Monday, August 8, 2011

Catch A Wave (PTU) tutorial

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Catch A Wave taggers kit by Nette's NightOwl Works. This is a PTU kit that is available at Country Corner Creations (and other fine online stores).

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

Mask of choice. I am using the Shark Fins 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 Catch A Wave alpha that is included in the kit.

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 nnw cawpaper19. Resize to 90%. Layers -> Load/Save mask -> Load mask from disk. I am using Shark Fins 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 nnw cawbubbles and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V200.

Open nnw cawsand and resize to 80%. Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V500.

Open nnwcawcurls and resize to 70%, Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open nnw cawfishy and resize to 25%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V150.

Open nnw cawstarfish and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas, centered at H550, V400.

Open tube of choice, I am using Sunny by Misticheskaya. Resize as needed. For the sunny tube, I resized to 60%. Select your options, then Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open nnw cawbeachrope and resize to 65%, Add to main canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Open nnw cawfroggiedangle. On the materials pallet, set your foreground and background colors to goldenrod (#ecc137). Using font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag at the top of the dangle. For the Sunny tube, that information is:

©Misticheskaya PFD_License #

I resized my dangle to 75%, and then used the font Century Gothic, 5 points, bold and centered. I sued my pick tool to rotate the text to match the tag. I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Merged visible, and resize your dangle again, by 75%. Click on the starfish layer on your Layers pallet to activate, then copy and add to main canvas, centered at H650, V300.

Starting with the sand layer (Raster 3) and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on your main canvas except for the curls layer (Raster 4). I am using offsets - vertical and horizontal - of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color 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 alpha that comes in the kit. I have my name centered at H300, V525, and have added a drop shadow to match the rest of the tag.

Drop the white background layer and resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels). 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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