Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shiver Me Timbers (PTU) Tutorial

Shiver Me Timbers - 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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Shiver Me Timbers taggers kit by Sweet Cravings Scraps. This is a PTU kit that is available at TKO Scraps and other fine online stores.

Tube of choice. I am using Pirate, by Lady Mishka. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Pics for Design.

Mask of choice. I am using the Grunge80 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 Black Epoxy Alpha alpha by Marie Stones. 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 SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Paper4. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Grunge80 from 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 SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_FishingNet1 and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V300.

Open tube of choice. I am using Pirate by Lady Mishka. Resize to 75%, then copy the 01 tube layer and add to main canvas, centered.

Open frame of choice, I am using SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Frame6. Resize to 80%, and add to main canvas, centered.

Using your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the portion of the tube that falls below the frame layer and delete.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your pick tool, drag the tube down so that the pirate is within the frame area. I dropped my pirate down about 25 pixels so that the new center is at H400, V425.

Right click on Raster 3 and go to Arrange -> Bring to top

Using your selection tool, select the lower half the frame layer, raster 4, the right click on the layer on the layer pallet and "promote selection to layer". Right click on the promoted selection and go to Arrange -> Bring to top.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the tube that fall below the frame layer. Return to top (Promoted Selection) layer.

Open SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_String1 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas centered at H575, V400.

Open SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Flower 10 and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H650, V350.

Open SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Plant1 and resize to 65%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V550.

Open SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Flower5 (or flower of choice) and resize to 65%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V625.

Open SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_HangingStarfish and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V200.

Open bow of choice, I am using SCS_ShiverMeTimbers_Bow2, and resize to 25%. Add to main canvas, right at the top of the arch of the hanging starfish rope. Image -> Free Rotate -> rotate left, 5 degrees.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to off black (#202020). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag. For the Lady Mishka tube, that information is:

©LadyMishka PFD_Digicats

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I have my copyright centered at H400, V725. I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Starting with the fish net layer and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your tag except for the Promoted Selection and the credits layer. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 15 and color of off black (#202020).

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

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Black Epoxy alpha by Marie Stones. I have my name centered at H250, V600, and have added a drop shadow to match the one used on 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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