Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tut - Roses Forever


Roses Forever

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 Roses Forever by DNScraps, which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice.
A mask –I used WSL 254, 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 2/3 O/B 43/5.85.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.
Open a new image, 600x600, transparent background.
Open roseforeverroses, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 40%.
Open roseforeverhearttemptl3, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 33%, move underneath rose frame.
Open Roseroeverpaper3, copy.
New layer, move underneath template frame.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the template frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
On new layer, paste into selection.
Selections – Select None.
Open sm_belladonna1_1, copy&paste as new layer, move underneath template frame, above paper 3 layer, Resize 25%.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the template frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
On the tube layer, Selections – Invert – “Delete”.
Apply Dropshadow.
Selections – Select None.
On rose frame, merge down three times (template frame, tube, paper).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverframepearl, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 45%, move underneath both frame layers.
Open Roseforeverpaper9, copy.
New layer, Arrange – Move to Bottom.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the pearl frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
On new layer, paste into selection.
On pearl frame, merge down once (with paper layer).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverbowelegant2, copy&paste, Resize 25%, move on top of the frames, to the top right edge.
Free Rotate – Right – 17 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverribboncurl, copy&paste, Resize 30%, move under elegant bow layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverchainslove, copy&paste, Resize 33%, Free Rotate – Right – 60 degrees, Move on top and to the left side of the frame.
Optional: I erased parts of the cain that was sticking over the pearl frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverheartbuttonroses2, copy&paste, Resize 30%. Duplicate and position to your liking.
Apply Dropshadow to all buttons.
Open roseforeverpin, copy&paste as new layer, Resize 50%, place on top of the bows.
Free Rotate – Right – 27 degrees.
Use your Point-to-Point Selection Tool and erase parts of the pin.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open roseforeverheartdark, copy&
paste, Resize 25%, move a bit up to the right, on top of the pin.
Apply Dropshadow.
New Layer.
Open Roseforeverpaper7, copy.
On new layer, Selections – Select all, paste into selection.
Selections – Select None.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask – MaskWSL_353.
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.
Highlight first mask layer, and merge down (with second mask layer) – Optional: I lowered opacity to 85% and used the Deformation Tool to ‘fit’ it to my liking.
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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