Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Tut - Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

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 Birthday Girl by Stef’s Scrapkits , which you can purchase here at Scrappin Dollars.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice.
1 mask –I used WSL 336, 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 33/5.65.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open new image, 850 x 850.
Open 27_BirthdayGirl_Stef’sScrapskits, copy&paste, Resize 75%.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 26_BirthdayGirl, copy&;paste.
Open Paper12_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, move underneath round frame layer.
Magic Wand, click inside and outside of the round frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand 1.
Selections – Feather – 1.
On paper layer, hit ‘delete’ several times.
Selections – Select none.
On round frame layer, merge down once (frame & paper).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 4_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 85%, move underneath round frame layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 47_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 70%, Free Rotate – Right – 11 degrees, Mirror,
Move underneath ivy layer, to the right.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Paper07_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste.
Magic Wand, click inside the round frame, Selections – Modify – Expand 2, Invert.
On paper layer, hit ‘delete’, Selections – Select none.
Open 59_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 50%, duplicate 4 times (or as many times as you like). Position to liking.
Use the Freehand Tool, Point to Point, to erase the parts that may overlap, or extend past the frame.
Apply Dropshadow if desired.
On round frame layer, merge down twice (frame, wordart, paper).
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 11_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 55%, move underneath round frame layer, to the bottom right.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 08_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 45%, move underneath round frame, to the left side.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 48_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 65%, Free Rotate – Left – 57 degrees, move on top of round frame, to the bottom left.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 17_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 35%, move on top of the round frame layer, to the bottom right.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 36_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 60%, move underneath cupcake.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open 39_BirthdayGirl, copy&paste, Resize 55%, move underneath lollipop layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
New layer, Arrange – Send to Bottom, Selections – Select all.
Open Paper11_BirthdayGirl, copy, on new layer, paste into selection, Selections – Select none.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask from Disk – WSL_Mask336.
Merge Group, Selections – Select none.
Open your tube, copy&paste, Arrange – Move to Top, Resize and position to liking.
Apply Dropshadow.

Optional: resize mask or use your Deformation Tool, if necessary, to tweek your mask layers to your liking and/or lower the opacity.
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.
Don’t forget to make sure you resize your tag accordingly if need be.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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