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Wednesday, June 5, 2013


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 June 5, 2013.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used AldoDark's cute chibi called Wanna Bee--you can get her here at Scraps and the City.)
-- made-to-match scrap kit by ScrapzNPleasure.  you can also purchase the kit at SATC here.
-- the plugin EyeCandy 4000.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3.
-- mask of choice.  i used a mask by Jenny.

-- gradient of choice.  i used a gradient by MsKris.
-- font of choice.  i used Vanish.

Let's get creating!

1.  Open element 36 [trio frame].   Duplicate and close original.  Resize 65% smart size, then expand your canvas to 550x550.

2.  Open Paper 2, paste under frame.  Click your magic wand outside frame.  Selections > modify > expand by 6, and hit delete key.  On your layer palette, lower opacity to 72, and change blend mode to multiply.

3.  Let's add some elements.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed:

6, place in top frame.

7, 65%.  Place in bottom frame.

17, 25%  place in right-side frame.

52, 15%.  Place so that it is coming from door of hive.

55, 30%.  Duplicate twice and place on frame as seen in example.

47, 30%.  Hang from right-side frame's edge.

4.  Create new raster layer, floodfill with your gradient.  Adjust > add/remove noise > add noise, 22% gaussian, monochrome UNchecked.  

5.  Apply your mask, merge group.  Send this layer to the bottom.

6.  Now add in your tube.  Resize if needed (I resized 40%) and place in center (see my tag for placement).  Apply basic drop shadow.

6b.  [optional] If you are using the same tube I am, take two of the bees, copy and paste them into your canvas.  Place them so they are hovering around the hive.  Resize each 50% and apply basic drop shadow to each.

7.  Create new raster layer for your copyright/watermark.  Use small font, such as Arial Narrow at 9 point to put your © on element 42.

8.  Create new raster layer for your name.  Place it along the bottom.  Go to effects > 3D effects > inner bevel with the following settings:

9.   In your plugins menu, go to EyeCandy 4000 > Gradient Glow and apply the following settings:

10.  Create one more new raster layer, floodfill with white and send it to the bottom.  Crop out any excess white space if needed and save as png.

And you're all done...enjoy your new tag!