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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Magic Winter Snow taggers kit by Diseñando Scraps which is a PTU kit available at Scrappetizing.com.
Tube of choice. I am using Snowflake, by Schnegge. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at MIStaken Art.
Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Mask #107 which you can download HERE.
Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Tahoma which is a windows system font and the Moonbeam alpha by Julie It Is. This is a free to use alpha that you may download from Julie's blog HERE. Be sure to leave her a thank you if you download.
Note that H# and V# refer to horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas ruler 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 stated 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 magicwintersnowpaper5. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select Wee Scots Lass mask #107. 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 magicwintersonowballs, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V0 (the top).
Using your magic wand, click outside masked area on the paper layer (Raster 1) to select. Leaving the area selected to to the Snow Balls layer (Raster 2) and press delete.
Selections -> Select None.
Open magicwintersnowpearlframeglitters and add to main canvas, centered.
Open magicwintersnowstarwings and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V350.
Open magicwintersnowtree, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V400.
Open tube of choice. I am using the beautiful, new Snowflake tube by Schnegge. Copy the Tube01 layer and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V425.
Open magicwintersnowgarland, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.
Open magicwintersnowcpackles2, and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V400.
Open magicwintersnowkey, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V600.
Open magicwintersonowstar3, and resize to 50%. On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to Dark Blue (#000040). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the star.
I am using Tahoma - 16 points, bold and centered. For the Snowflake tube, the copyright information is:
©Schnegge Schneggesscraps.blogspot.com Your MTA_License#
You can also add the background credits (Scraps by DNScraps - Magic Winter Snow) and tagged by information at this time.
Add a drop Shadow to the credits. I am using offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5, and color white (#ffffff). Repeat w/ offsets of -3 each, leaving all other information the same.
Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate left, 17 degrees.
Merge visible, then copy and add the star to the main canvas, centered at H250, V600.
Starting with Raster2, the Snow Balls layer, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main tag except for the sparkles layer, Raster 8.
I am using offsets - vertical and horizontal - of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color of dark blue (#000040).
You can now save artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.
Using font or alpha of choice, add the desired name to the tag. I am using the Moonbeam Alpha by Julie It Is, and have centered the name at H550, V600. You may need to adjust the location depending upon the size of the font/alpha you are using and the length of the name.
Add a matching drop shadow to the name.
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.
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.