Thursday, September 1, 2011

PTU Tut - Safari Nights

Safari Nights

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 and fun kit Safari Nights by Disyas Digital Designs , which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice. I used the fabulous artwork of Jay Trembly, which you can find here.
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 44/5.65.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open new image, 800 x 800.
Open Frame4, copy&paste.
Open P8, copy.
Magic Wand, click inside frame sections, Selections – Modify – Expand 3.
Bottom layer, Paste into selection, Selections – Select None.
Open your tube, copy&paste, Resize and position to liking inside frame.
Optional: erase parts you don’t want to extend past the frame, Apply Dropshadow.
Merge visible, Apply Dropshadow.
Open Btn3, copy&paste, Resize 60%, Move to upper right.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open El3, copy&paste, Resize 60%, underneath frame layer, left side.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open El5, copy&paste, Resize 55%, on top of palm tree layer, towards bottom.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Fl2, copy&paste, on top of grass layer, towards the bottom left.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Fl3, copy&paste, Resize 65%, right side.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Fl1, copy&paste, Resize 75%, towards top, slightly to the right.
Apply Dropshadow.
Opem Emb2, copy&paste, Resize 70%, move to the left side, on top of frame.
Apply Dropshadow.
Open Tag5, copy&paste, Resize 75%, move to bottom right.
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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