Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tut - Always Red & Black


Always Red & Black

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 great kit Always Red & Black by Crystal’s Creations, 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 2/2 O/B 50/6.19.

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

Open a new image, 600x600.

Open frame1, copy&paste, Resize 20%.

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

Open Paper10, copy.

New layer, move underneath frame layer, Paste into Selection, Selections – Select none.

Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking inside the frame. Erase the parts you don’t want to show on your finished tag if parts are extending past the frame.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open black gem, copy&paste, Resize 12%, move to the upper right corner, duplicate twice and form a vertical line.

On top gem layer, merge down twice (all three gems), move underneath tube layer if necessary.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open rope beadeds, copy&paste, Resize 20%, move to the right side of the frame.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open butterfly2, copy&paste, Resize 12%, move to the upper right corner.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open Paper 5, copy&paste, Arrange – Move to Bottom, Resize 40%, Free Rotate – Left – 30 degrees.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open Paper 1, copy&paste, Resize 40%, Free Rotate – Right – 13 degrees.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open Paper 8, copy&paste, Resize 40%, Free Rotate – Left – 5 degrees.

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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