Friday, November 26, 2010

Skelly Night PTU Tutorial

Skelly Night - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Silent Night taggers kit by Grunge and Glitter Scraps, which is a PTU kit available at Digital Chaos.

Tube of choice. I am using Snow Day, by Misty Benson. You must have a license to use this tube. I has come to my attention that Misty is no longer licensing out of My PSP, and I've had no success in tracking down her new licensing agent. Her FAQ's still show MPT.

Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Mask #332, which you can download HERE.

Font and/or Alpha of choice. I am using the Moonbeam alpha by Julie It Is. This is an awesome FTU alpha which is available HERE. (Please leave a thank you when you download.)

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 a dark paper of choice. I am using Paper1. Add to main canvas.

Select a second paper of a lighter color. I am using paper14.jpg. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Lass mask #332.

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

Open Moon, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V250.

Open Star, resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V175.

Open Tree2, and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open Dead Bush and add to main Canvas, centered at H250, V400.

Open tube of choice. I am using Misty Benson's Snow Day. Copy the tube layer and add to main canvas centered at H400, V450.

Open String2 and rotate right. add to main canvas centered at H400, V650.

Image -> free rotate -> rotate left, 20 degrees.

On the Materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white (#ffffff). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the Snow Day tube that information is:

(c)Misty Benson Your_MPTLicense#

I am using the font Santa's Sleigh, 6 points, bold and centered. If you need that font, you can snag it HERE.

You can also add the background information and tagged by information at this point.

On the layers pallet, click on the moon layer, Raster3 to activate. working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to the elements in the tag.

I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 3 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 25, color black (#000000).

For the copyright information, use a much stronger drop shadow. I suggest Opacity of 100%, and blur of 3.

On the layers pallet, click on the masked paper layer (Raster2) to activate. With your magic wand, click anywhere outside the masked paper area to select.

With the area still selected, click on the the first paper layer (Raster1) on your layers pallet, and press the delete key.

Selections -> Select None.

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to the tag. I have my name centered at H275, V625. You location will vary depending upon the size, and length of your name. Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

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