Monday, October 10, 2011

Tut - Halloween Time


Halloween Time


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 Halloween Time by Stef’s Scrapkits, which you can purchase here.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice. I used Little Emo Witch by Michi Art.
1 tag template – I used KDHal1, created by Dees’Sign Depot. You can find it, and many more awesome tag templates here on her blog.
Filters/Plugins – dsb Flux - Blast.

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 37/5.63.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.

Open your template.
Duplicate.
Close original.

On template, delete background and info layers.

Purple Circle layer.
Selections – Float/Defloat.
Fill with color, gradient or paper of choice.
Keep selection.
Duplicate layer.
Plugins – dsb flux – Blast.
With the following settings:
Right – Absolute 86 checked
Repeat but change direction to
Left – Absolute 86 checked.
Selections – Select none.
Delete Purple Circle layer.

On duplicated layer.
Layer Blend Mode – Exclusion
(or to liking, depending on fill used)

Dotted Circle layer.
Selections – Float/Defloat.
Leave as is, or fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.
Selections – Select none.
Delete original Dotted Circle layer.

Bottom orange bar layer.
Selections – Float/Defloat.
Leave as is, or fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.
Selections – Select none.
Delete original Bottom orange bar layer.

Repeat with Top orange bar layer.

Center purple rectangle layer.
Selections – Float/Defloat.
Leave as is, or fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.
Selections – Select none.
Delete original Center purple rectangle layer.

Center dotted rectangle layer.
Selections – Float/Defloat.
Leave as is, or fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.
Selections – Select none.
Delete original Center dotted rectangle layer.

Repeat with right purple rectangle, left purple rectangle and dotted rectangle layers.

Overlay layer.
Leave as is, or fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.

Polaroids layer.
Either leave as is or
Magic Wand.
Click inside purple area.
Selections – Modify – Expand 2.
New layer.
Fill with color/gradient/pattern of choice.
Keep selections.
New layer.
Effects – Cutout:
Vertical: 3
Horizontal: 3
Opacity: 15
Blur: 5.55
Shadow color: black (or choice)
Fill interior with color unchecked
Keep selection.

Open tube.
Copy & paste.
Resize and position to liking in left Polaroid.
Selections – Invert.
Hit “delete”.
Selections – Invert.

Paste tube one more time.
Resize and position to liking in right Polaroid.
Selections – Invert.
Hit “delete”.
Selections – Select none.

Wordart white & black layers.
Either leave them as is, or fill them with color/gradient/pattern of choice.

Add any further elements as desired.
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!

XOXOXO,
Dani

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