Monday, January 17, 2011

Steam Pirate (PTU) Tutorial

Steam Pirate - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 SteamWorks taggers kit by Digcats (& Dogs). This is a PTU kit that can be purchased EXCLUSIVELY at Scraps and the

Tube of choice. I am using Helana, by ©Myka Jelina. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Myka's

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

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

Optional Alpha of choice. The Black Epoxy alpha by Marie Stones. This is a FTU alpha that may be downloaded from Free Digital Scrapbooking.

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-StWo_Paper14. Image -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk. I am using Gears, 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 DCD_StWo_Chicken Wire01 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered.

Open DCD-StWo_Cog3, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V525.

Open DCD_StWo_Frame03 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Left, 23 degrees.

Open tube of choice. I am using Helena by Myka Jelina. Copy Layer 3, and add to main canvas, centered.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster4, and duplicate. Right click on the frame copy, Copy of Raster 4 -> Arrange -> Bring to top.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top 1/3 of the frame copy (to V300) and delete. Selections -> Select none. Next select the bit the frame copy that's over the pistol on the right hand side of the canvas, and delete that as well. Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bit of the tube on the left hand side of the canvas, that is showing on the outside of the frame.

Return to top layer.

Open DCD-StWo-Ribbon03 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Open DCD_StWo_Spyglass and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H350, V600. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate left, 55 degrees.

Open DCD_StWo_Compass and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H300, V600.

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

©Myka Jelina Your MJ_License#.

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have located the copyright information at H250, V110. I then free rotated the text 23 degrees left ot match the angle on the frame. I also added the background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Starting with Raster 2 - the mesh layer - and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on the main canvas except the frame copy, copy of Raster 4.

I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 15 and color black (#000000).

You can 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 black epoxy alpha by Marie Stones. I have centered my name at H500, V500 and added a drop shadow 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.

Note that for forum use, I am resizing by 75% again to reduce the tag to 450 x 450 pixels. For Facebook, I am saving the tag as a .jpg, with a white background.

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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