Monday, November 29, 2010

A Pirate's Christmas

Xmas in July - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 in July taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, which is a PTU kit available at Gothic

Tube of choice. I am using Cleo Claus, by Amberly Berendson. 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 #341 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 Tis the Season alpha, which is a PTU alpha from Gemini Creationz.

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 Paper9-GI_CIJuly. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk. Select mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Lass mask # 341.

Resize to 90%, Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open GlitterTrail-GI_CUJuly and add to main canvas, centered.

Open PalmTree-GI_CIJuly, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V350.

Open BdWalk_GI_CIJuly and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550. On the layers pallet click on the paper layer, Raster1. Using your magic wand, click anywhere outside the masked layer to select. With the area still selected, click on the boardwalk (Raster 4) and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Open Frame1-GI_CIJuly, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using Amberly Berendson's CleoClaus. Copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered at H370, V360.

On the Layers pallet, right click on the frame layer (Raster5) and duplicate. Drag the copy of the frame over the tube.

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

Selections -> Select None.

Open Netting_GI_CIJuly, resize to 85% and add to main canvas centered at H620, V400.

Open CurledRib-GI_CIJuly, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H630, V580.

Open Festive-GI_CIJuly, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open Ornaments-GI_CIJuly and add to main canvas, centered at H150, V200.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the ornament cords that are above the palm tree and between the palm tree leaves.

Open Tag2-GI_CIJuly and rotate left. Using font of choice add the copyright information to the tag. For the CleoClaus tube that information is:

(c)Amberly Berendson Your MtA-License#

I am using the font Trebuchet MS, 4 points, bold and centered.

Layers, merge visible and then add to your main canvas, centered H400, V640.

On the layers pallet, drag the Festive layer (Raster10) over the op of the tag (Raster12). Using your eraser tool erase just a tiny little bit of the branch so the copyright is clear to read and the artist's name isn't covered.

On the layers pallet, click on Raster 3, the palm tree layer to active. Starting with that layer and working upward add a drop shadow of choice to the elements on your main canvas, except for the copy of the frame layer.

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

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 have the name centered at H500, V575. Actual location will 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 the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .png file, and your all done.

Note that if you are planning on using your tag on Facebook, you will probably want to save the file as a .jpg file. Facebook changed the way they handle .pngs, and they look pretty horrid.

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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