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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Lucy, by Myka Jelina. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Myka's Graphics.com.
Mask of choice. I am using Gears 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.
I am also using the PTU Corrugated alpha by Elayne Araujo.
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-pp10. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Gears by Nik's Scripts and Scraps.
Edit -> copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.
Open Sky Scraps-AS-F2, and add to main canvas, centered. Image -> Free rotate -> Rotate Left, 17 degrees.
Open tube of choice. I am using Myka Jelina's Lucy tube. Copy Layer 4 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V350.
Open SkyScraps-AS-BW-1 and rotate left (or right) and add to main canvas centered at H450, V575. Image -> free rotate -> rotate left, 17 degrees.
Open SkyScraps-AS-Cluster5 and rotate left. Resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V350.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E12, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E16 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V500.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E17 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V500.
On the layers pallet, click on the paper layer, raster 1, to activate.
Open SkyScraps-AS-E6 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H250, V300.
Return to top layer, Raster 8.
On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to white (#ffffff). Using font of choice add copyright information to the tag. For the Myka Jelina tube that information is:
©Myka Jelina mykasgraphics.com Your MJ License#
I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I also add the background credits and tagged by information at this point. I then fit text to path to put the copyright around in the inside edge of the masked paper. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do this, but you can find a separate tutorial explaining how to fit text to path HERE.
Using the following settings, add a drop shadow to to your text: Offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5 and color of black (#000000). Repeat using offsets of -3 each, while leaving all other settings the same.
On your layers pallet, click on the clock layer, raster 9 to activate. Starting with that layer and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the items on your main canvas, except the copyright, which you've already add a drop shadow to. I am using offsets of 5 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 15 and color of black (#000000).
Save your artist's copy as a .pspimage file.
Using font or alpha of choice, add desired name to tag. I am using the Corrugated alpha by Elayne Araujo. I have the name centered at H300, V575, and have added a drop shadow to the name to match the rest of the tag.
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 will be using this tag on facebook or posting it to galleries, you might wish to save it as a .jpg file, as it looks much better with the white background on it, than the black one that some places are imposing.
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.