This tutorial was written in PSP X but you should be able to achieve similar results in other versions. You may need to search for some of the effects in your PSP's dropdown lists or the Help window. Please do not offer any of the supplies for download anywhere, do not change file names, do not send the webpage through emails, and only offer a text link to the tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana
What We'll Be Using:
Special thanks to Ginny for testing my tutorials! MORE SAMPLES HERE
1) File,Open - Open Mask 055.jpg and minimize it (came with PSP8 so you may already have it in your Masks folder).
2) File,Open - Choose one of the 4 background files included in Supplies - I used wk_green-background.jpg for above sample (they are similar designs, but each a little different).
3) Layers,New Mask Layer,From Image (if you're using the minimized Mask 055.jpg) OR if you had it in your Masks folder, go to Layers,Load/Save Mask,Load Mask From Disk (see appropriate screenshot below):
Right click on Layer Palette on your Mask layer, Merge, then Merge Group.
4) Edit, Copy (we'll be pasting this onto a new, larger file).
5) File, Open - Open another of the backgrounds from the Supplies - I used wk_red-background.jpg.
6) Image, Free Rotate, Left:30.
7) Use your Mover Tool to move the red square to the upper left.
If you need to move the red square, first you must deselect (Selections, Select None).
8) Now we'll make copies to decorate the other 3 sides:
9) Click on the top layer to be sure it's the one activated. File, Open your chosen tube - I'm using Anna Marie's beautiful Santa tube that was included in your supplies.
10) We're ready to add some text - I'm using Dreamer One, that you downloaded for this tutorial. If you use something else, the text size and effects may need to be changed.
In your Material Palette, close the Foreground Stroke and change the Background fill to #2d7535.
Repeat the Inner Bevel.
11) I added a second text "Seasons Blessings", Text Size = 36, and changed the Background fill to #ffffff, White.
12) At this point, I clicked on my green background layer and went to Image, Flip so the darker section was at the top to better show off the texts.
13) Add your copyright or watermark to your file. If you have the image as you'd like, close the Visibility Toggle (the eye) on the bottom, White layer. Click on your top layer to activate it and then click on your Selection Tool.
This puts a marquee around the image so we can cut off the excess space without chopping off any of our image.
14) Unhide your white background layer and then go to File, Export, JPEG Optimizer. I usually have 20 in the "Set compression value to" window, changing nothing else and then click OK.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and perhaps learned a little something from it. If you would like to send me an email with your results, I would be delighted to see them. ..God bless, Diana
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