Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tut - Blueberry Bliss


Blueberry Bliss

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 fabulous kit Blueberry Bliss by Jens Sweet Temptations, which you can purchase here.

A font of your choice.

A tube of your choice.

A mask –I used WSL 251, 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/-1 O/B 47/6.10.

Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open a new image, 600x600, transparent background.

Open Frame2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 55%.

With your Magic Wand, click inside the frame, Selections – Modify – Expand 2.

New layer, move underneath frame layer.

Open Paper1_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy.

On new layer, paste into selection.

Open Paper16_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 25%, Free Rotate – Left – 40 degrees.

Open Pie_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 25%, move on top of frame, into the lower right corner.

Open Pen2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 30%, move on top of pie.

Write any message, words etc. you’d like on the paper in the frame (or leave it blank, if you prefer).

Apply Dropshadow if you like.

Open Ribbon2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptation, copy&paste, Free Rotate – Right – 90 degrees, Resize 32%.

On frame layer, click with your Magic Wand outside the frame.

Back on the ribbon layer, hit “delete”, Selections – Select none.

Open Girl2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 70%, move on top of the frame, and to the left.

Open Tree_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 75%, Arrange – Send to bottom and position to the left side of the frame.

Open Bling2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 35%, place on top of frame and to the right side, somewhat in the middle.

Open Flower4_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 30%, place on top of pen.

Open Paper13_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 30%, Arrange – Send to bottom, Free Rotate – Left – 15 degrees and move to the top and right.

Open Paper3_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 33%, place on top of previous paper.

Open Flower2_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 30%, on top of previous two paper layers and position to the left and top of frame.

Duplicate, move a bit to the right and down.

Open Flower1_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy&paste, Resize 25%, on top of the two bottom paper layers, and to the right and bottom of the frame.

New Layer, Arrange – Send to Bottom.

Open Paper4_BlueberryBliss_JensSweetTemptations, copy.

On New Layer, Selections – Select All – paste into selection.

Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask – MaskWSL_251.

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.

Optional: I merged both mask layers after I used the Deformation Tool, and lowered Opacity to 85%.

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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