Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's Cooking PTU

This tutorial was written by me on May 16th, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. I wrote it for PSP 9, but it should be compatible with most versions.

I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.  

As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.

What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is this really fun scrap by Hungry Hill called Cherry Pie...how cute is this kit?  You can purchase Cherry Pie at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  The fun, sexy and zany art of Amy Mathews which you can purchase also at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  Mask by Babes Designz has unfortunately deleted her blog so I uploaded the mask HERE...it's Mask 32.  Plugins Penta/Jeans and Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Nature and Impact, and Eye Candy 4000.  Fonts are 2 Peas A Little Loopy HERE,  2 Peas Barefoot Professor HERE, and Adobe Gothic Standard Bold HERE.

Let's get started...

Begin by opening all of your elements and your tube into PSP.  You can use my image as a reference for what I used.  Now start a 700 x 700 new white image.  You can resize later.

Now using your Rectangle tool, draw one dark brown square into your new image and place it to the left of your canvas, convert it to a raster layer.  Duplicate it and mirror it to the right of your canvas...duplicate again and flip it...duplicate once more and mirror.  Now using your magic wand, select the top right square and flood fill it with the light blue color in the tube.  Do the same with the remaining square only changing the colors to the colors as in my example above...like so...


The left bottom square will be the deep red color.  Now merge these four layers.

Now using your magic wand again select each square and copy and paste the close up into your selections.  Go to Selections/Invert and hit delete to delete the parts of the tube outside the square.      Take the opacity of each tube down to 50%.  Now go back to your merged squares layer and go to Effects/Plugins/Penta/Jeans and use these settings:

Using your Rectangle tool...color set to the deep brown...solid line style...width 8 draw a square which will be a solid line around your work so far...see my image above for reference.

Now copy and paste the remaining elements, again using my image for placement and size.  You can always, always, always use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing and to prevent distortion and pixelation of whatever you're sizing depending how large or how small you go.  Give each a slight drop shadow.

Copy and paste your paper, I used paper 1, right above your background layer and apply your mask.  Copy and paste your tube and place her right in the middle of the design then go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use these settings:


You can always move your nodes around to tweak your shadows...to move one node at a time simply hold down your CTRL key.  I gave this same perspective shadow to the elements in front of the tube to make them pop more.

At this point I want you to add your copyright.  For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use pixel or copy fonts.  You can google and find them everywhere.  These fonts look best at six 6 with your antialias set to off.  Please be sure your copyright is legal and legible.

Alright, the fun part now...the wordart.  With the Adobe font type the word 'cooking' in all caps and place it at the bottom of your square.  Go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Gradient Glow and use these settings:


In your color tab use the 'Fat' setting...color will be white and opacity set all the way to 100.  Then add a slight drop shadow to your word.  Duplicate this word twice for a total of three.  Hide the top two and in your layer palette select the original word.  Then go back up to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin 5/Nature/Smoke and use these settings:  (Roughness is 59 since I covered it with my copyright)


In the Settings tab use the cigarette smoke setting.  Apply and then go to your layer palette, hide the original and unhide the middle word.  Go to Effects/Smoke and apply these same settings only hit the Random Seed once...do the same for the last layer.

Now with 2 Peas A Little Loopy font type the word 'What's' beneath your 'COOKING' layers in white.  Give it a dark drop shadow so it stands out.  Then on the very top of your layer palette type a question mark with this same font only use the deep red color.  Give the question mark a lighter drop shadow since it will be against the white background.  And finally with 2 Peas Barefoot Professor type your name and give it the same drop shadow as the question mark.

And now we will animate...Open Animation Shop and go back to PSP.  In your layer palette your top 'COOKING' layer should still be unhidden, that's fine.  While holding down CTRL + SHIFT hit C to copy merged and go over the Animation Shop and hold down CTRL + v to copy new animation.  Go back to PSP, hide the top 'COOKING' layer and unhide the middle layer and hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit C to copy merged.  Go back to Animation Shop and this time hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit L to paste after current frame.  Go back to PSP and do the same for the last layer.  In Animation Shop go up to View/Animation and you will notice that the smoke is moving way too fast so we are going to change the speed of the frames.  Go to Edit/Select All to select all of your frames and then to go Animation/Frame Properties and change the Display time to 35.  View your animation again and if you're satisfied with the speed, resize to fit your preference, save as a .gif and you're done.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and maybe learned a little something to hone your PSP skills.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns over broken links, etc.  Happy creating.

Blessings,
Trese



1 comment:

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on May. 17, 2012. Thanks again.