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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Warm & Merry Nights - PTU

Tube - I've used "Merry" by ViNina which can be found at S&Co HERE. Please don't use ViNina's lovely artwork without a license.
Scrap Kit - a really sweet kit by Kizzed by Kelz, "Pink Christmas", which also can be found at S&Co HERE
Mask - 179Insatiable Dreams & 191Insatiable Dreams, both can be d/l'ed HERE, scroll down for Masks 6
Filters - (Optional) EyeCandy 3.1 - this tutorial is written using this filter. 
Font - I've used Janet   

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
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Throughout this tut I've used an EyeCandy dropshadow of distance 4, blur 6 , opacity 32 - with color #202020, except where noted.

1. Open a new image 700 x 700, we can crop and r/s later.  F/f with white, add a new layer and select all.  Open paper 48 and c/p into selection, add a new layer.  Open paper 46 and paste into selection, mirror and then hide this layer.  Select none.  On the paper 48 layer apply the 179Insatiable Dreams mask and merge group. Unhide and highlight the paper 46 layer and apply the 191InsatiableDreams mask and merge group.

2. Open ele 51 and c/p as a new layer, moving to the bottom left side, add d/s.  Open your main tube and r/s to about 575 high.  C/p as a new layer moving it to the left to "sit" on the pillows.  Duplicate and add a Gaussian Blur of 5 to this layer.  Change the blend mode to soft light. On the original tube layer add your d/s.

3. Now we'll add the elements as follows to create the tag above...

::::Open ele 2, c/p as a new layer above the top mask layer, do not add a d/s.
::::Open ele 23, r/s 75% and c/p as a new layer, moving it to the upper left & dropping it below your tube. Add d/s. 
::::Open ele 14 and c/p as a new layer moving it on top of the greenery.  Add a d/s of 4, 8, 40.
::::Open ele 128 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer below the greenery layer and tuck it behind it.  Change the d/s to 5, 5, 32
::::Open ele 17, r/s 30% and then 75% again. C/p as a new layer moving to the bottom right, add d/s.
::::Open ele 124 and r/s 25%. C/p as a new layer moving to the left of the coffee cup, add d/s.  Repeat with ele 123.
::::Open ele 91 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and drop below the coffee cup in your layer palette and move behind it on your tag. Add d/s.
::::Open ele 8, r/s 50% and c/p as a new layer moving it down and in front of the coffee cup, add d/s.
::::Open ele 33 and c/p as a new layer above the mask layer in your layers palette, r/s 85%.  Be sure the coffee cup and cookies hide the bottom of the frame. Tap inside the frame with your magic wand, modify and expand it by 5. Open your close-up tube and mirror, c/p it as a new layer under the frame in your layers palette, positioning it so you see the face nicely in the frame.  Invert and delete the close-up layer.  Change the blend mode to soft light and add a d/s to the frame layer.
::::Open ele 23 and r/s 85%. C/p as a new layer and drape it across the top of the frame. Add a d/s changing the blur to 10.
::::Open ele 56 and c/p as a new layer, dropping it under the frame layer.  Move it up so it's under the top of the frame.  No d/s on this layer.
::::Open ele 58 and c/p as a new layer just under the frame layer. Move it around so it peeks out from behind your tube, duplicate and move this one to the far left above the pillows.
::::Open ele 134 and c/p as a new layer above the frame layer. Move it to the top right corner of the frame, add d/s.

4. Crop and r/s as desired, add your name and your artist's copyright information and delete the white background layer.  Save as a png file and enjoy your new holiday tag!!


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