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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hello everyone, I have a new Exclusive tutorial over on Creative Addictions. This is a forum tag tut. 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!


Thursday, June 26, 2014
This tutorial was written by me on 06/26/2014 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 Amy Brown.
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first
 
 ScrapLHD_AmyBrown-Package-98 available at CDO
These scraps can ONLY be used with this artist's tubes
 
Tag Template 19 by Rachel at Scraps Of Enchantment
Download links for templates are on right side of blog
 
Mask 8 by Zuzzanna
Font of choice, I used Cancellaresca ES
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow & Glass

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open template, duplicate and close the original. Bring up the resize box. Change the resolution to 72, 100%, all layers checked and click ok.

Rotate 90 degrees to the right, be sure to check the all layers box. Increase canvas size to 450 x 580, center
placement. Delete the Info and background layers.

Activate the rectangle layer. Copy a paper of choice, I used paper 11. Paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, be sure to uncheck the all layers box. Activate the rectangle layer again. Select all, float, defloat and invert. Activate the paper layer and press delete. Deselect. You can now delete the original rectangle layer.

Activate the background layer, select all, crop to selection. Activate the rectangle paper layer and give it a drop shadow of  0, 0, 100, 10.

Activate the stars top layer, duplicate this layer and merge down. Merge down one more time so you have one Stars layer. Copy a paper of choice, I used paper 13. Paste a new layer, resize 80%. Activate the Stars layer again. Select all, float, defloat. Activate the paper layer, promote selection to layer, deselect. Delete the original paper layer. Activate the promoted layer, duplicate and merge down one time. Change the blend mode to hard light.

Hide all layers except the promoted layer and the Stars layer. Merge visible. Unhide all layers.

Apply a gradient glow to the merged layer with the glow width at 3 and the Color tab like this:


Give it a light drop shadow at 0, 0, 60, 5.

Activate the brush 1 layer. Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize if needed. Arrange as desired. Duplicate this layer. On the original apply Xero, Porcelain at default settings but change the blue slider to 0.

On the duplicate give it a gaussian blur of 2 and change the blend mode to screen and lower the opacity to 85%. Give the bottom tube layer a drop shadow of -3, 3, 60, 10. Repeat the drop shadow at 1, -1, 50, 5.

Activate the brush 1 layer. Use the Manual Color Correction tool to change the black to a color from your tube, I used #6a679c. Apply Eye Candy 4000, Glass with these settings:


Repeat with the brush 2 layer. Give both brush layers a drop shadow of 2, 2, 60, 5.

Add any elements of choice. Don't forget to give them drop shadows.

Activate the background layer. Copy and paste a paper of choice, I used paper 13 again. Resize 75%. Open mask in psp, duplicate and close original. Rotate 90 degrees to the right, with all layers checked again. Activate your tag. Apply mask from image, if using the same as me be sure to check the box to invert the mask, merge group.

If you're going to resize your tag, do it now. I resized mine 90%, all layers checked.

Activate the top layer in your palette. Add your copyright info, license and tagger's mark. Be sure to credit the scrap kit if required.

Add your name with the foreground and background a dark color from your tube, I used #2e274e. Give your name the same Glass bevel you did the brush layers except change the bevel width to 20. Then give it a gradient glow with the Color tab like this, using a lighter color from your tube, I used #8282b2:


Give your name a drop shadow of -2, 2, 50, 5.

Merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!

Monday, June 16, 2014
This tutorial was written by me on 06/15/2014 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 Matt Busch. You can buy it from CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
Scrap Kit IB-Jessica Dougherty-52-2 by Ladyhawwk Designs also @ CDO
Tag Template 106 by Yvette at Essence of Creativity
She no longer has this template in her files
but has given me permission to share it with you, you can download it HERE
DDtexture15 by Dees'Sign Depot
Font of choice, I used Quicker Demo
Xero Porcelain & Nostalgia
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open your template in psp. Duplicate and close the original. Bring up the resize box. Change the resolution to 72 pixels/inch, 100% and all layers checked. Click ok. Delete the credits and dotted line layers. Activate the background layer and promote to layer.

