Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fool's Gold (PTU) tutorial

Fool's Gold - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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:

An Irish Jig taggers kit by Nette's Nightowl Works which is a PTU kit that is part of the new An Irish Jig collab kit at Stargazer Scraps. This collab is free with a $10 purchase, or you can buy it outright for $12.50.

Tube of choice. I am using Pixi, by Sky Scrap Designs. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Scraps and the

Mask of choice. I am using the Rough Edges18 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 Satin Gold alpha by Marie Stones. This is a FTU alpha that may be downloaded at Free Digital

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 nnw ij paper11. Resize to 800 x 800 pixels. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using rough edges18 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 nnw ij mossy rocks and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.

Open nnw ij house and resize to 65%. Add to main canvas, centered at H450, V300.

Open nnw ij flowerpot, and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H300, V350.

Open NNw ij frame2, and resize to 75%, Add to main canvas centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Free Rotate Right, 21 degrees.

Open tube of choice. I am using Pixi by Sky Scraps. Resize to 85%, and copy Layer 4, then add to main canvas, centered.

Open nnw ij shamrockpot, and resize to 35%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V550.

Open nnw ij hummer and resize to 50%. Using your eraser tool, erase the flowers. Add the bird to you main canvas, centered at H250, V200.

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

©SkyScraps SatC(License#)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points bold and centered. I also added the background credits and tagged by information at this point. I free rotated my text right, 21 degrees to match the frame, and I located my credits at H270, V680, along the bottom left hand corner of the frame.

Starting with the mossy stones layer, Raster 2 and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your main canvas. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15, and color of black (#000000).

You can 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 Satin Gold alpha by Marie Stones. I have my name centered at H550, V150, and have added a drop shadow 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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