Friday, December 4, 2009

Gothic Snowfall Tutorial

Gothic Snowfall

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Winter Wonderland taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, which is FTU for a limited time only (until 15 Dec.) and available at the Gothic Inspirations Blog. After 15 December, you may purchase the kit at

Tube of choice. I am using PSP12316 Gothic Winter by Unholy Vault Designs. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #310 which you can download HERE.

Alpha and/or font of choice. I am using the Iced Alpha by Designs by Ali, which is a PTU font available 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.

Open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800, flood fill white.

Open Paper6-GI_WinterWonderland. Resize to 95%. Select --> Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk and locate WSL mask # 310. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Copy Merged, and add to your main canvas, centered.

Open Mesh-GI_WinterWonderland, resize to 75% and add to main canvas. Image --> Free Rotate --> Left, 35 Degrees --> OK.

Relocate to H300, V300.

Open ChristmasBall-GI_WinterWonderland. Add to canvas. Image --> Free Rotate --> Right, 35 Degrees --> OK. Relocate on your canvas to H550, V600.

Resize your canvas to 75%, 600 x 600. Make sure the resize all layers box is checked!

Open PSP12316 Gothic Winter and copy the Tube Transparent layer to our main canvas, centered.

Open Frame3-GI_WinterWonderland. Rotate left, and resize to 75%. Add to canvas, centered.

Using your pick took, resize the tube layer to with within the frame. Relocate the tube to the left so the left side of the tube lines up with the frame.

Click on the frame layer to activate.

Open Swirl-GI_Winterwonderland, and add to canvas, centered at H300, V400.

Open WinterPearlLeaves-GI_WinterWonderland, resize to 50%, and add to canvas, centered at H150, V450. Using your eraser tool, erase just the part of the stem that falls into the white area outside of the frame.

Open Snowflake-GI_Winterwonderland, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H124, V475.

Open Snowflake2-GI_WinterWonderland, resize to 35%, and add to canvas, centered at H450, V100.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to black (#000000). Using font of choice add the copyright information for the tag along the bottom of the frame. For the Gothic Winter tube, the information is:

(c) Unholy Vault Designs YOUR MPT-License#

I am using Trebucket MS, 4 Points, bold and centered for my information.

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

Using alpha or font of choice add the desired name to your tag, centered around H400, V500. Exact location will depend upon the size of the name. I am using the Iced Alpha by Designs by Ali, which is a PTU alpha.

Delete the white background, merge visible and save as a .png file, or keep the white background, merge visible and save as a .jpg file. That's it. You're 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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