Friday, March 30, 2012

Tut - Easter Time

Easter 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 Easter Time by Mystical Illusionz (on a side-note, though easter-themed, it’s also a fabulous Spring kit by itself!). Check out her blog to find all the stores she’s currently selling in.
A font of your choice.
A tube of your choice. I used the fabulous tube Bunny Girl by Celinart, which you can purchase at SATC 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 3/3 O/B 25/15.85.
Resizing throughout the tutorial is done with “Resize all Layers” NOT checked.
c/p = copy&paste.

Open new image, 700 x 700.
Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele19, c/p, Resize 80%.
Open MIZ12-eastertime-pp10, copy.
Back to your image.
Magic Wand, click inside the frame.
Selections –Modify – Expand by 2.
New layer, send to bottom, Paste into Selection, keep selection.
New layer.
Cutout – Vertical: 3
Horizontal: 3
Opacity: 25
Blur: 15.85
Selections – Select none.

Open your tube, c/p, Resize and position to liking.
Magic Wand, click inside frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2, Invert.
On tube layer, hit “delete”.
Selections – Select none.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele30, c/p, Resize 55%, move underneath tube layer.
Magic Wand, click inside frame.
Selections – Modify – Expand by 2, Invert.
On flower layer, hit “delete”.
Selections – Select none.

Apply Dropshadow if desired to tube and/or flowers.
Merge visible.
Duplicate frame twice.

First copy:
Resize 85%, Free Rotate – Left – 28 degrees.
Position a little down and to the left.

Second copy:
Resize 65%, Mirror, Free Rotate – Right – 52 degrees.
This layer ought to be on top of the original frame layer, making it your middle layer.
Position a bit up and towards the right.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele48, c/p, Resize 30%.
Free Rotate 42 degrees.
Position up, where frames meet.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele16, c/p, Resize 30%.
Move underneath top frame layer, to the right.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele45, c/p, Resize 40%.
Move on top, to the bottom, and a bit to the left.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele06, c/p, Resize 55%.
Move to the right and underneath the daisies layer.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele05, c/p, Resize 55%.
Free Rotate – Right – 7 degrees.
On top of daisies layer, to the right.

Open MIZ12-eastertime-ele53, Resize 70%.
Move under top frame layer, towards the left and a bit up.

Open your tube, c/p.
Resize and position to liking.

Apply Dropshadow as desired to elements and/or tube.

Add any further text, copyright information and watermark to the graphic.
Always double-check size of your final tag to make sure you are within TOU of the tube licensing company / artist who’s tube you are using.

Merge visible.
Crop or use Selection Tool – Layer Opaque, Image – Crop to Selection.

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 fill with your color of choice.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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