Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Memories (PTU) Tutorial - Free Scraps

Christmas Memories - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Memories Sampler taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, which you can download from Jessica's blog, HERE.

Tube of choice. I am using Snow Window, by Danielle Pioli. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at MIStaken Art.

Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Mask #277 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Santa's Sleigh, which is a FTU font that can be downloaded from Free Digital Scrapbooking HERE, and the Classic Christmas Alpha, which is a FTU Alpha that you can download HERE.

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 Paper5-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice.

I am using Wee Scots Lass mask #277. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Resize to 85%, edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Mesh-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.

Open Snow Window by Danielle Pioli, copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Holly-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler, resize to 85% and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V550.

Open Bells-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler, resize to 85% and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V435.

Open Stars-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler, Image -> Mirror, Image -> Flip, resize to 65% and add to main canvas, centered at H350, v125.

Click on the tube layer - Raster 3 - to activate. Open Christmas Ball-GI_ChristmasMemoriesSampler, resize to 50% and add to main canvas centered at H350, V550.

Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate right, 25%.

Starting with the mesh layer - Raster 2 - and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to the elements on your main canvas.

I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 85, blur of 10 and color of very dark gray (#202020).

On the material pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to black (#000000). Using font of choice, add copyright information to your tag.

For the Snow window tube, that information is:

(c)Danielle Pioli bloody25.deviantart.com Your MtA-License#

You may also add the background credits and tagged by info at this point. I am using Santa's Sleigh Full, 4 points, bold and centered.

I then free rotated my text left, 90 degrees and aligned it on the right size of the window, at H660, V350.

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 Classic Christmas alpha, which is a FTU alpha, and have my name centered at H525, V600. Your location may vary depending upon the size of the font/alpha you are using, and the length of the name.

Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

Drop your white background layer, and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and add save as a .png file and you're all done.

Note that if you are planning on using the tag on Facebook, you may wish to save it as a .jpg as Facebook does not handle .png well.

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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