Saturday, December 25, 2010

Morgana (PTU) tutorial

Morgana - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Morgana taggers kit by Pink Princess Scraps, which is a PTU kit that can be purchased at Scraps and the City.

Tube of choice. I am using Pink, 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 Messy Mesh by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Century Gothic, which is a Windows systems font, and the Metal Alpha by Katrin's Design.

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 PP4. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from disk and select mask of choice. I am using Meshy Mess by Nik's Scripts and Scraps.

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

Open ele44 and add to main canvas, centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Left, 17 degrees.

Open ele5 and add to main canvas, centered. Imge -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 17 degrees.

Open tube of choice. I am using Pink2 by Sky Scraps. Resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V350.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster 3, and duplicate. Right click on the Copy of Raster 3 -> Arrange ->Bring to top.

With you selection tool set to rectangle - replace, select the top half of the Copy of Raster 3 and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Using your eraser tool, erase the the bit of the tube layer that is showing below the bottom of the frame. Then return to the top layer.

Open ele20 and add to canvas, centered at H575, V450.

Click on the paper layer, Raster 1 to activate.

Open ele39 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550. Using your magic wand tool, click anywhere outside of the masked area on the paper layer, Raster 1. Leaving the area selected, click on the Raster 6 and delete.

Open ele17 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, H250, V200. Free rotate -> Rotate Left, 17 degrees.

Click on Raster 5, the top layer, to active. Open ele24 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Open ele27 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H500, V550. Use your eraser tool to erase the little bit of the stem (but not the leaves) that is on top of the ribbon

Open ele35 and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V550.

Starting with Raster 6 on the layer pallet and working upward add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on the main pallet except for the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 3. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 85, blur or 15 and color of Dark Purple (#400040).

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. For the Pink tube, that information is:

©SkyScaps Your SatC_License#

You may also add the background credits and tagged by info at this point as well.

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points bold and centered, and have my credits centered at H400, V50. Using the following settings, add a white drop shadow to the credits: Offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5 and color white (#ffffff). Repeat using offsets of -3 each, leaving all other settings unchanged.

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 Metal Alpha by Katrin's Design. I have my name centered at H300, V650, and I have added a drop shadow to it to match the rest of the tag.

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. For forum use, resize it to 75% again (480 x 480 pixels).

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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