Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Tut - USA Girl

USA 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 USA by Jens Sweet Temptations , which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice. Used one of my own available at SATC here.
1 tag template – I used Template 8, created by Creative By Nature. You can find it, and many more awesome tag templates here on her blog.
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 2/3 O/B 39/6.55.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open your template and tube, duplicate and close out both originals.
Delete the copyright and background layer of the template.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Long Rectangles with it.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Long Frames with it.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Rectangle with it.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Frame with it.
Copy&paste your tube, duplicate, resize and position to liking.
I changed the layer Opacity and Blend Mode.
Optional: Effects > Textures Effects > Blinds 2/15 Horizontal/Light from left/top, color white.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Circle with it.
Choose a color or paper, and fill the Circle Frame with it.
Add any elements you like.

Then, it is time to add any further text, copyright information and 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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