Sultry

The image used in this tutorial is for example only. Anyone wishing to use the same image in your own personal creation MUST purchase it from Up Your ARt and have the proper license from UYA for the usage of this image/tube. The image being used in this tutorial is Steve Baier




This Tutorial was written in March of 2011. Please do not remove this tutorial from Ladyhawwk Designs in any way. This tutorial is copyrighted to Ladyhawwk Designs and registered with Tutorial Writers Inc.

Sultry
For this tutorial you will need


* Tube of choice, I am using the artwork of Steve Baier which is a  PTU Tube which you can purchase from Up Your Art (UYA) HERE

*  Mask - This fabulous mask is from Sharlimar (sdtmask302) which you can download from her fotki site HERE

*  Scrap Kit - I've used the fabulous FTU scrap kit by Candy's Treats named "Missy" which you can download from her Blog 
HERE

*  Wordart & Goldgrad gradient - Which you can download HERE
(put your gradient in your gradients folder in your psp)


Let's Begin

In PSP Open up your mask and wordart

1. Open a new canvas 700 x 700 background color white

2.  From the scrap kit open in PSP a paper of your choice.  I chose paper 8 and 
"edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas.

3.  Along your top tool bar go to "Layers - New Mask Layer - From Image" and use the settings I've shown in the print screen below.


4.  On your layer palette right click on your mask layer,
"merge - group". 

5.
  Up to "Selections - select all" then "Selections - float", then "Selections - defloat" then "Selections - modify - expand" and choose 2 pixels. 

6.  Up to "Layers - New Raster Layer" and flood fill with a color of your choice. I chose color #b09d54.  "Selections - Select None" then on your layer palette drag your flood filled layer BELOW your original masked layer.  On your layer palette right click on your top masked layer and "merge down" merging your original mask layer with your flood filled layer.

7. Up to "Effects - 3d effects - Inner Bevel" and use the settings I've shown in the print screen below.


8. Give it  a drop shadow of choice by going up to your tool bar along the top and

"effects - 3d effects - drop shadow"
(See my print screen below for what I have now)


9. Take your magic wand tool and
click inside the the frame until you have marching ants
The best settings I found to do this with are as follows;
(see print screen below)
Mode: Add(shift), Match mode: RGB Value, Tolerance: 102, Contiguous checked, Feather: 0, Anti-alias checked, Inside

image

10. 
"Selections", "Modify", "Expand" and choose "15"

11.  Open a paper of choice, I chose BLOCK3 "Edit", "Copy" then back to your main canvas and "edit", "paste as a new layer".  "Selections" "Invert" (make sure you're on your paper layer) and hit your "delete" key on your keyboard.  On you layers palette move your paper layer UNDER your frame layer. "Selections - Select None"
(see my print screen below for what I have)


12.  On your layer palette click on your bottom layer to make it active.  From your scrap kit choose 3 flowers to use (we're going to place them under the frame along the bottom)  I chose to use flowers 6 & 7 "edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" each of the flowers on to your main canvas (I used flower 7 twice) and arrange them along the bottom of your frame.
(see print screen below for where I've placed mine)


13..  On your layer palette close off the visibility by clicking the eye to the left of youf frame layer, paper layer and bottom white layer then right click on any of your flower layers and "merge visible".  Once that's done open back up the visibility of your layers by clicking the eye on each layer.

14.  On you layer palette click on your top layer then from your scrap kit choose WAVE1 and "edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas then reduce the size to 45% by going to
"Image" , "Resize" "45%" all layers UNCHECKED and move it to the top of your frame.  Give it a drop shadow of choice.

15.  From your scrap kit choose TiedCharm2 and "edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas then reduce the size to 65% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "65%" all layers UNCHECKED and move it to the top left corner of your frame.  Give it a drop shadow of choice.  On your layer palette right click on this layer and "duplicate" then up to "image - mirror" and move it to the right top corner of your frame.  On your layer palette right click on your top TiedCharm2 layer and "merge down" merging your 2 TiedCharm2 layers together.
(see my print screen below for what I have now)


16.  From your scrap kit choose Ruffle2 and "edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas then reduce the size to 65% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "65%" all layers UNCHECKED and move it just under the bottom of your frame so it's laying over your flowers. (we're just trying to add a little splash of blue color here by doing this)

17.  From your scrap kit choose  BOW5 and "edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas then reduce the size to 85% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "85%" all layers UNCHECKED and move it along the bottom of your frame matching up the right flat side of the blow with the edge of your frame
(see my print screen below for what mine looks like)
 

18. Now it's time to reduce the size of the whole tag down to about 85%  by going to
"Image" , "Resize" "85%" all layers CHECKED.

19. "Edit", "copy",
then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas
the wordart and move it over to the left hand side of inside your frame.

