Saturday, March 19, 2011

Water, Water Everywhere (PTU) tutorial

Water Water - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Save the World taggers kit by A Taggers Scrap, 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 Aqua Marine, by Amy Brown. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Creative Design Outlet.

The Oceans 1 mask by Cameron. This is a free to use mask that may be download from Cameron Tags. (Resources -> Masks -> Ocean collection).

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 Dreams Beach 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.

On the layers pallet, click on the new layer icon and add new raster layer. (It's the little icon that looks like a couple of pieces of paper directly under the word "Layers" on the Layers pallet.)

Open frame7 and add to main canvas as a new layer, centered.

Open paper of choice. I am using paper 6. Go to layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select maskcameron_ocean1. Make sure the fit to canvas, box is checked, then click on load.

Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged. Using your magic wand, click anywhere inside the frame to select. With the area still selected, click on Raster 1, the blank layer, on the layers pallet. Edit -> Paste into Selection.

Selections -> Select none.

Open Earth and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V200.

Open fairydust1 and add to main canvas, centered.

Return to the top layer, Raster 2 (the frame layer).

Open tube of choice. I am using Aqua Marine by Amy Brown. Copy the "no Leaves" layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open bow3 and add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open leaves4 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Open seahorse and add to main canvas, centered at H150, V500. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate left, 15 degrees.

Open leaf1 and add to main canvas, centered at h650, V400.

Open shell1 and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V600.

Open bluesparkle and add to main canvas, centered.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to dark blue (#000040) and your background color to white (#ffffff). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the Aqua Marine tube, that information is:

©Amy Brown CDO-2230

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 separate tutorial explaining how to fit text to path HERE.

Starting with the paper layer, Raster 1, andd working upward on the layers pallet, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main canvas, except for the fairy dust and blue sparkles layers. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal, of 5 each, opacity of 75%, blue 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 Dreams Beach alpha (1 & 2) by I have my name centered at H350, V650. As the alpha comes with a built in drop shadow, I did not add another one.

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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