Thursday, October 23, 2014

♥ Tricks N Treats ♥ Tutorial ~ CT for GotzScrapz

This tutorial was created with PaintShop Pro x4 but can be done with other versions and/or programs.

Artist's Tube of choice: I am using the really cute witch out of the scrap kit. If you are not using the same kit please feel free to use tube of choice.

Scrap Kit of choice: I am using the adorable PTU kit Treats N Tricks by GotzScrapz. You can find this kit here Thank you Jean for this too cute kit!

Tag Template: I am using the template from Allison's Addiction. You can find it HERE. Thank you Allison for sharing this great template.

Fonts of choice: I am using FFF Protege for the © and Burton's Dreams for the name/text.

Filters of choice:
Xero – Nostalgia
Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 – Perspective Shadow

Ok, grab a cuppa, and a munchie, and let's go!!
Please remember to save your work often. Remember to name those layers. If you feel you have messed up, remember that UNDO is your bestest friend!!

Open up the template in PSP and Shift+D to duplicate it. Close the original. In the Layers Palette delete the credit layer and hide all the text layers. Go to IMAGE>CANVAS SIZE and resize the canvas to 800 x 800 px. This should provide us with plenty of working space, and we will resize later.
Starting from the bottom template layer and working up....

Open PP04. Right click and choose Copy.

Back to your template
click on layer 1. SELECTIONS>SELECT ALL, SELECTIONS >FLOAT, SELECTIONS>DEFLOAT. Create a new Raster layer. Right click on the template's canvas window and choose PASTE>PASTE INTO SELECTION. SELECTIONS>SELECT NONE. Right click on that paper layer and MERGE>MERGE DOWN.

Click on layer 2. Select all, float, defloat. Create new layer. Right click on the canvas window and Paste Into Selection. Select None. Merge down.

Following the same steps as you did for layers 1 and 2, do the same thing for layer 3 and 4 using PP03, and layers 5 and 6 using PP05.

Got the hang of it? Good. Let's keep going!!

Using the same steps use PP02 on layers 7 and 8.

On Layers 9 and 10 use the same steps except use the grey color from your swatch provided in the kit. You can grab the color by using the Eye Dropper Tool in your Tools Palette. Then use your Paint Bucket to fill the selections. The go to ADJUST>ADD REMOVE NOISE>ADD NOISE 50%, RANDOM, MONOCHROME CHECKED. For both of those layers. Select none.

Layers 11 and 12 use PP01

Layers 13 and 14 use same steps as 9 and 10 only using the color red from the swatch.

Layer 15 use PP07 and on layer 16 the only thing you need to do is change the Blend Mode of the layer to Luminance ( Legacy ) and lower the layer opacity down to 20.

Keep it goin' now, Layer 17 select all, float, defloat, add new layer paste PP09 into selection, this time leave it selected and go to EFFECTS>3D EFFECTS>DROP SHADOW with these settings:
Vertical 0, Horizontal 0, Opacity 100 and Blur 20, with the color Black. Now select none. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply.

Do the same with layer 18 as you did with layer 17 only using PP10.
Using the same shadow settings as above only changing the opacity to 80, click on each layer individually and add a drop shadow. Do not add the shadow to the text layers.

Click on the very top Layer. It should be a text layer. Copy and Paste your tube as a new layer. Resize your tube down by 60%. Duplicate your tube and hide the duplicate. On your original layer go to EFFECTS>PLUGINS>XERO>NOSTALGIA with the following settings

Then go to plugins Alien Skin 5 Impact Perspective Shadow with these settings

Unhide your top layer and go to BLUR>GAUSSIAN BLUR and blur by 2. Lower the opacity of the layer to 40. With your Eraser Tool at a soft small setting, erase some of the flames on the cauldron to sharpen it up a bit.

Unhide the first three text layers. You will see that they are all linked together. With your Move Tool move the layers up and to the left. See my tag for placement or place them where ever you wish.
Open the bottom three text layers and move the text under the other. Add any effects that you wish to add to them. I decided to keep them at the original colors and formatting. I did however add another drop shadow to the shadow text layers of the template.

Now let's do a little clean up before we get to adding elements. Did you remember to name your layers? This is where naming layers become especially handy! Hide all layers. Open your two tube layers, right click on one of them and merge visible. Close the layer.

Unhide all the text layers and merge visible. Close the layer.

Unhide all the layers that have to do with the large rectangle, including the stripes and the corresponding papers. Merge visible.

I am stopping there for mine so I can layer elements but you can keep merging if you want. It all depends on how you want your elements added.

Now for the elements. I am not going into what elements I used. Play around on your own. After all this is only a tutorial, be creative. Drag and drop or copy and paste your elements as new layers. Just remember these tips.
Resize any elements to your liking, just remember to sharpen them after you resize and BEFORE you add any effects to them. Same thing goes if you rotate any elements.

Layer your elements under and/or over other elements to give it some depth/effects. Do this by dragging your layers in the layer palette, either up or down.

Add various drop shadows, this will also give your elements some depth. You can also add noise, glows, or even bevels!

Now it is time to crop. Click on your Crop Tool, up in the Settings Menu click on the button that says Merged Opaque. It should be the last button.

Now add your © info and your name as new layers. Add any effects to your name that you wish to add.

Export as PNG and you are finished!! Aww, way too cute!! Thanks Jean for the great kit!!

This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon, on 10/22/2014. Any similarity to any other tutorial is purely coincidental. Please abide by my TOU and the TOU of Artists and Designers that you may use.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope that I did not do too bad of a job writing it. If you have any problems, questions, comments, or suggestions just give me a hollar in my Cbox, or connect with me on FB. I will get back to you as fast as I can.

As always, Happy PSPing.... and Photoshop too :) !!

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