Monday, August 1, 2011

The Evil Within (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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Emo is Evil taggers kit by Foxys Designz, This is a PTU kit that available at Digi Fox's Studio (and other fine online stores).

Tube of choice. I am using Crimson Mileena, by James Jacks. 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 Grunge53 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 White Grunge Alpha alpha by Dreamsfulfilled. 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 had a hard time with this one, but finally settled for Paper12_FD. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Grunge53 by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. (And grungy/gothy type mask will work.) 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 Element27_FD and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered.

Open Element1_FD and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V350. Using your selection tool, select the portion of the frame that is covered by the BASE of the tale (not the pointy end). Right click on Raster 2 on your Layers pallet and Promote Selection to Layer. Right click on the promoted selection and Arrange - Bring to Top.

Selections -> Select none.

Hide the background layer and the paper layer (Raster 1) then go to Layers -> Merge -> Merge visible. Unhide the blackground and paper layer.

Open tube of choice. I am using Crimson Mileena by James Jacks. Select the tube layer and add to main canvas, centered at H450, V350.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace (feather 2), select the bottom half of the Merged frame layer. Right click on it on the Layers pallet and Promote Selection to Layer. Arrange -> Bring to top.

Selections -> Select none.

Using your eraser tool,erase just the wee bit of the tube where so that it merges nicely with the cut portion of the frame. Return to top layer.

Open Element13_FD and resize to 80%. Add to main canvas,centered at H600, V400. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate right, 17 degrees.

Open Element36_FD and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V450.

Open Element1_FD (again) and resize to 75% (as above). Using your selection tool, select the bottom half of the tail. Add to main canvas to align with the tail that is currently part of the merged frame. (Right around H200, V460. There is a little knotched portion of the tail that you can use as a guide to align it properly.)

Open Element24_FD and resize to 25%. Add to main canvas, centered at H600, V575. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Left, 17 degrees.

Open Element40_FD and add to main canvas, centered.

On the Materials pallet, set both your foreground and your background color to white (#ffffff). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag. For the James Jacks tube that information is:

©James Jacks MtA-License#

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered. I have also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point. I have my credits centered at H400, V700.

Starting with the Merged frame layer and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on the main canvas, except the "Promoted Selection" layer and the tail overlay (Raster 6). I am using offsets - Vertical and Horizontal - of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color of Dark Red (#400000).

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 White Grunge alpha by Dreamsfulfilled. I have my name centered just to the left of the Devilish Arrow at H250, V625. Add a drop shadow to the name to match the one used in the rest of the tag.

Open Element18_FD and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Save your work as a .pspimage file, then 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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