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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Steampunk Ball - a ptu tut

Tube -  I've used a simply gorgeous one called "Purple Steampunk" by Danny Lee, which can be purchased at S&Co HERE.  It comes with a full body tube.
Scrap Kit - Kizzed by Kelz has a super matching kit for this tube, also called Purple Steampunk HERE.  It's nice to have different colors in steampunk style.
Mask - Vix Big Mask 16 which you can d/l HERE, put into your masks folder.
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow
Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
r/s = resize
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of direction 310, distance 10, blur 10, opacity 40 with color #000000.

1. Open a new image 800 x 800 and f/f with white, we can crop and r/s later. 

2. Open elem 46 and c/p as a new layer.  Open your tube (I used this tube's close up) and r/s as needed, c/p as a new layer.  Move your tube up a bit so just a bit is hanging over the bottom edge of the frame's opening (If using the same tube as me, place her so her little finger is at the edge).  Using your magic wand, tap in the center of the frame layer.  Modify and expand by 2, invert.  Grab your eraser tool, and erase the overhanging part of the tube.  While still selected, open paper 1 and r/s to 300x300. C/p as a new layer below your frame layer, tap delete and select none.  To your tube, add a d/of direction 310, distance 10, blur 18, opacity 33.

3. The frame has such beautiful detail I didn't want to lose it.  Grab your freeform selections tool this time and loosely but carefully trace around the solid part of the frame near the outer edge.

Once selected, highlight your white background layer and promote selection to layer, select none.  Merge the paper 1 layer down onto this layer so you don't accidentally delete it.  Don't add a d/s to the frame

4. Now let's decorate.....
:::Elem115 - r/s 40% - c/p to bottom left side of the frame and drop under the white layer.
:::Elem5 - r/s 40% - c/p to bottom right side above the frame layer.
:::Elem37 - c/p as a new layer just below your tube layer, move up so it appear the wings are on the tube.
:::Elem13 - c/p and move so it rests on the wing, duplicate and mirror and move to fit the opposite wing. No d/s here.
:::Elem42 - r/s 70% - c/p as a new layer below the wing layer and move to the left a bit.  Duplicate and mirror, move them both so they almost touch in the top middle, no d/s on this layer.
:::Elems 116, 121 & 123 - r/s all 25% - c/p to the bottom center of the frame and cluster them together
:::Elem51 - mirror and c/p to the top of your palette. Center the middle cog of this element over the clock gear on the bottom right of the tag.
:::Elem39, c/p as a new layer just above the white bg layer. Move it down a teensy bit until it touches the bottom elements.
:::Elem132 - r/s 50% and c/p above the tube layer.  Move it so it rests in her hand by her face.  Use your eraser tool to erase the part that covers her palm.

:::Elem7 - c/p as a new layer at the top of your layer palette.

5. Open paper10 and c/p as a new layer just above the white bg layer.  Locate Vix Big Mask 16 and apply it, merge group and duplicate.

6. Crop and/or r/s as needed, add your artist's copyright information and your name, and you're done!


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