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Sunday, February 17, 2013

CT TUTORIAL ~ Butterfly Magic

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 February 17, 2013.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used a beautiful faery by Lee Anne Seed.  her deviantart account is here as her website seems to be down right now.)
-- scrap kit "Pixie Magic" by Wicked Princess.  you can purchase this gorgeous kit here.

-- the plugins EyeCandy 4000 and Visman.  specifically, Visman's Origami and EC's Bevel Boss and Gradient Glow.
-- drop shadow setting of 2, 3, 60, 3 and color black.
-- masks of choice.  one should have a cutout.  for the cutout "flower" mask, i used WSL 239, which you can get at her blog here.  in the background is a sparkle mask i grabbed from the Creative Misfits blog here
-- fonts of choice.

Let's get creating! 

1.  Open up a new file 550x550, transparent background.  Floodfill with white.

2.  Create a new raster layer and floodfill with a light color from your tube.

3.  In your plugins menu, go to VM Instant Art > Origami.  You will need to play with the settings til you get something that could go with the colors of your tube and also mesh well with the kit.  I ended up liking the following setting:


4.  Apply the WSL mask, then merge group.  Do a drop shadow on the mask with the settings above.

5.  Apply paper 2, drop it under mask layer.  Back on the mask layer, click outside the mask w magic wand.  Expand by 34, make sure that your marching ants have moved so that none of the paper will be showing on/under the outside edges of the mask.  then return to paper layer and hit delete.

6.  Copy/paste your tube onto your draft, under the framed mask layer but above the paper.  Using your freehand tool, make sure that no edges stick outside of the mask's outer edges.

7.  Now let's add some elements.  First open up butterflyspray, paste it in, then resize to 65% smart size.  To place it like I have placed it, I also rotated it 30 degrees right.  Since this makes it a little fuzzy, some sharpening is needed.  Go to adjust > sharpness > unsharp mask with the following setting:


8.  Next open up butterfly1.  Resize him to about 30% smart size.  He will also need some sharpening.  Apply the same sharpening settings from the last step.  Move him down to sit on the lower half of your frame in the center.

9.  Open up a few flower/plant elements of your choice.  I chose flowerbunch4, flowerbunch10, and grass 2.  Copy and paste each below the frame but above the tube.  Resize each to 40% smart size and position where you like, using the freehand tool to cut away any excess sticking outside the frame's outer edges.  Then apply the sharpening from step 8 and the drop shadow from step 4.

10.  Open up the scatter element.  Copy and paste it below the frame and drag it to your location of choice.  Cut away the excess outside the frame edges with your freehand tool.

11.  Paste the scatter element again, but this time in a new layer right ABOVE your frame.  Drag it until there is a cluster of sparkles surrounding the butterfly at the bottom and then cut the excess off with your freehand tool that is off to the side of the frame, but not on it, like I did in the example below:

12.  Paste in paper 1, drop it to the bottom but above the white background.  Apply your sparkle mask, merge group.

13.  Make a new raster layer for your name.  EC Bevel Boss inner carve (change highlight and shadow colors to colors from your tube), and the following Gradient Glow settings:

14.  Make a new raster layer for the appropriate copyright/your watermark and add it in.

15.  Crop out any excess white space if needed, save as png.  And you are done!