Sunday, August 28, 2011

Private Independence FTU

Before I start the tutorial I have to put a plug in for a new free money site!
I got my first $2 bucks today from them after being there a week only!
Yes I bought a new tube!  Woot!!
You can join too, it's easy and free,
You only have to give them your PayPal e-mail...  everything else is up to you
You don't have to even give them your true name...
The "Surveys" are more like a poll than a survey and they are fun!
One of my true friends won one of the $50 daily drawings!!
She got me started hoping to win big too and I am hooked.
Join us!

Next I keep forgetting to share my blinkie...
Mindy Mae made it for me and I love it!!
As soon as I learn how to make one of them boxes with the code for you all, I will....
in the mean time here she is!
If you are in need of a fabulous Blinkie visit PSP Party Central for the Blinkie Service!!

Now on with our Tutorial!

Tube: I am using the very first Neoracer Forum Exclusive!
She was privately obtained by myself and donated to PSP Party Central.
In order to own her you must have earned her and you must use your PPC license.
Scrap kit: A gorgeous FTU Scrapkit by Jessica at Gothic Inspirations called Independent Woman
Thank you sweetie for your part of the Blog Train by Bits N Bobs.
Template: Deb & Kristin 2011 Collab Temp 4 available at Creative Misfits - Thanks ladies!
Fonts: Thank you to Staci for the font challenge for showing me these fonts!!
Word art is Ol' Cowboy Font and can be found here
and the name is Special Type Font and can be found here
 Plug-ins: DSB Flux

Lets begin!
Select Two Colors from your tube
(I selected mine from her eyeshadow for contrast to her socks)
Make them into a gradient of your choice

Duplicate your template (shift + D)
We will be begin at the bottom
*Select layer 7 float & defloat
insert a new layer
copy and paste paper 6 into your selection
modify expand your selection by 5
with the original layer selected - flood fill with your gradient
DSB Flux - Bright noise setting at 75
Select none
NOTE: Drop shadow as desired throughout - that is personal preference
Repeat from * with layer 6
Select Layer 5 float & defloat
insert a new layer
move the layer below layer five
modify and expand by 5
flood fill with your gradient
DSB Flux same settings as before
Select none
Select Layer 4 float & defloat
Paste paper 6 inside selection
Select none
Open frame 2
Image - rotate left or right

Image resize by 55%
Copy and paste as a new layer
use your pick tool to place at the top of layer 4
Make sure it pick tool is on scale settings
pull bottom of frame so that the frame literally "frames" the layer.
Open the element called Parchment piece
Image Rotate - either direction is fine
Copy and paste as a new layer
using your pick tool place it over the top of layer 3
use the layer as a guideline to resize the parchment using the pick tool
You may delete layer 3.

Using Ol' Cowboy Font type word art as desired.
I typed Party (top) and Time (bottom)
font size 48
with a color chosen from her hair
Blend mode is Burn
Transarency of the layer is 65%
Select layer 2 float and defloat
Copy paper 7 and paste it into selection
Select none
Resize the netting element by 75%
Copy and paste it as a new layer
Adjust - Mirror and move to the left of the tag
as shown over layer 2.
Select layer 1 - float and defloat
insert a new layer
copy and paste paper 1 inside the selection
making sure you are on the original layer
modify and expand by 5
flood fill and add DSB Flux just as before
select none
Open your tube
Resize the Close up layer by 80%
Copy and paste as a new layer
Copy and paste over the newest layer made
Select the top paper layer - float defloat
Invert - and with the tube layer selected hit delete
Change settings to luminance (L)
Opacity = 50%
If needed resize full-bodied tube by 42% to get her to fit the tag
Copy and paste.
Add any other elements you'd like from the scrap kit
add your credits
Add a name and we are done!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Steamed - PTU

Click image to see credits and view at full size
I searched high and low for a "Steam Punk" mask and could not find one for my tag.
So I decided to write a tutorial for you and include my mask in the supplies.

Tube:  I am using a Graphic Groupies exclusive tube by Elias Chatzoudis.
You must have earned the rights to use this tube from Graphic Groupies and be issued their license.
Come and join us for some great times!!

Scrap kit:  I am using the gorgeous Steam Punk style kit Guarding Elias by Bello Scarto 
Jay I really enjoyed your kit, and as I said it is perfect for this tube!
I bought mine at Scraps and the City here - I just love that store.

Font: Summertime I am using the TrueType version of the font.

Supplies: I have included my mask (I made today just for this tag) and my sparkle;
you can download here
If anyone is looking for a Steampunk Mask please direct them here,
but please do not share my mask.

Plug-ins:  I used Alien Skin Eye Candy 5:Impact - gradient glow.

