Sunday, 27 November 2016



Tutorial Supplies:

Tube: 'Christmas Dog' by ©Kajenna - available HERE
Scrap Kit: 'Christmas Love' by PinkParadox Productions - available HERE
Plugins: MuRa's Meister - Copies, VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes and Eye Candy 4000
Font: KG Beneath Your Beautiful - Chunk HERE
Wordart: Made by Suz for Creative Misfits - In supplies with permission from Suz.
(Thank you so much Suz ♥♥ )
Mask: Made by me, download in supplies


Remember to save often throughout the tutorial.
I made it a forum set, rest of the set is at the bottom!
Let's get started!

Open a new image - 700 x 700.
If using the Kajenna tube, paste to canvas and resize by 30%.
(or paste tube of choice)
Add drop shadow - 0, 0, 30, 3.00.

Open 'element 103' from the scrap kit, resize by 60%.
Paste to your canvas, and then go to:
Effects - MuRa's Meister - Copies
Choose Encircle in the list and change the number to 7.
Click Ok.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.

Now you should have a wreath that looks like this.

Now we are going to add snow and sparkles.
With your wreath layer active go to
Selections - Select All
Selections - Float
Selections - Defloat
Your wreath now has marching ants around it.
Go to your Snowflakes Plugin
Effects - VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes
Using these settings:

Selections None.
Now, choose sparkles from your kit, element 118 - resize 58%.
Paste the sparkles over one side of your wreath.
Making your wreath layer active again
Selections - Select All
Selections - Float
Selections - Defloat
Selections - Invert
Now make your sparkles layer active and hit the delete key
It should delete all of the extra sparkles around the wreath.
Selections - None
Right click the sparkles layer and choose duplicate.
Image - Mirror.

Now you have a wreath full of snow and sparkles.
Let's get on with the rest of the tag now.

Open 'element 97' (the holly) and resize by 60%.
Effects - MuRa's Meister - Copies - Same settings as before.
Add a dropshadow of 0,0, 30, 3.00.
Add snow via the same method used above, same settings too.

Now open 'element 92' and resize by 90%.
Paste it behind the  holly layer so the red flower is coming out from behind it.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.
And then open 'element 87', resize by 25% and then paste it so it comes out behind the red flower
petal at the top part of your tag on each side.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.
Net open 'element 95' and resize it by 20%, and paste it coming out from behind the white
flowers on each side.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.
Now, grab your 'element 100' and resize by 30%.
Paste just above the holly circle layer and move so it comes out from behind the tube.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.
(see my tag for reference above)
Image - Mirror
Right click the layer now and duplicate.
Image - Rotate by 90% to the left.
Move to the top coming out from behind the golden berries , then Image - Mirror again.
Now you should have two coming out from top as well as on each side.
Lastly, grab 'element 109' and resize it by 50%.
Paste to your canvas and using your Freehand Selection Tool
Draw around the end of the left side of the ribbon (just the part that sticks up)
Hit your delete key.
Selections - None.
Now, use MuRa's Meister - Copies again, same settings.
Move it so it's coming from behind the flowers on each side.
Add a dropshadow of 0, 0, 30, 3.00.

Now it's snow time.
The tube I used already came with somewhat of a snowy layer to it, which I add to.
Open 'element 79' and resize it by 65%.
Paste it so it is behind all layers and is at the bottom of your tag.
Now open 'element 80' and resize by 67%
Paste it just over the other snowy layer so it's just above it to fill it in more.
No dropshadow on any of the snow layers.

Now open 'element 96' and resize it by 60%.
Move it to the left coming out from just behind your tube.
Dropshadow 0,0, 20, 2.00.
Right click the layer and duplicate it.
Then Image - Mirror.

'Element 99' - resize by 20% and paste behind the flowers but over the ribbon.
I pasted mine coming out once from top and then each side of the tag.

