Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cupid's Dart Tutorial

Cupid's Dart

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Valentine Cupid taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations. This is a PTU kit which is available at

Tube of choice. I am using psp14191-Corset by Jose Cano. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #177 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a windows system font, and Hancock, which is a FTU font that can be downloaded 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 layers canvas, 600 x 600 pxls, flood filled white.

Open Pink Plaid 1-GT_V09BT. Go to effects, Distortion Effects, Wind and use the factory default setting. Then press apply.

Open paper Red 3 GI_V09BT. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from disk and locate WSL mask 177. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Copy merged and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V200. Duplicate and relocate the copy to H250, V400.

Click on Raster 2 (the first heart) to active. Image, free rotate, rotate right, 15 degrees.

Click on Copy of Raster 2 (the second heart) to active. Image, free rotate, rotate left, 15 degrees.

Open Bling Red Bright Purple and add to the canvas, centered.

Open psp14191-SCCano-Corset, copy the Tube layer and add to canvas, centered at H300, V290.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube. I am using Offsets, vertical and horizontal of -10 each, opacity of 85, blur of 25, color black (#000000).

Open Roses-GI_V09BT, resize to 75% and add to canvas centered at H400, V435.

Open Arrow Doodle Pink, and add to canvas, H475, V100. Open Heart Doodle Swirl Pink and add to canvas, centered at H75, V400.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to dark red (#8a0000). Using font of choice, add the copyright information down at the bottom of your tag.

For the Corset tube, that information is:

(c)Jose Cano MPTLicense#
Scraps by Gothic Inspirations; Tag by Digicats

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

Reset your background color to a gradient, material or color of choice. Using font of choice, add desired name to tag.

I am using a silver gradient, the font Hancock, 20 points, Bold, centered and located the name around H175, V500, Then I used Image, free rotate and rotated left, 5 degrees. You exact location will vary depending upon name length.

Open Quill Pink, and resize to 50%. Add to your canvas just off the upper right hand side of your tag near the name. I have mine centered at H400, V410, your settings may differ depending upon the name you're using.

Delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a .png file, and 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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