Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sweet Dreams (PTU) tutorial

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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

The Darkness Before the Dawn taggers kit Created by Jill, which is a PTU kit that can be purchased exclusively at Digital Chaos.

Tube of choice. I am using The Mansons, 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 Grunge97 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 Magik font, which can be downloaded HERE. I am also using the Brushed Metal Alpha by Nettie B. Sadly this alpha is no longer for sale, so use whatever strikes your fancy.

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 DBD_Paper06_cbj. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Grunge97 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 DBD_gitter1_cbj and add to main canvas, centered.

Open DBD_Frame05_cbj and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using the Mansons by Sky Scraps. Resize to 75%, and copy Calque2. Add to main canvas, centered at H350, V400.

Click on the glitter layer to active. Going back the Mansons tube, turn everything off except Calque1. Reset the opacity to 100% on that layer. Using your selection tool, set to rectangle - replace, select the right hand figure - Marilyn - copy and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V475.

With your selection tool, copy the left hand figure - is that supposed to be Rose? Didn't they break up again? - and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V475.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the tubes that fall outside the frame layer, including the bottom of the main tube along the frame. Return to the top layer when you are finished.

Open DBD-Heart01-cbj, resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H650, V650. Image -> Free Rotate -> Right Right, 15 degrees.

Open DBD_Ribbon01-cbj and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

For the word fall, I wrote the words out on separate canvas, pasted them over one by one, free rotated them at random and merged visible. I use the font Magik, 20 pixels, bold, and centered with the foreground color set to dark purple (#400040) and the background color set to a silver gradient.

To make it easier on you, I've saved my work as a separate image, and you can snag the word fall HERE and just add it the main canvas, centered.

Open DBD-dragonfly-cbj. Resize to 75% and mirror. Add to main canvas, centered at H150, V300.

Click on the frame layer, Raster 3 to activate. Open DBD-bling-cbj and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V275. Drag under the frame layer on the layers pallet.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white (#000000). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag. For The Mansions tube, that information is:

©SkyScraps Your SatC_License#

You can also add the background credits and tagged my info at this point.

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have my credits centered at H350, V675.

Starting with Raster 2 and working upward add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your canvas. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 85%, blur of 15 and color of dark purple (#1b031d).

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 must really be into word art today because I am using the brushed metal alpha by Nettie B. You can place it where ever you'd like on the tag, depending upon the size and length of 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.

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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