23 August, 2015

PTU Tutorial- Thirsty For More


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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 X2, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using the awesome Vampyre 
scrap kit from Toxic Desirez.
You can find this kit here or at at some 
of the other stores she sells in.

Tube: I'm using the artwork of Misticheskaya.
This is an exclusive at Pics for Design,
however she does have other amazing artwork 
there you should check out.
Do not use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Mask: Mask 22 from Ria's PSP Paradise.
You can find this mask here on her blog.
* Leave a thank you for the beautiful mask. ;)

Filters: Xero- Radiance
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow

Font: Music Hall

Drop shadows: 5 5 60 20, black for most of the tag.
35 30 60 20, black for the bats

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open a new canvas 650 X 650 px.
Flood fill with #f6e4b9 or a similar colour.
Apply the mask & merge group. 

Next, copy & paste Frame 3.
Resize the frame 70%.
With your magic wand, click inside the frame.
Selections- Modify- Expand by 4. Invert.
Copy & paste a paper of choice into the frame,
re-sizing the paper 80%. Hit delete. Select none.
Move your paper below the frame in layers palette.
Add a drop shadow to your frame.

Now, add your main tube. Resize as needed.
Apply Xero: Radiance at these settings,
or other settings that you find suitable for your tube:
Finally, add a drop shadow to your tube.

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

Grave Stone 1- resize 50%.
Position just off to the left, like my example.
Move below your tube in layers palette.

Web- Resize 40%. Sharpen.
Place inside the frame.
Move below the tube & grave stone in layers palette.

Blood Splatter- Resize 80%.
Duplicate. Move one to the upper left.
In layers palette, right click- 
Arrange- Send to bottom.
Move to just above your mask in layers palette.
No drop shadow.
On the other one, resize another 60%.
Move this one so it's inside the frame,
referring to my example. 
Move to just above the gravestone in layers palette.
No drop shadow.

Candelabra- 45%.
Place off to the left of your tube & the gravestone.
Move below the tube in layers palette.
Duplicate & mirror.

Moon- Resize 45%.
Rotate 13 right.
No drop shadow.

Skull- 30%. Mirror.
Place just off to the right of the tube.

Bottle- 35%.
Place on the lower left.
Duplicate & resize the second one 90%.
Rotate 105 right. Sharpen.
Place in front of the other bottle.

Goblet- 25%.
Place with the bottles.
Move below the 'tipped' bottle in layers bottle.
Duplicate & resize this one 98%.
Move this one slightly to the right.

Cuppy- 15%.
Place this next to the goblets.

Heart- Resize 30%.
Rotate 50 right & sharpen.
Position off to the left with the bottles.

Eyeball- Resize 12%.
Place near the skull.
Duplicate & move the other one 
to the right of the heart.
Move below the heart in layers palette.

Shot of Blood- 25%.
Place off to the right, like my example.

Kitty- Resize 30%.
Place her slightly off to the right, in front of the tube.

Rat- 20%. 
Position him so he's on top of the 'tipped' bottle.
Duplicate twice.
Mirror one & place it in front of the cuppy.
Place the other one on top of the skull.

Spider- Resize 12%. Duplicate.
Flip one & place on the upper part of the web.
Resize the other another 75%. 
Position that one on the skull, near the eye socket.

Bat- Duplicate.
Resize one 20%.
Rotate this same one 17 left.
Sharpen. Place to the left, like my example.
Add the following drop shadow:
35 30 60 20, black
Resize the other bat 25%.
Rotate 10 right. Sharpen.
Add the same drop shadow.

Add any other elements if you prefer.
Crop & resize to your own liking.

Now add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Add your name.  Next, add a bevel:

Now add a gradient glow at these settings:  

Add your drop shadow, using the previous settings of 
5 5 60 20, black.

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

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*


21 August, 2015

The Phantom Gate- HIM-Addicts Exclusive

I have another new exclusive kit available
on my HIM-Addicts sites.
This kit is only earn-able for members of the site
or the off-site forum.

