Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tut - Celebrations



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 New Years Celebrations by Jens Sweet Tempations, which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice.
A mask –I used WSL 260, 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 2/0 O/B 60/8.65.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.
Open a new image, 600 x 600, transparent background.
Open Clock4_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 35%.
Open Paper4_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 30%.
Pick a color from either the paper or the clock (or your tube, whichever has the color you fancy most), and set it as your foreground color.
On clock layer:
Selections – Select All – Float – Defloat.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 30.
Selections – Invert.
On paper layer, hit “delete”.
Selections – Invert.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 3.
New layer, move below paper layer, Flood Fill with foreground color.
Selections – Modify – Contract by 4, hit “delete” (on layer you just filled with the color).
Selections - Select none.
Selections – Select all – Float – Defloat.
Effects – 3DEffects – Inner Bevel:
Bevel 2, Width 2; Smoothness 20, Depth 1, Ambience 0; Color white, Angel 355, Intensity 40, Elevation 35.
Selections – Select none.
Highlight clock layer, merge down twice (clock, paper and bevel).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Poser1_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Rezise 35%, position to the lower left of the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Decor1_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 25%, move to the right lower corner of the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Drapes_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 40%, move underneath clock layer, to the left of the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Wrap2_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 45%, Free Rotate – Left – 25 degrees, move underneath Decor1, to the lower right corner.
Use the Point-to-Point Selection Tool to erase the part sticking out over the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Satinbow4_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 20%, send to top and move into the upper left corner of the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Noisemaker2_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 30%, Mirror, Free Rotate – Left – 80 degrees.
Move to the upper edge of the clock, with the ‘noisemaker’ hanging over the clock.
Use your Point-to-Point Selection Tool to erase the part sticking out over the clock.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Bow2_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 25%, and move on top of the noisemaker layer, to the center right corner.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Satinbow2_NYCelebrations_JST, copy&paste, Resize 65%, send to the bottom.
Adjust – Blur – Gaussian Blur, Radius 6.00.
Position to liking, use the Deformation Tool to ‘tug’ it into place if you like.
New Layer, Send to bottom.
Selections – Select all.
Open Paper9_NYCelebrations_JST, copy.
On new layer, paste into selection.
Selections – Select none.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask – MaskWSL_260.
Fit to layer, show all masks, source luminance checked; invert transparency NOT checked.
Merge group.
Optional: resize mask or use your Deformation Tool, if necessary, to tweek your mask layers to your liking and/or lower the opacity.
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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