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Monday, December 31, 2012


TUBE OF CHOICE: I used the awesome tube
Nathalia2 by Sweet-PinUp.
You must have a license to use this art.
You can find this art and get your license HERE.

SCRAPKIT: Celebrate 2013 by Black Widow Creationz.
You can find it HERE.

FONT OF CHOICE: I used three different fonts:
from ~ SweetheartScriptLimited
Sweet-PinUp ~ Sverige Script Demo
CT Tags N Tuts ~ Scrappy Looking Demo

I used Photoshop for this tut.

We're going to be making a blog header.
Sizes vary for this,
so go ahead and adjust anything that needs it.
This tut is to be used as a guide only.

Open a canvas 1000 wide x 500 high pixels.
Transparent background.

Open PP10.
Move to the left side of your canvas.
Duplicate this layer.
Move the duplicated layer toward the right.
Over lap them a little.
Highlight the duplicated layer in the Layer Palette.
Right click in the Layer Palette.
In the menu that appears,
Click Merge Down.
You now have one PP10 layer.
We're done with this for now,
but will come back to it in a minute.

Open PP5.
Resize this to 61%.
Duplicate this layer.
Put these two layers side by side on the canvas.
Overlap them just a bit.
Highlight the duplicated layer.
Right click in the Layer Palette.
Click Merge Down in the pop up menu.
Center on canvas.

Back to PP10 layer.
Highlight this layer.
Go to the tool bar on the left of your screen.
Look for the square dotted icon.
It should be right below your arrow icon.
Click the square marque icon.
You will be making a rectangle that frames
your PP5 layer.
Holding down your mouse,
Place your mouse at the upper left corner of PP5 layer.
Drag your mouse to the upper right corner
then down the right side to the lower right corner.
You should see a rectangle that frames your PP5 layer
that looks like marching ants.
Let go of the mouse.
Go up to Edit in the tool bar at the top of your screen.
In the drop down menu,
Click Cut.
You just made a frame.
These are the special effects I used on this layer:
Bevel & Emboss

Stroke, 5, Center, Black

Keep this layer on top in your Layer Palette.
If you now highlight PP5 layer,
everything you put on your header will be placed
under the frame you just made.
So go ahead and highlight PP5 layer.

Remember, use my header as a guide
for placement and size of elements.

Now Open El10.
Place to your liking.

Open your tube.
Duplicate this layer.
Resize the first tube layer to 80%.
Resize the duplicated tube to 25%.
Hide the duplicated tube layer for now.

Highlight the first tube layer.
Place to your liking.
Go to the upper right corner of the Layer Palette.
In the box next to the word Opacity,
type in 45.
The word to the left of Opacity,
should say Normal.

Highlight PP10 layer.
Grab the Magic Wand in the tool bar on the left of the screen.
Click inside your frame.

Highlight the tube layer you resized to 80%.
Go to Select in the tool bar at the top of your screen.
Click it.
Now Click Inverse.
Hit the Delete key on your keyboard.
Go back to Select.
Click Deselect.

These are the elements I used on the header:
Duplicate and resize second layer to 80%.
EL30, resize to 75%
EL37, resize to 35%
EL36, resize to 35%
EL38, resize to 35%
EL2, resize to 50%
EL12, resize to 30%
EL3, resize to 35%
EL25, resize to 50%

Unhide your tube layer that you resized to 25%.
Bring that tube layer up in your Layer Palette
so that it's now on top of your last element layer.
Position as you like.

Open EL26.
Duplicate this layer.
Resize to 50%.
Duplicate this layer.
You will have 3 layers now.
Place where you like.

Open EL16.
Place on top of your frame layer.
Duplicate this layer.
Flip the second layer Horizontally.
Place these on the right and left sides of your header.

Place a drop shadow on all layers except:
frame layer (PP10)
PP5 layer
tube layer resized to 80%
EL26 layers

I also put an Outer Glow on EL30 layer.

Make a new layer.
Type whatever you would like your header to say.
I used color e0d89f.
These are the special effects I used on my text:
Drop Shadow
Outer Glow
Bevel & Emboss ~ the same settings as above
Stroke, 3, Outside, Black

You must now do this:
Put the artist's name,
his/her website URL,
and your license number
of any tube you used on the siggy!!
Add your name (ie: Designed by Your Name)
somewhere on the header.
Make sure this info is legible and clearly seen.
Because this is a header,
you may need to use a larger font for this
than what you are normally used to.
It also helps to put an Outer Glow or Stroke
on this information text.

Save as PNG.
(If you want to maintain your layers
Always Save as PSD first.
Then you can save it as a PNG.)

I hope you had fun with this tut!

*This tut was created by me, Redneck Tuts by Savage. 
Any resemblance to any other is purely coincidental.*
Artist: ©Sweet-PinUp http://sweet-pinup.de/store SPU-22SavFB


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