July 23, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

This tut was written by me, Em Jay, on 7-23-2010 with all rights reserved.  Please do not copy and paste it in any group or call it your own. You can link to it using a text link to my blog.
This tut is written using a whimsical Halloween kit created by me, EmJay Scraps   called Halloween Fun which can be purchased at Heartbeatz Creations.   It was written using PSPX, but is adaptable to any version and is for people with a good working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies: WSL_Mask 249 which can be downloaded here. Scroll down the page a little and you will see the download links for all her masks on the right.

Let’s get started!

Open an image 600 x 600. Open hf_frame07 and resize to 80%. C/P as new layer. Take your selection tool and make a selection around the frame making sure you do not cut off the torn edges. Selection/modify/expand 8. Add new raster layer and c/p hf_paper18 into selection.  Drag this layer under the frame. Add a drop shadow to the frame.

C/P a nice halloween focus tube around the lower left side of the frame.  I used an awesome image by an artist that I have a group permission to use which is ©Sulev Daekazu http://daekazu.deviantart.com.  Please do not use this image unless you have permission to do so.  You can use a focus tube of your choice with very similar results.

Open hf_spiderweb and c/p it as a new layer. Drag this layer under the frame layer.  Open hf_spider01 and c/p as a new layer, resize, position and rotate to how you want it with the deform tool. Open hf_bat and c/p it as a new layer that is above the frame layer.  Position it how you want it.

Open hf_pumpkin02, hf_pumpkin03 and hf_jackolantern01 and c/p them each on its own layer. Position, resize and rotate them with the deform tool.  Once you have them how you want them, add a drop shadow to each pumpkin layer.
Open hf_blackbird01 and resize to 25%. C/P as a new layer and position the bird somewhere near your focus tube like I have mine.  Yours will be different if you use a different tube.  Duplicate the bird layer and image/mirror. Move this second bird so it looks like it’s standing on one of the pumpkins.

Now open hf_curlystring04. Take the selection tool and make a selection around the last three loops of that string.  Edit/copy, paste as a new layer on your image. Move this string to the top of one of the pumpkins. Add a drop shadow and then duplicate the layer. Closing off the duplicated layer highlight the first string layer and erase that part of the string that is over the pumpkin stem so that it looks like it is coming from behind the stem and wrapping to the front of the pumpkin.  You can resize as needed with the deform tool to make it how you want it.  Open the top duplicated layer and move it to on top of a second pumpkin and again erase the part that is over the stem.  

These are all of the elements I used for my sample, but feel free to add anything else you want to.  Once you have the image how you want it, close off the bottom layer and merge visible. I resized only my image layer to 95 percent and centered it by using the CenterLayer script that is default in psp. 

Highlightt the bottom layer, select all, add new raster layer. C/P hf_paper20 into selection. Select none.
Add the WSL_Mask 249 to this new paper layer. Use your deform tool and while holding down the shift button, move the top center node to the left a little and also move the bottom center node to the right a little. This will just add a little more color to your tag and, I think, finishes it off nicely. Merge visible.

It’s time now to add your text, watermark and copyright information and you’re done. The font I used for the name is called Ziggy Zoe. 

Easy_peasy tutorial, hope you liked it!

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