Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gothic Heart

Hi there.. I used the lovely work of Zindy in this tag..
I think this is a lovely scrapkit that you can purchase with the tubes. You can purchase it HERE

I also used the animation of  Lovey's Shack. The animation is called  SoftPinkHearts-MNG-Lovey.mng  they don't really look pink.. more like white.. there were red ones too.. but they just didn't look as good.
1. Open a new image 900 x 900.

2. Pick the bkg paper you want and apply a Mask on it.. I used WSL_Mask 362 which you can find at Weescotslass' Blog 

3. The background in the frame was the one that came with Zindy's Tube.. I just used deform tool and pulled it out some, so that it fit the frame.

4. You 'build' the tag just like in the previous tutorial.(doing the back layer to front) Doing the mask layer first..add the dots element.. the bkg from tube, the frame, girl, ivy, word art, flower , heart, the Love word art. Don't forget your 3d drop shadows.. and the copyright info. Arrange it all like you want.. merge/visible, when you get it just like you like... re size it 75% or so. 

BTW..about putting copyright info on tags etc...even when you re size something you are suppose to be able to read the copyright info.. but don't make it so huge that that is FIRST thing you see on a tag... that's very unsightly I think. Just my opinion there.

5. Click on top of window..Copy , over to animation shop and right click , paste as a new animation.. You duplicate the tag so that you have 16 frames OR how ever many frames the animation you picked has.

Select all the frames.. in both the new tag animation and the heart animation... click, hold and drag on the frame 1 of the heart animation and drag it over to the frame 1 new tag animation.. NOT letting go of the mouse button till you get it placed just where you want the animation on the tag.. then let go of the mouse button.. View your animation now and check to see if it looks right..Ctrl+Z if it isn't on both windows..start over if it isn't, If its OK then.. SAVE AS a .gif.. You're done!! I hope you enjoy doing the tutorial... if you have any questions feel free to write me..click on bug :)

Toodles till next time

Monday, October 8, 2012

Anna Liwanag Christmas

In this animated tutorial I used Anna Liwanag's tube, you can find it at the CDO store, she is also known as Nocturne at PFD store (Pics for Design. Not sure if this tube is there.. but I know it's at CDO. When you use it...don't forget to use your license number!!

I included all the elements you see in the above tag in the supplies zip.. also the animations...I do give credit for the animations to the creator Lovey... I thought it might be easier if I included them.. but this is where I got them..HERE... plus a lot of other GREAT animations that Lovey does.
For the LIFE of me I can NOT remember who's mask I used in the bkg on this tag.. I had made the bkg paper myself.. and used someone's mask..way back months ago.. and I've blinked since then.. and don't remember..hehe if someone recognizes it or knows it's theirs, please let me know and I will give proper credit!

1. I started off big like I always do, new image at 900 x 900.
 Copy and paste the paper masked bkg to your new working image. Build the tag as you like.. or like I did..there is a round snow scene that's included in the supplies..copy and paste it next, then the gold frame.. apply a 3D shadow to the frame and move it over the snow scene. you can merge down on those two where you can't move them off of each other again.

2. Copy and paste all the snowflakes.. then the woman tube... you can arrange the snowflakes now after you get the woman there.. copy and paste the bow, roses and leaf.. duplicate the leaf twice..
for some reason.. even in REAL paintings.. you never want to put an even number of something like flowers...leaves etc... its always uneven.. like 3..5...7  etc of whatever :)

3. When you get it all placed like you want.. merge/visible and save as .PNG.  You can either open it in your Animation Shop  or have it in PSP and Copy then go to A.S. and right click on the A.S. desktop and Paste as a new animation..
When I start to animate it.. I re sized 82% cause both the animations were 15 frames and the file was gonna be HUGE if I didn't do the re size. 
 You can go ahead and duplicate your tag so that it has 15 frames, Cause the animation has 15 frames.

