Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring in Bloom (PTU) Tutorial

Spring in Bloom - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Spring in Bloom taggers kit by Geogirl Designs which is a PTU kit available at Butterfly Blush Designs.

Tube of choice. I am using Bunny, by PinUp Toons. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Creative Design Outlet.

Mask of choice. I am using Wee Scots Mask #143 which you can download HERE.

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 Spring Pink Alpha by Sweet Occasion Designs. This is a PTU alpha that is available for purchase at available at Butterfly Blush Designs.

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 GDT~SIB Paper9. Layers -> Load/Save mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Wee Scot Las Mask #143. 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 GDT~SIB Frame1 and resize to 80%. Add to main canvas, centered.

Open GDT~SIB Element 3 and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V200.

Open tube of choice. I am using Bunny by PinUp Toons. Add to main canvas, centered.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace (feather 0), select the lower right portion of the frame from about H325, V500 over. On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer and go to -> Promote selection to layer. Right click on the Promoted Selection and Arrange -> Bring to top.

Selections -> Select none.

Open GDT~SIB Flower4 and resize to 50%. Click on the sun layer, Raster 3, to activate, then add the flower to your main canvas, centered at H315, V420.

Open GDT~SIB Flower 3 and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H525, V400.

Open GDT~SIB Grey Bunny wBow and resize to 35%. Add to main canvas, centered at H275, V475.

Return to top layer, the Promoted Selection layer.

On the materials pallet, set both your foreground and background colors to sky blue (#2db6ca). Using font of choice add copyright information to the tag. For the Bunny tube, that information is:

©PinUpToons CDO-(License #)

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points bold and centered. I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point. I then fit text to path to hug the outside of the frame. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain how to do that, but you may find a tutorial on fitting text to path HERE.

Starting with Raster 2, the frame layer and working upward on your materials pallet, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your tag except for the promoted selection & the copyright layer. I am using offsets - vertical and horizontal - of 5 each, opacity of 75%, and color of dark gray (#404040).

You should now save the artist's copy of our tag as a .pspimage file.

Using font of alpha of choice, add desired name to tag. I am using the Spring Pink Alpha by Sweet Occasion Designs. I have my name centered at H500, V650 and have added a drop shadow 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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