This tutorial was written by Monti on January 25th 2009. It's concept is copyrighted to Monti. Any creation you make from my ideas are yours. You may print out this tutorial for your own personal use, but please do not copy it in any way to put online, pass out or rewrite without my permission or worse yet attempt to claim as your own.
This was written for psp 9 but will work in other versions.
For this tutorial you will need
Paint Shop Pro
Font Of Your Choice
I used Amaze font.
Tube of your Choice
I am using the wonderful art of Jamie Kidd and the tube comes with a close up which I used in the center of the heart.
I bought mine from CILM but you can now purchase a license to use her art work from CDO. Do not use the same tube without a license to do so.
My Chocolate Valentine Scrap
This is available from Taggers Delight.
This is a huge kit with just under 500 pieces in it so you get loads for your money.
Lokas Software - 3d Shadow - Optional
My Lipstick - Made exclusively for this tut.
Do not share this or use in any other tut without my permission.
Ok we are ready to start.
REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN
Open a new transparent image 500 x 500 pixels.
From my kit open Monti-ChocolateValentine-Heart-Brown.png (in the Other Elements folder).
Copy and paste it onto the canvas.
Go to Image - Resize: 65% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Rename this layer HeartBrown.
From the same folder open Monti-ChocolateValentine-HeartBox3.png.
Copy and paste as a new layer over your brown heart.
Resize with the same settings used above.
Add the following Drop Shadow
Activate the Preset Shapes tool and set it to Heart 1.
Set your Foreground to Null and your background to Black.
Draw a heart shape that more or less covers the inside of the heart box as shown below.
As you can see it doesn't have to fit exactly.
When you are happy with the placement Convert to Raster layer and go to Selections - Select All - Float.
Go to Selections - Modify - Feather - 55.
Selections - Invert.
Open the close up of the tube. If you are using the same tube I am you need layer two.
Copy and paste the close up as a new image and go to Image - Mirror.
Copy and paste the mirrored image as a new layer onto your canvas. Rename Tube.
Move it so the part you want to see is in the middle of the selection.
Making sure you are on the Tube layer press delete on your keyboard 3 or 4 times until you are happy with the look of the tube.
Delselect and delete the black heart layer.
With all layers visible use your crop tool to crop your image by clicking on Merged Opaque. This will just get rid of any excess tube left over.
Go to Image - Canvas Size and increase it to 600 pixels width and height and center placement.
Open one of my Heart Trails from the kit (Other Elements folder) I used Monti-ChocolateValentine-HeartTrail-PinkBrown.png.
Copy and paste it onto the canvas.
Go to Image - Resize and resize by 50%.
Position it to the right of your hearts - see my tag as a guide.
Move this layer below the HeartPink layer.
Duplicate the Heart Trail layer and go to Image - Mirror.
Add the following Drop Shadow to each of the heart trail layers.
In the layer palette click on the top Heart Trail layer to activate it and then right click and choose Merge Down.
Rename this layer Heart Trail.
From the kit open Monti-ChocolateValentine-HeartCurtainPink.png.
I wanted to change the colour of the heart hangers to a lighter brown. If you wish to do the same follow the step below.
Activate your Magic Wand set to Tolerance and Feather 0 - Antialias: Checked.
Using your Magic Wand click on one of the heart strings.
Go to Selections - Modify - Select Colour Range with the following settings:
Tolerance: 0 - Softness: 20 - Add Colour Range: Checked - Reference Colour: Click inside the selected area on the hangers.
Now you can flood fill the area with your colour. I used #6A4731.
On your canvas make sure you are on the top layer - Tube.
Copy and paste the Heart Curtain as a new layer onto your canvas.
Go to Image - Resize - 60% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Move it up so you can see your tube under it - see my tag as a guide.
Click on your HeartPink layer to activate it and with your Magic Wand using the same settings as earlier click on the white area outside the heart.
Go to Selections - Modify - Expand by 7.
Click back on the Curtain layer and press delete on the keyboard.
Open one of the String Button Bows (from the Bows and Ribbons folder) - I used Monti-ChocolateValentine-ButtonBow3.png.
Copy and paste as a new layer onto your canvas.
Resize - 50% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked and add the following Drop Shadow:
Carefully use your Freehand Selection tool OR your Eraser to erase the extra strings at each edge of the heart.
I just used the Selection Tool and then pressed Delete on the keyboard, it doesn't have to be too accurate.
Now you need to add any extras you want - until you are happy with it. Don't add the main tube yet.
I will tell you below which ones I added and how I rezized them but feel free to make the tag your own by using whichever elements you desire.
I used the Pink Corset - Monti-ChocolateValentine-Corset-Pink.png resized by 35% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Move to the right of the tag and add the following Drop Shadow.
Open the Lipstick that you downloaded earlier and copy and paste as a new layer.
Resize by 35% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Copy and paste and position in front of the corset and add the following Drop Shadow.
Open one of the Heart Hangers - I used Monti-ChocolateValentine-HeartHanger3.png and copy and paste as a new layer.
Resize by 30% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Move to the left of the canvas and add the following Drop Shadow:
From the Bows and Ribbons folder I used Monti-ChocolateValentine-BeadRibbon6.png.
Copy and paste onto canvas then Resize by 30% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Place so the center of the bow is in the center top of the large heart hanger and add the following Drop Shadow:
From the Flower folder I used Monti-ChocolateValentine-Daisy-Brown.png and Monti-ChocolateValentine-SunFlower-Pink.png.
Copy the brown Daisy onto the canvas and Resize by 25% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Move to the top right of the canvas and add the following Drop Shadow:
Copy and paste the pink Sunflower as a new layer and Resize by 20% - Smart Size - All layers UNchecked.
Add the following Drop Shadow:
Duplicate the Sunflower layer and position one either side of the brown Daisy with one on top and one behind. See my tag as a guide.
Once you have all your accessories on the tag and before you add the main tube, hide the white background layer and copy merged.
Unhide the white background layer and paste the merged copy as a new layer above the white background.
Go to Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 10.
On the blurred layer go to Effects - Texture Effects - Weave with the following settings:
Gap Size: 1 - Width: 6 - Opacity: 1 - Weave Colour and Gap Colour: #F0AFB0 - Fill Gaps: Checked.
Activate the top layer in your layer palette and copy and paste the main tube onto the canvas.
Position it where you want it and add a Drop Shadow.
I used Lokas Software 3D Shadow for mine with the folowing settings.
Blur: 72 - Transparency: 13 - Angle X: -3 - Angle Y: 7 - Angle Z: 0 - Zoom: 100 - Offset X: 8 - Offset Y: 4 - Perspective: 80
Hide the white background layer and crop to size. I use Merged Opaque.
If you want to resize your tag do so now. I resized mine 80% - Bicubic - All layers checked.
Add your artists copyright and license if there is one.
Add your name using a font of your choice.I used Amaze font.
Save your finished tag.