Monday, December 28, 2009

New Tut - Xmas Tears


Xmas Tears

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 awesome kit Crimson Christmas Tears by Crimson Butterfly Scrapz, which you can purchase either here or here.
2 tubes of your choice.
A font of your choice.
A mask –I used WSL 218, created by Weescotslass, which is  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.
I do assume you have at least some to moderate experience and understanding of PSP.

The DropShadow throughout the tutorial remains the same: V/H 1/2 O/B 65/7.85.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.
Open a new image, 750 x 750, transparent background.
Open CBframe3, copy&paste, Resize 80%.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open your first tube, copy&paste, Resize to your liking.
Move this layer done, underneath frame layer, and position your first tube in the upper right frame to your liking.
Selection Tool – Rectangle – Select the upper right frame.
Selections – Invert, on your tube layer, “Delete”.
Selections – Select None.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open your second tube, copy&paste, Resize to your liking.
Move this layer underneath the frame layer as well and position your second tube in the lower frame.
Selection Tool – Rectangle – Select the part of the lower frame where your tube is.
Selections – Invert, on your second tube layer, “Delete”.
Selections – Select None.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open CBpaper6, New Layer, move underneath frame layer, copy paper.
Selection Tool – Rectangle.
Now, hold the SHIFT key while you use your mouse to first select the right top frame, and then the lower frame.
On your new layer, paste into selection.
Open CBjournalcluster, copy&paste, Resize 70%.
Free Rotate – Left – 35 degrees.
First cluster, Arrange – Send to bottom.
Second cluster, Arrange – Bring to top.
Apply Dropshadow on bottom cluster.
Apply Dropshadow on top cluster.
Selection Tool – Rectangle, and select the part above the lower frame (see image below), and hit “Delete”.
Optional: use your Eraser Tool or Point-to-Point Selection Tool to erase some of the Dropshadow of the lower frame to make it more ‘seamless’ (otherwise a line will be running through the cluster).
Open CBornament3, copy&paste, Resize 50%.
Position to liking & apply Dropshadow.
Open CBbow1, copy&paste, Resize 45%.
Position to liking & apply Dropshadow.
Open CBpaper5, New layer, Arrange – Send to bottom.
Selections – Select All, paste into Selection.
Selections – Select None.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask – MaskWSL_218.
Fit to layer, show all masks, source luminance checked; invert transparency NOT checked.
Merge group.
Optional: lower opacity of mask layer. I lowered mine to 60%.
Open CBcrimsondoodle2, Free Rotate – Left – 15 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Optional: erase the bottom part of the doodle underneath the lower frame.
Now, the next step is to add any further text, copyright information and your watermark to the graphic.
Feel free to merge all layers visible and then resize to your liking or crop the image.
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:
New layer, arrange, send to bottom, and floodfill with your color of choice.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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