Friday, February 19, 2010

Aces & Eights Tutorial

Aces & Eights

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Sin City sampler by Gothic Inspirations. This is a FTU kit through February 28th, which may be downloaded from Jessica's blog.

Tube of choice. I am using SC_NoLimit by Street Scenes. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at

Wee Scots Mask #350 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 Satin Gold alpha by Maria Stones. This is a full size, FTU alpha that can be downloaded from Free Digital

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, 800 x 800, flood filled white.

Open Paper2-GI_SinCitySampler. Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load mask from disk and locate WSL mask #350. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked then click on load.

Copy merged and add to your main canvas, centered.

Open Mesh-GI_SinCitySampler, and add to main canvas, centered. Image --> Free Rotate --> Rotate Left, 36 degrees.

Open Tabs-GI_SinCitySampler and add to main canvas centered at H500, V400. Duplicate and mirror, then relocate the mirrored copy to H300, V250.

Open Money-GI_SinCitySampler, rotate right, and add to canvas centered at H400, V550.

Open SCSeiStreetScenes_NoLimit, copy the tube layer and add to your main canvas, centered.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 8 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 35%, color black (#000000).

Open Frame-GI_SinCitySampler and add to main canvas, centered. Image --> free rotate --> rotate left 10 degrees.

Open PokerChips-GI_SinCitySampler, resize to 75% and add to main canvas centered at H300, V660.

On the material pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to black (#000000). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag, For the No Limits tube, that information is:

(c)Necio 2007 Your_MPTLicense#

I am using Trebuchet MS, 4 points, bold, and centered and then I free rotate it left, 10 degrees to match the frame.

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Satin Gold Alpha by Marie Stones. I have located my name at H500, V600, and then free rotates it 10 degrees to match the frame.

Actual location may vary depending upon the size and length of the name you are using.

Add a drop shadow to your name to match the one on the tube.

Delete the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pxls) and save your tag 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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