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PSP Asylum
Artistic Dreams Imaging
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Lady Darkness

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 September 6, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used Lidia by Pandora Creations.  You can purchase her at Pics For Design.)

-- scrap kit of choice.  I used a great FTU kit called "Halloween Night" by Seachell.
-- template of choice.  I used a template by Designz by Ali. 
-- the plugin EyeCandy 4000's Gradient Glow.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- mask of choice.  I used a mask by Aqua.
-- font of choice.  I used Donree's Claws.

And now let's create!

1.   Open template, duplicate, close original and save duplicate as your canvas.  

2.  Choose a paper from your kit and paste it under the bottom frame layer of your template.  

3.  Click your magic wand on the frame's outside.  Modify > selections > expand > expand by 2 if you have a thin frame, 5 or 6 if you have a thick frame.  Return to paper layer and hit your delete key.

4.   Choose a second, scenic or contrasting colored paper from your kit and paste it under the top frame layer.  Repeat step 3.

5.  If your frame layers are not already black, floodfill them with black.  Go to effects > 3D effects > Inner Bevel and apply the following settings to your frames (optional--change the angle for the second frame):

6.  Paste in your tube.  Apply the basic drop shadow.  Resize as needed if your tube is extra large (make sure your resample setting is set to bicubic).  Position to your liking.

7.  Time for some elements!  Names/numbers 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:

Elements part one--creating a scene.  [These element steps are optional.  If you are using a scenic paper or a pattern with which this will not work, feel free to skip down to the second set of element steps.  In this step, change the blend mode of each element to Luminance Legacy and make sure all elements are inside your top frame.]:

18 (tree with tombstone hill) - 65%.  use as backdrop.
11 (moon with bats) - 40%. 
8 (Celtic cross tombstone) - 40%.  
9 (thin cross tombstone with skulls at base) - 35%.

Elements part two--regular:

32 (black wrap ribbon) - 70%.  place so that it wraps around the lower end of one or both your frames.
21 (angry black cat) - 50%.  place in lower right corner.
71 (bloody rose) - 25%.  place next to cat.
26 (pile of skulls) - 65%.  place under tube's feet.
53 (cross charm) - 45%.  hang from upper right corner of frame.

8.  Select a third paper from your kit and paste it as your bottom layer.  Apply mask and merge group.

9.  Create a new raster layer.  Type your name and position it to your liking.  Repeat step 5's inner bevel.

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

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

and you're all done!  Enjoy your new tag!