Thursday, 26 November 2009

Merry Christmas 09 (ftu)

This tutorial was written on November 26th 2009 by Susan aka Hippiedaze.
The idea for this tag is off my own head lol and any resemblance is purely coincidence.
General Knowledge of psp is required, tutorial was written in psp 9 but will work in other versions.

Supplies Needed

Tube/s of Choice, I used the artwork of Elias Chatzoudis, you must have a proper license to use his work please visit MPT - mypsptubes - HERE .
FTU Scrap Kit 'Tis the Season' by Scraps Dimensions - HERE.
Template Used - Christmas Template 3 by Tracy F. Designz at Freebie Friends Scraps & More - HERE.
Mask of Choice, the mask i used I cannot remember where i got it (its an old one).
Plugin Used - Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow for your name. (optional)

Save mask to your psp folder and open all supplies needed before we begin....

Ready to begin ...

Open the template in your psp workspace and hit ctrl & d to duplicate the template, this way you will save the original template for re using again and again, close the orginial now and on the new image delete the copyright layer, go to image and select resize then choose to resize all layers by 80% smartsize, just make sure the resize all layers box is checked for this one, click ok.

Go to layers and select a new raster layer, change your canvas colour to white and click ok then move this layer all the way down to the bottom of your working canvas.
Now go to image and select resize, choose canvas size and change to 600x600, make sure you click centre position then click ok, now you may have some transparent border showing so grab your flood fill tool and click on the transparent area to fill with white.

Activate the circle one layer and go to selections, select all, select float, select defloat then take a paper from the kit and paste as a new layer, resize by 60% smartsize with resize all layers box checked then click ok, make sure the paper is not smaller than the marching ants and when happy with placement go to selections and select invert then hit delete on your keyboard, go to selections again then select none, you can delete the original circle 1 layer now.

Repeat that step on the rectangle layer using a different paper from the kit and delete the original rectangle layer.

Activate the circle 2 layer and go to adjust, select hue/saturation/brightness and then select colourise, choose a colour close to your tube and click ok.

I left the frame 1, frame 2, rectangle fill & the text fills as they were and added a small dropshadow in a dark shade but this is optional, you may want to colourise the layers to a colour that suits your tube.

Activate the merry christmas text layer and go to adjust then hue/saturation/lightness and select colourise as we did before, choose a colour of your choice and click ok.

Make sure your on the circle 2 layer and go to selections, select all, select float, select defloat then take the snow layer element from the kit and paste as a new layer, resize a little if needed but not smaller than the marching ants around the circle, now go to selections and select invert then hit delete on your keyboard and go to selections again to select none.

Choose a couple of the doodles from the kit and paste as new layers on your canvas, resize each doodle by around 50% smartsize and move to top & bottom corners so you can see the doodle from behind the template layer, move these doodle layers down to just above the white background layer. I added a small white dropshadow to the doodle layers but this is up to you.

Now activate the bottom white layer and choose a paper from the kit then paste this as a new layer, go to layers and select load mask from disc then in the drop menu look for the mask that you choose at the start, select this and use the following settings :-
Source Luminace - Checked ... Fit to Canvas - Checked ... Invert Transparency - Unchecked ... Hide all Mask - Checked, click ok then go to the layer palette and merge group.
(ps depending on the mask your using you may have to select ivert transparenct to checked.)

Activate the top layer of your canvas and take you selected tube/s, resize them as needed and remember to resize the tubes bicubic, place where you like it on the canvas and when happy with this give the tube/s a dropshadow, I gave them a white shadow, pls also remember if you use 2 tubes that they are from the same artist.

Now take a few elements from the kit and paste as new layers, resize the elements as needed to your liking and place around the tag, mines was quite bold so I didnt use many elements for this one but decorate yours how you wish and be creative.

If you wish to crop or resize your tag then nows the time to do this, before we add the text as resizing will make your text fuzzy.

Add your name in your font of choice. I added eye candy 4000, gradient glow to my name with the following settings :-
Glow Width - 4.00 ... Soft Corners - 25 ... Opacity - 100 ... Colour - White, click ok.
i also added a little extra text with the word from, this is optional.
Add artist info, copyright info and your own info.

All done.

Save your tag as a jpeg or png file.

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it and as always id love you to send your creations, my addy is over there on the right>>>>