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

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

CT TUTORIAL ~ Midnight Star

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 January 25, 2018.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice that is large or has a closeup layer.   I am using "Midnight Princess" by Lysisange.  You can purchase her here.

-- scrap kit of choice with scenic papers included.   I am using a beautiful matching kit by FWTags, which you can get here.
-- template of choice.  I am using a template by Smf Design.
-- mask of choice.  I am using a mask by Simone
-- Jazzy's basic drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- the plugins Mura Meister, Xero and Eye Candy.
-- font of choice.  I am using Loveya Script.

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

2.  Open four papers from kit.  Paste them into canvas.  Move the darkest colored paper to the bottom for your mask layer and hide for now.  Place the other papers above the shape layers in the order that you choose.

3.  Select the four shooting stars shape layer.   Select all > float > defloat > invert and hit delete key on the paper.

4.  Repeat step 3 on the center star and background bars layers with your next two papers.  

5.  Unhide your mask layer.  Apply mask and merge group.

6.  Paste in your tube close up.  Resize if needed and apply drop shadow.  Place over one of the four shooting stars.  Duplicate, then mirror copy.  Merge the tubes together.  Select the shooting stars shape layer and repeat step 3 on the tubes.  Repeat with the bottom two stars.

7.  Merge the tube closeups into a single layer.  In your layer palette, change blend mode to Luminance (Legacy).  In plugins menu, go to Xero > Porcelain and apply these settings:

Your shooting stars should now look like this:  

8.  Paste in your tube again.  Resize if needed and place in the center of your canvas.

9.  Using the manual color correction tool, change the colors of the dotted circles to match dark colors from your tube or kit.

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 place where preferred.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless otherwise marked:

50 (rose) - 35%.
19 (rose with glitter petals) - 30%.
54 (petals) - 35%.
47 (leaf trio) - 40%.  Apply Mura Meister Copies plugin, Encircle preset, 22-25 copies.  Drop this layer to just above mask layer.
23 (metal star) - 50%.  Repeat Copies step but move this layer to bottom.
66 (high heel) - 25%.  duplicate and merge together.
62 (necklace and box) - 20%.
68 (lipstick) - 20%.
67 (polish) - 20%.
52 (curly ribbon) - 85%.  duplicate once and flip and mirror copy.
7, 5, 43 (glitter scatter and sparkles) - NO drop shadow.

11.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Type your name and position to your liking.  In plugins menu, go to Lokas > Gel and apply these settings:

12.  Go to Eye Candy Gradient Glow and apply these settings:

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