Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tut - Country Cow


Country Cow

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 adorable kit Country Cow by Connie’s Creative Chaos, 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 -2/1 O/B 45/5.33.

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

Open a new image, 600x600.

Open CountryFrame3DS, copy&paste, Resize 50%.

Open CountryPaper07, copy.

On image, New Layer, Arrange – Move to Bottom, Paste into Selection, Selection – Select none.

Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking inside the frame (erase any parts extending past the frame you don’t want on your finished tag).

Apply Dropshadow.

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

Apply Dropshadow.

Open CountryFlowers4rose, copy&paste, Resize 62%, move underneath frame layer.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open CountryBow4rose, copy&paste, Resize 30%, move to the upper right corner of the frame.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open CountrySummer2rose, copy&paste, Resize 27%, move to the bottom of the frame, a bit to the right.

Apply Dropshadow.

Open CountryFlowers2rose, copy&paste, Resize 27%, move to the lower left side of the frame.

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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