Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Lights (PTU) tutorial

Christmas Lights 2 - Dianna

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Christmas taggers kit by Sky Scraps, which is a PTU kit that can be purchased at Scraps and the City.

Wee Scots Mask #315 which you can download HERE.

Font of choice.

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 X3, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pxl, flood fill white.

Open paper of choice. I am using SkyScraps_PP10. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Mask #315. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open SkyScraps_Element29, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V300.

Open SkyScraps-Bow8 and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open SkyScraps_XmasTree and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V400.

Open SkyScraps-Gift, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V575.

Open skyScraps-Candle, resize to 85% and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V570.

Open SkyScraps-Deco1, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V630.

Using your eraser tool, erase the part of the ropes on Deco1 that hang off on either side.

Open SkyScraps-Element1, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V650.

Open SkyScraps-Element2, resize to 50%, mirror, and add to main canvas, centered at H475, V675.

Click on the Paper layer, Raster1 to activate. Open SkyScraps-Lights, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V270

Using font of choice, add tagged by information to the tube. I used Segoe Script, which is windows system font, 4 points, bold and centered.

Click on the white background layer to activate. Open SkyScraps-Snow and add to the main canvas.

On the layers pallet, click on the paper layer, raster 1 to activate, then using your magic wand tool, click anywhere on the outside of the masked paper to select.

Leaving the area selected, click on the snow layer, Raster12, on the layers pallet, and press the delete key.

Selections -> Select None.

Open SkyScraps-Snowflake1 and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V300. (Yes, it will be behind the paper layer, but on top of the snow layer.

Right click Snowflake1 (Raster13) on the layers pallet and duplicate. Image -> Mirror. Image-> Flip.

Starting with the wreath layer (Raster2) and working upward on your layers pallet, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on the main canvas.

I am using offsets vertical of 5, horizontal of -5, opacity of 75%, blur of 15 and color Black (#000000).

You can now save the artist version of your tag as a .pspimage file.

Using the gingerbread alpha included in the kit, add the name of choice to the tag. I have mine centered at H500, V600. Your actual location will of course depend upon the length of the name you are using.

Add a matching dropshadow to the name.

Drop the white background layer, and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) 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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