Now it's time to copy and paste the elements you want to use from the kit.  Use any you want!
Resize them to your liking and give them the same drop shadow 0,0,20,2.00.
Here are the elements I used: Use my tag for reference if you like.
Elements 18, 23, 26, 33, 39, 43, 61, 64, 84, 93, 100, 102 & 111.
Also, I used a layer from the tube, the green gift, as an extra element.

Time to use a mask. I have supplied my mask in the supplies.
In Material Palette, color #e2021b.
New image 550 x 550 - apply mask, then copy & paste to your canvas.
If you do not know how to add a mask to your tag,  I have a tutorial HERE.
I duplicated the mask 3 more times and placed them coming out from each side of the tag.

I used the 'KG Beneath Your Beautiful' font for the name.
Add your copyright information.
All finished!

Here is the rest of the forum set to match ♥

Tutorial by ©sylvie's tutorials.
Thank you so much for trying my tutorial.
Posted November 27, 2016.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

How to Add a Mask ♥


Supplies Needed:
Mask of choice.
Color, paper, gradient or pattern of choice.
I used a mask by Dee at Dangerously Delicious Designz - HERE -
I used Mask DD_NFM-2015-2 (the 2nd one pictured) 

Some facts first: 
• You can add as many masks as you like to your tags - I can use anywhere between 1-8.
• Often you can use masks to incorporate another color into your tag.  Great way to match tube to scrap kit and vice versa. 
• Sometimes create mask on a New Image if I want mask to take on a different shape than canvas. I will explain. 
• Remember, this is a very basic tutorial showing you how to add a mask to your tags.
We will just do ours this time with a color, however, you can use papers, patterns or gradients too.  
Just be creative & have fun!

So, let's pretend we have a tag open in front of us. 
You would see lots of layers on the right in the layer palette.  
Today we will add it to the very bottom layer of the layer palette.
That way the edges of the mask are coming out from beneath your tag adding extra color.
It also gives it a nice, finished look once the rest of the tag is done.
0wqYou can also use it as the main part of your tag, or in other ways.
But not today, for today it will be on the bottom layer.

Okay, let's get started! 
So your tag is open in PSP and you've just finished it.
Add a new raster layer and flood fill it with a color, patter, paper or gradient of choice.
Right click the layer in your layer palette and choose 'Arrange - Send to Bottom'.
That will move your layer to the very bottom, which is where we want our mask to be today.

Open your mask of choice in PSP.  
It just needs to be open in PSP, not pasted anywhere on your canvas. 
Just open it and then go back to your tag. 
Click on the layer we just filled to make the layer active.
Right click that layer and choose 'New Mask Layer' and then 'From Image'.

You are telling PSP to look for any images open in your PSP (so, your mask)

A box will open up for you with a drop down.
If you click on that drop down, it will give you a list of images open in your PSP.
Remember: The more images you have open (if you don't close things out after using them) the longer your list will be.

Choose your mask in that list.
Ours today is 'DD-NFM-2015-2'
Source Luminance : checked
Invert Mask Data: unchecked

The odd occasional time I have had to check Invert Mask Data to make it take on the shape of the mask, but it's rare.  If you use your mask and it has borders and looks like the image below, you need to check 'Invert Mask Data'.

So, Source Luminance checked, Invert Mask Data unchecked - Click OK.

Now your mask is applied, however, you will see in your Layer Palette that it has a number of layers to it.

Making sure one of the 3 mask layers are active - Right click the layer - Merge - Merge Group.
That will bring your mask down to one layer.
This way you can resize it, move it or do what you want with it.

You've added your mask! Congratulations! 

Now, if you want to move your mask to a certain part of the tag.
Right click your mask layer, Arrange - Bring to Top. 
With your mask on top you can move it where you want to without moving any other layer.
Then, once again right click your layer, Arrange - Send to Bottom.

