Sunday, November 21, 2010

O Christmas Tree tutorial

O Christmas Tree - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 O Christmas Tree taggers kit by Candy's Treats, which is a PTU kit that you could have gotten for one buck on Stargazer Sundays at Stargazer Scraps.

Tube of choice. I am using PSP 14491 Santa's Sexy Babe by Elias Chatzoudis. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My PSP

Mask of choice. I am using the Snowflakes mask by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using the Tis the Season alpha by Gemini Creationz, which is a PTU alpha.

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 pixels, flood fill white.

Open CT-Paper5 (or paper of choice). Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from disk and select mask of choice. I am using the Snowflakes mask by Nik's Scripts and Scraps.

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

Open CT-GlitterFrame4 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open CT-Tree6, and add to main canvas, centered at H225, V400.

Open psp14491-SCChatzoudis-SantasSexyBabe. Select the close up (Layer1), copy and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V350.

On your layers pallet, right click on the frame layer (Raster 2) and duplicate. Drag the copy of the frame over the tube layer.

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

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bit of the sexy babe that hangs out of bottom part of the frame.

On the layers pallet, right click on the tree (Raster 3) and go to arrange -> bring to top.

Open CT-BearGifts2, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V550.

Open CT-XmasBeads, and add to the main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Open Flower5, resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V600.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white (#ffffff). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag. I am using Trebuchet MS, which is a windows systems font, 4 points, bold and centered.

It doesn't matter just at the moment where you put it, Go to Image -> free rotate - rotate left 83 degrees. Using your pick tool, relocate the copyright information to the right side of the frame. (The angles should match up.)

Open CT-Bling, resize to 25% and add to main canvas at H225, V150 (or right on the top of the Christmas Tree).

Add a drop shadow of choice to the tree, gifts, flowers, beads and sexy babe. I am using vertical of 5, horizontal of -5, opacity of 75% blur of 30 and color black (#000000).

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add the name of choice to the tag. I am using the Tis the Season alpha by Gemini Creationz, and have it centered on the canvas at H400, V550. Actual location will depend upon the size of the name and the font or alpha you use.

Add a drop shadow to the name to match the rest of the tag.

Drop the 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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