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Sunday, April 3, 2016
This tutorial was written by me on 04/02/2016 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 used this lovely Exclusive Ellie_Milk tube from PicsForDesign
Scrap Kit of choice, I used All Things Grow With Love by Monti's Scraps
You can find this kit and many others at CDO
Template 31 by K'Lani Designs
Geo Mask 8 by Dees'Sign Depot
Font of choice, I used Scriptina
Filters used:
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, remember to save your progress often.

Open your template and tube, duplicate both and close the originals. Open your mask and minimize for now. On your template, delete the credits layer. Increase canvas size to 700 x 600, center placement. Activate the background layer and flood fill white.

Activate layer 5. Select all, float, defloat. Open a paper from your kit. I chose paper 4. Copy and paste as a new layer. Promote to selection. Do not deselect yet. Activate layer 5 again. Expand selection by 3. Press delete on your keyboard to remove the original shape and then flood fill with a color from your kit or tube. I used the pale peach color. Deselect and give it noise with the settings at Uniform, 80%, monochrome checked. Activate the promoted selection layer with the paper and merge down 1 time. Give this layer a drop shadow of 0, 0, 70, 10. You may now delete the original paper layer.

Now we're going to add papers to the circles below the layer we just worked on. I used 1 paper for layers 6 & 7. And then another paper for layers 8 & 9. If you choose to do this then click on layer 6, merge down 1 time. Then click on layer 8 and merge down 1 time. Skip this step if you plan on doing a different paper on all 4 circles.

So now layer 9 should be active. Select all, float, defloat. Open a paper from your kit, I used paper 1. Copy and paste as a new layer. Promote to selection. Do not delect yet. Now we're going to do like we did with layer 5. Make sure layer 9 is active again. Expand selection by 3. Press delete on your keyboard to remove the original shape(s), flood fill with the same color as used before. Deselect and give it the same noise as before. Activate the promoted paper layer and merge down 1 time. Give it the same drop shadow as before. Then delete the original paper layer.

Repeat this entire process again with layer 7 using another paper from your kit. I used paper 3. Don't forget to drop shadow when you're done.

Activate layer 4. Select all, float, defloat. You could add a paper as before but I chose to flood fill with a color from my kit. I used the dark pink. With it still selected, expand by 3. Add a new layer, flood fill with the same color as before or different if that is your choice. Deselect, give it the same noise as before. Move this layer below layer 4 and drop shadow. Activate layer 4 and merge down 1 time.

Activate layer 3 and repeat as you did with layer 4. I flood filled this one with the same pale peach as used for the glitter borders and deselect. Do NOT give it a border or a drop shadow however.

With layer 3 still active, copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Resize as needed. Move it to one side of the strip, with just the face covering the strip. Activate the strip layer again, select all, float, defloat. Activate the tube layer, promote to selection. Deselect and delete the original tube layer. Activate your promoted tube, duplicate and mirror. Merge the tube duplicate down 1 time. Apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0. Change the blend mode to Multiply or one that suits your tube/colors.

Activate layer 2. Select all, float, defloat. Open a paper from your kit. I used paper 5. Copy and paste as a new layer. Invert selection, press delete and deselect. Merge the paper layer down 1 time onto layer 2.

With this layer still active, copy and paste a close-up of your tube as a new layer. Mirror if needed so it'll face the opposite direction as your main tube. Arrange inside the frame. Activate layer 2 again, select all, float, defloat. Activate the close up tube, promote to selection. Deselect and delete the original close up tube layer.

Activate the white background layer. Select all. Crop to selection. Activate the promoted close up tube layer again. Apply the Xero Porcelain but change the strength to 98. Apply it a second time. Change the blend mode to Luminance and the opacity to 80%. Duplicate this layer and change the blend mode to Screen.

Activate layer 1 and do as you did with the other shapes using a paper from your kit. I used paper 2. Once you have your paper on there, give it very light noise at 30% and the other settings the same. Give it the same drop shadow but change the opacity to 50%.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer. Resize if needed. Move the tube layer under the frame layer and line it up how you like it. Keep it under the frame layer for now.
 
Optional: My tube when I moved her where I wanted her, the top of her head went past the top end of the canvas. To fix that, increase canvas size with the placement at the bottom so you'll give it more room at the top. Be sure to allow extra space for when you'll add the drop shadow and mask. I added 50 more pixels to the top for mine.

With your main tube active, give it the same Xero Porcelain as we did the close up, just only once. Give her a drop shadow of 0, 0, 60, 10. Keep her under the frame, we'll fix her when it is time. Using your selection tool set to point to point, draw a line along the bottom of the frame wherever the tube might be sticking out. Make sure you draw out and around the bottom of the tube, counting for drop shadow. When it's fully selected, press delete on your keyboard and deselect.

Now it is time to start adding our elements. Be sure to save your progress.

Open element 20, the half circle of leaves. Copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 110%, all layers unchecked. Move this layer to just above your white background layer and then arrange it so you can see the leaves sticking out around the template. Duplicate this layer and flip, then mirror. Arrange the duplicate so it's at the bottom of the template. See my tag for reference. Once you have the two half circles of leaves lined up how you like them, make sure the duplicate is active, merge down 1 time and give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 60. 7. We'll use this drop shadow for almost all of our elements, so keep it in mind.

Activate the top layer in your palette. Open element 13, the grassy mound with mushrooms. Copy and paste as a new layer, resize as needed. I resized mine 40%. Arrange on the left side of the template, just above your Layer 5. See my tag for reference.

Open element 7, the little tree with roses on it. Resize as needed, I resized mine 45%. Arrange on the right side of the template, across from the mushrooms.

Open element 18, the pretty pink and white bird. Resize as needed, I resized mine 15%. Move it to the top in your layer palette and place it on the right side of the frame.

Open element 21. Copy and paste as a new layer. Flip and arrange near the bottom of the template, under the frame background layer. See my tag for reference. Drop shadow this one with the opacity at 40%.

Add any other elements of choice and then hide your white background layer. Crop Merged Opaque. Increase canvas size again with a 15 pixel increase on all 4 sides. Activate your background layer.

Add a new raster layer, select all. Open a paper from your kit. I used paper 5 again. Copy and paste into selection, deselect. Add mask from image and merge group. With your background layer still hidden, crop merged opaque a second time. This gets rid of any excess canvas without accidently cropping tubes, drop shadows, etc. Now is the time to resize your tag if you want to do that. I resized mine 72%, all layers checked.

Now that the resizing is done, it's time to fix our main tube. Activate the main tube layer. Using your selection tool. Draw a selection around the part of the tube that needs to sit above the frame. Make sure you allow enough space for the drop shadow:


Promote selection to layer. Activate the original tube layer and press delete. Deselect and move the promoted layer above the frame.

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

Add your name using colors from your kit/tube. Give it an inner bevel. I used this one:


Then add a gradient glow, I used these settings with the glow width at 3:


And then finally, drop shadow your name, I used -2, 2, 50, 5.

Delete your 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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