You can duplicate it and mirror it if you need it show on the opposite side, if you moved it.
Chances are if you add your mask, it will already show bits behind your tag.
If you make large tags it probably won't, however.  So bring it to the top layer, move it, duplicate and mirror it if need be.

One last thing

If your tag is on a rectangular canvas, but your mask is square canvas - your mask will look stretched.  
If I want the mask to keep the same shape and not look stretched, then I open a New Image 600 x 600 and do my mask separately, Merge Group and then paste to the tag as the top layer and place it where I want it. 

Once you understand the basics of masks you learn to work with them so easily.  
You can add as many masks as you like to your tag!

Now, finish up your tag, add your watermark and save your tag template.

Tutorial ©sylvie's tutorials.
Written by sylvie on October 27, 2016. 
Thank you so much for visiting sylvie's tutorials!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Scripting Tags Tutorial ♥

How to Script Your Tags

Hi everyone!

I wanted to get a tutorial posted for you all to learn how to script your tags.
So much easier than tagging them all individually!
Your first few go arounds with scripting may feel time consuming,
but once you get the swing of it, you'll be tagging your tags in record times!

A  huge thank you to Sandra from Sandra's Slamming Tutorials for the supplies and teaching me.
Because of her I am able to write this tutorial for you all ..

Okay, let's get started!
It is a long tutorial, BUT that is because I have tried my hardest to explain everything.
I don't want it to be confusing, if possible.
So just do it a bit at a time, and if you question anything at all, I'm around.


First, a bit of information about scripting tags.
I am a dinosaur, using PSP 9, but this should work on any version of PSP.
I, personally, create a folder on my C drive and name it 'scripting'.
That way, all of my supplies and folders when scripting happen in the same place.
I will write this tutorial under the assumption you will be doing the same.
You are free to name your folders anything you like.
Just remember that whatever you name them, is how you have to name them when editing.
I will touch all of this again in the tutorial!

Let's begin by creating the folder on your 'C drive', name it 'Scripting'.
Inside of this folder, create 3 more folders.
I've named mine 'Finished', 'Scripts' and 'Tags'.
Finished - the folder that your finished tags will save in.
Scripts - the folder that you will save your scripts in.
Tags - the folder you will save your tag template in.

Now, inside of the zip you downloaded up above, you should have three items.
Take all 3 of the items and paste them into the folder that we just created.
So you should now have a folder that looks like this:

First, let's deal with the '~TJP-MakeTags' file, which is a script.
This file needs to go in the 'Scripts-Trusted' folder of where your PSP program is.
So for me, I have Windows 10.
On my C drive, I have a Program Files (x86) and my Jasc - PSP folder is in there with all other programs.
So, when you find your PSP program, you should see a 'Scripts-Trusted' folder.
Paste the '~TJP-MakeTags' file in there.
Okay, now let's go back to the folder we created a few minutes ago.

The next file 'TJP-MakeTagsTextForScript1' we leave it as is.
It stays right where it is.  Click on it, and you will see some code on it.
When we are recording the script, we will be using that code, so it's best to stay right where it is.
We will come back to it.

The last file is 'extranames-example'.
This will be where you add your names that you want the script to record on your tags.
So if you have an Always List, you add the names on this file.
I have renamed mine 'extranames' - so please do that. (no spaces)
You can name it something else if you like, but remember it will be the name you need to add to your script when I am adding 'extra names'
Added Tidbit:
 You can make various name lists in your folder, if you have an Always List for ex.
Then, I always copy and paste a list I need onto the 'extra names' folder.
It will make your life easier, however, for today just the 'extranames' folder please.
You can change the names on the list to names you want on your tag.
Make sure it is one after the other.

- The script will add names just as you type them on the list.
-  Exception: If the font you are using has no capitals, the script will not use capitals.

Now that we have moved things where they need to be, & understand what everything is, 
it is now time to record a script.

