Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Strawberry Hill Tutorial

Strawberry Hill

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 new Strawberry Hill taggers kit by Gemini Creationz. This kit is available for purchase at Sophisti-Scraps.

Tube of choice. I am using Hippy 2 by Lacy Clagg. You need a license to use this tube which can be purchased at the Lacy Clagg tube store.

Wee Scots Lass mask #234, which you can download HERE.

Font(s) of choice.

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 PSP 8 and up.

Open a new raster canvas, 800 x 800 pxls, flood fill white.

Open SH_paper1. Select --> Layers --> Load Save/Mask --> Load Mask from Disk. Find Wee Scotts Mask 234. Make sure the "fit to layer" box is checked, then click on load.

Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group.

Open SH_Paper14, and resize to 75% (600 x 600 pxls). Add to canvas, centered at H350, V350. Using you pick tool, rotate the canvas clockwise 20 to 30 degrees.

Return to SH_paper1. Copy and paste the merged file to the canvas, centered.

Open SH_white flowers, and add to canvas, centered at H220, V450. Using you pick tool, rotate clockwise slightly (about 10 degrees).

Open tube of choice. I am using Hippy 2, Raster 7, by Lacy Clagg. Copy and paste to canvas, centered.

Open SH_Frame1, copy and paste to canvas, centered at H430, V370. Using your eraser tool, carefully erase the bits of the tube that show along the bottom of the frame.

On the pallet menu, click on the frame layer to activate it.

Open SH_Cloud, resize to 65% and paste onto the canvas, centered at H580, V620.

Open SH_String and add to canvas, centered at H400, V660.

Open SH_watercan, resize to 50% and add to the canvas, centered at H650, V600. Using your pick tool, rotate slightly clockwise (about 10 to 15 degrees).

Open SH_Strawberries3, resize by 65% and add add to canvas, centered at H400, V650.

Add a drop shadow to your tube and to the strawberries. I am using Offsets of H & V -10, Opacity of 60%, Blur of 25 and color back.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to none, and your background color to #000000 (black). Using a font of choice, add the copyright information to the tag, just under the strawberries. (I am centered at H400, V75o) and am using Georgia, 8pts, black, centered. I then resized it down further using the pick tool.

You may also add your "tagged by" information at this point if you wish

Resize your canvas by 75% (600 x 600 pxls) and save the artist's copy as a .pspimage.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to #e8ad52 (gold) and your background color to #f6c76c (pale gold). This matches the colors on SH_paper1.

Using the Freestyle Script Font, 16 points, Bold, centered, add your name to the canvas, centered around H100, V100. Use your pick tool to rotate the name counterclockwise, matching the tilt of SH_Paper14.

Open SH_felt Strawberry, resize to 25% and add to the canvas, at the end of the name. Give it a bit of a clockwise tilt. Exact location will depend on the length of name you are using.

You may then drop the White background, merge and save as a .png file, or keep the right background, merge, and save as a .jpg file.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.

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