Friday, December 14, 2012

Loneliness PTU


From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

This tutorial was written by me on December 14th, 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.

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 precious tube by Jasmine Becket-Griffith which you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE along with her other amazing tubes.  This stunning Inspired By kit by Dee's Sign Depot which you can also purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  As you can see, this kit perfectly matches this tube, but is surely a kit that can be used again and again in many designs.  Please support the arts and do not use Jasmine's tubes without a license and certainly do not share her tubes or this kit.  Plugin is Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact.  Brush I supplied HERE.   This is a brush I either found somewhere or got in one of my groups,if this is your creation, please let me know here so I can credit you. Font is called Inspiration and can be found HERE.

Let's get started...

But first, we need to get your brushes into PSP for use.  It's just a couple easy steps.  Open the file I provided into PSP.  It's in .png format, you can also use .jpegs.  For each brush go to File/Export/Custom Brush.  Name your brush and click Ok and it's installed in PSP ready for use.

First begin by creating a new 700 x 700 white image which we will resize later.  Copy and paste the Glitter 2 element into your new canvas and resize it 50%.  Dupicate and mirror, then flip it..duplicate again, rotate 90 degrees right, place it at the bottom of the two you just pasted and mirrored, then duplicate flip and then mirror and place them around each other to create a frame...merge all the glitter elements together.

Now copy and paste Element  3 on the top of your canvas, resize it 75% and place it on the top of your newly created frame, duplicate, flip, mirror...should start to look like this...

Now copy and paste pp1 above your background layer, resize it 55% then grab your Selection tool and select the outer edges of your paper and then go to Selections/Invert and hit delete a couple times to soften the edges of your paper.  

Now copy and paste paper 4 above paper three, resize 75% and set the blend mode to Burn and reduce the Opacity to about 58%.  Again Select the areas of this paper which about the same place you selected the other paper, Selections/Invert and hit delete a couple times.  Selections/Select None.

Next copy and paste paper   above these two papers, resize it 50% and use your eraser tool to carefully erase the edges of the paper outside your frame.  Give your frame a slight drop shadow.

Now copy and paste your tube over your frame, resizing to fit if necessary.  Then copy and paste the remaining elements into your working canvas.  You can use my image as a reference for size and placement.  I utilize my Raster Deform tool for precise sizing.  Don't forget to add drop shadows.  For the elements you want to have more depth such as the butterfly and the heart-balloon-type element, I used a perspective shadow found in Eye Candy.  Go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use the following 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.)

Example of where the nodes should be for the balloon-type element...for the butterfly simply drag the shadow below it.

Above your  background add a new Raster layer and apply the brush beneath your work to make you sort of a mask.  You can use a separate layer for each brush so you can use your Raster deform tool to tweak if you wish.  You can also use the Selection tool with a feather to clear some of the areas if you wish.

Add your name with the Inspiration font and give it a slight drop shadow.  Add your copyright taking care that it is legal and legible.  I saved mine as a .png so it would have a transparent background.  Hide you background layer and your name if you wanna make tags for others and merge visible.  Resize to fit your needs or desires.  You may want to wait until you resize before adding your name and copyright.  Save and you're done.

Thank you for trying my tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even learned something from it.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about any of my tutorials.



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