Let's get started on this very simple tut!
Open a new transparent image 72DPDI 600x600
Select all and Copy and Paste paper 9 into the selection.
Select none.
Apply your mask
merge group
Copy and paste element 5 as a new layer
move this towards the right hand corner slightly
Add a new layer
Select all Copy and paste paper 10 into selection
Select None
Using your pick tool (scale setting)-resize the paper to fit the train image under the Element
Erase the outer portion visible outside the element
Copy and paste element 1 as a new layer
move this towards the bottom left of element 5
add a drop shadow with the following settings:
Offset both Vertical and Horizontal = 0
Attributes - Opacity = 68 Blur = 18.84 Color = red
Add your tube of choice
(Note I used my pick-tool to resize my tube)
Duplicate the tube layer
with the bottom tube selected
Adjust Blur - Gaussian Blur with radius=3
add the same drop shadow as before
add the supplied sparkle layer on the top of the tube
Apply your credits
Add the name to the tag using the Summertime font
Adjust Add Noise Gaussian 23% Monochrome Checked
Apply Gradient Glow with the following settings:
Outside Glow
Mask Selection checked
Glow radius = 5.0
Soft Corners = 0
Opacity = 100
Distort = 0
Lump = 55
Smoothness = 54
Color = black
Apply the same drop shadow as before

Thank you for trying my tut!

Monday, August 1, 2011

PSP Party Central Exclusive - Kinky Angel

Hello everyone as you may or may not know I am part of the CT for PSP Party Central which I am also a mod of sorts LOL.  I say of sorts because you know I am sick just all the time (right now I have the hives and no clue why!!) so my Mojo is not the greatest.  :o)

So as CT I was around to fulfill the request for the Monthly VIP tag for this month.  Congrats Anni!!  I hope you enjoy your perks!  The Forum is sponsored by Pics for Design and so one of the perks for being chosen VIP is a free Month of their Exclusive Club!  That is one lucky gal!

There are ways of winning tube prizes from Pics for Design there too...  The Tutorial Contest, and Monthly Tag Contest as well as a drawing for those who have a Birthday and check into the Birthday Party!

Not only do we have those great things in our forum, we also have awesome Exclusive tubes and scrap kits and other Party Favors!  Our Exclusive tubes are some of the easiest to obtain, Mindy's philosophy is to have fun earning the tubes but the more people able to earn them, the more able to use them!

So on with our Tut....
Materials needed:
PSP Party Central Exclusive Kinky Angel tube by Lady Mishka you must have a PPC license to use this tube.  You may purchase the tube in the PSP Party Shop with Party Cash earned at the forum.
PSP Party Central Exclusive Kinky Angel Scrap Kit by Myztic Designzz (Thank you Shazza!)
Vix Mask 34 You can get at her here Thank you so much Vix!
Font is a Free Font called MaryHelenJF
Filter used Alien Skin EyeCandy 5:Impact - Gradient Glow
I am using Corel X2 but any version will work.
Drop Shadow as desired -  that is a personal preference.

Let's get started:
Open a new transparent image 600x600 DPI72
Open your Circle frame in your kit and resize it to 67% copy and paste it as a new layer into your new image.  Duplicate 2 times.  Using your Pick tool on the Scale mode resize each of the duplicates - and move them using my tag as a guide.
Open your papers of choice... I will tell you those that I used below.
For the bottom duplicate frame - using your magic wand select inside the frame modify - expand = 3, add a new layer. Copy and paste paper 2 into the selection. Deselect.
Repeat for the top duplicate frame using paper 1.
Repeat the process two times for the original frame - with Paper 8 and paper 16.
Use your eraser tool set on a grunge brush if you have one or a default brush like Marble or Smoke...
erase about half of the top-most paper layer of the large frame.
Select all on the very bottom layer (which should be blank) and paste your background paper choice into your selection.  I am using paper 10.
Apply your mask.
Merge Group and Duplicate the mask and Rotate the new layer 90­°.
Copy and paste the "Kinky Angel" Element to a layer above your bottom frame.  Place her to the left of the frame as shown in my tag.  Duplicate and move a copy below the frame.  With your eraser tool (reset to normal) erase the bottom of the top element so that the frame shows.  Now with your magic wand, select the inside of your frame, Modify expand = 3 and invert, with your bottom Kinky Angel selected, delete.  She now looks like she is coming through the frame.

Place your medium Close Up (CU) layer below the top (small top frame) most frame. Adjust as necessary with your Pick tool (I mirrored mine).  With your magic wand select inside the frame,Modify expand = 3 and invert, with your tube layer selected, delete.
Repeat (not mirrored) with the large CU for the middle frame (small bottom frame).
For the top close up change the Blend mode to Luminance(L), Opacity 72%
For the bottom most close up the Blend mode is Overlay, Opacity 69%

Use any elements you desire to further decorate your tag, remember this is your creation, be creative!
Place your full size as a new layer to the top of your creation
Add your credits to the tag and your name.

For the name I created a gradient using two colors in my tag and added noise of 20% and added the factory gradient glow.

And we are done!

Lady Mishka has started a Goth style Gallery and so I made her a tag using the dark version of her tube...  The tube comes in both the Purple and the Black.  :o)