Thursday, February 10, 2011

LA woman (PTU) Tutorial

LA Woman _ 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Broken Dreams taggers kit by Foxys Designz, This is a PTU kit can be purchased at StargaZer Scraps.

Tube of choice. I am using LA Woman, by Keith Garvey. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at PSP Tubes Emporium.

Mask of choice. I am using the Grunge76 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 Metal Alpha by Katrin's Design. This alpha is no longer commercially available, so please choose something else that you like instead.

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 Paper4_FD. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Grunge76. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Resize paper to 800 x 800 pixels. Edit -> Copy special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Splat2_FD and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Adjust -> Add/Remove Noise -> Add Noise -> Gausian, 90%.

Open Frame1_FD and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using LA Woman by Keith Garvey. Copy the mid-close up layer (2) and add to main canvas, centered at H425, V350.

Open your freehand selection tool and set it for edge seeker, add. Carefully select the hands and arms of the tube. Work in small steps and don't worry if you make a mistake, you can correct it later with your eraser tool.

Once you have completed, right click to close the selection, then go to Selections -> Promote selection to layer.

Selections -> Select None.

Hide all your layers except the promoted selection. Using your eraser tool, make adjustments as necessary. If you accidentally didn't get something, you can "erase it back in" by holding down the the right mouse button while you erase.

Reactive your hidden layers. On the layers pallet, right click on Raster 3, the frame layer and duplicate. Right click on the Copy of Raster 3 layer and go to Arrange -> Move up.

With your selection tool set to rectangle - replace, select the top half of the Frame copy, Copy of Raster 3 and delete.

Selections -> select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the tube that fall below the frame layer. DO NOT ERASE ANY OF THE PROMOTED SELECTION, ONLY THE TUBE LAYER.

Right click on the paper layer raster 1 to activate. Open splat1_FD and add to main canvas centered at H575, V225.

Open Ribbon2_FD and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V325.

Return to top layer.

Open StitchedHeart1_FD, resize to 50%, and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V600. Image -> Free Rotate. Rotate Left, 17 degrees.

Open Wire and add to main canvas, centered at H400, v650. Using your magic wand tool, click anywhere outside the masked area on Raster 1, the paper layer, to select. With the area, still selection, click back to the wire layer, raster 8, and press the delete key.

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

©Keith Garvey Your PTE(License#)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have located my credits below the wire at H400, V700. I have also added the background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Starting with the splat1 layer, raster 5, and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main canvas, except for the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 3. 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, and have located my name at H200, V200. I then free rotated my name left, 35 degrees and added a drop shadow to match the rest of the tag.

Delete the white background layer, and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .pspimage 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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