Stop Thief!

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on May 25th 2019
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. All tutorials are for non-profit personal use only. No distribution allowed except via text link.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X9 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used Moonlime
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
RD_Mask739 by Rachel
Ships Ahoy CDO Collab 2019 – I used the portion by Gimptastic Scraps

I used the awesome artwork of Cuddly Rigor Mortis
You can purchase her work and a license from CDO
Please do not use Kristin’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 550 and flood fill with white
Open frame2 and resize to 275 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer and rename Frame
Open ele22 and resize to 300 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer and rename Sand
Position along the base of the frame, it doesn’t matter if some of the frame is lower than the Sand

Open ele16 and resize to 300 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Leaf 1
Move down below the Frame layer and position on the left side
Duplicate and resize the copy by 75%, all layers unchecked
Rename the copy Leaf 2 and move over to the right side
Duplicate both Leaf 1 and Leaf 2
On the original Leaf layers – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
On the copies, apply a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 3 / Opacity: 49 / Blur: 3.96 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Erase any of all 4 leaf layers from below the Sand/Frame layers
I selected the area to be deleted

Activate the Frame
Grab your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside both sections of the Frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Add a new raster layer – rename Frame Back
Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection – I used paper2
Selections, None
Move Frame Back below the Frame, but above the Leaf layers
Add the same drop shadow as used on the Leaf layers to the Frame

Open ele14 and resize to 25%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Parrot
Position where it looks best and add the same drop shadow

Open ele15 and resize to 25%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Chest
Position where it looks best and add the same drop shadow
Activate Sand and duplicate
On the Copy of Sand – Image, Mirror
Move above the Chest and Parrot layer
You want the illusion of the chest being buried

Duplicate Copy of Sand – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 2

Open ele3 and resize to 50%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Grass
Position where it looks best, I mirrored mine
Add the same drop shadow

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Resize as needed, I resized to 35%, all layers unchecked
Add the same drop shadow BUT change the H to 5

Open ele12 and resize to 25%
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Bottle
Position next to your tube
Add the same drop shadow as used on the other elements (H set to 3)

Select your Preset Shape tool with these settings:
Shape: Ellipse / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 5.00
Draw an oval round your tag area

Do Not Convert to Raster
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Splatch
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Position your mouse over the vector shape, until you get a +A) or +T) symbol
Click and add your text of choice, I wrote ‘STOP THIEF!’

On your layer palette, click the + or arrow sign
Now on the vector shape layer, click the eye to hide the layer

Now convert to layer to raster – rename Wordart

Working on the Wordart layer
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow
Move your wordart down on the layer palette so it’s below the Parrot and Grass layers

Activate the white background layer
Open a paper of choice – I used paper2 again
Reszie to 550 pixels
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Mask
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for RD_Mask739 or mask of choice
Source lumaince, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Resize by 75%, all layers unchecked
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Erase any mask you can see below the Frame/Sand/Tube area

Activate the white background again and delete it
Crop away all excess canvas
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Paste as a new layer – rename Blur
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Increase the canvas size to 550 x 550, central placement selected
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 8
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 60

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Adamd
Keep your foreground on null and background set to a color of choice
All other settings the same
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Apply the same gradient glow as used on the wordart
Add the same drop shadow too

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done

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