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FTU Tutorial – Circles and Squares

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FTU Tutorial: Circles and Squares

This tutorial assumes a working knowledge of PSP. This tutorial was written using PSP X7, but should work
in any version. This tutorial was written by Marie Ott on 6th September 2018 for the mystery tutorial
at The Taggers Inn.
Any similarity to other works is unintentional and purely coincidental
I used PSP X7 to write this tutorial but it should work with other versions of PSP as well. I try to write my tutorials as plain and clear as possible, but if I get you confused (and, if I do, I am sorry) you can always refer back to the image we are making for reference. Also, this is just a guideline (I write where I place the elements ) but feel free to move them around, or add different elements. Have fun and experiment, it is the best way to learn new things.

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Screen shot 4 circle and square tut

Supplies needed:
Tube of choice (with a close up, preferably) I used one by Very Many Store Here
Filter: Funhouse – Mirror Moire Available Here
Font: DesignerPlus Available Here (If you want to make your own)
If not Download the decorations Here

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Choose two darker colors from your tube I chose #210a2c and #47134d
Set foreground to your dark color background to lighter color
Set background to gradient #2 foreground/background
Settings: Radial Angle: 27 R: 10 Center Point H 54 V10

New image: 700 X 700 Flood fill white
new layer – flood fill with gradient
Adjust blur Guassian Blur 10
Apply funhouse filter:  Mirror Moire default settings
Adjust – sharpen:  sharpen repeat

C/P close up tube – move to far left
Blend mode: Soft Light Opacity 80%
Duplicate R 80% move to lower right of canvas
Blend mode:  Screen Opacity 50%
Close white bg merge visible

Selection tool set at circle add (shift) anti-alias checked feather 0
V- 350 H – 350 (or as close as you can get it)
Holding shift key down Start at center of canvas
draw out a large circle On the image layer. Refer to screen shot if needed
Screen shot 1 circle and square tut Screen shot 2 circle and square tut
Promote selection to layer Do not deselect
Resize 98% – all layers unchecked –

New layer – Flood fill with #ffc677
Add noise: settings guassian monochrome 70
Select modify contract 5 flood fill with your dark color
Deselect
close bottom 2 layers
you should only have your circle image and glitter layer open
merge visible
Resize 60%

Resize your original image 50% – the square image (All layers unchecked)
repeating above directions for the circles border
for the square border select all change expand to 6 and contract to 3.
merge down so the square image and border are on one layer

The square should be directly behind the circle image
duplicate twice
R both duplicated layers 75%
Effects: image effects offset settings horizontal 200  Vertical 0
repeat with other duplicated image changing horizontal to -200
merge down
Apply Drop shadow to all layers
I used 4 -4 42 9.9
You should now have this:
Screen shot 4 circle and square tut
If you downloaded the decorations –
Place the floral decoration at top of your circle image
Place one square at the corner edge of your circle – lining up
with square image on the lower right and left side
(I had to resize the square decoration 75%, as at the larger size it covered up the
tubes nose)
Screen shot 4 circle and square tut
If you want to make your own decorative images:
(You can use different letters to make different images)
This is what I used to make the decorations I used
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Text Tool – Settings 80  pt  smooth vector kerning 0
activate font ding: DesignerPlus
colors: foreground #a96800   background #ffc677  gradient #2 gradient fore/background
settings linear angle 0 repeat 1
Choose the letter w convert to raster add noise same setting as before
IB setting: shape 2 width 18 smoothness 30 depth 15 ambience -2 shiniess 20 color: white
Angle 15 Intensity 50 elevation 50
Add drop shadow 2 2 80 2 color: your dark color
place at the bottom corner of your circle -it should be even with the corner of the square image –
duplicate
mirror horizontal
Repeat with the letter 0 – do not add the IB
Mirror – vertical place at top of circle

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[b][u]If you downloaded the decorations skip above steps [/u][/b]
Or leave them off all together your choice.

selection tool -create selection from:  merge opaque – crop to selection
Depending on your forums size rules or your own personal preference resize as needed.

