Thursday, December 16, 2010

Outback Elf (PTU) tutorial

Outback Elf - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Outback Xmas taggers kit by A Taggers Scrap. This is a PTU kit that is available at Scraps and the City.

Tube(s) of choice. I am using Xmas Elf, by Joanna Bromley. This was part of the 2009 Christmas Gift from My PSP Tubes. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My PSP Tubes.

Mask of choice. I am using Feathered Circle 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 Santa's Sleigh (Full), which is a FTU font what you can download from Free Digital Scrapbooking, and the Tis the Season Alpha by Gemini Creationz.

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 paper18. Layer -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Tree Bark by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. 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 Trees and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V350.

Open Star and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V250. Image -> free rotate -> rotate left, 17 degrees.

Open Frame1 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open deco4, copy and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V300.

Open tree2 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H225, V400.

Open tube of choice. I am using Xmas Elf by Joanna Bromley. Copy tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open bird and mirror. Resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H225, V500.

Open centerpiece and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V625.

On the materials pallet set your forground color to brown (#2f1905) and your background color to dark green (#004000).

Using font of choice add copyright information to the main canvas. For the Xmas Elf tube, that information is:

© Joanna Bromley Your_MPTLicense #

I free rotated the text left, 23 degrees to get the angle right, and have it located, centered at H225, V125, I used the font, Santa's Sleigh (FULL), 6 points, bold and centered.

Starting with the tree layer, Raster 2, and working upward on the layer pallet, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your main canvas, including the copyright info. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75% blur of 15, and color of off black (#202020).

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 the tag. I'm going to leave where you put it up to you. The spot I was saving for the name I used for the copyright, so....

Tuck it in where ever it seems to fit. I am using the Tis the Season alpha from Gemini Creationz and added a matching drop shadow to it,

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