Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tut - Spring Forward


Spring Forward

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 cute kit Spring Foward by KCKits, which you can purchase here.

A font of your choice.

A tube of your choice.

No filters required.

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/-3 O/B 39/6.73.

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

Open a new image, 600x600.

Open KCKits_SF_tagFrame3, copy&paste, Resize 45%.

With your Magic Wand, click inside the frame (all of the gaps as well), Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.

Open KCKits_SF_TagPaper15, copy.

Back on image, paste into selection, Selection – Select none.

Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking. Use your Selection Tool to erase any parts extending outside of the frame.

Apply Dropshadow to the tube.

On frame layer, merge down twice (frame, tube & paper), then apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagBow6, copy&paste, Resize 55%, position in the upper part of the frame.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagFlower6, copy&paste, Resize 27%, position on the lower right corner of the frame.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagFlowerStamp, copy&paste, position on top of the flower.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagLeaf2, copy&paste, Resize 35%, move underneath first flower layer.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagPaper25, copy&paste, Resize 20%, Arrange – Move to Bottom.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open KCKits_SF_TagJournal1, copy&paste, Resize 50%, move on top of round tag paper, a bit to the left. Optional: apply a drop shadow.

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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