Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby Boom Tutorial

In this tutorial I created the graphic in a .PNG format then put it on this blog's bkg.. so it would blend in.You can put it on another bkg paper or on white whichever you would like.
I used one of my freebies for this tutorial you can find it
The full sized PTU kit is HERE
1. I started out with a fairly large new image.. but can resize later. 900 x 900 transparent canvas.
2. Take the bkg paper your going to use for the word BOY. If its a 3600 x 3600 sized paper, resize to 30%. Copy and paste it onto the new canvas or drag over.Duplicated the paper layer once so that you have 2 layers of it.. Use one of your FAT fonts, I used 'Elephants in Cherry Trees' for mine set on Size 150 3. Type out B and Y, leave out the O also put 2 spaces between..might just be one space for your font... you want to leave room for a bigger O is why we do this..I have my text tool set on vector in
PSP 9 just in case you need to shape the font fatter etc.
You can click on all my captures to see it original size.. so you can see it better :)
4. On your layer palette right click on the vector layer (font) and
convert to raster. You know I taught PSP for years in a yahoo group..and always told my students there are at least 3 different ways of doing the same thing in PSP. This is just MY way :) if you have a faster, easier way great.. do it..hey and let me know.. I sure can learn it too!!
5. Select All/ Float the letters, Invert and Cut (make sure your on the paper layer. If you're working on a Bkg layer.. you must convert to layer first before you can affect that layer.) You should have the letters cut out of the background paper.  6. Delete the text layer.Select none/ apply an inner bevel with these settings.. or play with the settings for your own 'look' :)
 7. Type your O for the frame of the child in the middle..using the font I did.. the inside of the O was not big enough so I typed it out and selected the center of it and expanded the selection and just depends on the font you're using.
8. Cut out the text (mine in black) 
 9. Then select the new O Select/Invert/ Cut making sure your on the paper layer.
10. Apply the same inner bevel on the O as you did with the 
B & Y.
11.  Copy & paste the photo of the child you're going to use, and drag it to the bottom layer. Resize the photo if you need to.
12. Select the center of the O with the magic wand tool. After its selected go to Selections/Modify/Expand 5 pixels.
Invert selection and Cut making sure your on the photo layer.
13. Apply all your drop shadows. Don't forget the drop shadow on all the elements that you add...Save as a .png file. Poof.. you're done!!
BTW I used Eyecandy 5 Impact/Perspective Shadow

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Love of Music

Click on the tag above to view the animation

I used PSP 9 for this tutorial (my fav). It could be adapted to any version of PSP or PS for that matter :) I have a freebie on my Blog for you to use for this tutorial. You can purchased the full kit ' Viberant' from my PTU scrap store or its available to the members of my scrapbooking site Krafty Kreations. You could also substitute any scrapkit in place of 'Viberant' The tutorial focuses on the HOW to rather than what I use.
If you click on the captures, you will see them at full size and will be able to read the settings better.
#1. Create a new image 700 x 700. Resize a bkg paper thats 3600 x 3600 to 20% to fit in the 700 x 700 image. Drag the resized bkg over to the new image window (Sorry to the more advanced users, but its just a habit of mine to not take for granted that everyone knows how to do all in PSP.. I base it more to beginners.. :) )
#2. You can use any mask of your choosing in this next step.This is the one I used (Here) Put your mask in your mask folder , where you have directed your PSP to look for masks.
Go to layers/Load/Save Masks/Load Mask from Disk.
Here are the settings I used. On the layer palette merge the group, all 3 layers of the mask. Add the tube your going to use... I used Anna Liwanag's girl it was purchased at Any graphic will do.
#3. Copy and paste the tube on to your working mask image. Apply a 3D drop shadow to the girl..also to the mask layer. One of my pet pieves is to see creations WITHOUT 3D drop shadows.. looks so much better with them :) unfinished without.
#4. Now duplicate your Mask layer 2 times.. so you end up with 3 mask should have a graphic layer (the girl) 3 mask layers also add a new layer , drag to the bottom.. and fill with white, this is your bkg layer. Its a good habit to get into early, naming your layers as to what they are..won't get so mixed up if you do.
#5. On the first (Top) mask layer.. apply Xenofex 2's Constellation plugin using these settings.

On each of the other mask layers go to Constellation plugin again and just click the Random Seed button, this changes the settings slightly.
#6. Now you can add what other elements you want to your image.. I added fern, flowers, dots, and a bow. Don't forget your 3D drop shadows :)
#7. Open your animation shop. In PSP on the layer palette hide two of the mask layers... have everything else visible.
Should look something like this

#8. Right click on the top of your image and choose 
Copy Merged  then go to your animation shop and
right click and 'paste as a new animation'  Back to PSP, on the layer palette hide the mask layer that was visible and open one of the other mask layers.. keep it straight which mask layer was hid or visible.. your task is to have each one of them visible one at a time.. copy merge then make another one visible hide the one before and copy merge.. you will do this 3 times with each of the mask layers. As you go back to Animation Shop you will Paste behind current frame.  In animation shop you should have 3 FRAMES  in your animation... check to see if it works right by clicking this
animation preview button.
 Save as a .gif file. Sometimes you have to tinker with the animation optimazation window. Sometimes it really messes up skin color in animation...In another tutorial I will go over the correct settings for animation .gifs...
 I added text to the tag too but didn't tell how...maybe in another tutorial :)  I hope this inspired you to create till
thecome home!!