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Thursday, October 19, 2017

CT TUTORIAL ~ Dead Man's Bride

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 October 18, 2017.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I am using a tube by Mariel that is part of S&CO's Dead Bride Night Collab part two.  Each part of the collab is FREE with purchase of $13.50 or more and you can get part here.

-- scrap kit of choice.   I am using a kit by FwTags Creations, also part of this collab pack.
-- template of choice.  I am using Template #17 by Melissa.
-- mask of choice.  I am using a mask by Vaybs.
-- Jazzy's basic drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- the plugins EyeCandy Bevel Boss, Corona and Gradient Glow.
-- font or alpha of choice.  I am using an alpha by Designs by Sue that is part of the collab pack.

1.  Open your template, duplicate and close the original.  Save copy as your new canvas.  Delete any creator/copyright layer.

2.  Open two scenic papers and paste into canvas.  Place the first paper above the top-most circle layer.  Select all > float > defloat > invert and hit delete key.  

3.  Resize your second scenic paper by 50%, then duplicate twice.  Select one of the top small circle layers.  Select all > float > defloat, then move first copy of paper inside the marching ants to show the portion of the scene you want.  Invert and hit delete key.  Repeat this step with the other two small circles and the second and third copies of your paper.

4.  Paste in a plain dark colored paper.  Select one of the background small circle shapes (shape 2, 3, and 6 on the template I'm using).  Select all > float > defloat with this same paper on each of these circles.

5.  Select the background circle and paste in another paper.  Repeat latter half of step 2.

6.  Using manual color correction, change the color of the bottom doodle to a color from your tube.

7.  In your plugins menu, go to Eye Candy Bevel Boss and apply the Hubcap preset but change placement to inside marquee.

8.  Paste in another paper as your bottom layer.  Apply mask and merge group.

9.  Paste in your tube.  Resize if needed and place in center of canvas.  Go to Eye Candy > Corona and apply the following settings:

10.  Now let's add 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 my placements or or place where preferred.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless otherwise marked:

34 (grass and skulls) - 65%.
29 (ring) - 25%.
45 (gravestone) - 50%.
31 (top hat) - 20%.  rotate 10 degrees left and perch on gravestone.
11, 25 (flowers) - 25-40%.
12 (raven) - 35%.
8 (skull head chalice) - 30%.
36 (specter) - 65%.  place behind gravestone.  NO drop shadow.
7 (smoke) - NO drop shadow.

11.  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.

12.  Repeat Corona from step 9.

13.  Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark.