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Monday, January 13, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Angel of Fire

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 13, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used Pandora's phenomenal Black Fire Angel.  You can purchase her at Scraps N Company.)
-- made-to-match scrap kit of the same name by Bibi.  you can also purchase this kit here.
-- the plugin EyeCandy 4000 (Gradient Glow).
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3.

-- template of choice.  I used a great template by Ali.
-- mask of choice.  I used a mask by Tonya.
-- alpha or font of choice.  for this tutorial, I am using the Black Fire alpha created by Sue, which was made to match this tube and kit.  you can purchase this alpha here.

Let's get started!

1.  Paste your tube onto your template.  Resize tube if needed (I resized mine to 45% bicubic)

2.  Paste Paper8 onto the shape of your choice (on my template it is the outer circles layer).  Using your magic wand, click outside the shape, return to your paper layer and hit the delete key.  

3.  DO NOT delete the shape layer, but move the shape on top of the paper.  Set opacity in your layer palette to 46, blend mode dissolve.

4.  Paste Paper7 onto another shape of choice (on mine, it is the "flower" shape).  Repeat steps 2 and 3, but in your layer palette, set the shape layer to 38% screen.

5.  Apply basic drop shadow to your tube but choose an accent color from your tube instead of black (I used #f8b219).

6.  Paste a paper of choice as the bottom layer.  Apply mask, merge group.  (optional - If your mask shows up light, do the basic drop shadow a couple times to give it emphasis.)

7.  It's time for some elements!  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 unless otherwise stated:

1 (tiger lily) - 40%.  Mirror and place on right hand side.
23 (single black candle) - 60%.  Duplicate, resize the copy to 85%.  Place them side by side, merge the two together.
46 (star swirl) - NO drop shadow.  Drop under tube layer.  Adjust to 60% opacity on layer palette.
16 (single rose) - 50%.  Place next to black candles.
25 (flame) - 50% rotate 45 left.  Place behind pair of candles but above flowers.
65 (red flora) - 60%  Put next to the tiger lily.
20 (black candles) - 60%.  Set on left hand side.

8.  Create a new raster layer for your name if using a font.  If using alpha to make name, transfer your letters to the canvas.  Resize if needed (I resized each letter to around 65%), arrange them to spell out the name and merge them down into one layer. 
9.  In your plugins menu, go to EyeCandy 4000 > Gradient Glow.  Choose Blazing Sun from the settings menu, and lower glow width to 11-13 pixels.

10.  [Optional]  Create a new raster layer.  Using your tube tool, choose the default fire tube that comes with PSP, size 55-60.  Place a few random flames on the name.  Move this layer below your alpha or font layer.

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