Take My Love
This tutorial was written by me on September 5th, 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 9.
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 the beautiful art of Selina Fenech which you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE. Scrap is Romantic Spring by Elodesigns and Vero and can be purchased at Digi Crea HERE. Please support the arts and do not use Selina's art without a license and do not share her tubes or this scrap kit. This fun animation is by Lovey and can be downloaded from her blog HERE. You will find tons of these awesome anis there, you're welcome...lol. Please leave her some love if you download. Plugin is Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and the font is A&S Sarsaparilla EX, you can download it HERE.
Let's get it done...
Begin by starting a new 700 x 700 white image, we'll resize in the end. Copy and paste the rectangle frame, el13 into it. Resize it 40% and rotate it either left or right. Duplicate it and rotate the original 15 degrees to the left, duplicate and mirror. You will now have a total of three frames. Copy and paste paper 5 below each frame, resize 10% and then use your Raster Deform tool to drag the rest of the paper to fit inside your frames. Give each frame a slight drop shadow...something like this...
Using my image as a reference for size and placement begin to copy and paste the elements into your working canvas...the foliage doesn't have to be exactly where mine are, just remember anything in nature does not grow symmetrically, it's wild and unpredictable, but a gathered bouquet can be somewhat ordered.
Copy and paste your tube below the frame on top between the frame and the paper, resize her to fit and then duplicate and drag her to the top of your canvas. On this layer erase the lower portions of your tube fitting her into the frame.
For the elements you want to have more dimension you need a perspective shadow. Go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use these settings:
This plugin may require a little practice. There are just a couple of important things to remember when shadowing is to attempt to make your shadows appear natural and to watch closely all the areas of whatever you're shadowing. You can view all the areas by moving the little red box around at the top of the window of this plugin...
(You can tweak your shadows by moving the nodes around in the preview window. To move one node at a time hold down your CTRL key. You can move the whole shadow by holding down your right mouse button and clicking in the middle of the shadow. It's very important to think about how a shadow would be cast realistically and how dark or how light it should be. This plugin is one of my favorites and one I use with nearly every single one of my tags.)
The rest of your elements should have the same drop shadow you used on your frames.
Once you have your image like you want it hide your background layer and merged the Visible layers together. Duplicate the merged layers together and on the original go to Effects/Texture Effects/Mosaic Glass and use these settings:
Merged the two layers together.
Add your name then go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Chrome and use these settings:
Then go to Adjust/Hue and Saturation/Colorize and use these settings:
Duplicate and then back to Adjust/Hue and Saturation/Colorize and then use these settings:
On the lighter areas of your name use your Selection Tool with a feather of about 15, select a small are and hit delete to clear part of the color to expose the color beneath. Once you are satisfied with the effect merge the two name layers together and add a light drop shadow.
Add your copyright taking care that it is legal and legible. For a neat and professional-looking copyright I used pixel, copy or ceriph fonts, you can google and find hundreds of these fonts. Most of them work best at size 6 with your Antialias set to Off. Note: for crisp edges with your fonts for your name, wordart, etc set your Antialias to sharp.
Now we are going to add the animation...Really easy animation to add here. Open Animation Shop ( File/Jasc Software/Animation Shop) in PSP hold down CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy merged and go over to Animation Shop and hit CTRL + v to copy a new animation. Open your Lovey animation, soft pink hearts, into AS and note that it has 16 frames, so the image we are going to put this animation into must have 16 frames as well. Therefore on the image you pasted into Animation Shop click and Duplicate Selected as many times as you need to get 16 frames. If you duplicate too many times, simply click on a frame and hit delete to delete it.
On both the animation you just created and on Lovey's animation be sure you are at the beginning of each by sliding the bar at the bottom all the way to the left. Also select all the frames on both...Edit/Select All.
Now on the very first frame of Lovey's animation click into it and drag it into the very first frame of your animation...do not let go of your mouse until you have the animation where you want it. Sometimes you can't see what you're dragging, so it's sort of a hit and miss situation...that's why you should make several copies of the animation you're dragging just in case you need it. If you miss your drag just undo it...Edit/Undo drag and then drag it in again.
Resize and save as a .gif and you're done.
Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you had fun and maybe learned something to hone your PSP skills. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about any of my tutorials and please let me know of any broken links, etc.