Wednesday, February 16, 2011

An Irish Melody (PTU) Tutorial

Irish Melody - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Created by Jill 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 St Patty, by Pin Up Toons. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Creative Design Outlet.

Mask of choice. I am using the Nik Mask60 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 Solid Gold Swirls 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 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 CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_paper06. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Nik Mask60 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 CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_glitter1 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_rainbow and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V200.

Open CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_frame04, copy and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using 18-3PinUpToons-StPatty. Copy Raster 2 and add to main canvas, centered.

On the layer pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster 4, and duplicate. Right click on the Copy of Raster 4 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.

Open CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_scatters1 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.

Open CreatedbyJill_AnIrishJig_violins and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V500.

On your materials pallet, set both your foreground and your background colors to dark green (#004000). Using font of choice add copyright information to your tag. For the Pin Up Toons tube, that informations is

©Pin Up Toons CDO-(License #)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I then free rotated my text right, 60 degrees and located it at H185, V250. I also added the background credits and tagged by information that this point.

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 information the same.

Starting with the glitter layer on your layers pallet (Raster 2) add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your main canvas, except for the Frame copy, copy of Raster 4, and the rainbow layer, Raster3.

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 version

Using font or alpha of choice, add desired name to the tag. I am using the solid gold swirls by Marie Stones. I have free rotated the name, right, 25 degrees to match the angle on the frame and have located the name at around H550, V150. I then added drop shadow to match the rest of the elements on the main canvas.

Drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save 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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