Sunday, August 2, 2009

Native American Princess Tutorial

Native American Princess

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Wild Horses taggers kit, which can be purchased at, as well as other fine online shops.

The Pocahontas tube pack by Sophisticated Scraps and Imaging, which can also be purchased at

Wee Scots Mask #119 which you can download HERE.

Font and alpha (optional) of choice. I am using the Satin Gold alpha for the name, which can be downloaded from for, well, free. It is a full sized alpha that I have resized for tagging purposes.

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_Paper27. Select Layers -->Load/Save Mask -->Load Mask from Disk, and locate Wee Scots Lass mask # 119. Make sure the "Fit to canvas" box is checked, then click on load.

Check to make sure that the guide lines on the mask are all to the way to the sides of the paper, if they're not, drag them there with your pick tool. Then select Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group, and add the paper to your canvas, centered.

Open DCD_Green Wheat03, and add to your canvas, centered at H150, V520. Duplicate, then mirror.

Open DCD_FullMoon, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H230, V140.

Open DCD_Spear. Select Image --> Resize and resize to 75%, but first, uncheck the "resize all layers" box.

Using your pick tool, rotate the spear clockwise until it is horizontal. Then copy and add to your main canvas, centered at H400, V750.

Using your eraser tool, erase any of the wheat stems that fall below the spear. Then click on the spear layer to activate it.

Open DCD_Eagle02, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H200, V150. (It's probably a good idea to recheck the "resize all layers" box when you do this resize, so you don't have to remember later.)

Open SSLisa - Cookie - Pocahontas 1a. Use your eraser tool to erase Lisa's sig on the tube, then resize it to 75% and add to your main canvas, centered at H400, V450.

Open DCD_Button02, resize to 50%, and add to canvas, centered at H220, V720.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to #acc67b (wheat green). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag. For the Pocahontas tube, the information is:

(c) LK Designs
Scraps by Digicats

The scraps line is option, you may also add your "tag by" info at this time. I am using Colonna MT, size 6 pts, bold and centered.

Add a drop shadow to your tube later, I am using offsets of V -10, H10, Opacity 60, blur 25. You may also add a matching drop shadow to your copyright layer to make it more readable.

You can now save your artist's copy as a .pspimage. (Doing this gives you a layered file that you can edit later. It makes it much easier to change names if your doing tags for multiple individuals.

Using the font or alpha of your choice, add the desired name to your tag, centered at H550, V650. The exact placement will depend upon the length and size of the name you are adding.

Delete the white background layer, select layers --> merge --> merge visible. Resize your canvas by 75% (to 600 x 600 pxls) then save as a .png file, 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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