Resize image all layers checked: width 650 px
Add your name. I used  Ramonila Script add a nice soft gradient glow
place at bottom of circle between the two ornaments we made with the ding text.
You can use the original size (should be 688px width if you want to)
add your copyright after you have resized
Save as PNG and you are finished
Thank you for trying my tutorial

Some other tags made using this tutorial;

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FTU Tutorial: Fab-Boo-Lous

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Tutorial: Fab-Boo-Lous

Fab boo lous tutorial

Tutorial written by Marie’s Designs Sept. 10, 2018 any similarity to any other tutorial is pure coincidence. Please do not offer my designs or tutorials on your website, blog, groups. etc. Instead, please, redirect to my blog for download. Thank you, Marie

This tutorial assumes that you have a working knowledge of PSP. I used PSP X7 to write this tutorial but it should work with other versions of PSP as well. I try to write my tutorials as plain and clear as possible, but if I get you confused (and, if I do, I am sorry) you can always refer back to the image we are making for reference. Also, this is just a guideline (I write where I place the elements ) but feel free to move them around, or add different elements. Have fun and experiment, it is the best way to learn new things.

      Legend: C/P = Copy/Paste E = Element R = Resize S/F/D= Select All, Float, Defloat
D/S = Drop Shadow Settings: 4 -4 42 9.9 Unless otherwise stated.

FTU Tutorial Supplies used/needed:

Template Fab-boo-lous by me here
Mask by Mizteeque: Mask 216 Available Here 3rd mask down
Scrap kit Miz_HallowsEve is a Taggers Inn Forum exclusive, designed by Mizteeque’s Digital Designs
You can find more of her great scrap kits here.
Plug-In used: EC 6 – Gradient Glow

Now, let’s get started with the tutorial

  • Open Template Duplicate (Shift +D) Close original
    Delete copyright layer
  • Papers used: Open 25, 31, 22, 30, 23
  • Starting on Bottom Layer
    Click on background layer Select All New raster layer
    C/P pp 30 into selection Apply mask (I used Mizteeque 263) deselect
    merge group R: 110%
  • On bottom layer (the 3 stripes) Select All F/D
    C/P pp 25 as new layer R 75% invert delete Move below the original stripes layer
    On the original stripe layer – change blend mode to Luminance (l) Opacity: 65%
    Merge Down Sharpen: Sharpen
  • Working on Orange square 2 Select All F/D new layer C/P pp 23 into selection
    Apply Gradient Glow Tiny Double
    Colors: #d5fa57, FFFFFF, #6e29bc
    Apply IB Settings: Shape 2, W: 10 Smoothness: 25 Depth: 8 Ambience : -20 Shiniess: 35 Color: #eeecec Angle 315 Intensity: 35 Elevtion: 60
    Repeat with the other Orange square
  • IB Screenshot:
    Inner Bevel Settings
    Eye Candy 6 gradient glow settings
    Eye Candy 6 GG Setting

  • On large green circle Select all F/D C/P Pp31 as new layer R 75% move it about a bit so some of the purple color shows Invert Delete Deselect
  • on the border layer for the olive square: Add noise setting: monochrome guassian 70
  • On olive square layer Select All F/D C/P pp 22 as new layer – Promote selection to layer deselect add Gradient glow as before changing the last color to: #f88b26
    now merge border layer down
  • Repeat noise for border 2 – do not merge down, tho, until after adding your paper
  • On Olive square 2 Select All F/D select pp22 move above this layer R 75%
    move paper around a bit until you like the image Selction – Invert – Delete Deselect
  • Select red square layer Select all F/D C/P pp 30 resize 75% promote selection to layer
  • Layer red square 2 Select All F/D – move paper layer above this layer. Invert selection – clear deselect
  • Add gradient glow to both squares as before changing the last color to: #34064c

Now to add some elements:

  • C/P E 64 R 62% place at bottom of canvas under the gold stars layer
  • C/P E 53 R 85% Move above the large circle layer – change blend mode to overlay – duplicate
  • on top layer C/P E 38 R 50% Move to left of open book
  • C/P E 31 R 68% Move behind open book layer
  • C/P E 30 R 50% Place to right behind skulls and up a bit so it is behind the Lous of the word art
  • Duplicate R 70% place to left of cat atop the books
  • C/P E 16 as new layer resize 50% move to left under the bat layer of the word art
  • On the word art layer the bats and witches hat as well as the black part of the wordart
  • I added the same inner bevel as above.

And This tutorial is done.

