Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter Snowman Tutorial

Winter Snowman

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Solstice taggers kit by Jennie D Designs, which is part of the December collab kit at Scrapper's Secret and available for purchase exclusively at Scrapper's

Tube of choice. I am using Christmas Snowman by Carlos Cartegena, which is one of the 2009 gift tubes from My PSP You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #129 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 pxls, flood filled white.

Open paper 9 and resize to 80%. Select Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk and locat Wee Scotts Lass mask # 129. Make sure the Fit to Canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Copy merged and add to the main canvas, centered.

Open Frame 5, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Carlos Cartegena's Christmas Snowman tube and add to main canvas, centered.

Duplicate the Frame 5 layer, then on the layers pallet, drag it over the snowman tube.

Set your selection tool to Selection Type: Rectangle, and mode: Replace. Create a selection on the top frame layer from H100, V20 to H700, V400. Hit the delete button.

Selections --> Select None. Click on the original Frame Layer, Raster 2 to activate it. Usin your magic wand tool, click anywhere outside of the frame in the left lower hand corner.

On the layers pallet, click on the snowman layer, raster 3, then press the delete kit. This erases the part of the scarf that fell outside the frame layer.  

Selections --> Select None.

Click on the snowman, and add a drop shadow of choice. I have using horizontal and vertical offsets of -10 each, opacity of 65, blur of 30, color black (#000000).

Click on Copy of Raster 2, the top frame layer, to activate it.

Selections --> Select None.

Open Star Dangle4 and add to canvas, centered at at H150, V150.

Open Candles 1. Resize to 50%, and add to canvas centered at H225, V600.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white (#ffffff). Add the copyright info for the tag along the right side of the frame.

For the Christmas Snowman tube, the copyright info is:

(c) Carlos Cartegena Your MPTLicense#

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

Using alpha of choice, add name of choice to your tag centered at around H500, V675. Exact location will depend upon the length of the name.

Delete the white background layer, and merge visible. Resize canvas to 75% (600 x 600 pxls). Save as a .png file, and you're all done.

Alternately you can keep the white layers, merge visible, resize and save as a .jgp 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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