Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Research 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Stalkers taggers kit by Jennie D Designs. This is a PTU kit which may be purchased at Scrapper's

Tube of choice. I am using psp14457-Paige by Keith Garvey. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #208 which you can download HERE.

12-17-09 Stalking word art, which is FTU and available for download from Ginger's House.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Impact and Trebuchet MS, both of which are Windows systems fonts, and CAC Champagne, which is available for download from Outlaw by Design.

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, 600 x 600 pxls, flood fill white.

Open Paper 15, resize to 88%. Go to layers --> Load/save mask --> Load Mask from Disk and find Wee Scots Lass mask 208. Make sure the "fit to canvas" button is checked, then click on Load.

Copy Merged and add to canvas, centered.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to Medium Gray (#808080), and your background color to transparent.

Activate your text tool, click on the canvas at center, and set your font to Impact, Size 36 Points, Bold, Centered. Type in the word "Research" then click on apply. On your layers pallet, right click on Vector 1 - which is the word you just typed - and select "convert to raster layer".

Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate left, 90 degrees. using your pick tool, relocate the now Raster 2 layer to H500, V300.

Open paper 13, Selections --> Select all. Edit --> Copy.

Activate your magic wand tool, and click inside each of the letters on Raster 3 to select. (Hold down your shift kit to select multiple areas.)

Edit --> Paste into selection.

Selections --> Select None

Image --> Resize, and resize the layer to 85%, Make sure you UNCHECK the "resize all" box. Relocate layer to H500, V300.

Open Frame7, and add to canvas, centered at H250, V300. Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate Left, 90 degrees. Recenter the frame back to H250, V300.

Open psp14457-SCGarvey-Paige (or tube of choice) and copy the tube layer. Add to your canvas centered at H250, V300.

On the layers pallet, click on Raster 3 - the frame layer - and duplicate. Drag the copy later over the top of the top layer.

Activate your Selection tool, and preset to rectangle, mode replace. Select from H50,V50 to H450,V350 on the Copy of Raster 3 layer and then press your delete key.

Click on Raster 4 to activate, the select from H100,V500 to H400,V570, and press the delete key again.

Selections --> Select None

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube layer. I am using Offsets, Horizontal and Vertical of 10 each, Opacity of 80, blur of 35, color black (#000000).

on the layers pallet, click on Copy of Raster 3 to activate.

Open the 12-17-09 Stalking word art. Using a combination of your selection tool and your eraser tool, remove the word "research" from the word art. Resize to 50%, copy and add your canvas, centered at H250, V450.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to Maize (#e0c58d), and then used your flood fill tool to color in the lettering on the word art.

Open eyes blue, resize to 25%, and add to canvas, centered at H130, V460.

Open binoculars 2, resize to 25% and add to canvas centered at H450, V450.

Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate right, 25 degrees.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to dark blue (#000040).

Using font of choice, add your copyright information to the tag. I am using Trebuchet MS, 4 points, centered. for the Paige tube, the copyright information is:

(c)Keith Garvey Your MPTLicense#.

I have located my info at H250, V550. You may now save your artist's copy as a .pspimage file.

If you are using the Champagne font or similar font of choice, set your background color on the materials pallet to dark green (#004000), and add your name of choice.

I am using 26 points, bold, centered and have added the name at H400, V65. Exact location will depend on the length of the name you are using and the size of your font.

Delete the white background layer, merge visible and save your completed tag as a .png file, and your all done.

(Optionally, you may keep the white background layer and save as a .jpg 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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