Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mama Noel Tutorial (PTU)

Mama Noel - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Silver Bells taggers kit by Crazed's Creations which is a PTU kit available at

Tube of choice. I am using Mama Noel, by Luna Designs. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at MIStaken Art.

Wee Scots Mask #315 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using the font Trebuchet MS, which is a windows system font, and the Icy Snow Alpha. This is a 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 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 Crazeds_paper9_SBT. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and load mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Lass 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 Crazeds_tree2_SBT, and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V350.

Open Crazeds_frame2_SBT, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Tube of choice. I am using Mama Noel by Luna Designs. Copy Raster1 and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V350.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer (Raster3) and duplicate. Drag Copy of Raster3 over the tube layer (Raster4).

With you selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select top half of the frame copy and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Open Crazeds-branch2_SBT and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V600.

Open Crazeds_bird_SBT, resize to 65% and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V635.

Click on the paper layer (Raster1) to activate. Open Crazeds_snowflake4_STB and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V200.

Click on Copy of Raster 3, the frame copy layer to activate. Open Crazeds_bells1, and add to main canvas centered at H225, V400.

Open Crazeds_Snowflake6_SBT. Resize to 50%, and add to main canvas centered at H225, V200.

On the layers pallet, click on the first snowflake (Raster7) to activate. This is the snowflake right on top of the paper layer Raster 1.

Starting with the snowflake and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements in your tag, except for Copy of Raster 3 (the frame copy).

I am using offsets of vertical and horizontal, 3 each, opacity of 85, blur of 15, and color of very dark grey (#202020).

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to dark blue (#000040). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag.

For the Mama Noel tag, that information is (c)Luna Designs Your MTA-License#

I free rotated the copyright left, 90 degrees and located it at copyright at H600, V400. You can put it where ever you want, as long as it's on there.

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

Using font of alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I have my name centered at H250, V650. Actual location will Vary depending upon the size of the font/alpha and the length of name you are using.

Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

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