Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Splash Tutorial

Summer Splash

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs). Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Splish Splash Splosh taggers kit from Gemini Creationz. This kit is available at the Sophisti-Scraps Boutique.

The Cookie - Seasonal Fae from Sophisticated Scraps. This poser pack is exclusive to the Sophisti-Scraps Boutique.

Wee Scots Mask #116, which may be downloaded for free from her website.

Shel Belle's FTU Summer Sun alpha, which may be downloaded from her blog. This is a full sized alpha, I have scripted it down to use for tagging.

Note that H# and V# refer to Horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas grid. Make sure you have View, Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise state in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X1, but should work in most other versions of PSP.

Open a new canvas, 800 x 800, flood filled white.

Open SSS Paper 9. Select Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk. In the drop down box select Wee Scot's Lass Mask 116. Make sure the "Fit to Canvas" box is checked and click on "Load".

Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group; then copy and paste to your canvas, centered.

Repeat with SSS Paper 5, but resize the Paper to 80% before loading the mask.

Open SSS Frame (the white circular frame) and add to canvas, centered.

Select Image --> Resize and resize the canvas to 75% (600 x 600 pxls).

Open SSLisa - Seasonal Faes - Summer 1 and add to canvas, centered.

Open SSS-Watersplash, mirror and resize to 75%. On the layer pallet, click on the frame layer to activate it, then add the resized splash to the canvas, centered at H220, V220.

Open sss-Seaweed1, and add to canvas, centered at H175, V350 (behind the Fae, and to the left).

Open SSS Seahorse, and resize by 50%. Add to canvas centered at H480, V280 (behind the Fae and a bit to the upper right).

On the layers pallet, click on the Fae layer to activate and add a drop shadow. I am using Offsets of H10, V10, Opacity 60, Blur 25, Color black.

Open SSS Bucket, resize by 50% and add to the canvas, centered at H170, V460.

Open SSS_flowerfushia, resize by 50% and add to the canvas, cented at H250, V500.

Add your copyright information to the tag. For Lisa's Summer Fae, the information you need to add is:

(c) LKDesigns http://sophisticatedscraps.blogspot.com/
Scraps by Gemini Creations

I have set my foreground color to #0078bc (blue), and my background color to #6eb814 (green), and am using the Archon font set to 12 points, bold, centered.

You may now save the artist's copy as a .pspimage.

Adding a Name: Usually I leave this up to you, but if you wish to use the Summer Sun Alpha, proceed as follows.

The alpha is a full sized one. For the moment, minimize your main canvas and open a new raster canvas, 600 pxls wide, 300 pxls high with a transparent background. You can turn your grid on if you'd like, I just use the little checkerboard pattern on the canvas to line things up.

Open the Summer Sun capital letter of choice. If you have already recripted the alpha to taggers, resize to 50%, add to the canvas. If you've not rescripted it, you may need to reduce it to 15% or 20%. Repeat the procedure with each of the lower case letters in the name you are spelling out. If you have double letters - as in the A and N in my name - you need only do this once as you can use duplicate function to replicate them on the canvas.

Using the pick tool, line the letters up on the new canvas to spell out the name you wish to add to the tag. Note that if you have a LONG name, you may need to make the letters a bit smaller to fit them all onto the canvas.

One you have the name composed to taste, select, Layers --> Merge --> Merge Visible. Edit and copy the name and then reactivate your main canvas. Add the name to the canvas, with the Vertical center at around 450. The exact location will depend on the size of the name you are adding. Once you have added it to the canvas, use your pick tool to resize and relocate it to taste.

Just on a side note, you should always place your name somewhere over the image in you tags, as that helps to prevent piracy of your work. Yes, believe it or not, there are tag pirates out there too!

Just for fun, I've added a drop shadow to the name as well. The detail are the same as for the Fae tube.

You are now ready to merge the image, and save the finished tag as .jpg or .png file. If you want to save it as a .jpg, simply select layers --> Merge --> Merge Visible, and save and your all done.

To save as a .png, you will need to delete the bottom, white layer before merging visible and saving.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions or get stuck, please feel free to E-Mail me.

Summer Splash
Alternate .jpg version

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