Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Love Bugs tutorial

Love Bugs

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Feeling Groovy taggers kit Created by Jill. This is a PTU kit which may be purchased at Sophisti-Scraps.com.

Tube of choice. I am using psp14848-Lovebug by Keith Garvey. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at MyPSPTubes.com.

Wee Scots Mask #202 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 layer canvas, 600 x 600 pxls, flood filled white.

Open FG_paper13_CBJ. Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk and locate WSL mask #202. Make sure the fit to Canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Using you pick tool, drag the boundary lines on the mask out to the edges of the canvas. Then go to Edit --> Copy Merged and add the masked paper to your main canvas, centered.

Open FG_frame10_CBJ. Rotate left, then add to main canvas, centered.

Open psp14848-SCGarvey-Lovebug (or tube of choice) Copy the tube layer and add to your canvas, centered.

On the layers pallet, duplicate Raster 2 (FG_frame10_CBJ) and then drag the duplication over the tube layer, Raster 3.

Set your selection tool to Rectangle, Replace, and select the half of the frame copy (Copy of Raster 2). Then press the delete key to erase that portion of the frame.

Select --> Select None.

Open FG_flowerstraw1_CBJ and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V350.

Open FG_flowerstraw4_CBJ, resize to 80% and add to main canvas, centered at H425, V400.

Open FG-groovy-vwbug-CBJ, and mirror. Add to canvas centered at H350, V500.  

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the straw flowers that are hanging out below the VW.

Open FG_dragonfly2_CBJ, resize to 75% and add to the main canvas, centered at H150, V250.

on the Layers pallet, click on the tube layer, Raster 3 to activate. Add a drop shadow of choice. I am using offsets Horizontal and Vertical of -7 each, opacity of 65, blur of 25, color Dark Purple (#400040).

Click on the VW layer (Raster 6) to activate.

Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag. For the Love Bug tube, that information is:

(c)Keith Garvey http://garvgraphx.com Your MPTLicense#

I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a windows system font, 4 points, bold, and centered, and on the materials pallet, I have the foreground color set to transparent and the background color set to white (#ffffff).

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the font Hancock.

I composed the name on a separate canvas with a white background, then selected the name, including clicking inside and loops in the letters. Selections --> Invert. Selection --> Modify --> Expand 3. Layers --> Merge down. Copy and add to main canvas.

That will give you the "sticker" effect.

You can then drop the white background, merge down and save your tag as a .png file, or keep the white background, merge down and save your tag 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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