Monday, November 30, 2009

Tut - Autumn is Great


Autumn Is Great

This tutorial is my own creation and based on my own ideas. Any and all similarities with any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
Please do not upload to or offer this tutorial on any other site without asking me first. Thank you.

Material you will need:

PaintshopPro – I’m using PSP X2, but you should be able to follow the tutorial in any version.
A scrap kit – I used the most beautiful kit Autumn is Great by Wilma 4 ever, which you can purchase here.
1 tube and 1 graphic of your choice.
No filters required.

Now, let’s get started. It might be helpful if you choose the elements you wish to use beforehand, and open them up in PSP prior to starting the tutorial. That way, you have them handy when following each step.
Also, you don’t have to slavishly follow each positioning nor setting – play and experiment a bit, especially if you use different elements.
If you are unsure how to position an element, refer back to my sample tag.

Open a new image, 750 x 500, transparent background.
The Dropshadow remains the same throughout the tutorial: V/H 2/-3 O/B 65/5.85.
Unless specifically noted, when resizing please leave the “Resize all layers” option UNchecked.
Open AiG_Frame1-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 50%.
Apply Dropshadow.
With your Magic Wand, click outside the frame.
Selections – Invert; new layer and move one down (underneath frame layer).
Open AiG_Paper8-Wilma4ever, copy and paste into selection (keep selection).
New layer.
Open your graphic, copy and paste into selection.
Set Blend Mode for your graphic to Hard Light (or mode of your choice) and Opacity to 50% (or setting of your choice).
Open AiG_Bridge1, copy&paste as new layer, move above frame layer, a bit to the bottom and left, Resize 40%.
Free Rotate – Left 4 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Tree1, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 37%.
Move underneath bridge layer, a bit to the bottom and left.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_AutumnFairy1-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 45%, Mirror.
Position the tube to the right of the bridge (or wherever you like).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Leaf2-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 35% audn move underneath fairy layer.
Free Rotate – Left 15 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Flower3-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 17% and position on top of the previous leaf.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_WoodenFrame1-Wilma4ever, copy, highlight the bottom layer and paste as new layer.
Free Rotate – Right 90 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Resize 50% and use the Deformation Tool, pulling the left and right sides of the frame to fit to your first frame (so that the edges of your wood frame ‘stick out’ left and right a little bit).
Open AiG_Leaf6-Wilma4ever, copy&paste, Resize 30%, Mirror.
Free Rotate – Left 40 degrees.
Move underneath Tree, and a bit to the left and bottom.
Duplicate and Resize the copy 80%, flip and move above the bridge.
Optional: I erased the stem on the second (smaller) leave.
Apply Dropshadow to both leaves.
Open AiG_Ribbonframe1-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 30% and move to the upper righthand corner, underneath the leaves & flower.
If necessary, erase the part that might be sticking out above the leaves.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the loop of the ribbon frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
New layer, move one down.
Open AiG_Paper3-Wilma4ever, copy&paste into the selection (new layer).
Selections – Select none.
Highlight your ribbon frame layer, and merge down once.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Owl1-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 25%, and position ‘in’ the loop of the ribbon frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Broom1-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 30% and move underneath the ribbon frame layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open AiG_Stringlines2-Wilma4ever, copy&paste as new layer, duplicate and move both underneath the broom layer.
On the first string: Free Rotate – Left 57 degrees, position to the right.
On the second string: Free Rotate – Left 35 degrees, and position a little further to the right than the first string.
Highlight your wood frame layer, and with your Magic Wand, click outside the frame.
Back on your first string layer, hit “Delete”.
Repeat on second string layer.
Selections – Select none.
Apply Dropshadow to both strings.
Now, the next step is to add any further text, copyright information and your watermark to the graphic.
Use your crop tool to crop your image, and, if tag is too large for you, feel free to merge all layers visible and then resize to your liking.
If you prefer a transparent background, save your tag in PNG format.
Otherwise, if you select the JPG, it will automatically add a white background.
Should you care for a different colored background, after you merged all layers visible:
New layer, arrange, send to bottom, and floodfill with your color of choice.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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