Saturday, December 4, 2010

Carol of the Cogs PTU Tutorial

Carol of the Cogs

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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:

My Carol of the Cogs taggers kit, which is a PTU kit available at Stargazer Scraps.

Tube of choice. I am using one of my Victorian Snow Bride tubes, which is a PTU tube also available at Stargazer Scraps.

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 Isle of Misfits toys which is FTU font that can be downloaded from Free Digital Scrapbooking, and the Les Reves de l'Hiver alpha by, which is a free to use alpha (full size and comes in 11 different varieties), which you can download from The

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 DCD_CotC_Paper15. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk. Select mask of choice. I am using Nik's Snowflake mask. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

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

Open DCD_CotC_Tree02, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open DCD_CotC_Frame06, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using Victorian Snow Bride02, resized to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.  

On the layers pallet, click on the Frame Layer, Raster 3. With you magic wand, click anywhere outside the frame layer to select. Then click on Raster4 and press the delete key.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, hold down the right button on your mouse and erase back in the little part of the hat that was just deleted.

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

With your selection tool set to Rectangle, Replace, select the top half of the Copy of Raster 3 and delete.

Selections -> Select none.

Open DCD_CotC-Garland, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V625.

Open DCD_CotC-Angel, resize to 50% and add to main canvs, centered at H200, V550.

Open DCD_CotC_Ribbon03, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600. Image -> Free Rotate -> Right, 35 degrees. Relocate back to original coordinates if necessary.

Open DCD_CotC-Christmas Candle, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V600.

On the layers pallet, click on Copy of Raster 3 to activate. Open DCD_CotC_Christmas Balls, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V400.

Click on Raster 7 to activate.

Open DCD_CoTC_Bow02, resize to 25% and add to main canvas, centered at H160, V120.

Starting with Raster2 and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main canvas, except the frame copy - Copy of Raster 3.

I am using offsets, vertical of 5, horizontal of -5, opacity 75, blur 15, color black (#000000).

on the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to Angelic White (#faf6ea).

Using font of choice add the copyright & background credits to the tag. Note that for the Snow Bride tube the credit is (c)Graphtastic.

I am using Isle of Misfit Toys, 4 points, bold and centered. I then free rotated left, 90 degrees and located the copyright to the right of the frame.

You may now save the artists copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I have my name centered at H550, V650. Actual location may vary depending upon the size of the font or alpha you are using and the length of the name.

Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

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

Note that if you are planning on using the tag on Facebook, you may wish to save it as a .jpg as Facebook does not handle .pngs well.

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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