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My license list

Pics For Design
Scraps n Company
Scraps and the City
PSP Asylum
Artistic Dreams Imaging
The PSP Project
Artistically Inclined Licensing

independent artists/special licenses:
Anthony Guerra Unlimited
Amanda Fontaine limited exclusive
Barbara Jensen
Ismael Rac
Arthur Crowe
Sensual Posers
Elias Chatzoudis
Keith Garvey
Kathy Cyr

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Friday, June 23, 2017

CT TUTORIAL ~ Heart Chic

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 22, 2017.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I am using Heart Chic by Andy Cooper.  She is available to purchase here.

-- scrap kit of choice.   I am using the beautiful match kit by Tagcatz Design, which you can purchase here.
-- template of choice.  I used FB Template #16 by Millie.  You can get all her awesome timeline templates here.
-- Jazzy's basic drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- the plugins Eye Candy Gradient Glow.
-- alpha or font of choice.  I am using a beautiful alpha by Designz by Sue, Diabla, which you can purchase here.

1.  Open template, duplicate and close original.  Save copy as your new canvas.  Delete credit layer and profile photo placement layer.

2.  Open 4 papers of choice.  Select the center rectangular shape layer and paste in your second paper.  Select all, float, defloat, invert, then select paper layer and hit your delete key.  Repeat this step and alternate with your remaining papers over the remaining center shapes until they are complete.

3.  Select the background layer and add noise.  Uniform, 42%, monochrome CHECKED.

4.  Select first small hearts layer.  In effects menu, go to Texture and select a texture of choice (I chose Coarse Canvas with a depth of 6 and size of 80%).

5.  Select second small hearts layer.  In effects menu, go to Blinds and apply the following settings:  width 10, opacity 50, color from your tube or kit, light from left/top checked.

6.  Select large center heart.  Repeat step 3 but increase noise to 65%.

7.  Time for some elements.   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.  Any directions for placement of elements are optional - you can follow them or or place where preferred.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless otherwise marked:

54 (music notes) - 65%.  place just center heart.  Repeat the delete step of step 2 to remove excess outside heart.  NO drop shadow.
29, 16 (flowers) - 20-30%.
21 (chocolate/berries) - 25%.
50 (Siamese kitten) - 55%.
12 (bracelet) - 30%.
27 (iPod) - 45%.
47 (champagne) - 40%.
67 (sparkles) - place as top layer.  NO drop shadow.

8.  Create a new raster layer for your name if using a font.  If using an alpha, transfer your letters to the canvas.  Resize to your preference, arrange them to spell out your name and then merge them down into a single layer.

9.  Apply the following Gradient Glow settings:

10.  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 put @ScrapsNCompany*

Profile Photo:
1.  Open a new canvas, 180x180.  Copy and paste in background noise layer from cover.

2.  Copy and paste center heart from banner.  Resize to 45%.

3.  Paste in tube.  Resize as needed.

4.  Paste in the sparkle layer, two flower elements, champagne glass and chocolates.  Resize flowers to 40% each, champagne to 60% and chocolates to 45%.  Arrange in lower right corner.

5.  Choose another paper from your banner and paste it in as the top layer.  Select all > modify > contract by 4 and hit delete key.

6.  Repeat steps 8-10 from banner directions for your initial and artist's copyright.