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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Magic Girl

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 2, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP

-- main tube of choice (I used Andy Cooper's gorgeous genie girl, available at S&CO.)
-- made-to-match scrap kit by DN Scraps called "Magic Lamp", also available at S&CO.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- font of choice.  I used Aladdin. 

It's time to create! 


1.  Open a new canvas, 600x250.  Choose a paper from your scrap kit (if using the same kit I am, I chose Paper12), paste into your canvas.

2.  Open a decorative element and paste it into your canvas.  In your layer palette, change blend mode to Screen.

3.  Open your tube and paste it onto your canvas.  Resize if needed (I resized 40% bicubic) and apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow.

4.  [optional] if your tube contains a closeup, paste it into your canvas, move it to the opposite side as your main tube and position it to show a different area of the tube.  Apply Jazzy's drop shadow and then change the blend mode to Hard Light, opacity to 58%.

5.  Now let's jazz up your banner with some elements.  Names apply to the scrap kit I'm using so if you're using a different one, use the elements of your choice.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Remember to apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless otherwise marked:

moon - 30%.  Drop this layer below your main tube and position it next to/around the tube's hand (if applicable).
dragonflies - 30%
genie/genious - mirror him and place him over the tube copy.  optional - lower opacity on his layer to 70%.
glitterstars - place this layer just above the decorative element layer.  NO drop shadow.
halo trail - 20%.  position so it is coming out of the lamp's spout.  NO drop shadow.
bird - 15%

6.  Create new raster layer and floodfill with a color from your tube or kit.   Click on it with your magic wand, then go to selections > modify > contract > contract by 9.  Hit delete.

7.  Go to adjust > add/remove noise > add noise and select gaussian at 55% with monochrome CHECKED.

8.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Type your name and position it to your liking.  Go to effects > 3D effects > inner bevel and apply the following settings:

9.  Apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow to the name layer but change the color to one from your tube or kit.

10.  Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark and add it on.  Use a small font, such as Arial Narrow at 9/10 point.


1.  Create new canvas - size 180x180.

2.  Paste in a new paper of choice from your kit. (I chose paper5).

3.  Paste in your main tube layer.  if needed, resize (I resized 75% bicubic.)

4.  Paste in the genie element from your banner.  Drop him under the tube layer and move him so only his face shows.

5.  Paste in the glitterstars layer and position to your liking.

6.  Open and paste in the halo element and put below your tube and genie to give them a glow.  Drop the opacity to 60-70% so that your paper shows behind it.

7.  Open and paste in the tall standing leaves element and drop below your tube and genie after positioning to your liking.

8.  Repeat steps 6 and 7 to give your avatar a border layer.

9.  Repeat steps 8-10 for your initial and copyright.

And now you are done!  Enjoy your new forum set!