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Thursday, January 9, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Dynamic Diva

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 January 8, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used a gorgeous girl by Di_Halim.  You can purchase her at Scraps N Company.)
-- scrap kit "Dragon Girl" by Lizquis Scraps.  you can also purchase this kit here.
-- the plugins EyeCandy 4000 and Dynasty.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3.
-- mask of choice.  i used a mask by Uchy.
-- alpha or font of choice.  for this tutorial, I am using a fun Scrap Metal alpha created by Sue.  you can purchase this alpha here.

Let's get creating!

1.  Open frame of choice from your scrap kit (I used frame3) and resize 85% smart size.
2.  Choose an unpatterned paper from your kit (I used paper11), paste into canvas, and drop under frame layer.  Click the magic wand outside the frame.  Go to selections > modify > expand > value of 6, return to the paper layer and hit your delete key.
3.  In your plugins menu, go to Dynasty Software > Goin Vertical Blind plugin with all settings at 9.
4.  Choose a patterned paper from the kit, and drop it to the bottom in your layer palette.  Apply mask, merge group.

5.  Paste your tube inside frame, resize as needed.  Apply basic drop shadow.  Repeat magic wand part of step 2 to cut away the excess tube showing outside the frame.

6.  It's element time!  My list of elements is from the kit I am using, so if you're using a different kit, use whatever elements you like to fit your design.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed:
Light ray - place behind tube
Flower1 - 40%
Balls on silver chain - 40%.  Duplicate and place one on left side and one on right.
Butterflies - 45%.
Kitty - 45%.  Mirror so his head leans right.  Place next to flower.
Key - 35%.  Rotate left 45 degrees.
Glass - 50%.  Place above flower layer but under kitty layer.
Curtain - 75%. Hang on the right hand side of your frame.  If needed, use freeform tool to trim any excess edges from the curtain's top so that it "fits" the spot to look "draped" from.

7.  Create a new raster layer for your name if using a font.  If using alpha to make name, transfer your letters to the canvas.  Arrange them to spell out the name and merge them down into one layer.   

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

9.  Create new raster layer for your copyright/watermark.  Use small font, such as Arial Narrow at 9 point.

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!