Monday, August 10, 2009

Century City Tutorial

Century City

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs)/Di Before Dawn Tutorials. Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

My Chili Peppers taggers kit, which is free to use for one week only (starting August 10th). You can grab it at Scrappetizing.

Tube of choice. I am using PSP12487 Myst Crouching by Joseph Coresentino. You must have a license to use this tube which can be purchased at

Wee Scots Mask #340 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) of choice.

Note that H# and V# refer to Horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas grid. Make sure you have View, Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise state in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X1, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pxls, flood fill white.

Open DCD_Paper02. Select --> Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load mask from disk and locate Wee Scots Mask #340. Make sure the "Fit to Canvas" orientation button is checked, then click on load.

Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group, then add to canvas, centered.

Open LA Skyline, resize to 80% and add to canvas, centered at H400, V500.

Open DCD_Frame03, resize to 125% and add to canvas, centered. Using your eraser tool, erase the parts of the skyline that appear outside the frame area.

Open DCD_CD 01, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H500, V170.

Open DCD_Platinum 03, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at V630, H280.

Open DCD_Musical Note04 resize by 75% and add to canvas, centered at H150, V300. Using your pick tool but a slight counterclockwise tilt of about 15 degrees on the note.

Resize your canvas by 75% - to 600 x 600 pxls.

Open psp12487-SCCorsentino-MystCrouching (or tube of choice). Add to your canvas centered at H250, V300.

Add a drop shadow to the tube. I am using offsets, V & H of 10 each, opacity of 60, and blur of 25.

Open DCD_Barbed Wire, mirror and add to canvas centered at H300, V500.

Open DCD Flower04, resize to 65% and add to canvas, centered at H375, V475.

Open Nik-SWNACChiliPepper2, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H450, V520.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to #404040 (black). Using the font of your choice add the copyright information to the tag. For the Myst Crouching tag, the copyright info is:

(c) Joseph Corsentino YOUR MPT LICENSE #

You may also add an optional scraps by and tag by line at this time. I am using the font Clarence, 4 points, Bold and centered.

Save your artist copy as a .pspimage file.

On the materials pallet, set your background color to #f5c37d (honey yellow).

Click on the Musical Note later to activate it (it should be Raster 6). Using the font of your choice, type in your name (or the name you desire on the tag).

I am using Brush Script MT, size 16 points, Bold and centered. Put a bit of a counter clockwise tilt to it so it matches the musical note.

On the layers pallet, right click on Vector 2, and on the pop up menu choose "Convert to Raster layer".

Choose Effects --> 3D Effects and Inner Bevel. Set your Bevel to 2, Width 24, Image: Smoothness, Ambiance and Shininess 0, Depth 5, Light #ffffc0 (Light yellow), Angle 115, Intensity 50 and Elevation 35, then click on OK.

Drop the white background layer from your canvas, select Layers --> Merge --> Merge Visible, then save your tag as a .png image and your all done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.

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