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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shop Till You Drop - a PTU Christmas tut


Tube - I've used the funky "Marie" by Spazz, please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - "Miss Santa" is a new kit by Kizzed by Kelz that matches Marie and has so many neat elements.  I want that chair for myself!!
Mask - WSL_Mask145 which you can d/l at Wee Scottish Lass's blog HERE
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow and Photo Effex (in supply zip)
Font -  Champagne and Limousines & Euphoria Script
Supply Zip -  contains Photo Effex filter & money. Place the filter wherever you put any of your psp filters. Download HERE

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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, I've used an EyeCandy drop shadow of distance 6, blur 10, 
opacity 30 with color #000000 throughout.

1. Open a new image 700 x 700 and f/f with white, you can r/s later.  Add a new layer and select all, open paper 13 and c/p into the selection.  Apply the WSL_Mask145 and merge group.  Using a small font - I used Champagne and Limousines size 14 - type out "Shop till you drop" in color #d7d3b8 until the entire large rectangle is covered. Convert text to raster.

2. Open elem117 and r/s 80%, mirror and c/p as new layer moving it a bit towards the right.  Open your sitting tube and r/s to 590 in height.  C/p it to your tag and move so it's sitting on the couch.  To give the couch the indents where her bum is placed, use your preset shape tool set to ellipse and draw out 2 little ovals under her bum about 20 x 10 pixels in size.  Convert to raster layer and add a starting Gaussian Blur of  3 to each. Keep blurring, resizing and moving them around until you have a natural looking indent.  Change the blend mode to luminance legacy. Give your tube a d/s of 8, 10, 30.

3. Open elem 108, c/p as a new layer below the couch layer in your layers palette. Open elem 104 and c/p on top of elem 108. Open paper12 and resize to 600 x 600, c/p as a new layer and drop below elem108.  Tap the inside of elem 108 with your magic wand, expand by 10 and invert, highlight the paper layer again and tap delete, invert & leave selected.  Go to Hue and Saturation and change the color of the paper to Hue 37 & Saturation of 41. Grab your close-up tube and c/p as a new layer positioning the face in the selected area, invert and tap delete. Select none.  Change the blend mode of your tube to overlay. Highlight the paper layer once again, and use Photo Effex Scanlines with the
following settings:


4. Open elem 1 (purse), r/s 40%, c/p as a new layer and drop to the bottom right of the couch so it's sitting on "the floor". Grab your pick tool and hold down the CTRL key as you squeeze together the right side nodes like so:


Once satisfied with it, open the money that I included in the supplies and c/p as a new layer just below the purse.  Using your freeform selections tool to promote some of the money to a new layer and bring that promoted layer above the purse so it hangs out of it.  Select none.

5. Place presents around her feet and on the side of the couch.  I've used elem 23, 36, 47 and r/s each 40%.  C/p to left and under her foot.  Open elem 30 and r/s 20%, c/p it to the right of the larger gifts near her purse.

6. Open paper11 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just above your mask layer in your layers palette.  Reshape it like we did in step 4; with your pick tool grab the top middle node and pull that down to just below the mask layer, then pull the top nodes in to be even with the mask and the bottom nodes pull out a to almost the edges of your tag.  Grab your freeform selections tool to round off the front of the 'rug'.

7. Now we'll decorate the tag...
:::elem 96, r/s 35% and c/p as a new layer below the purse layer in your layers palette, moving it all the way to the left of the couch. Duplicate, mirror, and move this one behind it.
:::elem 11, r/s 40% and c/p as a new layer placing it on top of the large gift box. Use your freeform selections tool to trace around the bow of the gift box, then promote it to layer and select none.  Move the promoted bow section above the martini glass.
:::elem21, c/p as a new layer and move to the bottom so they're sprinkled around the gifts.

6. R/s your tag as desired, add your artist's copyright and your name (I used Euphoria Script), and enjoy your new Christmas tag - now get to shopping! :)


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