If you would like to add a tube make sure you use the correct copyright and license number if needed
One I made with a tube added:

Faboolous

Tube Owl by VeryMany available here

Now if you add a tube this is what I did with the one I used
I removed the top 2 squares (the red ones originally)
– I used a tube from Very Many: Owl
R 50% and moved above the second layer of squares.
Duplicated added guassian blur at 3, changed blend mode to soft light at 75% opacity
And Drop Shadow at 4 – 4 48 9.9

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FTU Tutorial: Puppy Love

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Puppy Love Thank you by Marie's Designs

Puppy Love Tutorial

Legend

C/P = Copy Paste / D/S = Drop Shadow default settings: 3 -3 58 7.92
bg: background, / S/F/D: Select All, Float, Defloat / E or el: Element
R: Resize / Unsharp mask Settings: 3 30 3 (Use after resizing if the image looks grainy or blurry )

I try to write my tutorials as plain and clear as possible, but if I get you confused (and, if I do, I am sorry) you can always refer back to the image we are making for reference. Also, this is just a guideline (I write where I place the elements ) but feel free to move them around, or add different elements. Have fun and experiment, it is the best way to learn new things.

This tutorial was written by me on 06-12-2018 and is purely of my own making.
If there is any resemblance to any other tut it is purely coincidental. Please do not claim as your own.

Please refer to my TOU on the right sidebar.



Puppy Love

Supplies & Filters Used

  • Tube: Barking Chocolate by ©Laguna available at PFD here
  • Template: Puppy Love by Fired by Flammin Here
  • Font: Puppy Bellies Here
  • Mask: Miz_Mask-211 Here


Filters Used

  • Filter: Kang 3 – Mercedes Jelly Bean (This filter comes with the newer versions of Paint Shop Pro
    1. Settings: size x: 182, size y: 129, shape: 229,
    2. Light Forming 1: 18, Light Forming 2: 245 Light Forming 3: 112
    3. Shift light: 206 control , 87
  • Crescent Moon (I used with Filter’s Unlimited 2, but it is available as a stand alone filter)
  • Fade Out Settings 212, 121, 123, 0
  • Xero filter available here   Fritillary – Default Settings
  • Coraline and Sensibility   CS Dots Default Settings

All of these filters are available here. Except for the Xero filters (the link is Here

Colors used for manual color correction: Colors: #ae523a #753727 #4d251a

If you do not know where or how to access this tool: (Go to View> Customize >at the bottom of the category tab choose all commands on the right hand side find Manual Color Correction highlight it and drag and drop it on your toolbar or another place of your choosing.
Once you start using this tool you will wonder how you got along without it.

  • Open Template Puppy Love by Fire by Flamin Shift D to duplicate – Close original
  • Delete credit layer
  • Working from the bottom layerup
  • First color listed is the original template layer color, second color is what we are changing the color to.
  • If you are using s different tube or image please adjust your colors accordingly
  • Layer 1 – Manual Color Replacer – Back Circle: from #e0bba0 to #b8551a
  • Apply Xero – Fritillary filter with default settings
  • Layer 2 Manual Color replacer: from #90a7d8 to #b78662
  • Apply Coraline and Sensibility CS -LDots default settings
  • C/P tube (If using the same one I am Resize by 40%) place image over layer 2 circle to your liking (See my tag for reference)
  • Change Blend Mode to Soft Light or one that you like better
  • Layer 4 : If using the same tube I am C/P bg1 from the tube image resize by 40%
  • Select all, float, defloat, on layer 4. Make paper layer active > choose promote selection to layer.
  • Close paper layer for now (Not the one promoted) and send to bottom layer.
  • Back on promoted layer: Apply Kang 3 Mercedes Jelly Bean with above stated settings.
  • Layer 5 (The 3 tiny hearts ) Manual Color Replacer: from #f8dbe9 to #ae523a
  • Apply Inner Bevel with these settings:

