Sunday, October 4, 2009

Autumn Mage Tutorial

Autumn Mage

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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:

The Back to Nature taggers kit by Scraps by j0eswife. This kit is available for purchase at Digital Chaos and other fine stores.

Tube of choice. I am using Brandy Everett's Celetic Mage, which is available at Mistaken Art. You must have a license to use this tube which can be obtained at Mistaken Art.

Wee Scots Mask #275 which you can download HERE.

Alpha or font of choice. I am using the Bronze Halloween Charm alpha by Digital Delights, which is a PTU full sized alpha. The alpha and chain needs to be resized to 15% for use in this tutorial.

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 filled white.

Open SBJ Paper08, and resize to 80%. Go to layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk, and locate WSL mask # 275. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Edit --> Copy Merged, then add to your canvas, centered.

Open SBJ Glitter Spill 1, copy and add to canvas centered.

Open SBJ Flower Branch 3, and add to canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open cardboard scrap 2, resize to 75% and add to canvas, centered at H200, V400.

Open Brandy Everett's Celtic Mage (or tube of choice), click on the tube layer, copy and add to canvas, centered. Add a drop shadow of choice. I am using vertical offset of 10, a horizontal offset of -10, opacity of 65, blur of 35, color black (#000000).

Open Glitter Glass Frame 2. Go to image, resize and, uncheck the Lock aspect ratio box and set the width of the frame to 700 pixels and the height of the frame to 800 pxls. This will give a nice oval shaped frame.

Copy and past to your canvas, centered. Click on the cardboard scrap to activate it and using your eraser tool, erase any parts of the cardboard that show outside the frame. (Corel_01_004 works well for this as there's a pretty good sized chunk to be erased.)

On the layers pallet, click on the frame layer to activate it. Open SBJ Little Bird and resize to 25%. Mirror. Add to canvas centered at H470, V620. (Make sure you've rechecked the Lock aspect ratio button.)

Open Ivy 1, resize to 75%, and add to canvas, centered at H620, V400.

Open Stick 2, resize to 76%, and add to canvas, centered at H400, V700.

Open Leaf 1, and resize to 50%. Add to your canvas, centered at H550, V620. Repeat with Leaf 2, centering at H620, V620.

Repeat with Leaf 3, centering at H550, V670. Image --> Free Rotate --> rotate right, 15 degrees.

Open Leaves 3, resize to 25% and mirror. Add to canvas at H520, V720.

Open Flower 7, resize to 35% and add to canvas, centered at H470, V700.

You can now add your copyright information to the tag. For the Brandy Everett tube, that information is:

(c) Brandy Everett YOUR MtA License #

You may also add your optional tag by watermark. After that you can save the artist's copy as a .pspimage.

Using the alpha or font of choice add the desired name to your tag. I am using the Bronze Halloween Charm Alpha by Pam at Digital Delights which is a full sized, PTU alpha that is a bit of a pain to work with, but which returns very nice results.

Once you've added your name, you can delete the white background layer and select Layers --> Merge --> Merge Visible. Resize your tag by 75% (to 600 x 600 pxls) and 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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