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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Music





Music


In this tutorial I am using the art of Alicia Mujica.
You need a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get yours here.

The scrap kit I have used is called “That’s Tight” by
Lovely colourful kit, thank you so much!
You can get the kit here.

You will also need Schnegge’s tag template Music,
 you can get it from her blog here.
Thank you Schnegge!

I used mask 133 by Weescotslass, here.

Font of choice.

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Don't forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust - sharpen - unsharp mask - radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

 
Open the template, duplicate and close the original. Delete the “info” layer and increase the canvas size to 600 by 600 pixels.

Click on raster 1 layer to activate it and floodfill with white.

Open one of the papers in the kit and copy, I used dcorbitt_thatstight_sp1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open another of the papers and copy.  Click on “circle” layer, go to selections – select all – selections float – selections defloat, make a new layer and paste the paper into the selection, then deselect. Delete the original circle layer and then click on “circle white” layer and apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 90, blur 7.

Click on “rect01-white”layer and apply the same drop shadow as you did for the white circle.

Open another of the papers and copy. Click on “rect02” layer and do the same as you did for the circle layer, pasting the paper into the selection and then apply the drop shadow as before to the “rect02-white” layer.

Drag “note1” layer up until its just under “note2” layer and merge the two layers together. Open another of the papers and paste it into the notes as before. Apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5 to “note01-white” and “note02-white” layers.

Now do the same thing with note3, pasting in the paper and putting the same drop shadow as the previous notes on the white note layer.

Do the same thing with each of the star layers but apply the first drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 90 and blur 7 to the white star layers. When you have done, close off all the layers other than the coloured and white star layers and merge visible, then re-open your closed layers. We need to do this as we will drag the stars down later.

Finally do the same with the doodle layer and apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer and resize as required. Drag the tube down to just above the circle layer and position inside the circle.  Apply the last drop shadow.

Now drag your merged star and the doodle layers down until they are below the tube layer.

Open dcorbitt_thatstight_cellphone and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 15 degrees to the left and resize 30%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_thatstight_ipod and paste as a new layer. Rotate 15 degrees to the right and resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_thatstight_earbuds and paste as a new layer, drag up above the tube layer.  Rotate 45 degrees to the left and resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Draw a rectangular selection around the bottom loop on the right hand side and hit delete, right click and “paste as a new layer”, bring to the top and join the two pieces back together so that the loop is now over the top of the rectangles.

Open dcorbitt_thatstight_staples and paste as a new layer, it should be on the top. Resize 60% and place in position on the bottom, right of the rectangles. Duplicate and drag the duplicate down below the cell phone layer and place in position. Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open dcoribitt_thatstight_flower, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Duplicate, place both flowers in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in my gallery!




My Secret Garden




In this tutorial I am using the art of Amy Brown.
You need a license to use Amy’s art,
I purchased mine from CILM but
they are now available here.

I am using a gorgeous kit called “Secret Garden” by
You can get it here.
I just love this kit Cora, thank you!

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

I used the font Tension, you can get it here.



 
Remember to sharpen your elements after rotating/resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp-06.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd12-arch and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%, move over slightly to the left. We will work on this layer again later so no drop shadow at the moment.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position inside the arch, apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-mesh and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down below the arch layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-plants-03, paste as a new layer and drag it up above the arch. Mirror, resize 65%, place in position on the left of the arch and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-vine, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 85% and apply the drop shadow. Now we need to position this vine so its hanging over the tube like she is hiding behind it. A large part of it will stick up at the top but don’t worry about that for now.

Open pd12-plants-04 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 45% and place in position so the widest part on the left goes over the vine, apply the drop shadow. Now go back to the vine layer and erase that large part at the top.

Open pd12-peas and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-key as paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of your elements so far and make any adjustments.

Go back to the arch layer and duplicate it, being careful not to move its position, drag the duplicate up so its just above the tube layer. Carefully erase the back legs of the arch so it looks like the tube is sitting under the arch. Apply the drop shadow to this layer only.

When you are happy with everything so far, close off the white background and the mask layers and merge visible (save it first in case you want to go back lol). At this stage I had the front leg of the arch showing a bit below the tube but we will take care of that later.

Open pd12-door and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, drag down below your merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-plants-05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, drag down below the door layer and position so a little bit of it is showing on the right hand side of the door.

Open pd12_sparkle, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 80% and place in position.

