Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tut - Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

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 beautiful kit Butterfly Garden by DCCreations, which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice.
1 mask –I used HorsePlay’s Pasture Mask10, created by Beverly aka HorsePlay’s Pasture. You can find this mask, and many more of hers on her blog here.
1 tag template – I used Template 3, created by Laura aka Cinnamon Scraps.
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 -3/2 O/B 27/8.23.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open your template, duplicate, close original.
Delete copyright and background layers.
Choose a color or paper. On diamond line layer, Selections – Select all – Float – Defloat.
New layer, fill with color or paper of choice, Selections – Select none.
Delete original diamond line layer.
Repeat for Ellipse, Scalloped shape and Circle layers.
Optional: apply Dropshadow to each or some of the layers.
Choose a color, or paper, for the stitches. On Stitches layer, Selections – Select all – Float – Defloat.
New layer, fill with color, or paper, of choice, Selections – Select none.
Delete original stitches layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Repeat with doodle flower layer.
For the frame backs, choose a color or paper of choice. I choose to rather resize and then free rotate the paper I used than floodfill, but, that’s up to you.
Choose a color for the frames – or leave them white if you like.
Open your tube(s), copy&paste, resize and position to liking – position below frame layers, erase any part extending past the frame if you want it to look like they’re part of the ‘photo’.
Otherwise, position on top of the frame layers to liking.
Merge frame, paper/color (and tube if you chose to use it ‘inside’ the frame) layers, and apply Dropshadow to both frames.
Choose a color or paper for the doodle flower 2, Selections – Select all – Float – Defloat.
New layer, floodfill with your color/paper, Selections – Select none.
Delete doodle flower 2 layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Add a flower layer – well, either floodfill with color/paper or choice, or, use a flower.
Apply Dropshadow.
Add any further elements you wish.
Choose a color or paper, new layer, Arrange – Send to Bottom, Selections – Select all.
Paste into selection/floodfill, Selections – Select none.
Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask from Disk – HorsePlay’s Pasture Mask10, Merge Group.
Optional: resize mask or use your Deformation Tool, if necessary, to tweak your mask layers to your liking and/or lower the opacity.

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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