Thursday, February 24, 2011

Drama Queen (PTU) Tutorial

Drama Queen - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Save the Drama taggers kit by Laura's Designz which is a PTU kit available at Butterfly Blush Designs.

Tube of choice. I am using Scarletta, by Sky Scraps. This is a PTU tube and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Scraps and the

Mask of choice. I am using the Nik_021208_111 mask 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 system font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.

I am also using the I am a Star 3 Alpha by This is a FTU Alpha that may be downloaded HERE.

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 LD_STD_Paper5. Go to Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice, I am using Nik_021208_111. 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 LD_STD_Element6 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice, I am using Scarletta by SkyScraps. Open Scarletta3CU, resize to 75% and add to main canvas, centered.

On the layers pallet, right click on Raster 2, the frame layer, and duplicate. Right click on Copy of Raster 2 and go to Arrange -> Bring to Top.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top half of the frame copy and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the tube that fall outside the bottom half of the frame.

Return to top layer.

Open LD_STD_Element34. Resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.

Open LD_STD_Element35. Resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V600.

Open LD_STD_Element24. Resize to 75%. On the layers pallet, click on the paper layer, Raster 1 to active, then add the Drama Queen sign, centered at H200, V200.

Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate left, 17 degrees.

Return to top layer.

Open LD_STD_Element28, resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H280, V610.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground and your background colors each to black (#000000). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag. For the Scarletta tube, that information is:

©SkyScraps (License#)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have located my credits at H400, V730.

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

Starting with the Drama Queen sign (Raster 7) and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on the main canvas, except for the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 2, and the credits. I am using offsets - vertical and horizontal - 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 desired name to tag. I am using the I am a Star (3) alpha by I have added noise (Adjust -> Add/Remove Noise -> Add Noise -> Guassian, 85%) and centered my name at H250, V550. I then added a drop shadow using the same settings as were used on the rest of the tab, but changing the color to #ff80ff.

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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