Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa's Little Helper PTU tutorial

Letter to Santa - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Letter to Santa taggers kit by DN Scraps which is a PTU kit available at Scrappetizing.com.

Tube of choice. I am using Santa's Little Helper, by Angela Newman. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My PSP Tubes.com.

Wee Scots Mask #350 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Century Gothic which is a windows system font (or you can snag it at www.fontparade.com, and the Mistletoe and Wine alpha by Wishing on a Starr. This is a PTU alpha which can be purchased at Scrappetizing.com.

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 LettersToSantaPaper11. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from disk and select Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Lass mask #350.

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

Open Lettertosantadoubleframe2. Add to main canvas, centered.

Image -> Free Rotate -> right, 15 degrees.

Open Tube of Choice. I am using Santa's Lil Helper by Angela Newman, which was part of the 2010 Christmas Gift from My PSP Tubes. I am using the close up, Layer 1, which I have copied and add to the main canvas, centered at H400, V420.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster2, and duplicate. Drag the copy of Raster 2 over the tube layer, Raster3, on the layers pallet.

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

Selections -> Select None.

Open lettertosantastars. On the layers pallet, click on the paper layer, Raster 1 to activate. Add the stars to the main canvas, centered at H200, V400.

Click on the top layer - copy of Raster2 to activate.

Open Lettertosantawhitetree and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V500.

Open lettertosantaleafs2, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open lettertosantaribbonstring3, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open Lettertosantatag5. With the foreground color set to transparent and the background color set to white (#ffffff) on your Materials pallet, and using a font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag.

For the Angela Newman tube, that information is: (c)Angela Newman www.angelanewman.com YourMPTLicense#.

I used Century Gothic, 6 points, centered and bold, but then I used to pick tool to shrink it down to fit the tag. I then free rotated the text right, 3 degrees to match the angel of the tag.

Layers -> Merge visible. Image ->Rotate Left. Resize to 65%, and add to your main canvas, centered at H700, V500. On the layers pallet, drag the tag below the leaf layer, Raster6.

Using your erase tool, erase just the little bit of the tag that's above the frame level, and the little tiny bit on the right and side of the hanger so that it appears to be hanging from the frame.

Add a drop shadow of choice to the all the elements on the main canvas, except the paper layer, Raster1, the Frame copy (Copy of Raster2) and the stars (Raster 4).

I am using offsets, Vertical of 5, Horizontal of -5, Opacity of 85, Blur of 25, color black (#000000).

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

using alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Mistletoe and Wine alpha by Wishing on a Starr.

This is a full size alpha and I have resized all the letters down to 10% in order to compose the name for use on the tag, which I did on a separate pallet. I then resized the completed name down to 60% before adding it to the tag.

I have the name centered at H500, V125, although your actual locate will vary depending upon the length of the name and the size of the font or alpha you are using.

Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

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