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Monday, June 23, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Princesa

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 23, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP

-- main tube of choice (I used Pandora's Princess, available at S&CO.)
-- scrap kit of choice  (I used the made-to-match kit by Bibi, part of the Princess Collab set, also available at S&CO.)
-- the plugin EyeCandy 4000 (Glass and Gradient Glow).
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color white.
-- font of choice.  I used Vivaldi. 

Now let's create!


1.  Open a new canvas, 600x250.  Choose a paper from your scrap kit (if using the same kit I am, I chose Paper 9), paste into your canvas.

2.   Choose a second, contrasting-color paper from your kit (I chose Paper 2) and paste onto your canvas.

3.  Create a new blank raster layer and click it with your magic wand.  Return to the paper used in step 2.  Selections > modify > contract by 7, and hit your delete key.

4.  Copy your tube and paste under the paper-border layer.  Resize if needed (I resized 50% bicubic) and position tube on the right.  Apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow.

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:

19 (knight in armor) - 50%.  mirror him to face left, move to the opposite side of the banner and change blend mode to overlay.
3 (floral branch) - 50%.  place above the Princess tube.
32 (blue flower) - 25%.  place to the right of the knight.
81 (crown) - 30%.  place alongside the flowers.
64 (large sparkles) - place under tube layer.  NO drop shadow.
9 (castle rampart) - 60%.
16 (shield) -  25%.  change blend mode to luminance and reduce opacity to 60%.  place on castle rampart element in location of your choice.

6.  Return to the blank raster layer from step 3 and use it for your name layer.  Type your name and position it to your liking.  In your plugins menu, go to EyeCandy 4000 > Glass and choose the preset Aqua, default settings.

7.  While staying on the name layer, go to EyeCandy >Gradient Glow and apply the following settings:

8.  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 OR your main tube.  If doing the latter, move your tube so that a portion of the clothing creates the background (i.e. Princess' skirt).  

3.  Paste in a copy of your tube (or duplicate your tube layer and position as needed).  Resize tube if needed.

4.  Copy floral branch element from banner.  Paste along bottom edge of avatar.

5.  Copy and paste in sparkles element.

6.  Copy and paste in knight in armor element.  Drop this layer below your tube.  Change blend mode to burn and lower opacity to 58%.

7.  Copy and paste in crown element.  Place in lower left corner.

8.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 from the banner instructions to give your avatar a border layer.

9.  Repeat steps 6-8 for your initial and copyright.

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