I'd made the kit a few weeks ago,
but I just haven't had much time to post it on here. 

The Phantom Gate is a new HIM-spired kit 
based on a song with the same name from the band. 
This kit is loaded with lots of goodies, including 20 papers, 
130 elements & 7 frames in pinks, 
silvery greys & blacks.

You can either earn the kit
from the HIM-Addicts site or from the 
HIM-Addicts off-site forum if you are a member. ;)

I enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

20 August, 2015

Back In Class Kits Now Available

Two weeks ago, I started out making a typical 
'back to school' themed kit & it kind of took 
a turn in a slightly different direction....

I've always wanted to make a 'good vs bad'- themed kit.
About midway through working on this project, 
the idea popped into my head to try it
with a back to school twist.

The end result? My 'Back In Class' kits.
The 'girls' in the kits are named
after my own two daughters.
Even though they're both no longer in school, 
they kind of  inspired this kit. 
They both had their 'turn' being the good girl 
& the bad girl and were always opposite 
of each other. =)

Each kit is packed with 10 papers,
70 elements & 4 papers in the same colour palette.

The idea of these kits is to be able to use them
together or separately. 
One will be FTU & the download link
will be here in this post.
The other kit is in my store for 50 cents.
It has a few items I used that cannot be in free kits
so I had to make it PTU to make the kit.
But still- it's only 50 cents-
so I'm hoping you'll be able to snatch it up.
...And I won't be changing the price of it,
so no worries. ;)

Now, onto the kits & some information 
about them:

Meet Natausha & Sami-
two very different girls in school:

Natausha is the apple of her teacher's eye-
With perfect grades, she excels at everything 
from Music to Phys Ed.
She loves basketball, rollerskating & reading.
She is the 'Star Pupil':

Sami, unfortunately hates school & her grades show.
She tends to spend more time in the 
principal's office than in the classroom.
Video games, smoking & skate boarding is her thing.
She is your typical 'Slacker Girl':

You can grab the 'Star Pupil' kit from me here:
Back In Class- Star Pupil

All I ask is PLEASE no ripping it to make a 
new kit nor sharing it in groups. 
Directing people to my blog to get it for
themselves is much more appreciated.
...And you stay out of trouble that way. ;)

The 'Slacker Girl' kit can be found 
in my little shop here:
Back In Class- Slacker Girl
Again, this kit is only 50 cents-
and always will be at that price. ;)

Of course, it goes without saying
that comments & 'Thank You's' are 
always appreciated so very much. ;)

I enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

12 August, 2015

PTU Now FTU & Updated Kit- Skull Candy

A while back I said I was working on
updating one of my former PTU kits to make 
into a freebie for you.
I finally have it completed.

The kit I've updated for a freebie
was literally my fifth PTU kit ever made
& it was released way back in June of 2012.

As much as I kind of liked the kit,
I also never liked the kit... if that makes sense. LOL
It was always (it seems) the 'go-to' kit that was most 
often requested by any new Creative Team 
members who would join my CT.

Anyway, I revamped about half the kit.
Over half the papers have been changed,
I've replaced a few frames & elements,
and actually added 5 more elements
than what was in the original kit.
And, yes the templates are still in it. ;)

I updated it for two reasons:
1- because some CU I used for the orignal
is not allowed in FTU kits
& 2- it needed an updated, seriously. LOL

This is the kit as it was back in 2012:
And this is the kit now:
I hope you all can enjoy this kit 
& make some kind of use out of it as well. =)

All I ask is PLEASE no ripping it to make a 
new kit nor sharing it in groups. 
Directing people to my blog to get it for
themselves is much more appreciated.
...And you stay out of trouble that way. ;)

You can grab the kit from me here:

Of course, it goes without saying
that comments & 'Thank You's' are 
always appreciated so very much. ;)

I enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

09 August, 2015

PTU Tutorial- Tired Soldier

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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 X2, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using an awesome PTU kit 
from Toxic Desirez named Kaboom. 
This is an exclusive kit that you 
can only find here in her store.