In PSP, open up the tag that you are wanting to script names onto.
First things first, it does not recognize .psd files, so your tag template needs to be .pspimage extension.
Please, save your tag as .pspimage into the 'Tags' folder which you created earlier.
Remember: All .pspimages need to go in this folder when you want to script them.
So this folder is where all of your blank tag templates will go.

So we are staring at our blank tag in PSP now.
In the top right corner, you should see your script buttons.
They look like this:

Now before we start recording the script, I always make sure I have set my things up.
So, if you are using a plugin, a PSP effect or drop shadow, run through them.
That way when you are recording, it goes quicker. (just my preference)..
You should not move the text once typed onto the tag.
Try to find the place exactly where you want it to land first shot.
Sometimes when recording the script, it will move the tag, but some names it won't.
You will find yourself going back through tags to see which worked and which didn't.
(just my own experience)

Now, hit the 'start script recording' button and using your own name, add the name and go through the motions.
Once you have the name where you want it, hit the 'save script recording' button.
Your script file must be identical name as your .pspimage file, except it will have .pspscript extension.
Save it into your folder you created called 'Scripts'.

If you are recording your script and you make a mistake or want to start over,
there is also a cancel button.  (the 'x' button)
So once you hit the red 'x', you are able to hit record and start over again.

So, we have now recorded our script, and now all we have to do is set the scripts up so it knows what to do.  

See the dropdown list just before the script buttons, that is where you will find your saved script and the original one we added to our Trusted Scripts folder.
Look through the list and find the one you just recorded (the tag name)
When you find it click on it so it shows.

For instance, the tag I am scripting has the filename 'LoveYouKajasylviescandal.pspimage'
The script I just recorded and put in Scripts folder is 'LoveYouKajasylviescandal.pspscript'
So, in the dropdown, I am looking for 'LoveYouKajasylviescandal'.

Once it is selected, you now want to click on the 'Edit Selected Script' button.

You should get a popup, and at the bottom right corner there is a button 'Text Editor'

Click it and it should open up a notepad with some code.
Do not panic!
We only have to make two amendments to this code.

Go  to the folder we created earlier and open up the file 'TJP-MakeTagsTextForScript1'
We need to add this code to the notepad of code we just opened up.
Highlight the code from 'TJP-MakeTagsTextForScript1' so even the spaces at the beginning are highlighted also.
Now right click and copy that highlighted text.

(You will be adding this code to every tag template you want to script)
That is why we keep it handy in that scripting folder.

Now, go back to the code that we opened when we hit 'Text Editor' from our tag script.
In the second paragraph of code, it says 'def Do(Environment):'
Put your cursor right after that and hit enter once so it brings you down to the next line.
It is important you are adding no extra spaces or letters.
Now paste the code right there.
Here are 3 images for you to see what I have done.
(don't save the file yet, we have one more thing to do)

Now once you have that code pasted in, scroll down until you see 'characters: u: 'your name here'
Yes, you will see your name, or whatever name you typed on the tag when recording the script.
So this is how mine looks.

You need to change it so that it says TagName like shown in the image below.

Now you can save the file.
File - Save As.
(keep the filename the same as it was)

Now, here is the last step.
I know this all seems very confusing, but I promise it will all come together in the end for you.
Especially once you do this a few times.
In that script drop down (just before the script buttons) where your tag script name shows,
scroll down and find the one we added in the Trusted Scripts folder earlier.
Select it in the dropdown, and hit the 'Edit Selected Script' button like we did with the earlier script.
You should now see a bunch of stuff, we are going to scroll passed it.
Look for this:

#   Set global variables.

Once you see that, we are editing what is below it.
Now, this is where we point to everything  that PSP needs to find.
Each 'area' has a space between it, like paragraphs.
So when i say part 1, it's the first 3 lines before the space.
We deal with a part at a time. Images are provided below too, to help.

The first part is asking for where the list of names is.