Activate the glittered shape layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a dark color from your tube. I used black, deselect. Add noise at Uniform, 100%, monochrome checked. Give this layer a drop shadow, I used 0, 0, 100, 10. Delete the original glittered shape layer.

Activate the shape layer. Copy a paper of choice, I used paper 4. Paste as a new layer and resize 50%, all layers unchecked. Arrange on the left side of the shape. See my tag for reference. Duplicate and mirror. Merge down 1 time. Activate the shape layer again. Select all, float, defloat and invert. Activate the paper layer and press delete. Deselect. Delete the original shape layer.

Activate the pink circle layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a medium color from your tube. I used a red from her glove, #a91919. Deselect and delete the original layer. Give this layer the same drop shadow as the glittered shape layer.

Activate the glittered circle. I gave it a bit more noise at Gaussian, 50%, monochrome checked.

Activate the black circle layer. Open element 7 from your kit. Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange in the center of the black circle. Change the blend mode to Luminance Legacy.
Activate the glittered rectangle layer. Do the same as you did with the glittered shape layer. Again, same drop shadow as before.

Activate the pink rectangle, colorize it with hue and saturation both at 0. Go to Effect, Texture Effect, Texture. Apply a texture of choice using these settings. I wanted mine to resemble the tube's shirt.


With this layer still active, copy wordart of choice and paste as as a new layer. Resize if needed, I resized mine 60%. Arrange on the bar till it looks centered. Colorize if desired. I did mine with H and S both at 255. Then give it a slight gradient glow with the glow width at 3 and the color tab like this. I used black but you could use another dark color of choice if desired.


Activate the text layer. I used manual color correction to change it to the same red as the outer circle layer. Then give it a drop shadow of 1, 1, 80, 1.

Open element 16 from your kit. Copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 88 percent. Drag down below the glittered rectangle layer and arrange as desired. See my tag for reference. I gave it a light drop shadow of 1, 1, 50, 5.

Open element 24 from your kit. Duplicate and close the original. Using your magic wand set 0 for both tolerance and feather, click on part of the green ribbon. Then go to selection, modify, select color range. Use these settings, the color is #32421d.


Change the color using the manual color correction tool with the first box the green shade of the ribbon and the 2nd box black.

Deselect, copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Move this layer just below the lace element. Give it a drop shadow the same as you have your template layers.

Add any other elements of choice. Don't forget to drop shadow them if you do.

Activate the top layer in your palette. Copy your tube and paste as a new layer. Duplicate this layer. On the original apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0.

On the duplicate apply Xero Nostalgia with all the settings at 0. Change the blend mode to screen and lower the opacity to 60%.

Give the original tube layer a drop shadow of choice. I used -3, 3, 60, 10. Then repeat the drop shadow at 1, -1, 50, 5.

Activate the background layer. Add a new raster layer. Select all. Copy a paper of choice, I used the same paper that I used for the shapes. Paste into selection. Deselect. Apply mask of choice from image. I know I use this mask a lot, but it's my favorite. I had to resize my mask up 110%, all layers unchecked. Use the raster deform tool to drag out out a bit till it fits how you like on your tag.

Now it's time to crop your tag to get rid of the excess space, making sure not to crop off any parts of the tube, elements, template or drop shadows.

Activate the top layer in your palette. If you're going to resize your tag, do it now. I resized mine 80%, all layers checked.

Add your copyright, license info and tagger's mark. Don't forget to credit the scrap kit if required.

Add your name using your font of choice and colors from your tag. Give it an inner bevel of choice, I used this one:


Then apply a gradient glow, glow width still at 3 and my color tab looks like this:


Then apply a drop shadow of choice, I used -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!