Monday, February 21, 2011

Rainy Day Fun (PTU) Tutorial

Rainy Day Fun - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 April Showers Brings May Flowers taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, This is a PTU kit which is available at Gothic

Tube of choice. I am using Rainbow-corn, by Karen Middleton. 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 Primer 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 April Showers by Aleahs Mommy Designs. This was a freebie alpha but the download link appears not to be working anymore, so please use a font, or different alpha that you like.

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 Paper2-GI_AprilShowers. Go to Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Primer by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

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

Open Cloud2-GI_AprilShowers and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V300.

Open GlitterBling-GI_AprilShowers and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V500.

Open Frame1-GI_AprilShowers, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V350.

Open Cloud-GI_AprilShowers and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600. Set opacity to 80%.

Open tube of choice, I am using Rainbow-corn by Karen Middleton. Copy the tube layer, Raster1, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Bling-GI_AprilShowers and add to main canvas, centered at H150, V400. Adjust -> Add/Remove Noise -> Add Noise -> Gaussian -> 85%.

Open String-GI_AprilShowers and rotate left. Copy and paste to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open Dandelions-GI_AprilShowers and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V400.

Open Tag2-GI_AprilShowers and rotate left. On the materials pallet, set your foreground and background colors to dark teal (#004040). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the Karen Middleton tube, that information is:

©Karen Middleton CDO-(License#)

I am using Century Gothic, 3 points, bold and centered and free rotated my text left, 22 degrees to match the angle of the tag. I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Layers -> Merge -> Merge visible, then rotate right. On the layers pallet, click on the frame layer to activate, then add the tag to the main canvas, centered at H625, V400.

Starting with the cloud layer, Raster 2, on your layers pallet and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the element on the main canvas, except for the GlitterBling (Raster 3) layer. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color of dark teal (#004040).

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 April Showers alpha by Aleahs Mommy Designs. I have my name centered at H275, V150, and have added a drop shadow to match the one used on the rest of the elements.

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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