Monday, November 29, 2010

Victoria's Musings (PTU) Tutorial

Victoria's Musings - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Victoria's Musing taggers kit by Scrappin with Lil Ole Me, which is a PTU kit that is available at several online shops.

Tube of choice. I am using I Make my Cinema by Sky Scraps. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Scraps and the City.

Mask of choice. I am using the Gears 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 Trebuchet MS, which is a Windows system font, and the Black Typewriter Keys alpha by Rachael Hudnall. I then used Manual Color Correction to give them a gold, antiqued finish.

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 cm-vm-P10. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk -> and select mask of choice. I am using Nik's Gears mask. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Resize to 85%. Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas centered.

Open cm_vm-cogcluster, resize to 85% and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V400.

Open cm_vm-frame2 and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V400.

Open tube of choice. I am using cinema3 from Sky Scraps "I make my Cinema". Resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V380. 

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster3 and duplicate. Drag the copy of Raster 3 over the tube layer.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top quarter of the Copy of Raster 3 (up to the flower on the left hand side) and press delete.

Selection -> Select None.

Using your eraser tool, erase just a tiny bit of the hair on the left hand side of the tube so that it seems to flown naturally back into the frame.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to black (#000000). Using font of choice add copyright information to the tag.

Add a drop shadow of choice to the gears (Raster 2), the frame (Raster 3) and the tube (Raster 4). I am using offsets, vertical and horisontal of 5 each, Opacity of 85, blur of 15 and color black (#000000).

For the "I Make my Cinema" tube that information is: (c)Sky Scraps Your_SATC_License#.

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

I free rotated my text 90 degrees, left and add it to the right hand side of the main canvas at H675, V400.

Add a white drop shadow to the copyright information: offsets, vertical and horizontal, of 3 each, opacity 85, blur 5, color white (#ffffff). Repeat using offsets of -3 each. Leave the rest of the settings the same.

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 H425, V675. Your actual location may vary depending upon the size of the font or alpha and the length of the name you are using.

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

Drop the white background layer, resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels), and save as a .png file and you're all done.

If you are going to be using your tag on Facebook, you might want to save it as a .jpg. Facebook changed the way they handle .pngs and they look terrible!

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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