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Thursday, April 21, 2016
This tutorial was written by me on 04/21/2016 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities 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 art of Edward Reed, available at CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first
Scrap kit of choice, I'm using ScrapSchnegge_IB-RobertFreeman-Package-3-mini from Schnegge, also available at CDO
I'm also using a frame from CDO's Friday Freebies, you can find it HERE at the bottom of the page
Mask of choice, I'm using DD_AssortedMask_4 from Dangerously Delicious Designs
Font of choice, I'm using Tabitha
Filters used:
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow
 
Let's begin, don't forget to save often.
 
Open your frame from the Friday Freebie you downloaded. Duplicate and close the original. Select all, float, defloat. Open a paper of choice from your regular kit. I used paper 6. Copy and paste as a new layer on your frame. Invert selection and press delete. Change the blend mode to screen and the opacity to 70%. Merge visible. Select all once more, clip to canvas and crop to selection.
 
Open a new workspace 650 x 650, flood fill white. Copy your frame you just made and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%. Open a paper of choice, I used paper 4, copy and paste as a new layer. Move below your frame layer. I resized mine down 55% and arranged it so I can see most of the paper inside the frame, so it looks like there's a beach behind the frame. Once you have it where you want it, activate the frame layer. Click inside with your magic wand, expand by 5. Invert selection, activate the paper layer and press delete, deselect.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer. Arrange her in/on the frame as you like. I placed mine down at the bottom of the frame. See my tag for reference. With your tube active, apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0. Give her a drop shadow of -2, 2, 50, 10. Repeat the drop shadow at 1, -1, 50, 5. Go ahead and drop shadow the frame with the same second shadow we applied to the tube. Drop shadow the frame again at -2, 2, 60, 10.
 
Open the sun element, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, arrange under the frame and move to the the top left corner. Use your freehand selection tool to remove any part of the sun that is sticking outside the frame.

Open the palm tree element. Resize 80% and place on the right middle of the frame. Move it on top of the frame for now. The trunk of the tree will be under the tube but we'll fix that later. Give it the last drop shadow we used but change the opacity to 50.

Open the swirl element, copy and paste as a new layer above the frame. Resize 55% and arrange on the left side of the frame. Drop shadow -2, 2, 50, 5.

Open the fruit element. Copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and arrange on the bottom right corner of the frame. Same drop shadow as the swirl.

Open the drink element, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and arrange on the bottom left side of the frame under the tube. Same drop shadow as before.

Open the word art. Copy and paste as a new layer onto your tag. Make sure it's the top layer in your palette and arrange at the top of the frame, see my tag for reference. Give it the same drop shadow as before.
 
Activate the white background layer. Add a new raster layer. Select all. Open a paper from your kit. I used paper 6 again. Copy and paste into selection. Deselect. Add mask from disk. Merge group and duplicate the mask layer. Rotate the duplicate till you get more even coverage on the bottom. A bit of the edges of the duplicate mask will go off the edge of the workspace. Use your raster deform tool to drag them back in within the workspace borders. When your mask is how you like, make sure the duplicate is active and merge down 1 time.

With your mask layer still active, hide the white background layer and crop merged opaque. You can unhide the background layer if you wish.

If you plan to resize your tag, now is the time to do it. I resized mine 80, all layers checked.
 
Now we're going to fix a few things. First activate the layer with the tree. Move it down in your layer palette so it is under the tube but still on top of the frame. Use your selection tool to draw around any part of the tree that you can see sticking out from under the bottom of the tube. Promote to selection. Activate the tree layer, press delete and deselect. Move the promoted layer under the frame layer in the palette.

Now we're going to do the same thing with the tube. I wanted my tube's butt and feet behind the frame. So carefully select those parts of the tube, again promote to selection, activate original, press delete and deselect. Move the promoted selection under the frame layer. If there's any part of the tube sticking out from under the side and/or bottom of the frame, remove that with your selection tool.

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

Add your name using colors from your tube/kit. Give it an inner bevel, I used this one:
 
 
Then apply a gradient glow, I used this one with the glow width at 3.


Then drop shadow your name, 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!

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