Sunday, June 14, 2009

Miss USA Tutorial

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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.

The Independence taggers kit from Kimmie's Kreations. You can purchase this kit at Sophisti-Scraps, where it is available in both full and taggers sizes.

Patriotic tube of choice. I am using Miss USA by Keith Garvey. You must have a license to use this tube, which may be obtained at

Wee Scots Lass Masks # 238 & 340, which can be downloaded from her blog HERE...

Optional alpha of choice, I am using Chrome by ScrapDolly. This is a full sized alpha which I resized down to 25% for tagging use.

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.

To beging, open a new canvas, 700 x 700, Flood fill white.

Open Paper 1. Select Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk --> and locate Wee Scot's Lass #238 on your system. Make sure the "Fit to canvas" box is checked and click on load.

Using you pick tool, use the drag boxes to drag the selection area out to either side of Paper 1. Once you have the expanded selection showing, select Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group.

Copy and paste to your main canvas.

Open Paper 18, the select Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk --> and locate Wee Scot's Lass Mask #340. Make sure the "Fit to canvas" box is checked and click on load.

Note that the mask is a circle, and we want to turn it into an oval shape. Make sure the mask is centered on Paper 18, then use you pick tools to drag the left drag box into H100 and the right drag box into H600.

Select layers --> Merge --> Merge group, and then copy and paste to your main canvas, centered.

Open Oval Frame 5, resize to 70% and add to canvas.

Select Effects, 3D effects and Inner Bevel. Use the drop down box to select "Default", then set the width box to 4 and click on OKay.

Resize your canvas to 90% (630 pxl x 630 pxl).

Open Sparkler 2, mirror, and resize by 50% and add to canvas, centered at H200, V200.

Open Tube of Choice (I am using PSP0347 Miss USA by Keith Garvey), and select the tube layer. Copy and paste to canvas, centered.

Add a drop shadow of choice to tube layer.

Note that I chose to add my copyright info at this point. You may do so if you wish or save it until later. Where and how you add it is up to you. Trying to add it along the frame looks cool but can be a real P.I.A.

Open Corset, resize to 50%, and add to canvas centered at H420, V530. Use you pick tool to rotate 20 to 30% clockwise.

Open Flower 1, resize to 50% and add to canvas, centered at H140, V400. Repeat with Flower 2 and 5, staggering them along the frame as shown.

If you did not do so before, add your copyright info, tag by line and license # Leave the bottom of the tag open, that's where we are going to add the name, but anyplace else on the tag is fair game.

Save your artist's copy as a .pspimage.

Open a new raster canvas, 800 pxl wide by 400 pxl high, transparent background. Using the optional alpha of choice, compose the name in the blank canvas that you want to appear on your tag.

Once you have finished, merge visible, and then copy the alpha over to your main canvas. If it's not on top of the tag, right click on the alpha layer on the layer pallet and select Arrange --> Bring to top.

Note that you can keep the white background, Merge image (Layers --> Merge --> Merge Visible) and save as a .jpg file, or you can drop the white background, Merge Visible and save as a .png file. The choice is up to you.

I saved these as .png files, but the images are stored on Picaso, which serves them with a white background. I have noticed that Photobucket will delete anything in a thong bikini as being a violation of their T.O.S.

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

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