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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Caron Vinson Mermaid

This tutorial was written by Shell on May 13th 2018
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is a coincidence.
All my tutorials this included is for non profit and personal use only.
You may share a link with your groups to my tutorial but please do not share my supplies.

Supplies needed:

PSP I used PSP 9 but you can use any PSP program
Tube of choice.  I used Caron Vinson 31-1 Capricorn tube and 56-2 Gothic Seahorse and 56-3 Sailor Seahorse tube which you can get at CDO HERE

Sophistical Simone Mask 69 Download HERE
Sophistical Simone Mask 60 Download HERE 
I have permission from Simone to provide her mask as she closed her site down.
Open your Masks in PSP and leave it open to use. You can minimize to the bottom of your screen.

I also used the following Scrapkit.

Bibis Deluxe Mermaid Scrapkit that you can find on Scraps and Company
its $1.00 right now but do not know if it will stay that price but, you can use any kit you wish.

Fonts I used on my name was Oh January and you can get it by clicking on the font name.
Settings used on Name is Size 72 Stroke 1 Colors D8F729 and 15555A

Font used on my copy right is Pixelette and that is a pay to use font so I can not supply it but you can use any pixel font for your copy right.  Size used 8 and color used 15555A  I also added a slight Gradient Glow with EyeCandy 4000 colorC5F6DA settings Glow Width 3  Soft Corners 25  and Overall Opacity 100

I am assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.
Drop Shadow added to all layers unless I say not to.
Drop Shadow Setting:
V & H 2
Opacity 70
Blur 10
Color Black
 Ok Lets Start

Open new image 800 x 800 
Open Paper 8 , copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 90% and Resize 90% again. 
Right click on the layer and choose New Mask Layer , From Image, Go to Source Window and choose Simone Mask #69,  Right click on layer and click Merge Group.Double Click on this layer and the Layers Property Box Opens  Rename this layer Background 1 and change Opacity to 75

Open Paper 2 , copy and paste as a new layer Resize this layer 90% and again Resize 90%, go to Image and mirror. Double click on this layer and Layer Property Box opens and rename this layer Background 2.  Right Click on layer and choose New Mask Layer, From Image, Go to Source Window and choose Simone Mask #60.  Now go to Arrange, Move Down and this mask layer should be below Background 1 layer.

Now we are going to build up the tag by using elements.
This is where you start adding Drop Shadow unless otherwise told not to.

Open Element 22 and copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and add the drop shadow to it.  Move it down to the bottom of the tag.  See my position for placement.

Open Element 21 and copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and add the drop shadow to it.  Move it down to the bottom of the tag and offset the previous element.  See my position for placement.
 Right click on layer and Merge,  Merge Down.
Open Element 103 , copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%. Do NOT add a drop shadow to this element. Right click on layer and duplicate and on the duplicate layer go to Image, Mirror then Merge, Merge Down.
Open Element 84, copy and paste as a new layer, Do NOT add a drop shadow to this element. Arrange , Move Down and Arrange, Move down again. Right click and Duplicate layer, on duplicate layer Image, Mirror
Open Element 49  copy and paste as a new layer Do Not add Drop Shadow to this element
Open Element 12, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% Do NOT add drop shadow.
Open Element 17, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% Do NOT add a drop shadow. Arrange towards bottom at the edge of the rocks.
Open Element 23 , copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% ,  Add Drop Shadow and place on the left side of the tag.
Open Element 71 , copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% ,  Add Drop Shadow and place on the Right side of the tag.
Open Element 64 , copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% ,  Add Drop Shadow . Arrange, Move Down and position slightly to the right side of the tag.
Open Element 90 , copy and paste as a new layer ,  Add Drop Shadow and place slightly to the left behind the other plant
Open Element 3 , copy and paste as a new layer.   Add Drop Shadow and place in the middle of the tag.

Open Element 91 , copy and paste as a new layer.  Add Drop Shadow and Arrange, Move Down ( repeat the Arrange Move Down step 4 times)
Now some baubles,  I used Elements 109,110,and 70 which are shells and resized them all 50% and added the Drop Shadow to them and place them where you want them.
I did not use any of the fish because I had Seahorses from Caron Vinson but if you do not use her tubes or do not have the Seahorses then by all means add some fish.
If you did use Caron Vinson's Seahorses then resize them by 65% and weave then into the layers where they look good. As you see I put them behind some plants and in front of others so I can still see them. Do add the drop shadow to them.
Caron has alot of mermaids and  you can use any of them or any other tube, however if you use the same tube that I did then you  need to Resize to  your taste. I didnt resize much I think it was 75% or something like that.
Now your thinking this tag is hugeeee! Because we started at 800 x 800 but we are going to fix that.
First click on the eye for Raster 1 and make it invisible and then Merge all visible layers.
Resize Merged layers 80%.  Reopen your Raster 1 layer by clicking the eye again and flood fill with white.
Now you can see the edges of the Mask's we used.  We are going to fix that.  Make sure your on your Merged layer and go to Eraser tool with the following settings:
Choose Round
Size 70
Hardness 50
Density 50
Now just click on the Merged Layer where you see the extra mask at the edges.  It will take several times clicking as we dropped the settings so we don't erase parts of the tag.  If you see you hit to close to  your tag then, undo and proceed again.  I am showing you before and after images of my tag, so you can see what it should look like at the end.
  After Mask is cleaned up

Now once you have your Mask background cleaned up.
Go to your Crop Button and use the following settings:
Width 685  height 661 pixels
Left 70  Top 77  Right 755 Bottom 738
Double click on your image and that will complete the crop.

Now you can delete Raster 1 which is the white background

Resize your Image 87% and make sure that all layers is checked this time.  

Adjust Sharpness, Sharpen
Adjust Brightness & Contrast, Clarify with Strength of 2.  This is the setting for this I like but you can play around with it if you wish.

Ok now add your copy right and then your name and save as a png file and  you are done.

I hope you liked this tutorial.  I try to do that step by step so you don't get lost.

You can always email me at shell.wright@gmail.com with any questions or anything.


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