Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Countdown Tutorial


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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Last Minute Christmas taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations. This is a PTU kit which is available at as well as other fine online boutiques.

Tube of choice. I am using Holiday Presents by Unholy Vault Designs. This is one of the tubes we received from My PSP as part of our 2009 Christmas gift. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #253 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a windows system font, and the "Furry" alpha by Nutshell Creations which may be purchased at

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 Paper4-GI_Last Minute Christmas. Go to Layers --> Load/Save Mask -- Load Mask from Disk and locate Wee Scots Lass mask 253. Make sure the "Fit to canvas" box is checked, then click on load.

Copy Merged and add to your canvas, centered.

Open Mesh and add to canvas, centered at H350, V250. Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate left 20 degrees.

Open Lyrics-GI_LastMinuteChristmas and add to canvas, centered.

Open Tree-GI_Last Minute Christmas, resize to 75% and add to canvas, centered at H500, V325.

Open UnholyVault-Holiday Presents (or tube of choice); copy the tube layer and add to canvas, centered.

Add shadow of choice to tube layer. I am using offsets vertical and horizontal of 10 each, opacity of 80, blur 35, and color of black #000000.

Open Frame4-GI_Last Minute Christmas and rotate right. Add to canvas, centered.

Duplicate --> Free Rotate --> Rotate Left 10 degrees.

Open Countdown-GI_LastMinuteChristmas, resize to 75% and add to canvas, centered at H200, V575.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to Dark Green (#3d5c2f). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag. For the Unholy Vault Design tube the info is:

(c)Unholy Vault Designs YourMPTLicense #.

I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a Windows system font, 4 points, bold, centered. I rotated my text left, 90 degrees and added to the canvas centered at H720, V400.

You may now save your artist's copy as a .pspimage.

Using alpha or font of choice, add the name of choice to your tag. I am using the Furry Alpha by Nutshell Creations.

I have my name centered around V320, H90. Actual location will depend upon length of name and size of font or alpha you are using.

Add a drop shadow to match the one on your tube to your name.

Delete your white background layer, and merge visible. Resize your canvas by 75% (to 600 x 600 pxls) and save as a .png file.

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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