Sunday, December 19, 2010

PTU Southern Rock

I love all of Juicy's kits...  and I am so glad I get her e-mails announcing what's new at the store.  I knew right away that I wanted to tut the Snow Drift kit so I bought it, because I have been severely lacking in the CT department and didn't want to ask for it, just in case I didn't feel up to it.  LOL  So, you all know I did my tut already and told her I was going to buy Rockabilly next because I was lucky and my MPT purchase was chosen for a free tube and when I saw Marco's Southern Rock Tube I new right then and there that they were perfect together.  Juicy sent me the kit because she is so awesome.  And I got started right away...  so with in as many days, I have done two tuts!  WOW I love inspiration!

So here is your tut...

I am using the art of Marco Guaglione which you can find HERE, you must have a license from MPT to use his works you may purchase the tube here and request a license of your own.  EDIT!!  Effective February 7, 2011 you must purchase this tube at PSP Tubes Emporium HERE and have a PTE license to use it, unless you owned it while it was still available at MPT.

I am using the Scrap Kit Rockabilly from Juicy Bits, you may purchase it HERE.

Let's begin

I want to let you know that I will not tell you how to shadow your tags... unless it is important for an effect that is used, I feel this is a preference of the tag maker.

Open a new transparent image 600 x 600.  Paste Paper 05 as a new layer.  Paste Element 26 (frame).  Using your pick tool position it towards the bottom of the tag in a diagnal position.  Paste the Closeup (CU) provided with your tube under the frame.  Mirror the image. Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy). Duplicate the CU.  With the Bottom CU layer selected Use the Texture Effect Mosiac Antique. Add Noise at Settings of Gaussian 20 with Monochrome selected. Select Enhance more from the edge effects menu. Lower the opacity of the top CU layer to 70% and Merge this layer down.

With your Magic wand select the center of the frame.  Modify and expand by 5.  Invert selection and with the CU layer selected, press delete. DO NOT deselect, and select the paper and delete as well.

Open a ribbon of choice, I am using element 40, resize by 70% and paste as a new layer.  With pick tool postion at the bottom of the frame.  Duplicate this layer.  Move one below your frame. With your eraser tool erase sections of the top ribbon so that it appears to wrap around the frame.

Open Element 49 and adjust the image size by 75%. Sharpen the image. Copy and paste as a new layer at the bottom. Duplicate this layer, move the duplicate to the topand resize to fit using your pick tool. Sharpen if necessary.

Open Element 28 and adjust the image size to 60%. Paste as a new layer on top of your tag, and move to the bottom left corner of the tag.

Open Element 29 and adjust the image size by 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer under Element fram 28 and center it under it. Use the Texture effect blinds set at Width =2 Opacity=23 Color=Black Horizontal checked.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Mirror the tube and place under element 28 (circle frame).  Change the blend mode to Overlay.
Using your Magic Wand, select the center of the Circle frame.  Modify and expand by 5.  Invert selection and with the tube layer selected, press delete.
Copy and Paste your tube for the last time on the tag moving it to the right of the botom-most frame.

Select Two papers from the kit for your background Mask layers. Resize to 76% and copy and paste them as a new layer at the bottom of the tag. For each apply mask that you desire. I am using Vix Mask 349.

Decorate the tag as desired using various elements, you may use my example but you can use whatever you want!

Be sure to place your credits and license number on your tag.

I used the font dearJoe4 for the name and applied the Texture effect blinds with the same settings we used before.

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Very First Tube!!

Hi everyone, I can't wait to get a tablet, so I can draw until I am unable to any longer.  I want to make unique scrap kits and more tubes!  I have made my very first tube using my mouse.  LOL She is a Graphic Groupies Exclusive item and you can get her free once you meet the criteria for that section of the wonderful forum which I am very proud to be a member of, thank goodness I have friends there who do not care if I am making tags or playing Farmville!  LOL

So she got her start as a sketch -

And ended up as a tube!

She comes with Three Tail and Eye Layers for some variety.  Come and join the fun at Graphic Groupies and work your way up to get yours! 

I would like to take this time to show off and thank my Groupie pal giZZy (aka Rene Kunert) for making me this awesome animation using my mermaid!  Woot love it!!

PTU - Snow Angel

Hi everyone!  Sorry it has been so long, some know that I have been diagnosed with MS along with allmy other medical conditions.  What this means is without the aid of my medications there had been days when my vision has been effected by this terrible disease.  With the aid of my medications, I am getting by...  but with a very deep sorrow and fear that I may lose the one thing that I find most precious of my body...  my vision.  In order to create I must be able to see.  I have decided to try to get throught this so I can bring you tuts or at the very least create some tags!  LOL

That said on with our tut!!

This tutorial is written using Corel PSP X2 and animation shop.  It is written for those who have a knowledge of PSP.


I am using the art work of Steve Baier which can be found at HERE and must be used with a license from them.

Snow Drift scrap kit by Juicy Bits can be found at her store HERE.

Mask of Choice.

Alien Skin Xenofex 2 - Constellation

Let's Go!

To begin open a new transparent image 600 x 600

Open Paper 10 of the scrap kit and resize to fit your window. Copy and Paste as a new layer into your New Image. Duplicate 3 times (if you'd like to animate your tag). With your top layer selected, Select Reflection Effects - Kaleidoscope with the following settings:

Everything zero except Number of Petals = 10

Reflect selected.
For each of the remaining layers increase the petal number by 2 (if animating).

Open Element 20 of them kit and Center the frame on the Pattern created.

Find a mask that you feel makes the best pattern for your design, I am using WSL_Mask155. Apply your mask and merge group (for each of the pattern layers you just made if animating).

Open your tube and resize if needed, I resized my tube 90%. Place as a new layer and duplicate.

With bottom tube layer selected, Adjust - Blur - Motion Blur with the settings of Angle: 245 Strength(%):76

Duplicate the motion layer. With the top layer of the motion layer selected apply Constellation filter with the below settings:

Star Size = 1.98

Size Variation = 50

Edge Star Density = 14

Overall Star Density = 25

Overdrive = 50

Twinkle Amount(%) = 75

Twinkle Rotation = 45

Background fill = Make selection Transparent

Random Seed 1

Apply Shadow as desired to your tube layer.

Resize Element 08 by 77% and place as a new layer over legs as shown in example. Sharpen if desired.

Apply any other elements you desire from the kit.

Apply Credits.

Cut any excess workspace off your tag.

If you are finished with the tag, add your name as suggested in example. I am using the font Porcelain with a gradient Glow of light Grey and Grey - I have added noise with the settings of Gaussian 20% Monochrome checked. Then I selected the Edge Effect of Enhance More add Drop Shadow as desired.

If you'd like to Animate your tag:

With the first of the layers selected, Copy Merged tag and paste as a new animation in Animation Shop. Hide that Layer and Open the next, Copy Merged and Paste after selected frame in animation shop. Repeat this with the last layer.

To Propigate Paste for the name... Complete the name as desired, Copy (not copy Merged) and paste as a new animation. Contral + "L" 2 times to make an equal amount of frames as in tag. Control "A" to select all. Paste the name in the desired place by dragging and dropping it into the first frame on the tag.

Slow the animation by Seleting all the frames (Control A) and Selecting Animation Frame Properties increase the speed to 25.

Save your animation... I use the original settings for optimization.