Thursday, January 20, 2011

Queen of Hearts (PTU) Mini-Tut

Queen of Hearts _ 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Sweet Temptations mini-taggers kit by Gemini Creationz, This is a PTU kit which is part of a collaboration available at Stargazer Scraps. It is free with a $10 purchase from January 15 to February 15, 2011.

Tube of choice. I am using Queen, by Karen M. Koski. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tubed

Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Mask #311 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Rage Italic, which you can download from free from Acid Fonts.

I am also using the Satin Gold Alpha by Marie Stones. This is a FTU alpha that can be downloaded at

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 Gemini-SweetTemptations-paper_05. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk. I am using Wee Scots Lass mask #311. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on ok.

Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Gemini-SweetTemptations-heartswirl and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V400. On the layers pallet, right click and duplicate. Image -> Mirror.

Open tube of choice. I am using Queen by Karen M. Koski. Copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Gemini-SweetTemptations-doodle and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600. Adjust -> Add/Remove Noise -> Add noise. Select Gaussian, noise 85% and check the Monochrome box. Then click OK.

Open Gemini-SweetTemptations-heartscatter and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

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

©Karen M. Koski Your MtA_License#

I am using Rage Italic, 6 points, bold and centered. I am have also added the background credits and tagged by information at this time.

I have my credits centered at H400, V725.

Note that the Rage Italic font does NOT support the © symbol, so you will have to use a different font for that character.

Effects -> 3D Effects -> Drop Shadow. Use the setting of offsets 3 each, opacity of 100, blur of 5 color Red (#c00000). Repeat using offsets of -3 each and leaving all other settings the same.

Starting with Raster 2, the heartswirl layer, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your tag (except the copyright layer, Raster 6). I am using offsets of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color black (#000000).

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

Using font or alpha of choice add name of choice to the tag. I am using the Satin Gold alpha by Marie Stones, which is a FTU alpha. I have my name centered at H275, V625, although this may change depending upon the length of the name. Add a drop shadow to match the one used on the rest of the tag.

Drop your white background layer, and merge visible. Resize your tag to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save 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.

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