Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shamrock Surprise (PTU) Tutorial

Shamrock Surprise - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Puddicat Creations 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 5PF - Garden Fairy Cat, by Pamela Fleming. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tag Art.

Mask of choice. I am using the Bale of Hay 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 Plaid alpha by Jen's Sweet Temptations, which is a PTU Alpha.

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 pdc_paper3. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Bale of Hay 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 pdc_clover5 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open pdc_mimosa1 and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V400.

Open pdc_potofgold3 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H300, V450.

Open tube of choice. I am using 5PF by Pamela Fleming. Copy Raster 1 and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V400.

Open pdc_ribbon5 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the clover which fall below the bottom of the ribbon.

Return to top layer.

Open pdc_Flower2 and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V600.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground and background colors to yellow-gold (#dfc227). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to your tag. For the Pamela Fleming tube, that information is:

©Pamela Fleming TART(License#)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I bound my text to path along the left hand inside of the paper. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do this, however, you can find a tutorial on the subject Here.

I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Using the following settings add a dark green drop shadow to the text: Offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5 and color #004000. Repeat using offsets of -3 each, leaving all other settings the same.

Starting with the Clover layer, Raster 2, on your layers pallet 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 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 the tag. I am using the plaid alpha by Jen's Sweet Temptations, and have centered my name at H550, V600. I then 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.

1 comment:

  1. WOW hun I just love this tag and thank you so much for my tag I have posted it on my blog woo hoo its so cute love the kitty in it.
    Hugs Cindy