Friday, June 19, 2009

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Splish Splash Splosh kit by Heartbeatz Creationz which is available at the Heartbeatz Creationz Boutique as well as other fine Digi-Scrap Shops. Consult Jay's Blog for details.

Tube of Choice. I am using PSP4805 Siren by Cane Hoyer. You must have a license to use this tube, which may be obtained at

Cameron's Ocean Mask # 5 which may be downloaded from her website (Hint: It's the third icon from the end in the top row.)

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.

To begin, open a new canvas, 800 x 800 pxl, flood fill white.

Open SSS Paper 14, and add to canvas.

Open SSS Paper 6. Select Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk. Locate Cameron's Ocean Mask 5 on the drop down list. Make sure the Fit to canvas box is checked and click on load.

Select --> Layers --> Merge --> Merge Group, then copy and paste the merged group to your canvas.

Open SSS Frame 2 and add to canvas, centered.

Select SSS-Element 1, resize 75% and add to canvas, centered at H550, V370.

Open sss Element12. Click on the Ocean Mask layer on the layers pallet to active it, the add the element to canvas centered at H200, V200.

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

Open PSP4805 tube - Siren by Cane Hoyer, and copy the "siren" layer.

Returning to you main canvas, click on the palm tree layer on the layers pallet to activate it, then paste the siren to your canvas, centered. Select Image --> Mirror. Adjust the tube to center at H240, V270.

Returning to the tube, select the "Tail Poison Siren" layer, copy it and paste it to your main canvas. Mirror it, then use your pick tool to adjust it so that it aligns properly with your siren. (Be sure to make it visible!)

Select Layers --> Merge --> Merge Down.

Repeat the process using both the Shell Bra and Necklace Layers from the Siren Tube.

Add a drop shadow to you Siren tube. I am using Offsets of Vertical and Horizontal 10, Opacity of 50, Blur of 24, color black.

Open sss Element10, resize by 50% and add to the canvas, centered at H420, V430.

Open sss element 9, resize by 50% and add to the canvas, centered at H140, V475.

Add your copyright information to the tag. I have added mine near the top of the tag as I will be add the name to the lower right hand corner by the crab.

For the Siren tube, the copyright information is:

I have my foreground color set to #ffc440 (Sunny Orange Yellow) and my background color set to #ce0012 Fishy Red and I am using the font Archon, which is my new favorite font, set to 14 Points, bold, centered.

After you've added your copyright info, you can save the artists copy of the tag 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 rescripted 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, down near the crab. 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 siren tube.

You are now ready to merge the image, and save the finished tag as .jpg file.

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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