Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tut - Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays

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 beautiful kit Happy Holiday by Lori aka Passion 4 Digiscraps, which you can purchase here.
1 tube of your choice – or use the one I used in the tutorial, which was createdy by me and is included in the material.
A font of your choice.
A mask –I used WSL 116, created by Weescotslass, which is also included in the material. Check out her blog here for further masks.
No filters required.
You can get the material here.

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 750, transparent background.
The Dropshadow will remain the same throughout the tutorial, by the way: V/H 2/2 O/B 65/7.55.
Open LS_frame1, copy&paste as new layer.
Image – Resize by 33%, Resize all layers NOT checked.
Apply DropShadow.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the frame, new layer, move underneath frame layer.
Open LS_Goldpaper, copy, back onto your new layer and paste into selection, Select none.
Open your tube, copy&paste as new layer, and position it to your liking.
Make sure this layer is above the frame layer.
Use your Freehand tool, Point-to-Point, Replace, 0/0, anti-alias checked, and erase all the parts you wish to erase so it looks like the tube is ‘sticking out’ of the frame.
It might be helpful to lower the opacity of the tube layer for this purpose so you can better see the frame underneath. Once you erase everything you wish to erase, set the opacity back to 100.
Apply DropShadow.
Open LS_stringflower, copy&paste as new layer.
Resize 15%, Resize all layers NOT checked.
Move a down once, underneath tube layer, and a bit to the right.
Apply DropShadow.
Open LS_tiebowgold, copy&paste as new layer.
Resize 9%, Resize all layers NOT checked.
Move a bit to the left and with your Freehand Tool, erase the top and bottom of the ribbon.
Apply DropShadow.
Open ls-cutoutpaper, copy&paste, move down underneath Goldpaper layer.
Resize 50%, Resize all layers NOT checked.
Apply DropShadow.
Open ls_swirlstitch2, copy&paste as new layer.
Resize 25%, Resize all layers NOT checked.
Free Rotate, Right 40 degrees and move a little down and to the left.
Duplicate and move a bit up and to the right.
Highlight bottom layer (which ought to be ‘empty’).
Selections – Select All.
Image – Crop to Selection.
Selections – Select none.
Open LS_Diamondpaper4, copy&paste as new layer.
Resize 25%, move underneath stitch layer.
On stitch layer, click with your Magic Wand in the upper righthand ‘corner’.
Selections – Modify – Contract by 5.
On Diamondpaper layer, hit “delete”.
Use Freehand tool if necessary to remove edges.
On the stitch layer again, click with your Magic Wand in the lower lefthand ‘corner’.
Selections – Modify – Contract by 5.
On Diamondpaper layer, hit “delete”.
Use Freehand tool if necessary to remove edges.
On cutout layer, click with your Magic Wand outside the cutout, highlight the Diamondpaper layer again, and hit “delete”.
Apply DropShadow.
Highlight stitch layer, hit “delete”.
Apply DropShadow.
Open LS_Winterbells, copy&paste as new layer, move to top.
Resize 20%, move to the left upper corner of the cutout.
Apply DropShadow.
Pick a color of your choice from your image.
Highlight the bottom layer, and flood fill with your color.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load from Disk – WSLMask_116.
Fit to layer, show all mask, source luminance checked; Invert transperency not checked.
Merge group – if desired, lower opacity of the mask layer.
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.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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