Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Too Cute To Spook

Too Cute To Spook

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 2 Cute 2 Spook by Tasha’s Playground. You can find a list of stores she sells in on her blog here.
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 Drop Shadow throughout the tutorial remains the same: V/H 2/3 O/B 55/5.20.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open new image 600 x 600.

Open frame 3.
Copy & paste.
Resize 50%.

Open paper7.

On frame layer.
Magic Wand.
Click inside frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2.
Bottom layer.
(ought to be empty, if not
New Layer)
Paste into Selection.
Selections – Select none.
Merge visible.
Open Mesh.
Copy & paste.
Resize 55%.
Below frame layer.
Duplicate twice.
Position to liking.
Merge all three mesh layers.

Open House 3.
Copy & paste.
Resize 65%.
Position to the right.
(Underneath frame layer)

Open bats.
Copy & paste.
On top of frame layer.
Resize 25%.
Upper right.

Copy & paste.
Resize 25%.
To the right.

Open Bow5.
Copy & paste.
Resize 55%.
Upper left.

Open Ribbon.
Copy & paste.
Resize 35%.
Under bow layer.
Position left.

Open Brad4.
Copy & paste.
Resize 25%.
On top of bow layer.
Center on bow.

Open Web2.
Copy & paste.
Resize 40%.
To the right, a bit towards the top.

Open Cauldron.
Copy & paste.
Resize 40%.
To the lower right.

Open Pumpkin.
Resize 35%.
To the lower right.
Underneath cauldron layer.

Duplicate pumpkin.
Resize 75%.
On top of pumpkin layer.
A bit to the right.

Open tube.
Copy & paste.
Resize & position to liking.

Apply Drop shadow as desired.

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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