Open pd12-book and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-grass and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and duplicate twice. Close off the top duplicate, we will come back to that later.  Mirror one of the copies and arrange along the bottom of the tube. Merge the top copy down onto the bottom copy and apply the drop shadow. If you still have some parts of the arch showing below this layer you can erase them.  I blended the bottom of the grass layer into the mask layer by dabbing the eraser brush on it size 50 and opacity 10.

Open up the grass layer that you hid, mirror it and drag it down below your main merged layer and position it so a little is showing along the bottom of the door. Apply the drop shadow to this layer also.

Open pd12-flower-overlay and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, drag down below that last grass layer and place in position on the bottom of the door, apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-sign, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.




Saturday, 28 January 2012

Soul Asylum



In this tutorial I am using the art of Robin McQuay
for which you need a license,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a kit called “Soul Asylum” by
The kit is also available at Dreamscape Imaging.
 Thank you Yarrow!

For a limited time, if you purchase the tube I have used
in the tutorial, you get the scrap kit free!!
Cant be bad lol!

You will also need a mask, I used weescotslass’ mask 236, here.

For the animation you will need Animation Shop and
Greg’s Factory Outlet Volume II, Pool Shadow
which is a free filter.

Font of choice.


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper10. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open frame05 and paste as a new layer, resize 75% and move over very slightly to the right.

Open paper04 and copy. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, making sure to include all parts of it, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize if required, position inside the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open MiniCharmFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Paste your tube as a new layer again, drag down below the frame and position nicely inside. Activate the mask layer, go to select – select all – selections float – selections defloat – selections invert, click on the tube layer to activate it and hit delete.

Open Bow04 and paste as a new layer. Drag this layer up so its between the frame and top tube layer, rotate 90 degrees to the left and resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Hanger&Chain and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, drag below the bow layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Flowers02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required then add your copyright information and text.

If you are not wishing to do the animation, save your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.


Animation:

Click on the paper layer that is inside the frame to activate it and duplicate it twice so you have three copies.

Apply Greg's Factory Outlet, Volume II, Pool Shadow filter to each layer with the following settings :-


First copy:

Diagonal -     234

Center -             5

Horizontal -     80

Diagonal -        73

Horizontal -    196

Vertical -           78

Intensity -          45

Lightness -       206


Second Copy:

Diagonal -         69

Center -           108

Horizontal -      68

Diagonal -         86

Horizontal -       66

Vertical -            45

Intensity -           25

Lightness -        191


Third copy:

Diagonal -         161

Center -               12

Horizontal -       210

Diagonal -          159

Horizontal -          78

Vertical -             173

Intensity -             51

Lightness -          201

Close out the second and third copy, right click and "copy merged", paste in animation shop as a new animation.  Open the second layer, again right click and "copy merged", page in animation shop "before current frame". Do the same thing with the third copy.

Go to edit - section all - animation - frame properties and change the value to 20. 

Run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!








 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Dead Sexy





 
In this tutorial I am using the art of Verymany.
You need a license to use Verymany’s art,
you can get yours here.

I am using a brand new kit called “Dead Sexy” by

Unfortunately this kit is no longer available but I have left the
tut up for people that already have it or have a substitute. 
You will also need a mask, I used mask 11 by Brutal Designz,
you can get it here.

Font used is Angelina, 
a free font which you can get here.



 
On resizing, elements become a little blurry so don’t forget to sharpen them (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30.

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical 5, horizontal -5, opacity 80, blur 10.




Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used tk-deadsexy-paper7.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open tk-deadsexy-3hearts and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and move over a bit to the left.  This element already has a drop shadow so no need to add one.

Open tk-deadsexy-splatter1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize also 75%, drag down below the 3heart element and duplicate. Move one layer down and to the left and the other layer up and to the right. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open tk-deadsexy-fence and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-deadsexy-string2, paste as a new layer, bring to the top, resize 75%  and place in position. Again this element has a drop shadow so no need to add one.

Open tk-deadsexy-collar and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-deadsexy-frame5 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and position on the collar, we will move it inside the collar later but you need to get it in the right position now.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used tk-deadsexy-paper6.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position inside the frame and then apply the drop shadow.   

Go back to the string layer, close off your tube layer so you can see what you are doing better and draw an oblong selection around the loop on the right hand side as in my screenshot below, hit delete, right click and paste the deleted part as a new layer and move up so its between the frame and the tube and then line the two parts up.




Now use the same technique on the collar to position the frame/tube inside it drawing the rectangle on the bottom part of the collar.

