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Saturday, April 20, 2013

CT TUTORIAL ~ Little Black Sexy

NOTE: you MAY link to this tut. you MAY print it out for later use offline. you MAY NOT claim it as yours or take anything else from it. this tutorial is ©Ruby/Stormlight, written April 18, 2013.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used one of AldoDark's beauties--you can buy her here at Scraps and the City.)
-- scrap kit by Niqui's Designs.  this is a free scrapkit and you can grab it at her blog here.

-- template of choice.  i used one by Babe's Designz.
-- the plugin Lokas Gel.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3.
-- mask of choice.  I used a mask by MsKris.  (her site no longer exists)

-- gradient of choice.  I used a gradient by MsKris.
-- font of choice.

Let's get creating! 


1.  Open your template file and duplicate it, then close the original.  Resize canvas to 600x600.

2.  If you're using the same template I am, move the framed squares layer down near bottom instead of centered.

3.  Paste your tube as a new layer, resize to 55% bicubic.  Drop it under inner frame layer.  Selections > modify > expand by 4, invert, delete.

4.  Put a drop shadow on your tube, using the settings listed in the supplies.

5.  Open paper of choice (I used Paper5), and paste as a new layer underneath the frame.  Selections > modify > expand by 4, invert, delete.

6.  Create a new raster layer.  Choose your gradient in the materials palette, change the style to radial, and floodfill the layer.

7.  Apply mask to the gradient-filled layer, merge group.  If needed, use the raster deform tool to stretch your mask layer so that its edges are seen.

8.  Click inside square frames with your magic wand (gray area).  Go to effects > texture effects > blinds with these settings: width 10, opacity 60, color black, and check both boxes (horizontal and light from left/top).

9.  Now click the outside part of square frames (black area).  In your plugins menu, go to Lokas Gel and use these settings:

10.  On the main (circle frame if using the same template), go to adjust > add/remove noise > add noise with the following settings: 72%, Gaussian, monochrome.

11.  Now let's add your elements.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  The numbers correspond to the kit I used--if you use a different kit, the resize percentages may not apply the same.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed!
13 (flower cluster) - 40%
27 (sparkles), under tube/frame
18 (gray bow), 20%, rotate 35 left, on left frame.
20 (boot), 30%, place by right frame, duplicate and merge down.
28 (butterfly), 30%, place along frame.
30 (black bow), 30%, top of frame.

12.  Create a new raster layer.   Using gradient, add some text in one of the smaller framed boxes.  Apply your basic drop shadow, both with the settings above and then change the vertical and horizontal to -2 and apply it again.  Duplicate text to put in each box.

13.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Apply Lokas Gel and basic drop shadow.
14.  Create a new raster layer for the appropriate copyright/your watermark and add them on. 

15.  If your template doesn't have a white layer as the bottom layer, just create one (create new raster layer, floodfill with white, send to bottom).  Crop out any excess white space if needed.   Save as png and you're done!

tutorial copyright to Ruby (Stormlight), April 2013.