Monday, June 4, 2012

Dark Times PTU

This tutorial was written by me on June 4th, 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. It was written for PSP X.

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 awesome kit by Crazy Carita named Tik Tak
Mini which can be purchased at Creative Design Outlet HERE, the stunning art of Irene Owens which you can also purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  Mask by Weescotclass which can be downloaded HERE WSL Mask 84.  Plugins Xero, Eye Candy 4000 and Super Blade Pro (preset for SBP I included HERE (candy wrapper yellow), font is Sphinx RR Inline and can be downloaded HERE.

Let's begin...

The very first thing you will have to do, and hopefully already have is install your SBP preset into your environments and textures folder in SBP.

Now open your tube and all of your elements into PSP.  Start a new 700 x 700 white can resize later.  Copy and paste fr1 into your new image and give it a slight drop shadow.   Now copy and paste pp4 beneath this layer and resize 50%.  Using your eraser tool, erase any areas of the paper outside the frame.  Beneath this layer copy and paste pp11, resize 80% and apply your mask.

Next, above the pp11 layer copy and paste your tube.  You can use your Pick tool set to Scale for precise sizing and to pretty much annihilate pixelation and distortion depending how large or small you resize something....anyway, resize your tube to fit inside the frame so that the upper portions of her body will pop outside the frame (see my image as a reference).  Once you have your tube resized, duplicate it and drag the duplicated layer to the top of your layer pallete.  Again using your eraser tool, erase the areas of the tube at the bottom that protrudes out of the frame...go back to your original tube layer and erase the areas of it that protrude from the bottom of the frame.

Go back to the duplicated tube layer and go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings:

Go back to your original tube layer and apply these settings as well so the areas you have erased from the top tube layer will show the same effects.

Using my image as a reference, copy and paste the elements into your working image.  Once again, for precise sizing use your Pick tool set to scale.  Give each one of the elements a slight drop shadow.  For the elements you want to really appear to 'pop off' the page add a Perspective Shadow by going to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and use these settings as a start:

You will find this particular plugin requires some tweaking and some practice on your part but is a valuable plugin for any design for natural shadowing.  You can move the nodes around to tweak your shadow.  To move one node at a time, simply hold down your CTRL key.  All you have to do is to think about how a natural shadow would fall, practice with this plugin a bit and you'll be a master with it.  Just take care that you are paying close attention to all areas of whatever you are shadowing.  Move the red box around at the top to view any areas not in your immediate site.

Now, type your name using Sphinx RR Inline.  Now go to Effects/Plugins/Flaming Pear/SuperBladePro and following these steps:

When SBP first opens it will not appear exactly as my example, but no matter you simply just open your preset by pressing the preset button I have labeled below...

Another small window will open listing your presets, find candy wrapper yellow, click open, allow it to load into will appear like the example below:

Click OK then go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Gradient Glow and apply these settings:

Give your name a slight drop shadow, and add your copyright.  Be sure your copyright is legal and legible.  For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use a pixel or copy font with my antialias set to off and size six...most of these fonts work best at these settings.  You can Google and find hundreds of these fonts.

Resize to your preference and you're done.  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and learned something useful to hone your PSP skills.  Please, DO NOT hesitate to contact me with questions about any of my tutorials.  If you need further explaining or something put more clearly, I am always willing to help anyone understand what I've done.  Happy creating....



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 4 post on Jun. 05, 2012. Thanks again.