Friday, February 4, 2011

Bound by Love (PTU) Tutorial

Bound by Love - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Love Hurts taggers kit by A Taggers Scrap. This is a PTU kit that is available at Scraps and the City.

Tube of choice. I am using Not in This Lifetime, by James Jacks. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tubed

Mask of choice. I am using the FraxMask7 mask by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack. You may substitute one of Wee Scots Lass' heart shaped masks if you do not wish, or cannot afford to purchase this mask pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Century Gothic which is a windows system font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.

I am also using the Metal Alpha by Katrin's Design. This alpha is no longer commercially available, so please pick something else you like insted.

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 Paper13. Open mask of choice. I am using FraxMask7 by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. Make sure the fit to canvas box it checked, then click on load.

Resize to 85%. Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Wire, and resize to 85%. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 45 degrees. Relocate to center (h400, V400).

Open Hearttrail1, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, at H400, V250.

Open Frame4 and add to main canvas, centered.

open tube of choice. I am using Not in This Lifetime, by James Jacks. Copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

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

With your selection tool set to Rectangle - Replace, select the top half of the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 4, and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Using your eraser tool, erase the tube bits that fall outside the frame area. Also erase the bits of the mesh & the heart trail that show outside the frame area.

Return to top layer, copy of Raster 4.

Open Ribbon10, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open Heart7, and add to main canvas, centered at H600, v550.

Open Cuffs3, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H550, v650.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to black, and your background color to red (#400000). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the James Jacks tube, that information is:

©James Jacks Your MtA-License#

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have fit my text to path to match the outside of the frame. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do that, but you may find a separate tutorial on it HERE.

I also added the background credits and tagged by information at this time.

Using the following settings, add a white drop shadow to the copyright. offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5 and color #ffffff. Repeat using offsets of -3 each and leaving all other settings the same.

Starting with Rster 2, the mesh layer, on the layers pallet, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your canvas, except for 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 may 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 Metal Alpha by Katrin's Design. I have my name centered at H250, V600, and have added a drop shadow to the name to match the rest of the elements on the canvas.

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.

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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