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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Steampunk taggers kit by Sky Scraps, which is a PTU kit that can be purchased at Scraps and the City.
Tube of choice. I am using MBHFreebie1, by Mia Hopper. This is a FTU tube, which is available at My Tag Art.com.
Mask of choice. I am using Gear 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 systems font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.
Optional Alpha of choice. I am using the PTU Old News Alpha by Scrappergirl Designs. I have no idea where you can get this one at, as the blog referenced in the TOU is no longer active. You may choose to use a font to add your name to the tag instead.
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 pixels, flood fill dark blue (#000040).
Open paper of choice. I am using SkyScraps-AS-pp9. Layers -> Load/Save mask -> Load mask from disk and select mask of choice. I am using Gear by Nik's Scraps & 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 SkyScraps-AS-EI and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V150.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E2 and add to main canvas, centered.
Open tube of choice. ia m using MBHFreebie1. Copy Raster1 and add to man canvas, centered at H500, V400.
Open SkyScraps-AS-A1 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H500, V500.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E4 and resize to 75%. Add to main Canvas, centered at H450, V575.
Using your eraser tool, erase the bit of the gown on the tube that falls below the weasle and branch on the main canvas.
Starting with Raster 2 and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on the main canvas. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color of black (#000000).
On the layers pallet, click the little eyes on Raster 1 and on the Background to hide them. Layers -> Merge visible. Resize the merged element to 75%.
Unhide Raster 1 and the background layer.
Open SkyScraps-As-F1 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V375.
Open Skyscraps-AS-E23b and resize to 75%. Add to the main canvas, centered at H240, V390.
Open SkyScraps-AS_E27 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V525.
On the materials pallet set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white. Using font of choice add the copyright information to the tag.
For the Mia Hopper tube that information is:
©Mia Hopper www.mytagart.com TARTFree
Remember - this is the free tube. Do NOT use your TART license #. You must use TARTFree as the license.
You should also add the background credits and tagged by info at this time. Be sure to add the "Tag by" as there is no other way to tell who created the tag with the TARTFree license.
I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I have my credits centered at H350, V675.
Starting with what is now Raster 2, the frame layer and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the items on the main canvas. Use the same settings you used for the background elements.
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 tag. I am using the old new alpha by Scappergirl Designs, and have my name centered at H300, V125. Location may vary depending upon the size the length of the name you are using.
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.
For forum use, you might wish to reduce it by 75% again, to 450 x 450 pixels). If you plan on posting it to Facebook, consider saving it as a .jpg file with the white background, as that tends to work better on Facebook.
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.