Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Steam Dreams (PTU) tutorial

Steam Dreams - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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:

My Steam Dreams taggers kit. This is my new PTU kit that can be purchased Exclusively at Stargazer Scraps.

Tube of choice. I am using Black Hat, by Schnegge. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tubed Art.

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

Font(s) choice. I am using MS Gothic which is a Windows System font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.

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 DCD_StDr_Paper10. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using the Sprockets & Gears mask from Nik's Scripts and Scraps. 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_StDr_Cog03 and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V250.

Open DCD_StDr_Cog01 and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V500.

Open DCD_StDr_Frame12 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using Black Hat by Schnegge. Copy Layer 1, and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V400.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer (Raster 4) and duplicate. Drag over the frame layer copy (Copy of Raster 4) over the tube layer.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top half of the frame copy and delete.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the tube to either side of frame.

Stay on the tube layer. Open DCD_StDr_Aurora01, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V700.

Click on frame copy layer (Copy of Raster 4) to activate.

Open DCD_StDr_Sawblade, and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V600.

Open DCD_StDr_Gear02, and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V600.

Open DCD_StDr_Ribbon06, resize to 65%, and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V650.

Open DCD_StDr_Dove, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V575.

Open DCD_StDr_Tag02. 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 tag. I am using MS Gothic, 6 points, bold and centered.

For the Black Hat tube that information is:

©Schnegge schneggesscraps.blogpsot.com Your MtA-License#

You may also add the background credits and tagged by information at this point. Merge down and resize your tag to 75%.

on the layers pallet, click on the frame layer (Raster 4) to active. Copy the modified DCD_StDr_Tag02, and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V50. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Left -> 15 degrees.

Starting with Raster 2 on the layers pallet and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your main tag except for the Aurora layer and the Frame copy layer (Copy of Raster 4).

I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 85%, blur of 15, and color Blue Black (#01010f).

You can now save the Artist's Copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.

Using font or alpha of choice, add desired name to the tag. I used the Black Typerwriter Key Alpha. Once I had composed the name, I used Adjust -> Brightness and Contrast -> Brightness/Contrast -> Brightness -35, Contrast 11 to darked the keys and make them look bolder.

I have the name centered at H400, V650, and have added a matching Drop Shadow to the name.

Delete 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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