Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tut - Forever Love


Forever Love

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 Forever Love by Disyas Digital Designs, which you can purchase here.
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 0/3 O/B 48/6.55.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.
Open a new image, 550 x 550, transparent background.
Open DDD_Frame13, copy&paste, Resize 50%.
Open DDD_paper17, copy.
On your image, new layer, move underneath frame layer.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
On the new layer - copy into selection.
Selections – Select None.
Highlight the Frame layer, merge down once.
Open DDD_Ribbon2, copy&paste, Resize 40% and duplicate once.
Move the copy down once.
Free Rotate - Left - 13 degrees.
On your Frame layer, with your Magic Wand, click outside the frame.
On your first ribbon layer, hit “Delete”.
On your second ribbon layer, hit “Delete”.
Selections – Select None.
Now, apply a Dropshadow to the frame and both ribbons.
Position either similar to what I’ve done (about 1/3 down from top of frame), or to your liking.
Open DDD_Binderclip2, copy&paste,Resize 27%.
Free Rotate – Right – 90 degrees.
Position on top of the frame, on the right side (so that it covers that part of the frame).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_Lollipop3, copy&paste, Resize 70%.
Free Rotate - Right - 8 degrees and move to the right side of the frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_Candy2, copy&paste, Resize 55% and Mirror.
Move it to the bottom and to the right of the frame and lollipop.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_Candy4, copy&paste, Resize 55%.
Position it on top of the first candy, a bit more up and to the left than the first one, though.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_Present03, copy&paste, Resize 60%.
Position the present a bit further to the bottom left than your first candy.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_Bear1, copy&paste, Resize 50%.
Position the bear on the left side of the frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open DDD_journalingtag1, copy&paste.
Free Rotate – Left – 35 degrees.
Optional: if you like, use your Deformation Tool to “pull & pinch” to your liking. I just left mine as was.
Highlight your bottom layer (it should be empty, if not, New Layer – Move to bottom).
Open DDD_paper9, copy.
Highlight the bottom layer, Selections – Select All, then Copy 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: resize mask and/or lower opacity of mask layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
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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