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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pink Polka Dots in Winter - a ptu tut


Tube - I've used a real cutie by Danny Lee, "Pink Winter", which can tag you all the way through the season.  You can purchase this tube HERE, please don't use without a license.    
Scrap Kit - Designs by Joan matching kit "Pink Winter" can be found HERE.  I loved using this kit, there are a gazillion fun elements!   
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Glow (for name) and Drop Shadow; Xero Porcelain.  I use EC d/s for all of my tut writing.
Font - I've used AL Highlight    

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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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Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy dropshadow of distance 5, blur 10, 
opacity 30 with color #000000.


1. Open a new image 800 x 800 and f/f with white, we can crop and r/s later.  Open elem79 and c/p as a new layer and move to the bottom. Duplicate and spread them apart moving the left sided one down a bit.  Open elem27 and c/p as a new layer, moving it to the center of the left snowflake.  

2. Open elem45 and r/s 60%, c/p as a new layer. Tap inside the frame with your magic wand and expand by 5.  Open paper6 and r/s 50%, c/p as a new layer below the frame in your layers palette, selections invert and tap delete on your keyboard.  Leave selected.  Open your close up tube and c/p as a new layer moving the face is in the frame, tap delete and select none. On your close up, change the blend mode to luminance and add Xero Porcelain with the following settings:


Duplicate the close up and change this blend mode to screen.  Open elem16 and r/s 60%, c/p and place on top of the pink frame. Use your eraser tool set to round to erase some of the pearls so this frame can appear to be intertwined with the other, add your d/s. Open elem100 and r/s 40%. C/p as a new layer and move to the top left side of the frame. Merge all of these pieces to the frame together.

3. Open elem57 and r/s 75%, mirror. Drop below the frame layer and move it to the left.  Open elem61 and r/s 75%, mirror. Move it to the left a bit of the white tree.  Open elem22 and r/s 40%, c/p as a new layer at the top of your layer palette and duplicate.  Move one set to the left top so the end of the strand starts at the top of the white tree. Move the duplicate strand down in your layer palette to just above the green tree.  Now duplicate each strand once again, and on the original strands add your d/s, this way the lights don't lose their glow. Merge each dup and original together.

4. Highlight the pearl layer in your palette.  Open elem66 and r/s 65%, c/p as a new layer and place it in front of merged frame.

5. Open elem42, duplicate and close original, r/s 80% - we're going to make this part separately from the tag.  Tap in the center with your magic wand and expand by 10, add a new layer and drop this layer below the frame.  Open paper7 and c/p into the selection, select none.  On the frame layer add a d/s of 3, 6, 40 and then enhance it.  Merge visiible.  Now c/p this scene onto your tag just above the "floor" snowflakes.  Move it to the top far left, duplicate and move this one to the far right bottom of your tag. Open elem76 and r/s 80%. C/p these above the right frame layer in your palette and move a bit to the right so they sit on the top of the right frame.

6. Open elem96 and c/p as a new layer top of layer palette.  Move this down to the bottom left of your tag, duplicate, mirror and flip.  Open your main tube now and c/p as a new layer to the right of the close-up. Duplicate and add a Gaussian Blur of 5, change the blend mode to soft light. Add your d/s to the original tube layer and do it again in the opposite direction. Open elem46  and r/s 50%. C/p it as a new layer under the tube layer and move the bunny to the far right bottom corner of the frame. Open elem53 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer just above your tube layer, moving it to the left forefront of the tag.  Open elem41 and r/s 15%, c/p as a new layer and put on the neck of the deer. Use your mover tool to tilt it to the left a bit.

7. R/s your tag now to your preferred size, add your artist's copyright and your name, and your done with your beautiful new winter tag.


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