Tube: I'm using the always stunning artwork of Jay Trembly.
I had gotten this tube when he was at SATC.
However, he has unfortunately not made his artwork 
available since the store closed.
Do NOT use any artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased or obtained the tube legally.

Template: template83 from Pooker
at Elegant Inspirations.
You can find the template here.
* Leave her some love for the template. ;) 

Mask: Mask 22 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs.
You can find this mask here.

Filters: Penta- Color Dot
Xero- Moodlight
Xero-Soft Vignette
Xero- Nostalgia
Xero-Radiance
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow 

Font: Respective

Drop shadows: -2 2 70 12, black for most of the tag
25 15 70 12, black- for the butterfly
-2 2 40 4, black for the name.

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Resize the template so it's 650 px wide.
Make sure you have the 'all layers' box ticked.
Then, crop it so that the height is 550
centering the cropping in the canvas, 
like my example:
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Working from the bottom layer of the template, up:

Copy & paste Paper 11 above the (blank) background layer.
Apply the mask & merge group.

For the Dotted Circle2 & Dotted Circle1 layers,
use your manual color correction tool,
using black as your source & a colour 
of choice for your target.

Dk Green Square2- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 10, resized 80%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

Dk Green Square1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 5, resized 80%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

Yellow Circle2- select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 1, resized 75%. 
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas.
Drop shadow. 

Yellow Circle1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 6, resized 55%. 
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

Grey Circle2- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Paste Paper 7, resized 65%.
Hit delete. Keep selected & invert again.
Selections- Modify- expand by 2.
Flood fill the original circle layer with
a colour from your tube, or a beige-y colour.
Select none. Add noise to this layer:
Gaussian/ Monochrome/ 35%.
Add a drop shadow to this layer.

Grey Circle1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Paste Paper 2, resized 80%.
Hit delete. Keep selected & invert again.
Selections- Modify- expand by 2.
Flood fill the original circle layer with
the same colour you used for the other circle.
Select none. Add noise to this layer,
using the same settings as before.
Add a drop shadow.

Dotted Rect1 & Dotted Rect2 layers-
Use your manual color correction tool,
using black as your source & a light colour 
of choice for your target. I used #dad8d0.

Merge Green Strip1 down onto Green Strip2.
Select all- float. Defloat.
Delete this layer & add a new layer.
Flood fill this layer with a foreground/ background 
gradient using colours from your tube 
with the following settings: Angle- 45/ Repeats- 3.
The colours I used was #866e63 & #463228.
Select none. Apply Penta- Color Dot 
at the following settings: 
Drop shadow.

Black Rectangle- Copy & paste Paper 12 
above this layer. Rotate 45 right. Resize 80%.
Then, on the black rectangle layer,
Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & make your
striped paper layer active.
Hit delete & keep selected.
Add your closeup, resizing as needed.
Position to the right in selection.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas.

On your tube layer, apply
Xero- Moodlight at these settings:
Add a drop shadow.

Then on your paper layer, apply Xero-Soft Vignette
at these settings:
Add a drop shadow.

Delete the Hearts1 & Hearts2 layers.

Strip2 & Strip1- lower the opacity of both to 30%.
Drop shadow each. Move both below the closeup
in layers palette.

With the strip 1 layer active in layers palette,
Copy & paste the Filmstrip from the kit.
Resize 65%. After resizing, this should 
position itself like my example. ;)

Using the magic wand tool, click inside 
the two middle rectangles of the filmstrip.
Selections- Modify- Expand by 2. Invert.
Paste Paper 3. Resize 70%.
Hit delete & select none.
Move this paper below the filmstrip 
& white strips in layers palette.
Add a drop shadow to the filmstrip.

Green Circle- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Paste Paper 8, resized 60%.
Hit delete & keep selected.
On the original layer, Invert.
Selections- Modify- expand by 2.
Flood fill with #9ca68e.
Select none. Add a drop shadow to this layer.

