10 August, 2014

PTU- Midnight Mermaid

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This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.
This tutorial was written for those who have a working 
knowledge of PSP and was written using PSP X1, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using the beautiful 
Midnight Ocean kit from Tasha's Playground.
You can find more information on this kit & where to find it
on Tasha's blog, here.

Tube: I'm using the artwork of Anna Liwanag.
This is a PTU tube & you can find more
of her artwork here at CDO.
Do not use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Mask: of choice

Filters: (optional) Photo Tools- Gradient Sky- Compliment
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow

Font: Pea Meagan's Hand

Drop shadow: 3 3 55 10, black 

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open a new canvas 650 X 650 px.
Copy & paste a paper of choice into your canvas.
Apply your mask of choice & merge group.
Resize your mask if needed.

Now, copy & paste TP_MO_frame05.
Keep it in the center of the canvas.
With your magic wand, click inside the 2 outer frames.
Selections-Modify-Expand by 5. Invert.
Now copy & paste TP_MO_paper05
(or other 'scenic' paper of choice).
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas.
Move the paper below your frame in layers palette.
Now on your paper layer, apply
Photo Tools- Gradient Sky- Compliment 
at these settings, if you want:
Do not add a drop shadow to the frame yet. 
We'll come back. ;)

Next, copy & paste TP_MO_frame04.
Keep it centered where it's at.
With your magic wand, click inside the frame.
Selections-Modify-Expand by 5. Invert.
Now copy & paste TP_MO_paper05 
(or the same 'scenic' paper you used before)
& resize about 60%. 
Position in it in the frame how you want it,
so it somewhat lines up with the other paper.
Hit delete & keep selected.
Copy & paste your tube or closeup.
Resize it about 60% or as much as needed.
Position it so its in the lower right of frame.
Hit delete & select none.
Move both the paper & your tube below the 
frame in your layers palette.
Add a drop shadow to this frame.

Duplicate your closeup.
On the top one, add a Gaussian Blur of 3.
Change your blend mode to Soft Light.
Then, on the bottom one, change the blend 
mode to Luminance (L) & add a drop shadow.

Now add your main tube.
Resize it the best you can so the size 
matches up with your closeup.
Place over your closeup tube.
Then, with your magic wand, make a 
selection around the tube except the part
that over hangs into the left frame.
Hit delete & select none.
You should now only have the tail left. ;)

Now, go back to your first frame.
On the left side, click inside
with your magic wand. Invert only.
Then, move your 'tail' layer down in your 
layers palette so it's just above the frame.
Then use your eraser to erase only the 
top part of the tail at the top of the frame.
Select none.
Now add a drop shadow to your tail & frame.

Now we'll add some elements.
For each one, I added a drop shadow to, 
unless specified otherwise.

TP_MO_e10- 55%
Place in the upper left corner
of the left frame.
Move below your tail in layers palette.
 Duplicate & mirror.

TP_MO_e61- 75%.
Left click in layers palette & send to bottom.
Move above your mask layer.
Position it on the left side,
like my example.

TP_MO_e50- 65%. Mirror.
Move over to the lower left of the frame.
Then move below the frame in layers palette.

TP_MO_e58- 23%. Move to the top right 
of the middle frame & move below frame
in layers palette. Change the opacity to 65%. 
NO drop shadow.

TP_MO_e46- 55%.
Position it in the top middle
of the center frame.

TP_MO_e14- 45%.
Place over on the lower left corner 
of frame 1. Duplicate & mirror.

TP_MO_e06- 60%. Place with the other
shell on the left. Duplicate & mirror.

TP_MO_e20- 55%
Place on the left of the center frame,
move down slightly.

TP_MO_e07- 70%
Place on the right of the center frame.
Move down slightly. 

TP_MO_e22- 45%
Place slightly off to the right of middle frame.
Move down slightly. Duplicate & mirror.

TP_MO_e11- 80%
Place at the bottom center
of the middle frame.

TP_MO_e24- 45%.
Position in the center of the middle frame,
at the bottom.

TP_MO_e47- 60%
Position off to the right of center frame.
Move down slightly.
Duplicate & move that one down 
& to the right slightly.

TP_MO_e02- 55%. Place on the lower right
of the middle frame. Duplicate & mirror.

TP_MO_e30- 30% 
Place on the right of the compass.

TP_MO_e18- 50%.
Place on the left, like my example.

TP_MO_e15- 45%. Rotate 15 left.
Place off to the lower left of center frame.

TP_MO_e34- 30%
Place slightly to the right of the anchor.

TP_MO_e36- 30%
Place on the right.

TP_MO_e38- 45%. rotate 20 right.
Place him on the lower left.

TP_MO_e41- 45%. Rotate 25 right.
Place with the other starfish on the top left of frame 1.
Duplicate & mirror.

Add any other elements if you prefer.

Crop your tag to remove some of the excess 
blank space on the top & bottom of the tag.
Resize to your own preference.

Now add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Now add your name.  
Add a gradient glow at these settings: 

Then add your drop shadow.

Finally, merge visible, save as a PNG & enjoy. 

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial. =)


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