Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tut - Sunny Day

Sunny Day

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 Sunny Day by Coquettas Designz.
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 1/-2 O/B 36/4.15.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open a new image, 800 px.
Open heart frame, 17, copy&paste, Resize 85%, duplicate, close out copy (eye icon).
Open paper13, copy.
With your Magic Wand, click inside the heart frame, Selections – Modify – Expand 2.
New layer, underneath heart frame, Paste into Selection, Selections – Select None.
Merge visible, Apply Dropshadow.
Repeat with the second frame, and another paper, Resize to liking, Free Rotate – Left – 15 degrees.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Polaroid frames, 15, copy&paste, Resize 76%.
Optional: erase parts of the string on both ends.
Choose one to three papers, copy them into each of the Polaroid frames.
Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking inside the frames.
On Polaroid frames layer, merge down as many times as needed to merge the Polaroid frame, tube and paper layers.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open the grass, 14, copy&paste, Resize 95%, move towards the lower edge of the heart frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open as many of the flowers as you like, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking.
Apply Dropshadow to each flower.
Open the bird, Resize 60%, Free Rotate – Right – 6 degrees, place on top of the line.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open string, 20, copy&paste, Resize 90%, upper left corner, Arrange – Send To Bottom.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open basket, 29, copy&paste, Resize 45%, lower right corner, on top of grass layer.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open round frame, 18, copy&paste, Resize 90%, Arrange – Send To Bottom.
Erase the bottom part of the frame, 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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