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Artistic Dreams Imaging
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

CT TUTORIAL ~ Beautiful Me

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 February 21, 2014.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I used Amber by Ishika Chowdhury.  You can purchase her here.

-- scrap kit of choice (I used the made-to-match kit "Adorable" by Designs by Joan.  you can purchase this kit here.) 
-- template of choice.  I'm using FB template #58 by Millie.  Check out her blog for her great selection of FB cover templates.
-- the plugins Toadies Blast n Blur, EyeCandy Gradient Glow and MuRa Meister Copies.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- font of choice.  I am using Three Dates, One Night.

Now, let's create!

1.   Open template, duplicate, close original and save as a new canvas.  Delete the star layers (12 and 13).

2.  Choose three papers from your kit.  Click your magic wand outside layer 2 of the template (large lavender rectangle) and paste in the darkest of your papers.  hit your delete key and deselect.  Repeat this step with your next two papers and layers 1 (pink longer rectangle) and 9 (thin lavender rectangle on the bottom).

3.  With your eyedropper, choose a color from your tube.  Floodfill layer 3 (pale pink shape) on the template with that color.   In your plugins menu, go to Toadies > Blast 'n' Blur and execute it with the X-effect set to 50 and the Y-effect to 149.

4.  Go to layer 4 (the left hand gray circle).  Choose a flower element from your kit and paste it in.  Resize it so that it fits inside the circle and almost completely fills it.  Duplicate and mirror it to fill the opposing circle, then merge down to combine the layers.  Lower the opacity to between 33-50% and change the blend mode to hard light.  Apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow to this layer.

5.  Click on the light pink top circles.  Floodfill them with a light color from your tube or kit.  In your effects menu, go to Texture and select Canvas Simple, using the default settings.

6.  Paste in your tube and apply Jazzy's drop shadow.  Duplicate her twice and hide the copies.  Resize this copy if desired.  Reselect your textured circles with your magic wand and position your tube until the area you want displayed is inside the right-hand circle of marching ants.  Hit your delete key.  Repeat this step with the left-hand circle and the second tube copy.

7.  Unhide the third tube copy, resize as needed and position in the center of the template.  

8.  Time to get your elements on!  Numbers/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:

2 (black leaves) - 35%.  place on right side of template.
46 (purple heart) - 20%  place on left side of template next to the left hand tube close up.
41 (open white flower) - duplicate if one of your close ups is a face closeup with hair visible.  first copy - 7%.  place in main tube's hair.  second copy - 10-12%.  place in close up tube's hair.
58 (blooming flower cluster) - 25%.  place on leaves.
3 (butterfly string) -  75%.  place in background so that butterflies are partially visible.
65 (violet satin ribbon) - 70%.  drop below textured circles/tube close ups and place on edge of dark colored circle on side of choice.
74 (heart charm) - 40%.  place in the center above layer 9 (thin rectangle).  go to MuRa Meister Copies in your plugins menu and choose the line setting, default settings.  select the thin rectangle layer and click your magic wand outside it.  return to your copied element line layer and hit delete.  drop this layer down below the tube layers.

9.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Type your name and place it to your liking.  In your effects menu, go to 3D effects > inner bevel and apply the following settings:

10.  In your plugins menu, go to Eye Candy > Gradient Glow and apply the following settings to your name:

11.  Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark and add it on along the top.  *Remember that you cannot use urls on Facebook due to their rules, so the next best alternative is to credit the artist's or store's FB page - for S&CO tubes, I would put @ScrapsNCompany*

12.  Delete the black square that marks the profile photo area. 

Profile Photo:
1.  Open a new canvas, 180x180.  Copy darkest paper and paste into canvas. 

2.   Copy butterfly string element.  Resize to 60% and reposition to show as many butterflies as possible.

3.  Copy the black leaves branch and the flower cluster.  Paste them in, resize each 45% and move to the right hand side of the canvas.  Merge these two layers together.

4.  Copy your tube.  Resize if needed and move slightly to the left.  (Don't forget your hair flower!)

5.  Copy your large flower layer from step 4 into your canvas.  Return the blend mode to normal and up the opacity to 80%.  Drop this layer under all others until it is above the background and move to show the preferred area of the petals.

6.  Create a new raster layer and floodfill with a color from your tube or kit.  Click your magic wand inside the layer and go to selections > modify > contract by 5.  Hit your delete key.  Repeat step 9's inner bevel directions to give the border definition. 

7.  Repeat steps 9-11 from banner directions for your initial and copyright.

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