Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Snipper 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Darker Side of Love taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations. This is a PTU kit which may be purchased at

Tube of choice. I am using psp14850-StValentine by Marco Guaglione. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #119 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Trebuchet MS which is a windows system font, and the Bloody Alpha by Sarah Bryan. This is a free to use alpha that is available on her blog.

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 filled white.

Open Paper11-GI_TDSideOfLove. Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk. Locate WSL mask # 119. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

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

Open BrickWall-GI, and add to canvas, centered.

Open BarbedHeart and add to canvas, centered.

Open Both Heart and add to canvas, centered at H250, V300. Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate left, 15 degrees.

Open psp14850-SCGuaglione-StValentine, copy the Cupid layer and add to canvas, centered.

Duplicate BarbedHeart and drag the copy over the tube layer.

Set your selection tool to rectangle, Replace, and select the top half of the BarbedHeart copy. Then press your delete key to delete the selected area.

Selections --> Select None.

Open ribbon, and add to canvas, centered at H400, V500.

Open DoodleSprig, resize to 75% and add to canvas, centered at H250, V450. Erase any part of the doodle that is below the brick wall.

Open BloodSplatter, and add to canvas centered at H250, V650.

Open WordArtTag, resize to 75% and add to canvas Hlocated at 550, V600. Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate left, 25 degrees.

On the layers pallet select the tube layer, and add a drop shadow of choice. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of -7 each, Opacity of 65, blur of 25, color ver dark red (#400000).

Select the top layer (WordArtTag) to activate.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to Very dark red (#400000). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag. For the St. Valentine tube, that information is:

(c)Marco Guaglione YourMPTLicense#

I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a Window's system font, 4 Points, bold, centered, and then I fit my text to path to arch around the top of the tag. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do that although I promise I'll write a separate tutorial one day soon explain the process in case you don't know how to do it.

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

Using alpha or font of choice, add the name of choice to your tag. I am using the Bloody Alpha by Sara Bryan.

I centered the name at H500, V500 before applying free rotate, left, 25 degrees to match the IOU element. Then I used my pick tool to move it down to sit just over the IOU element. Actual location will vary depending upon size and length of the name you are using.

Merge visible, resize to 75% (600 x 600) pxls, and save as a .jpg 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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