O Christmas Tree

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on November 28th 2011.
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. Do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere on the net.
Scripting and translating of this tutorial is strictly forbidden.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X4 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used {Skinny} Jeans Solid
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mask 428 by Vix
Holiday Joy freebie kit

I used the awesome artwork of Rion Vernon (PinUpToons)
You will need a license from CDO to use his work
Please do not use Rion’s work without purchasing a license first

Let’s Start
Note: When opening any elements/papers from the kit, press shift +D to duplicate and ALWAYS work on the copy

Open a new canvas 400×400, flood fill with white
From the kit open cc-cloud
Resize to 350pixels wide
Copy and paste onto your working canvas

With your freehand selection tool and these settings:
Selection type – Point to point / Mode – Add (Shift) / Feather & Smoothing – 0 /Anti-Alias – checked
Draw a selection round the cloud

Add a new raster layer, move it below your cloud layer
Flood fill with a color of your choice from your tube
Do Not De-Select
Open cc-paper-02 from the kit
Resize to 350pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer onto your main canvas
Selections, Invert
Making sure your paper layer is the active one press delete on your keyboard once
Selections, None
Change the blend mode of the paper layer to Soft Light or one of your choice

Grab your magic wand with these settings:
Mode – Add (Shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – checked
Click on the lighter part of the paper layer
Selections, Invert
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise – Add Noise
Uniform & Monochrome – checked / Noise – 75%
Selections, None

Open cc-tree and resize to 300 pixel high
Copy and paste onto your working canvas
Position on the left hand side (under the cloud layer but above the paper layer)
Duplicate the tree layer and move the copy above the cloud layer

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed – I resized by 65% all layers unchecked
Duplicate your tube layer
Move the original tube layer below the cloud layer

Grab your eraser tool, these are the settings I used:
Shape – Round / Size – 10 / Hardness – 75 / Step – 25 / Density, Thickness & Opacity – 100 / Rotation – 0
Activate the top tube layer
Erase parts of the tube you want to appear inside the cloud

Hide the top tube and active the bottom one
Erase any parts of this tube that are outside the cloud layer
After erasing unhide your top tube
Repeat the same thing on the tree layers

Activate your top tree layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V – 0 / H – 4 / Opacity – 45 / Blur – 6 / Color – Black
Repeat the same drop shadow on top tube layer
Erase any stray shadow you can see

Open cc-paper-09 and resize to 360pixels wide
Activate the background layer on your main canvas
Copy and paste paper 9 as a new layer
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load mask from disk
Look for Vix_Mask428 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer & hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Activate your top tube again
Select your text tool and choose a font
Foreground set to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
When happy convert to raster
Effects, Plugins Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as you did tp the tree & tube layers
Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

Crop away any excess canvas
Delete your white background layer
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 😀

Another sample using the sexy art of Elias Chatzoudis, who is licensed through PTE, font on this sample is Second Breakfast

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