Thursday, March 17, 2011

Friends (PTU) Tutorial

Friends - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Vespa Heather taggers kit by Artmama Made, This is a PTU kit that is part of the new Earth Day collab at StargaZer Scraps. It is free with a $10 purchase, or you can purchase the collab outright for $12.50.

Tube of choice. I am using Friends, by Karen M. Koski. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tubed Art.

Mask of choice. I am using the Grunge77 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 Parfum Printemps alpha by This is a free to use alpha that may be downloaded at the link provided.

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 AM-Vespa Heather06. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from disk and select mask of choice. I am using Gunge77 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 AM-Vespa Heather embellie04 and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V200.

Open tube of choice. I am using Friends by Karen M. Koski. Copy the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open AM-Vespa Heather embellie16 and add to main canvas, centered aht H300, V625.

Open AM-Vespa Heather embellie24 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V700.

Open AM-Vespa Heather embellie11 and add to main canvas, centered.

Open AM-Vespa Heather embellie07 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

On the materials pallet, set both your foreground and your background colors to very dark green (#091102).

Open AM-Vespa Heather embellie12 and rotate left. Using font of choice, add copyright information. for the Friends tube, that information is:

©Karen M. Koski MtA-(License #)

I am using Century Gothic, 3 points, bold and centered. I then free rotated my text left, 45 degrees to match the angle of the tag and located it to fit (H350, V85). I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Merge visible, the rotate right. Add to main canvas, centered at H630, V420.

Starting with Raster 3, the tube layer, on your layers pallet and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to 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 dark blue (#000040).

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 Parfum Printemps alpha (1 & 3) by I have my name centered at H500, V75, and have added a drop shadow to it to match the rest of the tag.

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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