Drag this layer under the main tube layer and move down near the bottom of the tag, see my tag for reference. Give it a small gradient glow with the glow width at 3 and the color tab like this:


Give this layer the same drop shadow you did the star layer, 0, 0, 70, 5.

Activate the dotted star outline layer again. Crop layer opaque but make sure you don't crop off any parts of your tube or drop shadows.

Activate the top layer in your palette, should be your main tube. Add your copyright, license info and tagger's mark.

Add your name using colors from your tag. I used the same pink colors I used before. Give it an inner bevel of choice, I used this one:


Then give it a gradient glow. Glow width the same as before, but color tab like this or one of choice, the pink is the same as my background color:


Then give your name a drop shadow of choice, I used -1, 1, 50. 5.

Now to animate. Your circle blur 2 and 3 layers should still be hidden. Copy merged and paste as a new animation in AS. Go back to psp, unhide the 2nd blur layer and hide the 1st. Copy merged and paste AFTER current frame. Back to psp, unhide the 3rd blur layer and hide the 2nd. Copy merged and paste after current frame.

Click on the 1st frame, select all. Bring up the frame properties box and change the speed to 15. Save your tag and congrats, you're done!

Friday, May 30, 2014
This tutorial was written by me on 05/30/2014 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any simularities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:

PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Tube of choice - I'm using the artwork of Michael Landefeld. You can buy it from CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
IB-Robert Freeman-Pack 3-Mini by Schnegge, also available at CDO
Template 19 by Becky's Creation
Mask 84 by WSL
Font of choice, I used MargaritaVille
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 3.0 Glass
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow or any other filter with a gradient glow

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open your template in psp, duplicate and close the original. Delete the credits layer. Bring up the Resize box. Change the resolution to 72 Pixels/Inch and 100%, all layers checked. Increase canvas size to 600 x 600, center placement.

Delete the light grey circle layer that's just above the white background layer. Delete also, all the shadow layers as we'll be adding our own.

Activate the circle 2 bg layer. Add noise at Random, 100% and monochrome checked. Repeat with the circle 1 bg layer.

Activate the circle 2 layer. Copy and paste a paper of choice. I used paper 5. Resize 70%, make sure all layers is unchecked. Activate circle 2 again, select all, float, defloat, invert. Activate the paper layer again and press delete. Deselect. Activate the circle 2 layer, press delete, activate the paper layer and merge down.

Repeat the above step with the circle 1 layer. I used paper 6 for mine, resized to 60%.

Activate the raster 1 layer. Copy a closeup of your tube and paste as a new layer. Now mine had the opacity turned down, I returned it to 100%. Rotate your closeup 19 degrees to the right if desired, I wanted mine to fit properly in the frame. Arrange how you like it. Activate the frame bg layer. Click inside with your magic wand, expand by 4. Invert selection, activate the close up tube layer and press delete. Deselect. Apply Xero Porcelain to this layer at default settings, but change the blue slider to 0.

Give the frame bg the same noise as you did the circles. Activate the frame layer. Copy and paste paper of choice, I used paper 1, resized to 60% as before. Activate frame layer, select all, float, defloat, invert. Activate paper layer and press delete. Deselect. Change the blend mode to hard light or another that suits your colors. Do not delete the frame layer.

Activate the Sun layer, give it a glass bevel with Eye Candy, I used these settings:


Activate the Summer bg layer. Apply the same noise as before. Activate the Summer layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add new raster layer. Flood fill each letter with a color from your tube. I chose the bright red of her flowers, #aa0518, deselect when done. Delete the original Summer layer. Activate the flood filled layer and merge down onto the Summer bg layer.

Activate the Time bg layer, apply the same noise again. Activate the Time layer and merge down 1 time.

Hide all layers except the 5 flower layers. Merge visible. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a lighter red then you did the Summer layer. I used #e80b2e. You can now delete the original merged flower layer and unhide all layers.

Copy your tube and paste as a new layer, resize 90% if needed. Arrange her so she's laying on top of the word Summer. Apply the Porcelain filter to the tube as you did the closeup. Move the Time layer down a bit so it sits near the bottom of the word Summer. See my tag for reference.

Now it's time to start adding our elements, I'll list the name of the element and the amount I resized mine, see my tag for placement reference.

Swirl, 50%, behind the tube on the left but in front of the sun.
Circle, 95%, on top of the circle 1 layer.
Fruits, 35%, sitting near bottom of tag.
Frame 1, 50%, mirror and use your erasor to remove the frame to the left and bottom of the flower and little blue swirl. Arrange in the top right corner of the frame on your tag.
Greenery2, 40%, behind the raster 1 layer on the right side of the tag. Duplicate, mirror and move a little over to the right and down a bit.
Bottle, 50%, behind the tube on the right.
Drink, 35%, behind the tube on the left.
Greenery1, 60%, rotate to the left 90 degrees, place behind the Summer layer on the left. Duplicate and mirror.

Now we're going to add our drop shadows. From the bottom up, apply a drop shadow of 0, 0, 80, 10 to these layers:  Circle 2 bg, frame bg, Summer bg, Time bg, the merged flowers and all of your elements except the layers listed below.

The Sun and bottle layers, apply the same drop shadow but change the opacity to 60. For your main tube, give it a drop shadow of -3, 3, 60, 10. Repeat the drop shadow at 1, -1, 50, 5.

Activate the bottom background layer. Select all, add a new raster layer. Copy a paper of choice, I used paper 4. Paste into selection. Deselect. Add mask from image, merge group. I chose to resize mine up 115% so I could see more of the mask. Duplicate your mask layer and merge down 1 time.

If you're going to resize your tag, do it now. I resized mine 83%, all layers checked.

Activate the top layer in your palette. Add your copyright, license info and tagger's mark. Don't forget to credit the scrap kit if required, which it is if you're using the same kit as me.

Add your name using foreground and background colors from your tube. I used the same 2 shades of red that I used for the Summer layer and the merged flower layer. Give it an inner bevel of choice, I used:


Then a light gradient glow with the width at 3 and the color tab like this or one of choice:


Then give your name a drop shadow of -2, 2, 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!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello everyone, I have a new Exclusive tutorial over on Creative Addictions. This is FTU, no scraps. I hope you enjoy it. Remember, I love to see what others make from my tut so please feel free to share. You can post a link in the comments or on my cbox or even email it to me. Thanks a bunch and happy tagging!