4. After you have duplicated the tag ( there is a button up at the top of A.S. that duplicates frames).

Open your Animations that you want to use..The way the creator of them made them... was the first Frame is her info.. so you can cut/delete that first frame.. Now select all frames, select all frames on your tag image also... make sure your on FRAME ONE on each of them...now on the animation (pay attention where the animation is centered etc.. click on the first frame (all have to be selected) click, HOLD your mouse button down.. while dragging it to your tag's frame ONE also.. when you get it where you want it.. THEN let go of your mouse button. if you don't drag to Frame one with all selected its just not gonna work.. :( if it didn't work right..  Ctrl + Z to undo.. on both the animation and the tag animation... then try again... once you get the hang of it.. its easy from then on..Check your animation with the view animation button.. if all is ok .. then save as a gif. If you have any questions just ASK me.. click on the butterflies.

There ya go... you should be done..
Toodles till next time

Pink Zindy

For this tutorial I used Zindy's Tube 'Your Angel'  you can purchase her HERE..make sure you use your license # when you use her.
I made all the elements for this tutorial. Everything included in the supplies zip but the tube.

I made this tag in Photoshop CS5... if you don't have it...it can certainly be made in your PSP. I'm not going to be going through detail.. on how to use PS-CS 5 at this time.. this is assuming you know your way around photoshop..
1. Open a new image 900 x 900 . Copy and paste the pink paper that's in the supplies zip. You can apply a mask to the paper if you'd like.. being I was in Photoshop I used one of my grunge brushes on the bkg... in black..stamping it around where I wanted,  then while on that layer.. click the FX at bottom right and do a pattern overlay on it using the bkg paper in supplies as a pattern.
2. I included both the dot line and the circle of dots.. if you'd like to make the circle yourself.. I will show you how.
open your dot line.. go to image/canvas size and enlarge it to 3" x 3"  or 1200 x 1200... that's just to give you room to use

3. Might have to resize your dots  by Ctrl + T in Photoshop or Image/resize in PSP.. as a %. I love Photoshop's transform tool.. it doesn't make the graphic blurry.. in anyway... can twirl in any direction.. in PSP the transform tool always blurs the item.
4. Set the dots in the center.. open the Copies plugin
and use these settings, referring to the capture below.

5. Place the circle dots on top of the Masked Paper layer.. next you place the frame... flowers, halftone splatters and bow the way you'd like..

6. On the Zindy tube.. I applied a drop shadow and also.. an outter glow in pink.. I show how in photoshop.
7. Below I applied a drop shadow to the bow.

That should be it for you.. when you get it all arranged like you'd like... don't forget your copyright info for the tube..(sorry I know I sound like magpie all the time about copyright but we gotta be careful) Merge/Visible and save as a PNG . Feel free to resize it now.
If you have any questions feel free to write me, click on the kitty

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial
Toodles till next time


Hi there... I will be using PSP 9 and PS-CS5 for this tutorial.. You would need an basic knowledge of PSP and PS.

I'm using Amy Stoffel's 'Beautifall' scrapkit this time.. you can find her beautiful work at Scrap Matters.
Also I am using a Pinup Toon Girl from the CDO store you can purchase it HERE.. No plugins needed this time

1. Open a new image 900 x 900 , you can always re size later.. I make my tag (image) big cause most of the time I make them for Incredimail header.... then resize smaller for the matching tag.
2. Open the element astoffel-beautiful-scatter 3.png. Re size it 20% then transfer it to your new image. I applied a soft 3D drop shadow on it.. using a soft brown.

3. Pick one of the papers from the kit, re sized 16% and drag to the working image on top of the scatter layer,   apply a Mask to the paper.  I used WeeScotsLass' mask  WSL_Mask 84 it can be found HERE  

4. I used one of the frames that came in the kit and put a fall scene in it..Now it's just a matter of placing all the elements and girl tube, in the places where you want them.. You can use my idea up above or do as you like in the positioning. Don't forget your 3D drop shadows on them all!! 

5. After I get the image looking like I want.. I merge/visible and save as a PNG.. then I head on over to my Photoshop CS 5.
 I love my PSP I have used it for 15 plus years.. but just the last year.. I've been using/ learning PS-CS3 and just now got the CS 5.
it is far and away better in most ways than PSP is.. BUT wont ever NOT use my PSP :) Fear not hehe

I have made captures of PS CS 5 while I am doing the Text on the Beautifall graphic(tag). In Photoshop, using its Bevel and Emboss is just WONDERFUL!!!

