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Monday, September 8, 2014

CT TUTORIAL ~ Merrie May

Supplies needed:
-- PSP

-- main tube of choice (I used a lovely new tube by LeEVart.  Her name is Merrie and she's available at S&CO.)
-- template of choice.  (Millie has tons of great Facebook cover templates.  check out her blog for the selection!  for this tut, I chose cover template #47)
-- the plugin Tramages.
-- a small tube or two.  I used the basic pinwheel bronze that comes with PSP.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- alpha or font of choice.  I used a great alpha by Designz by Sue called Capricornia.   you can purchase this and tons of Sue's other alphas at S&CO.

It's time to create! 

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

 2.  Choose a color from your tube and floodfill layer 1.   In your plugins menu, go to Tramages > Holidays in Egypt and apply the following settings:

3.  Choose another shade of the same color from your tube and floodfill layer 3.  Go to effects > texture effects > Fine Leather and use the default settings.

4.  Floodfill layer 2 with a contrasting color from your tube.   Go to effects > 3D effects > Inner Bevel and apply the following settings:

 5.  Choose a different contrasting color from your tube and floodfill layers 7 and 8.  In your plugins menu, go to Tramages > At the Atomic Level and apply the following settings:

6.  Repeat the Atomic Level plugin on both layers 7 and 8, but change the "pattern" value to a different number to give the rectangles a fun contrast.

7.  On layers 9 and 10 (the small frames on the right), repeat step 4.

8.  Paste in your tube.  If your tube has a close-up layer, paste that in as well and hide it for now.  If it does not, duplicate your tube twice and hide the copies.  Apply Jazzy's drop shadow and then resize if needed.  

9.  Drop your tube layer below the small frames and position it to your liking inside one frame.  Click your magic wand outside the frame, then go to selections > modify > expand by 2.  Return to your tube layer and hit the delete key.  Unhide one of your tube copies and repeat the previous step and this step to fill the other small frame.

10.  Unhide your tube close-up or third copy.  Resize if needed to where your tube's whole face is visible.  Apply the basic drop shadow and position to your liking.  Optional:  change blend mode on this layer to screen.

11.   Create a new raster layer and add your small tube or tubes as embellishments where you like.

12.  Floodfill the background layer with a dark color from your tube.  Apply the Fine Leather setting from step 3.

13.  If you're using an alpha - copy letters of choice from the alpha file, paste onto canvas.  Resize if needed and merge these layers together.   

14.  Apply Jazzy's drop shadow to your alpha layer.

15.  Create a new raster layer and add on your copyright/watermark.   

Profile Photo:
1.  Open a new canvas, 180x180.  Copy background and layer 3 from the cover, paste into canvas.    

2.  Paste a new copy of tube into canvas.  You can resize and position how you like.

3.  Add an embellishment or two with your tubes.

4.  Create new raster layer, floodfill with a light color from your tube.  Selections > modify > contract by 6, hit delete.   Apply the Inner Bevel from step 4 of the banner directions.

5.  Repeat steps 13-15 from the cover directions for your initial and copyright.

And now you're done!  Enjoy your new Facebook set!