13.   "Edit", "copy", then "edit", "paste as a new layer" on to your main canvas your tube and move your tube layer UNDER your bow layer.  Up to "Image - Mirror" and reduce the size to about 75%  by going to
"Image" , "Resize" "75%" all layers UNCHECKED
(see my print screen below for what I have now)


20.  Add your name. I used a script type font and the gradient "GOLDGRAD" which I supplied in the supplies folder and when I typed out my name I set the stroke width to "1" using the color black in my foreground and stroke properties box.   Give your name a drop shadow of choice.

21.  Add the artist copyright information to your tag and if you don't want to animate it you can save it as a "jpg" or close the visibility of of your bottom white layer and save it as a "png" file to save the transparency background and you're ALL DONE!!

What my finished tag non animated looks like below


If you'd like to continue and animate the hair follow below.

A little note before we begin
Making hair move isn't difficult but can be a bit tedious.  The best tip I can give you is if you don't have your "history" palette opened and active in your PSP this might be a good time to do that. I can't tell you the amount of times I have wanted to undo EVERYTHING I did when trying to mesh warp the hair.  The history palette is the easiest way to undo it and re-start again if you find yourself in that position.

Another note.  This is the way I do the moving hair. It may not be exactly the right way to do it but it get's me there LOL  So if you'd like to give the way I do it a try then let's continue. I promise it won't be to bad ;)


22.  On your layer palette right click on your tube layer and "duplicate", then "repeat duplicate again" so you have a total of 3 tube layersClose off the visibility of your top and middle tube layers by clicking on the eye to the left of your layers in your layer palette.  Click on your bottom tube layer to make it active (that is VERY important)

23. Along the left hand side tool bar active your "mesh warp" tool
(see my print screen below if you're not sure where to locate it)


24.  Once your mesh warp tool is active go up to your top tool bar and change the settings to what I have in the print screen below


You should now have a grid showing on your canvas.  You'll see lines and little boxes "nodes" on the grid
(I've print screened below what it looks like)


25.  Making sure that you're on your bottom tube layer you're going to click and hold down your left mouse on one of the small boxes (nodes) in her hair area and just VERY SLIGHTLY drag it in any direction you like.

VERY IMPORTANT - Do NOT use any of the boxes or nodes near her face or body. What you want to do is only try to move the outside parts of her hair and into the centre. The reason being if you pull one of those nodes to close to the face it will distort the face or the body.  What you want to do is only LITTLE subtle movements.  This is where you won't really know if you've gotten to close and have to re-do until you get it into animation shop to preview it later so it's best to just not go to close to the body parts of your tube and make only tiny movements when dragging the nodes.  You may also want to zoom in when you do this so you can see up close how much you're moving the nodes.

26.  Continue clicking and dragging some of the nodes VERY SLIGHTLY all over the hair area in different directions.

27.  On your layer palette close off the visibility of your bottom tube layer and unhide the visibility of your middle tube layer the
n CLICK ON YOUR MIDDLE TUBE LAYER TO MAKE IT ACTIVE

28.  Repeat step 25 for your middle tube layer picking different nodes and moving them in a different directions.

29.  On your layer palette close off the visibility of your middle tube layer and unhide the visibility of your top tube layer then
CLICK ON YOUR TOP TUBE LAYER TO MAKE IT ACTIVE

30.  Repeat step 25 for your top tube layer picking different nodes and moving them in a different directions.

31.  Now to deactivate your mesh warp tool on your left tool bar click on the mover tool and it will deactivate your warp tool and your grid should disappear.

NOW TO TAKE IT INTO ANIMATION SHOP

32.  In PSP make sure your middle and top tube layers visibility is HIDDEN and your bottom tube layer is visible.

33.
"Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged".  Go to Animation Shop and "Edit - Paste as a new animation"

34.  Back to PSP and close the visibility of your bottom tube layer and unhide your middle tube layer then "Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged".  Back to Animation Shop and "Edit - Paste -after current frame"

35.  Back to PSP and close the visibility of your middle tube layer and unhide your top  tube layer then "Edit - Copy Special - Copy Merged".  Back to Animation Shop and "Edit - Paste -after current frame"

36.  Now you should have 3 frames in animation shop
(see my print screen below for what I have)


NOW is the time you test it to see how it looks.  You can do this by going up to "View - Animation"  If you notice that it isn't how you want it or that you caught some of the body of the tube then you need to go back to PSP and use that "history" palette I told you about undo the steps from where you started your first mesh warp tool step to the last step and do it again. If not and you're happy with how it looks continue the final steps below.

36.  In animation shop go up to "edit - select all" then "Animation - frame properties" and set the "display time" to between
"18-20"

37.  Save your animation

YOU ARE NOW ALL DONE

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and as always I love to see your results and would love even more to post them on my website on the "Tutorials Results" page. Just go to my "contact me" page and send me a message.
~Ladyhawwk~

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