(Note).. if you do not have PS-CS 5 or any Photoshop.. just do your text in PSP.. that's fine..apply an inner bevel and 3 d drop shadow with PSP.

Text made in Photoshop CS 5

6. Ok first, open the saved PNG in Photoshop..

FYI:  You can't open files in Photoshop in .PSP format... so that's why I save everything in either .png or .psd format  The .PSD saves the layers separately. That way you can open in both PSP and PS.

Using the Text tool.. the T is over to the left side where your tool bar is..
7.  If you want the text filled with a paper , you first have to open the paper in PS CS and go to Edit/ Define Pattern... a lil box pops up and you just click OK. (its loaded now) You can close out the paper .  Any patterns, papers, textures..etc, you always have to do this edit/define pattern first.. so that the paper etc is loaded. and that way you will have the open to use it when filling text.. or any other things you would need it for.. comes in handy when you have a set of papers, like if your making a scrapkit and want your elements to match your papers you created.. you would load all those papers in the kit into patterns.. You can also save that set of patterns, name it and reload it at any time.

8. While your on the Text layer click the FX button down at the bottom right... refer to the picture..

While you have the Layer Style box open.. you can do all three things.. PLUS alot more....fill the text with a material , put a bevel and emboss on it also a 3D drop shadow...If you so desire also a stroke around the outside edging. All out of one menu box

9. Position your text the way you like it and go to layers/merge visible and save..over right the existing one you had saved earlier OR save it with a new name and so that way you also have the tag without any text on it.

That should do it... re size it as small as you like... for your tag.. remember your copyright info.. that's a must!!
If you have any questions feel free to write me. Click on the butterflies to send me an email

Toodles till next time

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Whoo's Ready for Fall

Also the artwork of ©Suzanne Woolcott you can purchase her art HERE

Plugin used: Filters Unlimited 2

1. Open a new image 900 x 900  you can re size later.

2. Open whichever bkg paper you would like to use..  re size it 
20 % , drag over to your new working image.

3. Go to your Plugins/ I.C.Net Software/Filters Unlimited 2/Edges, Square  and use one of the edges.. there are 17 there to choose from.

4. Choose another bkg paper re size it 15% . Copy and paste it on to your working image.
(this is if its a 3600 x 3600 sized paper to start with)

5. You can either use your Filters Unlimited 2 again and pick another edge.. OR use a Mask OR like I did in PS-CS5  , on the green paper, I used the eraser tool and used one of my grunge bkg brush and (erased) all four sides, along the edges. Hey you can do that in PSP also!!

6. Use the 3rd bkg paper you'd like now, re sizing it 20%.  Copy and paste the bkg paper on to the working image. Open the scalloped frame that's in the supplies zip (its black)  copy and paste it on to your working image also (we're using it as a pattern).

7. Be sure to be on the black frame layer.  Go to Selections, Select all, Float, defloat 

8. Invert, (select the 3rd paper layer then CUT or delete on the keyboard. You should have a scalloped frame made from the 3rd paper you had chosen. You can delete the black frame layer now. Apply an inner bevel and a 3d drop shadow on the frame.

9. Copy and paste the fall misted image I supplied in the supplies zip on to the working image. Make sure its layer is BELOW the frame layer.

10. Fill a new layer with a coordinating color, have this layer below the frame layer.

11.Using the magic wand tool , select the middle of the frame area...(be on frame layer) it should have the marching ants around the middle area...go to  Selections/Modify/Expand 6 pixels.. INVERT  CUT ( making sure you are on the color layer you previously filled.) Look at the tag above and see how it looks.

12. Using whichever elements in the kit you'd like.. arrange them as I did.. or do your own thingy...:) Don't forget your 3d drop shadows... it ALWAYS looks better with the shadows, looks very unfinished if you don't. 

13. Add your girl graphic if you like..Add her 3D drop shadow.

14. You can either use the word art that's in the kit or make your own..
You're done!! If you have any questions feel free to write me a note, click on the spinning flower.
Toodles till next time