Open tk-deadsexy-wordart1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here. As usual, I would love to see your result!






Addicted to Love






In this tutorial I am using the awesome art of Screaming Demons.
You need a license to use Screaming’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a fabulous scrap kit called “Love Affair” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

You will also need Weescotslass’ mask 352, here.

Font used is Dutch and Harley, a free font, here.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating to take away the blurriness it causes (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 3, strength 30).

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10 unless otherwise stated in the tutorial.



Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp-04. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and de-select, apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open pd12-frame-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate 15 degrees to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd12-pp-06. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, do not de-select.

Open your tube, duplicate it and close the original, mirror and copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Position the tube nicely inside the frame re-sizing if needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, de-select. Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and frame layers. Lower the opacity of the tube to around 60.  Close off the white background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers and move the merged layer over a little to the right.

Open pd12-tulle-01, paste as new layer and drag down below the merged layer. Resize 70% and place in position.

Open pd12-print-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-greens-01 and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right and then mirror, resize 50%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-greens-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-key-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-print-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 60% and place in position along the bottom of the merged layer. Apply a drop shadow but change the vertical and horizontal to 2 and the opacity to 5.

Open pd12-kiss and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the original drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Undo the mirror on your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!






Sunday, 1 January 2012

Memories snag tags



available here.

Memories





Memories


In this tutorial I am using the art of Alicia Mujica.
You need a license to use Alicia’s art, you can get one here
(please note, you need to request a license specifically for Alicia’s art).

I am using a freebie kit called “Memories of the Past” by
Schnegge's Scraps.
The kit is part of a blog train and you can get Schnegge’s part here
The kit is available in both full size and tagger's size,
I used the tagger's size.
Thank you Schnegge!

You will also need a mask, I used Melissaz Creationz mask 1, here.

Script font of choice.


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Don’t forget to sharpen those elements when you have resized/rotated them otherwise they will be blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a  new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and floodfill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper09_motp_Schnegge.  Make a new layer on your canvas, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open frame04_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open paper02_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer below the frame layer. Resize 80%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper. Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer.

Open stars_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, position the stars towards the top, left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open collegeblock_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open corset_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open angelbear_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open books02_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open vanillaflower_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open notespaper_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open decobottle_motp_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!













 

My Man






In this tutorial you will need a close up and body/part body tube.
 I am using the art of Arthur Crowe.
You need a license to use Arthur’s art, you can get one here.

I am using a scrap kit called “My Man” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

I used two masks in my tag, one which is included with the kit and also
Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is CK Newsclips,
You can get it here.

If you want to do the name text the same as my tag,
you will need Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact. 



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating otherwise they will be a bit blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and floodfill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-08.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Monti’s circle mask. Resize 85%.  The paper I used is a little light but I wanted the colours so I duplicated it and merge the duplicate down onto the original layer.

Open pd-pp-02 paper and copy. Again make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply pd-mask-01 which is included with the kit. Resize 90%.

Open pd-tire, copy and paste as a new image. Resize 80%.  Select the interior of the tire with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.  Make a new layer below the tire layer and fill the selection with colour #2c332c, do not de-select.

Open your close up tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position nicely in the tire, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, de-select. Lower the opacity of the tube layer to around 70, close out the tire layer and merge visible. Apply Paint Shop’s blinds texture with the width set to 3, opacity 20, colour black and horizontal and light from left/top both checked. Re-open the tire layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge visible, copy and paste on your main canvas and move over a bit to the left.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels. Open pd-frame-05 and paste as a new layer on this canvas. Resize 58% and rotate 70 degrees to the left. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by one. Open paper pd-pp10 and copy, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Lower the opacity of the paper to around 55.  Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame. Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and frame layers, merge visible and copy and paste it onto your main canvas. Move over to the right a bit.

Open pd-fence-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, drag down below the two merged layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-print-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and move slightly up and to the left, duplicate and move the duplicate over the right and erase any part that overlaps with the first copy. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-string-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-screw-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information.

Select a blue colour for the foreground and a green for the background from the pd-print-02 element. Set the background to gradient and click on edit to open the gradient editor, select BLACKFOREWHITE to make a gradient of your two colours and then change the settings as in my screenshot below and type out your name.  Convert your text to a raster layer, go to selections – select all – selections float – selections de-float and apply Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass with settings on “clear”, de-select and apply the drop shadow.










Export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to five or on a transparent background as a png. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!