Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cowgirl Baby (PTU) Tutorial

Cowgirl Baby - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Roadhouse taggers kit by Digicats (& Dogs), which is a PTU kit that can be purchased at Scraps and the City.

Tube of choice. I am using Sarah (Bonus), by Sky Scraps. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Scraps and the City.

Mask of choice. I am using Grunge56 by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using the font Century Gothic, which is a Windows System font, and the Cardboard Alpha courtesy of Designs by Dianeski. This is a FTU alpha that you can download HERE.

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_RH_Paper04. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select Mask of choice. I am using Nik's Grunge56. Make sure the fit to canvas button is checked, then click on load.

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

Open DCD_RH_WagonWheel02, and add to main canvas centered at H450, V400.

Open DCD_RH_Plant, and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V450.

Open DCD_RH_WantedPoster. Open Sarah-Bonus and resize to 40%. Copy Raster6 - the close up layer and add to main canvas. Reset the opacity level to 82%.

Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V400.

Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 17 degrees.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the plant that are below the wanted poster and wagon wheel, then return to the wanted poster layer.

Make sure you've unresized the Sarah tube from the wanted poster step, then resize it to 75%. Copy Layer 5, the full size layer and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open DCD_RH_BarbedWire02 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V750.

Open DCD_RH_SherriffBadge02, resize to 65%, and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V600. Image -> free rotate -> rotate left, 17%.

Open DCD_RH_Handcuffs02, resize to 65% and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V650.

Open DCD_RH_Ribbon02a, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V700.

Open DCD_RH_Bow02, resize to 65%, and add to main canvas, centered at H625, V650. Image -> Free Rotate -> rotate left, 17 degrees. Recenter to H625, V670.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to brown (#5a3d19). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the Sarah (Bonus) tube, that information is:

(c)SkyScraps Your SatC_License#

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I added my test to the top of the wanted poster, free rotating it 17 degrees right to match the angle of the poster.

Starting with the Wheel layer (Raster 2) and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main canvas, except for the copyright layer.

I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 85, blur of 10 and color of Dark Brown (#2d1801).

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 am using the cardboard alpha from Designs by Dianeski. I have my name centered at H500, V550, and have added a matching drop shadow to it. It seems to work best if you locate it under the bow layer.

Drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .png file and you are all done.

If you are planning on using the tag on Facebook, you might want to save it as a .jpg file, as Facebook's handling of .pngs has changed and the tags look better with the white background on them.

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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