This Tutorial was written in February of 2011. Please do not remove this tutorial from Ladyhawwk Designs in any way. This tutorial is copyrighted to Ladyhawwk Designs and registered with Tutorial Writers Inc
For this tutorial you will need
* Tube of choice, I am using the work of Legends Art which you can purchase from PSP Tubes Emporium HERE
* Frame - The gorgeous frame I used is FTU by Crazy Carita which you can download from her blog HERE
* FONTS - I used 2 fonts for this tag Beautiful Caps and Beautiful ES which you can download both Here
* Gradient - I've supplied the gradient I used which you can download HERE (or any gold gradient of your choice)
OPEN YOUR TUBE, MASK and Frame in PSP Place your gradient (Metal Balloon - FK) in your "gradient" folder in your psp gradients folder
1. Open a new canvas 700 x 700 white background
2. On your materials palette click on your Foreground and Stroke Properties Box and arrow down looking for the gradient you placed in your gradients folder called "Metal Balloon - FK" (see my print screen below for the settings I used)
3. Flood fill your new raster layer with your gradient.
4. "Layers", "New Mask Layer", "From Image" When the settings box pops up arrow down and find your WSL_Mask321 (which is your mask) and click "ok" (see my print screen below for the settings to use)
5. On your layers palette right click on your mask layer and "merge group" then still on your layer palette right click on your masked layer and "duplicate" then up to "image" and "mirror" Back over to your layer palette and right click on your top masked layer and "merge down" (merging your 2 masked layers together) (see my print screen below for what I have now)
6. "Edit", "Copy", then "Edit", "Paste as a new layer" your frame on to your main canvas then reduce size to 90% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "90%" all layers UNCHECKED.
7. Take your magic wand tool and click inside the frame until you have marching ants The best settings I found to do this with are as follows; (see print screen below) Mode: Add(shift), Match mode: RGB Value, Tolerance: 102, Contiguous checked, Feather: 0, Anti-alias checked, Inside
8. "Selections", "Modify", "Expand" and choose "2"
9. "Layers", "New Raster Layer" and flood fill it with the same gradient we used previously then on your layer palette move this layer BELOW your frame layer.
10. Still with the inside of your frames selected"Edit", "Copy", then "Edit", "Paste as a new layer" your tube on to your main canvas (I used the close up part of this tube for the inside of my frames). Move the tube over to the left oval side of your frame and place it where you like. Go up to "selections", then "invert" then hit the "delete" key on your keyboard. Go up to "selections" then "select none". Once that's done on your layer palette right click on your tube layer and "duplicate", then up to "image" then "mirror". (your duplicated tube should now appear in the right oval side of your frame)
11. On your layer palette right click on your top tube layer and "merge down" merging your 2 tube layers together. Make sure on your layer palette your tube layer is BELOW your frame layer
12. On your layer palette change the "blend mode" of your merged tube layer to "lighten" then reduce the "opacity" down to about 60%. On your layer palette right click on your tubes layer and "merge down"merging your tubes layer with your flood filled gold layer (see my print screen below for what I have now)
13. "Edit", "Copy", then "Edit", "Paste as a new layer" your tube on to your main canvas. Make sure this is your top layer on your layer palette. **Ok here comes the challenging part of this tutorial which I KNOW you can do ;) **
I want you to on your layers palette right click on your tube layer and "duplicate" then on your layer's palette drag your duplicated tube layer UNDER your frame layer. The order of you layers is important. See my print screen below for how I have my layers arranged at this point
Click on your top duplicated layer on your layer's palette to make it active then over on your left hand side tool bar click on your "eraser tool". See the print screen below for the settings I used for my eraser tool
On you layer palette reduce the opacity down enough so that you can see through that top tube layer to your frame under it. The reason we're doing this is so you can see where you want to erase to. What we are trying to achieve is the look of her coming in and out of the frame. When doing this it is strictly your preferance on what you want to achieve. In my case I erased parts of the bottom of either of her legs. I also had to play with my opacity of my tube layer after I erased to see if it erased how I wanted it to. If not I Just "edit" the "undo" and tried again until it looked exactly how I wanted iti to. In the print screen below I've circled the areas I erased in red for you to see.
14. Next step is to do your name. Type out the first letter of your name using the font Beautiful Caps using the gold gradient we've used previously. I made mine about the size of 95. Move the letter on your canvas to the left of the frame. On your layer palette right click on "convert to raster layer". Reduce the opacity of your font layer and using your eraser tool eraser parts of the letter that overlap the frame to make it look like the letter is intertwining with the frame and your tube. (another tip for you is sometimes I use my "selection tool", "freehand," "point to point" then hitting the delete key to erase instead of the eraser tool). (see my print screen below for how mine looks now)
15. Once you are happy with how your first letter looks type out the rest of your name using the "Beautiful SE" font . I had mine set to the size 95. On your layer palette right click on "convert to raster layer" then right click and "merge down" merging your 2 font layers together.
16. Go up to "adjust", "add/remove noise", "add noise" and use the settings I've shown in the print screen below.
17. Up to "Selections", "select all" then "selections", then "float", "selections", "defloat" and "Selections", "modify - expand" and choose "1" pixel.
18. "Layers", "New Raster Layer" and flood fill it with the color white. Move this layer BELOW your font layer. Click on your top font layer (the gold one) and right click "merge down" merging your 2 font layers together. Then give it a drop shadow by going up to "effects", "3d effects", "drop shadow" with the settings shown below then REPEAT the drop shadow again.
22. Add the artist copyright information.
23. If you'd like to save it as a jpg you can do that now (so it has the white background) OR if you'd like a transparent background, on your layer palette right click on your bottom white layer and "delete" then you can save your tag as a "png" file which will preserve the transparent background.
YOU ARE NOW ALL DONE
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and as always I love to see your results and would love even more to post them on my website on the "Tutorials Results" page. Just go to my "contact me" page and send me a message. ~Ladyhawwk~