Next add your main tube. Resize as needed.
Position slightly to the left.
Apply Xero- Nostalgia at these settings:

Then apply Xero-Radiance:
Finally, add a drop shadow to your tube.

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

Ribbon- 75%
Position in the lower center of the tag,
like my example.
Move below your tube in layers palette.

Jet- 35%
Place slightly off to the upper right.

Gun 2- Resize 30%. Mirror.
Place off to the left. 
Move below tube in layers palette.

Cap- Resize 35%. 
Rotate 27 left. Sharpen.
Place on the upper left corner.

Star- Resize 35%.
Rotate 20 right. Sharpen. 
Position on the lower right corner of tag.

Box- 25%.
Place on the bottom right,
near the star.

Grenade- Duplicate so you have 3.
Starting with the top one, 
resize 17%. Rotate 90 right. Sharpen.
Place by the left corner of the box.
Resize the next one 15%. 
Place this one on the left of the box,
like my example.
Resize the last one 17%. Mirror.
Rotate 65 right. Sharpen.
Position this one so it's 'in' the box.

Skull 3- Resize 30%.
Place this on the upper right corner of tag.

Flower 3- 30%
Rotate 12 left. Sharpen.
Place near the lower left corner.

Teddy- Mirror. Resize 27%.
Place in the bottom left corner.

Tag- Resize 25%. 
Rotate 30 left. Sharpen.
Place on the left of tag.
You 'may' have to move this below
the gun in layers palette.

Canteen- Duplicate.
Resize one 25%. 
Place near your tube.
Resize the other one 23%. 
Rotate this one 70 left. Sharpen.
Place on the right side of the box.

Bomb- Duplicate.
Resize one 20%.
Place between the canteen & the grenade.
Mirror the other one & resize 25%.
Rotate 23 right. Sharpen.
Place just off to the right above the filmstrip.

Belt- 15%
Position this in front of the box & canteen.

Butterfly- Resize 13%.
Rotate 35 right. Sharpen.
Add the following drop shadow:
25 15 70 12, black

Sparkles- 75%.
Move down slightly in canvas.
Use your eraser tool to remove any unwanted excess.
No drop shadow.

Add any other elements, if you prefer at this time.

Now, crop/ resize your tag to your own preferences.
Then, add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Next add your name.
Next, add a bevel:
Then add a gradient glow:
And a drop shadow:
-2 2 40 4, black

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

I also have a tag for Jay:

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

08 August, 2015

PTU Tutorial- Skullerina


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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 X2, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using a PTU kit from 
Toxic Desirez named Skullerella.
You can find this kit, here or at any of her other stores she sells in.

Tube: I'm using the artwork of Enamorte.
You can find all her beautiful artwork at CDO.
Do NOT use any artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased or obtained the tube legally.

Template: Template 331 from Kristin on her blog.
You can find the template here.
* Leave her some lovin' for the template. ;)

Mask: Mask 65 from Moonbeams And Spiderwebs.
You can grab this mask here.

Filters: Xero- Radiance
Eye Candy 4000- HSB Noise
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow 

Font: Admiration Pains

Drop shadows: 2 -4 50 10, black for most of the tag
15 -25 60 10, black for the butterflies
2 -4 40 1, black for the name

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Resize the template so it's 650 px wide, all layers ticked.
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Working from the bottom layer of the template, up:

Copy & paste the background above the Raster 1 layer.
Apply the mask & merge group. 

Raster 9- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 5, resized 80%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

Copy of Raster 9- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 10, resized 80%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

Raster 8- select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 6, resized 70%. 
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas.
Drop shadow. 

Copy of Raster 8- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 1, resized 70%. 
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow.

Raster 7- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 7, resized 60%.
Hit delete. Select none.
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow. 

Copy of Raster 7- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 2, resized 60%.
Hit delete. Select none. 
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow.

Raster 6- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Keep this layer & paste Paper 4, resized 65%.
Hit delete. Keep selected.
Invert again. On the original star layer:
Selections- Modify- expand by 2.
Flood fill with #ece7da. Select none.
On the flood-filled layer, add some noise:
Uniform/ Monochrome/ 50%.
Add your drop shadow to this layer. 

