Friday, December 3, 2010

Steam Angel PTU Tutorial

Steam Angel - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Vintage November taggers kit by DiseƱando Scraps which is a PTU kit available at at the referenced link. 

Tube of choice. I am using Steam Angel, by Jenna Jacks. 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 the Hazmat 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 Century Gothic which is a windows system font and the Black Typewriter Keys alpha by Rachael Hudnall.

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 vintagenovermberpaper8. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Nik's Hazmat. 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 vintagenovermberclock, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V250.

(Note: there are a large number of stray pixels on the transparent areas of the clock. Most taggers don't care as long as it doesn't show up on the tag, but I'm picky, so I cleaned up the elements before I used it. If you are using the element as is, it's gonna effect your placement so do it manually by looking at the example. I've run into this problem with several of Conchi's elements.)

Open vintagenovermberwheel2, resize to 85%, and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V500.

Open vintagenovermberwheels, resize to 85%, and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V250.

Open vintagenovermberFrame3, resize to 85%, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of Choice. I am using Jenna Jacks' Steam Angel. Copy the tube layer and add to canvas, centered.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer and duplicate. Drag the duplication over the tube layer on your layers pallet.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replacement, select the top half of the frame layer, then click on delete.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bit of the tube that is visible on the outside of the frame on the lower left hand side.

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

Open vintagenovermberjewels2, resize to 75%, and add to the main canvas, centered at H550, V600.

Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate right, 50 degrees.

Open vintagenovermberkey2, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V500.

Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate left, 28 degrees.

Open vintagenovermberkey and resize to 75%. On the Material pallet, change your foreground color to transparent and your background color to Goldenrod (#ce8302).

Using font of choice, add the copyright informtion to the key. For the Jenna Jacks tube that information is:

(c)Jenna Jacks Your MtA-License#

I am using Century Gothic, 3 points, bold and centered. You can also add the background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Layers, verge visible, then add the key to the main canvas, centered at H250, V650.

On the layers pallet, click on Raster 2, the clock layer to active. Starting with this layer and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements in your tag, except for the Copy or Raster 5, the frame copy layer.

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

(Note that if you used the clock element as is, you might see some scatter after you add the drop shadow.)

You can now save the artist' copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.

Using font of alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Black Typerwriter Keys alpha by Rachael Hudnall of Memory Scraps. I then used the manual color correction to recolor them with a brass finish to give them a more vintage look.

I have my name centered at H300, V550. Your 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.

You can now drop the white background layer, merge visible, resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and 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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