Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tut - Freshness Of Spring

Freshness of Spring

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 amazing kit Freshness of Spring by P&A Dezigns. Check out her blog here to find stores she’s selling in.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice.
1 tag template – I used cwd_tag_template#2, created by Scraps by CWD. You can find it 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 31/7.75.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open your template, duplicate, close original.
Delete CWD Watermark and white background layers.
Choose a color or paper, on large circle layer, Selections – Select All – Float – Defloat.
New layer, paste into selection (paper) or floodfill (color), Selections – Select none.
Note: some papers look better if you copy&paste, then Resize, and on the template layer (large circle in this case) do the Selection – Select All – Float – Defloat, on the paper layer, Invert, “delete”, Selections – Select None.
Apply Dropshadow if you like.
Delete large circle layer.
Repeat for large and small rectangle layers.
Choose a color or paper for the large square, Selections – Select All – Float – Defloat.
New layer, paste into selection (paper) or floodfill (color), Selections – Select none.
Delete large square layer.
Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking.
Optional: I used layer mode to Luminace Legacy, Opacity 40%.
Repeat for small square top and small square bottom.
Optional: leave the white frames white, or floodfill with a color/paper of choice.
Merge each frame (frame, tube, paper layers).
Apply Dropshadow to each.
Add as many elements as you like.
Open your main tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking as the top layer.
Apply Dropshadow.

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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