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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CT TUTORIAL ~ She's Spellbinding

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 3, 2017.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I am using Andy Cooper's "Maiden Witch", part of S&CO's new Halloween Fun collab.  The collab is FREE with purchase of $13.50 or more and you can get it here.

-- scrap kit of choice.   I am using a kit by Joan called "Pumpkin Flash", also part of the collab.
-- template of choice.  I am using a template by Ali.
-- mask of choice.  I am using a mask by Tonya.
-- wordart of choice.  I am using wordart by Tweety, which is a free gift with purchase of $4 or more.
-- Jazzy's basic drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- the plugins Tramages, EyeCandy Bevel Boss and Gradient Glow.
-- font of choice.  I am using Panhandler.

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

2.  Open three papers of choice and paste into canvas.  Send one to the bottom to be your mask layer and hide for now.  Match the first one with the small circles layer (merge these together first!) and the other with the first large circle.  On each, select all > float > defloat > invert and hit delete key.  

3.  Select each rectangle and use the manual color correction tool under the Adjust menu.  Change the color to a color from your tube or kit but use slightly different shades of that color.

4.  Select the second large circle and apply effects of choice from the default effects PSP offers.  (I applied Blinds with a color from my kit and Antique Mosaic)

5.  Select one of the rectangles.  Select all > float > defloat.  In your plugins menu, go to Tramages > Glass Pyramids and set divisions to 34.  Then go to Blur in the Adjust menu and select Gaussian Blur, set at 6.  Deselect.

6.  Go to second rectangle.  Select all > float > defloat.  In your plugins menu, go to Tramages > Metal Peacocks and apply the following settings:

7.  Unhide the bottom layer paper.  Apply mask and merge group.

8.  Paste in your tube and apply drop shadow.  Resize if needed.

9.  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:

15, 6, 8, 65 (flowers) - 30-40%.
18 (spider) - 20%.
72 (black pumpkin) - 30%.  place behind tube.
47 (leaves) - 50%.  place behind circles but above mask layer.  duplicate once, rotate copy 30 degrees right and place where preferred.
46 (bird) - 40%.
75 (lantern) - 15%.
54 (pumpkin candle) - 35%.
10 (frog) - 20%.
51 (ghost) - 55%.  place behind flowers.
38 (sign) - 50%.
62 (orange glitter scatter) - place behind tube.  NO drop shadow.

10.  Select one of the word arts from the word art file.  Place where preferred. [optional - add a light bevel and drop shadow or gradient glow to make it stand out]

11.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Type your name and position to your liking.  In plugins menu, go to Eye Candy > Bevel Boss and use the Picture Frame preset but change bevel placement to inside marquee.

12.  In plugins menu, go to Gradient Glow and apply the following settings:

13. Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark and add it on.