Copy of Raster 6- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Keep this layer & paste Paper 9, resized 65%.
Hit delete. Keep selected.
Invert again. On the original star layer:
Selections- Modify- expand by 2.
Flood fill with #ece7da. Select none.
On the flood-filled layer, add some noise:
Uniform/ Monochrome/ 50%.
Add your drop shadow to this layer.

Raster 5- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 8, resized 75%.
Hit delete. Select none. 
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow.

Copy of Raster 5- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 3, resized 75%.
Hit delete. Select none.
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow.

Copy of Raster 3- add a drop shadow.

Raster 3- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste the Background, resized 55%.
Position it into the selection so the skull is completely inside.
Hit delete. Select none.
Crop to canvas. Drop shadow.

Next add your main tube. Resize as needed.
Position on the left of the tag.
Apply Xero- Radiance at these settings:
Add a drop shadow.

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

Web- Resize 65%.
Move down slightly in the canvas, so it's somewhat 
centered in the circle of the template.
Move below your tube in layers palette.

Claws- Resize 30%.
Position in the upper area of the circle.
Place below the web in layers palette.
No drop shadow.

Roses & Skulls- 60%.
Place at the bottom of the tag, in the center.

String- Resize 55%. 
Rotate 15 left & sharpen.
Place over the top of the glitter circle 'outline'
of the template. 
Move below your tube in layers palette.

Heart & Bones- resize 25%.
Rotate 17 left.
Place on the left near your tube.
Move below the roses & skulls cluster
in layers palette.

Flower- 35%.
Place on the right, 
just above the roses & skulls cluster.
Move below the cluster in layers palette.

Cherry Blossom- 60%. Mirror.
Place on the right of tag.

Skulls & Rose- Resize 45%.
Rotate 15 right.
Position in the upper right of tag.

Bat- 25%. Mirror.
Place in the upper center of tag.

Crown- 27%.
Place on the lower left in front of your tube.

Flowers- 45%.
Place on the right with the cherry blossoms.

Glass- Resize 30%.
Place on the left with the crown.

Poison Apple- 20%
Place with the glass & crown on the left.

Eyeball- Resize about 12%.
Duplicate this so you have 3.
Place one near the left skull of the roses & skulls.
Move another near the right skull of the same cluster.
Place the last one on the left of the poison apple.

Raven- Duplicate.
On the top one, resize 15% & mirror.
Place on the glass rim on the left.
Resize the other 17%.
Place in the bottom center of tag,
like my example.

Cat- 35%.
Place on the lower right.

Rat- Resize 15%. Duplicate.
Place one on the left near the crown.
Mirror the other & place on the right near the cat,
moving up slightly in canvas.

Spider- Duplicate so you have 3.
Resize two of them 15%. Mirroring one.
Place one on the flowers of the cluster at the bottom.
Position the mirrored one on the rose in the upper right.
For the third spider, resize 20% & mirror.
Place this one on the left, on the eyeball. 

Butterfly- Duplicate.
resize one 18%.
Rotate 27 right. Sharpen.
Place on the right.
Resize the other one 13%.
Rotate this one 33 left. Sharpen.
Place on the left, just above the apple.
Add the following drop shadow to both:
15 -25 60 10, black.

Leaves- Resize 80%.
Use your eraser to remove any excess or 
over-lapping leaves you don't want on your tag.
Add the usual drop shadow:
2 -4 50 10, black

Sparkles- Resize 70%.
Move down slightly in canvas.
No drop shadow.

Add any other elements, if you prefer at this time.

Now, crop/ resize your tag to your own preferences.
Then, add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Next add your name, with a light colour 
from your tube. Duplicate.
On the bottom layer, add a gradient glow:

Then add HSB Noise at these settings:

And the following drop shadow:
2 -4 40 1, black.
On the top name layer,
add noise at the following settings:
Gaussian/ Monochrome/ 25%.

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

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*