Friday, April 2, 2010

Batter Up tutorial (PTU)

Batter Up

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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

Tube of choice. I am using psp7496-Baseball by Keith Garvey. You must have a license to use this tube, which may be purchased at

Wee Scots Lass mask #281 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 Gothic Chic alpha, which is a FTU alpha by Whispy's D'zines. This is a full sized alpha I have resized for tagging purposes.

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 fill white.

Open Paper12_GI_GothChic. Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk and select Wee Scots Lass mask #281. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Copy merged, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open GlitterSpill-GI_GothChic, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered.

Oepn Splatter1_GI_GothChic, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V300.

Open Frame4-GI_GothChic, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered.

Open psp7496-SCGarvey-Baseball, copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Add a drop shadow of choice to tube. I am using offsets vertical and horizontal of 7 each, opacity of 65, blur of 35 and color of dark purple (#800080).

Open Flowers-GI_GothChic, resize to 35% and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V550.

Open Ribbon2-GI_GothChic and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open BottleCap1-GI_GothChic, resize to 50% and add main canvas, centered at H350, V650.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to navy blue (#000040).

Using font of choice, add copyright info to the tag. For the Garvey Baseball tube, that information is:

(c)Keith Garvey Your_MPT_LIcense#

I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a windows system font, 4 points, bold and centered, then I fit the text to path around the outside of the frame.

It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do that, I promise I will write a separate tutorial for that soon, as long as my computer doesn't crash again.

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Goth Chic alpha by Whispy's D'zines. I located my alpha centered at H550, V550, but actual location will depend on the size and length of the name your are using. I then added a drop shadow offsets V & H of 3 each, opacity 65, blur 10, color #ff80ff to make it stand out, as it's a dark alpha.

you can now delete the white background layer, merge visible and resize your tag to 75% (600 x 600 pxls). Save as a .png file and your 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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