Friday, December 4, 2009

Naughty Christmas

For this tut you will need the following: Paint Shop Pro, I used version PSP X, but any version should work. Tubes of choice. I am using the awesome work of Ismael Rac (lol, big surprise right?) which you have to purchase at AMI to use. Scrap kit of choice. I am using a kit called Santa's Friends by Monti, which is a PTU kit which you can also find at AMI. Link to kits is HERE. Template by Ella at Creative Misfits Creations. It's the 3rd link down. Plugins: Color Dot, Xero Radiance, Jeans, Eye Candy 3.1 Glow Font of choice. I am using Clarisse. Remember the tut is just a guide, and you can change it up to suit your tastes. Have fun and let your creativity flow! Open your tubes and your template. Delete the copyright layer and the background layer off your template. Image, resize, all layers by 75%. Image, canvas size 700 x 500. You can crop yours down at the end, this just gives us room to work. Click on the layer "inner box" selections, select all, float, defloat. Copy and paste the Red Velvet paper as a new layer, selections, invert, make sure you are on the paper layer, and hit delete on your keyboard. Leave selected. Copy and paste your close up of your tube as a new layer, just above the Naughty Naughty Naughty layer and move to the left side(if you have one, if you don't, then resize to your liking). After you get it where you want it, make sure you are on your tube layer and hit delete on your keyboard. Do the same for 2 more tubes, one in the center and one on the right hand side. Deselect and delete the original inner box layer. Merge the 3 tube layers together. I usually click on the top tube layer and then merge down and then click on that layer and merge down into the next layer. Duplicate the merged tube layer. On the top tube layer (the duplicate) adjust, blur, gaussian blur set at 3. Then go to your plugins and use color dot set at the default settings. Change the blend mode to soft light. On the bottom (original) tube layer apply the Xero Radiance plugin with the default settings. Click on the Naughty Naughty Naughty layer. Adjust, brightness and contrast, using the following settings: Brightness -255, Contrast 0. Click ok. Add drop shadow of choice. I used 1, 1, 60, 5. Click on the Frame layer. Selections, select all, float, defloat, modify, expand 2 pixels. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with black. Deselect and delete the original frame layer. On your black frame layer, apply Jeans with the following settings: Amount 94, width and distance both 2. Add drop shadow of choice, then selections float, selections defloat, modify, expand 3 and add a new layer below it and flood fill with #89282b. Deselect and merge it together with the black layer. Click on the Long Box layer, selections, select all, float, defloat, modify, expand 2. Open the Blue Velvet paper and paste as a new layer. Selections, invert, and on the paper layer, click delete on your keyboard, selections, modify, expand 3, add a new raster layer below the blue layer and flood fill with #89282b. Deselect. Delete the original Long Box layer. Click on the Naughty Layer. Selections, select all, float, defloat, add a new raster layer and flood fill with #89282b. Modify, expand 1, add a new raster layer below the layer you just filled with red, and flood fill with white. Deslect and delete the original layer. Merge the red and white layers together, and then add your drop shadow. You can do the same thing with a glow if you'd like but this leaves a cleaner edge. Do the same you did for the Naughty layer for each of your snowflake layers, except when you expand, expand by 2 instead of 1. I used red and white for mine, you can use whatever colors match your tube/scrap choice. Add your tube and bring it up to the top, add a drop shadow. For the ribbon layer, I added it below my Naughty layer and resized it. Then I duplicated it twice, moved one to the left and one to the right, then erased extra bits that showed and then merged it all together so it looked like one long ribbon with a bow in the middle, then added a drop shadow. Open the Folded Star Blue Snow element, resize by 20% and copy and paste as a new layer moving it down to the bottom right of your tag. Apply Eye Candy glow, changing the width to 3, image, free rotate, right 10. Apply drop shadow. Open 4 of the stamp elements, I chose the Santa, North Pole, and Reindeer. Resize each one by 35%. Place the first one on your tag so that it's just above the blue wavy layer, below the ribbon layer and the Naughty layer. Image, rotate, left 10, and then add your drop shadow. Do the same for the second stamp, rotate it to the right 10, do the same for the next two stamps, and alternate rotation to the left or right so that each stamp is going the opposite direction of the one next to it. Click on edit at the top of the PSP toolbar, and copy merged. Edit paste as a new layer, line it up so that it sits evenly with the tag layers below it, right click on that layer, arrange, move to bottom. Adjust blur, gaussian blur 10. Add your name using your font of choice. I used Clarisse, with background set to #89282b and foreground to white, and stroke set at 2, then added the same 1, 1, 60, 5 drop shadow. Add your Copyright info, license info, scrap kit makers info as required in TOU. Crop it down, resize if necessary and save as a .png file so that it will be transparent and you're done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please feel free to send me any finished tags to the email listed in my contact info so that I can get a showcase of finished tags on my site!

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