Sunday, January 9, 2011

FTU - Sweet Valentine



I wrote this tutorial on 01/09/11 any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.

This tutorial was written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies:



I am using the gorgeous artwork of PTU artist Barbara Jensen, this is a free tube offered on her site, which you can get HERE
I am using a beautiful PTU now FTU Valentine's kit from Vaybs, which you can download HERE
Mask of choice, I am using Heart Burst by EssexGirl, which you can download HERE
Font of choice, I am using Eight Fifteen which you can download HERE

Effects: 

Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow - (Optional)
Xero, Fritillary
Xero, Improver (Optional)
AAA Frames, Foto Frame (Optional)


Okay, Let's begin

Download and save your mask to your masks folder in PSP.
In PSP, Open a new 800x800 transparent canvas, we can resize later.
Floodfill white
Copy and paste Paper 4 from the kit as a new layer
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from disc, locate your Heart Burst mask, 
invert checked, apply, Merge Group
Copy and paste you heart frame from the kit as a new layer
Using your magic wand, click inside the heart frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 4
Layers, New Raster Layer, floodfill with the same color as your mask layer
Do Not Deselect yet!!
Move this layer below your frame layer
Copy and paste your tube or a close up of your tube as a new layer,
If using the same tube, position to the left of your frame, Selections, Invert Selection, 
Hit Delete on your keyboard
Deselect
Layers, Duplicate, Image, Mirror
Merge these two tube layers together
Effects, Zero, Radiance, default settings, lower your opacity to around 30-40 
Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer below your frame, add a drop shadow of choice
Layers, Duplicate, move this layer above your frame, hide this layer for now
Activate your frame layer again, using your magic wand, click inside your frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 4
Activate your original tube layer that is still open, Selections, Invert, 
hit delete on your keyboard
Deselect
Unhide the copy of your tube, erase any excess of your tube on the frame or below it.
Copy and paste your heart string element (7) from the kit as a new layer, 
postion underneath your frame on the left, see my tag for reference
Layers, Duplicate layer, Image, Mirror
Merge these two layers together
Add any other elements from the kit that you want on your tag
Copy and paste your choice of wordart as a new layer, position at the bottom of your frame
I added a faint white gradient glow to my wordart to make it stand out more (optional)
Activate your Frame background layer
Layers, Duplicate for a total of 3 layers
On the top layer, Xero, Fritillary 20, 30, 10, 10
On the second layer, Xero, Fritillary 20, 30, 10, 20
On the third layer, Xero, Fritillary 20, 30, 10, 30
Add your name, copyright and tag info

Animation:

Hide the bottom two layers of your Frame background
Activate any layer that is not hidden
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Effects, Xero, Improver, default settings
Effects, AAA Frames, Foto Frame, 
16, 0, 0, 0, 10-20(depending on preference), 0, 0, 100
Edit, Copy and paste into Animation Shop as a new animation
Back in PSP, Edit undo Foto Frame, Edit undo Improver, Edit undo Merge Visible
Hide your top frame background layer and unhide the second (middle) layer
Repeat steps same as before and then copy and paste into AS after current frame
Back in PSP, Edit undo Foto Frame, Edit undo Improver, Edit undo Merge Visible
Hide your second (middle) frame background layer and unhide your bottom layer
Repeat same steps as before and Copy and paste into AS after current frame
In Animation Shop, Edit, Select All, Propagate Paste checked
Animation, Frame Properties, 17
Animation, Resize animation, 600

Animation, View animation
If happy save as a gif file and you are finished!!

I hope you enjoyed trying my tutorial!
Don't forget to send me your results so I can show them off in my Gallery.
You can find my email information under Contact Me at the top of the blog.

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