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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sexilicious Baby - a ptu tut

Tube - A super sexy tube called "Dempsey" by ViNina, which you can purchase at S&Co HERE.  Please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - Matching kit "Dempsey" by Designs by Joan can also be purchased at S&Co. HERE.
Template - Millie's template #680, which you can d/l on her blog HERE. Please be sure to thank Millie for her incredible generosity!!
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow; Eye Candy 5 glass
Animations - I've used another super freebie animation from Simone, #310 which you can d/l HERE.  Also thank Simone!

Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
A/S = Animation Shoppe
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of direction 280 distance 5, blur 10, opacity 53 with color #000000.

1. Open Millie's template, duplicate and close the original.  Change the canvas size to 700 x 647, you can crop or r/s later on. Delete the cr layer and un-hide the background (f/f in the white).

2. Highlight layer 3 in your layers palette, s/sa/fl/defl.  Open pp-3 and r/s 50%, c/p as a new layer and position within the marching ants, invert and delete.  Repeat these same steps with each layer as follows:
:::layer 4 - pp-6
:::layer 5 - pp-4

3. Open Elem-8 and c/p as a new layer just above the background layer.  Move to the right side, duplicate and mirror, merge down.

4. In your Materials palette, change your foreground color to #ff0000 (or a color of your choice). Grab your target brush with the following settings:

Open Elem4 and using your target brush, colorize the darkest lights on the entire element.  Go outside the lightbulb itself so you get the glow as well.  When done, highlight layer 6 in your layers palette and c/p Elem-4 as a new layer.  If animating - Duplicate this layer 2 more times for a total of 3, rename them 1, 2, 3 and hide all but layer 1. Don't add a d/s to these layers.

5. Highlight layer 6, s/sa/fl/defl and add a new layer. F/f this layer with the same color you used on your lights, select none.  Go EyeCandy5 Glass, under settings tap Clear and use the remaining default settings.  

6. Highlight layer 9, s/sa/fl/def and add a new layer.  F/f this new layer with the same color, and repeat this step on layer 10.  Add a little noise to these new layers of 67 Gaussian. Delete the original layers. On layers 7 & 8, adjust your brightness and contrast to -255 and contrast 0.  On each of these 4 new layers, s/sa/fl/defl, modify and expand by 2.  Add a new layer below and f/f with color #c9c9c9, select none.  Merge each layer with it's highlight layer, but keep the 4 layers separate in case you want to move them around a bit.

7. Open your tube, r/s as needed and c/p as a new layer just below the word art layers.  Duplicate the tube, and on the original tube layer add your d/s, on the duplicate add a Gaussian Blur of 5.  Change the blend mode to overlay on the duplicate layer.  If desired, move the word art around until it compliments your tube, and them merge all of the WA layers together and add a heavy d/s of 3, 3, 80. 

8. Now we'll decorate the tag:
::::Open Elem-3 and c/p as a new layer dropping it below the tube layer, duplicate and mirror. 
::::Open Elem-46 and c/p as a new layer above all of the 'paper layers'.  Add a heavy d/s of 10, 10, 65.
::::Open Elem-35, r/s 50% and then 75%. C/p as a new layer and drop it below Elem-46 in your palette.  Tuck it in on the left behind the large heart.  Duplicate, mirror, and move this one up just a bit.
::::Open Elem-77, c/p as a new layer just below the tube layers and move down and to the left.
::::Open Elem-121 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer above #3 of the lights layers.  Move over the bottom right.
::::Open Elem-7, c/p as a new layer.
::::Open Elem-122 and r/s 90%. C/p as a new layer and move down the center middle just below the bottom of your tube, now move it down in your layer palette to just above the white layer.  Add a light d/s.

9. Crop and/or r/s your tag to your liking, add your artist's © information and your name.  If you're NOT going to animate, delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a png file.  Continue on if you're animating.....

10. Highlight light layer 1 and be sure 2 & 3 are hidden.  Using your freeform selections tool with feather set to 3, hold down the shift key & trace around intermittent light bulbs and their glow.   I traced around 12 lights pretty evenly spaced.  Holding down the shift key allows you to keep them all selected at one time.  Once they're selected, adjust your brightness and contrast on this layer with the following settings:

Select none. Now highlight light layer 2, and repeat this step, tracing around different lights.  Repeat again on light layer 3.  Don't worry if you don't have every light brightened, this is a quick effect and no one will notice if you miss a few.

11. Open animation shoppe and Simone's animation.  Note that Simone's animation has 21 frames and moves very fast.  We don't want the light layers to blink that fast; your friends would have seizures looking at it lol.  Follow my directions carefully to have 2 animations moving at different speeds without much fuss.

12. Back in psp, starting at the top of your layers palette, hide all layers above the 3 lighted frames, and then hide light layers 3 and 2.  Highlight light layer 1 and copy merged.  Move to A/S and paste as a new animation, duplicate this layer.  Back to psp and hide light layer 1 and un-hide light layer 2, copy merged & move to A/S. Move the slider at the bottom of your tag to frame 2 and tap on it to select it.  Paste your tag from psp 'after selected frame', duplicate this frame now and highlight the duplicated.  Repeat with light frame layer 3, highlight frame 4, paste after selected frame, duplicate this frame.  

13. Now you have 6 frames, but you need 21 to match Simone's animation.  Select all and copy, move to frame 6 and highlight, paste after selected frame.  Move to frame 12 and highlight, paste after selected frame, move to frame 18 and paste after selected frame.  You now have 24 frames, so move your slider all the way to the end and delete the last 3 frames.  Again, it won't make any difference that you've done this.

14. Run your animation and be sure you're happy with it, and if you are - great job! I hope you enjoy your snazzy new animated tag!!


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