  • Add drop shadow and move hearts under the word art – puppy love
  • On layer 7 use the same manual color replacer with the previous setting
  • Apply Crescent Moon – Fade Out with above settings
  • Back on Layer 6 Manual Color Correction: from #c0c0c0 to 4d251a
  • Add the Kang 3 filter with same settings
  • Duplicate (This is important or the heart layer won’t turn out right)
  • On the Larger heart add a nice double glow (I used EC 5 with these settings:
  • Now back to the duplicated heart apply the same gradient glow setting (Make sure it is on the duplicated layer) Change Blend mode to soft light
  • Apply IB with previous settings changing color to: #ad7850
  • Copy/ Paste the Woof from the tube Resize by 30% Move to left Apply Unsharpen Mask Settings 3 30 3
  • On the word art layer change Puppy Love from #707070 to #ec7a22
  • Apply a nice IB and a soft white gradient glow
  • On the other word art layer change the color to a darker color: I used #4d251a
  • Back on your tube image close off everything but the decoration in the lower left corner.
  • Copy merged > Copy / paste onto the tag (You won’t be able to see it at first – go to objects – align – top)
  • Resize by 30% place to left lower corner under the word art.
  • Open the paper layer apply a mask of your chose I used Miz Mask 180
  • close or delete the white background layer
  • Add your copyright info and name save as PNG and you are done.

Puppy Love Welcome by Marie's Designs

Puppy Love Thank you by Marie's Designs

Puppy Love Love it by Marie's Designs

Puppy Love I Voted by Marie's Designs

Making an Easter Egg

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This tutorial was written by me on 02/27/2018.
Any resemblance or similarity to any other tutorial is coincidental. ® All rights to tutorial are mine.
You results are yours to do with as you will. Please do not copy my tutorial and claim it as your own.

This tutorial assumes that you have a working knowledge of PSP. I used PSP X7 to write this tutorial but it should work with other versions of PSP as well.
Legend: C/P = Copy/Paste E = Element R = Resize S/F/D= Select All, Float, Defloat D/S = Drop Shadow Settings: 5 -5 52 7.92 Unless otherwise stated.

Needed Supplies:

Oval Preset Shapes Available Here
Go down 5 rows and there are oval preset shapes (if you don’t already have this shape)
download file and extract to your PSP preset shapes folder.
Paint Brushes Easter Eggs here
Download them to your computer (remember where)

How to install your brushes
In PSP go to File – import – custom brushes.
Open the brush file you just downloaded – click on the ABR file – Add all. Now the brushes should be installed.
While you are here you can look around for free backgrounds, papers, etc you may want to use on your Easter Eggs.

Eye Candy 6 glass (If you don’t have ec6 you can use any of the EC plug ins You may just have to use a different glass setting)

Tutorial:

    • New canvas 400 X 400 bg transparent
    • Find your Oval Preset shape (I used SK Ovals 5)
    • Close your foreground color Set your background as the pattern or gradient you want to use
    • With your preset tool Start drawing at X30 Y15 Draw out to x:272 y:326 (It doesn’t have to be exact.
    • Objects – Align – Center in canvas.
    • Convert layer to raster properties: link set 1
    • Select all – Float, Defloat. Apply gaussian blur setting 3 30
    • Create New layer name this layer glass properties: linkset 1
    • Open EC 6 Glass Use Clear -Use the preset No Drop Shadow setting that comes with the program. Make these changes in the settings:
    • Bevel Width: 36.96 Bevel Smoothness 25.87 round selection corners 45
    • Glass color: white refraction: 80 Inner Shadow opacity 50 shadow offset 50
  • Do not deselect – On your paper layer contract 3 invert clear
  • Create a new layer above your glass layer.
  • Open up your foreground color choose a nice gold colored gradient or pattern
  • Open paint brush – find your egg brushes change brush size to 360 choose which pattern you like and apply to your canvas
  • – once you the pattern you like go to objects align center in canvas
  • If the pattern you use has a slight tilt on your egg and glass layer go to image – free rotate all layers unchecked Setting: Right 5.00
  • Add noise guassian 70 monochrome checked or
  • Effects – edge enhance (Choose whichever you prefer)
  • D/S 2 2 90 .99 use a darker color from your egg – what I do is select a color then in the color palette I slide the color bar down for the darker color
  • Save a png and you are done.

Create to your hearts content – try different patterns or gradients, as well as your brushes as see what you come up with.

I made these Easter eggs for a CDO challenge in their Valentine Event; Which has led to this tutorial.
You are welcome to use them for PU only.
Please do not claim as your own.
Thank you, Marie.

Scrap used is KISS14 Created by Dee's Sign Depot

She has fantastic scrap kits and offers original blog designs.
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