# The name of the file with the list of names. Full path should be included.
# Put the file name inside the quotes. Leave the r there. E.G. r'E:\Names.txt'

That was our notepad file in the folder we made with a list of names you want on the tag titled 'extranames'.
So it is asking us to point out where our names list is it can grab names from.
Go to the folder where that names list is, and then grab the path (URL) up  top.
So, if it is in the C drive and your folder is named Scripting it will start like this:

And then you have the notepad file called 'extranames' in that folder, and it is a 'txt' file.
So the full path (URL) to put between the quotes is C:\Scripting\extranames.txt
Since 'txt' is the extension of a notepad file.
(Now remember, if you placed your folder elsewhere, your 'URL' will be different.)
So this is what you should see in your script editing.

Now scroll down to the second part.
It starts with:

# The name of the file which the tag is based on. Full path should be included.
It is asking is to show where the tag template can be found of the tag we just recorded a script on.
Remember, we added the .pspimage into the 'Tags' folder of that folder we made on the C drive.
So, the path (URL) we add would again be C:\Scripting\ and then the .pspimage file name.
So mine would be 'C:\Scripting\LoveYouKajasylviescandal.pspimage'

Now, the next 2 parts are optional, they're one line each and I skip them.

So, go to the next part which starts with:

# The name of the script which is used to write the text on your tags. Should not include a path or
# the .PspScript file extension.
It wants to know what the name of your script is exactly.
Remember we named it to match the .pspimage file as we were recording it.
That is in the 'Scripts' folder, of the folder we created on the C drive.
It does not want the path or the extension though, just the name.
So, i would type in LoveYouKajasylviescandal.

Here is an image to show what we have so far:

We are almost finished!!
Next part is:

# The name of the script which is used to format the text on your tags. Should not include a path or
# the .PspScript file extension. Optional.
I skip it, put nothing there.

Next is it wanting to know if you want to save your files in jpeg, .png etc.
I like saving my tags in .png, so it has no white background, therefore I choose '4' for .png.

# The file format: 1 for JPG, 2 for PSP 8, 3 for PSP 7 (Animation Shop) and 4 for png
intFileSaveType = 4

Now scroll down to the part that says:

# The full path to the directory that the tags will be saved in without the final back slash
# Put the directory name inside the quotes. Leave the r there. E.G. r'e:\tags'

It is asking us where we want the finished tags to save.
So, once again we go into our folder that we created on the C drive.
Then, go into the folder that we named 'Finished'.
Grab the path (URL) at the top.
Mine is 'C:\Scripting\Finished'

Here is an image showing it, as well as the parts in between in case you need to compare.
We didn't touch them, however, if something needs to be changed on your end, you can see what I have.

Now, save that file (keep the filename the same).
Go back to PSP, and shut down the blank tag.
(It will pull it back up for you when you run the script).

Let's double check everything.
We added our .pspimage into tags folder. - CHECK
We recorded and saved our script into scripts folder - CHECK
We edited our tag script - CHECK
We edited our trusted script - CHECK
Now it's ready to rock n' roll!

In your scripting buttons in PSP, there is one called 'Run Script'.
It is telling PSP to grab everything we set up for it, run the script and make the tags.
Press it and see what happens.
It should start tagging the tag for you!
Wooohoooo we are FINISHED!


Double check that all of the file names are named exact as they should be.
Remember, they have to be exact like one another too.
Check your .pspimage, then your .pspscript.
Also the paths that we pointed it to in the '~TJP-MakeTags' script.
If they aren't named identical the script won't know what to do.
They all need to reflect an identical name.

Sometimes you have to hit 'Ok' for it to go on to the next tag.
It happens to me sometimes, just hit 'Ok' and it will move on to the next one.
It does this when using plugins or effects sometimes.
A popup will appear saying Finished when it's finished.
Go check your 'Finished' folder and see if all of your tags are there.

If your blank pulls up with a name on it, and the script is putting a name over a name.
Shut down the scripting, and resave your .pspimage as a blank into your 'Tags' folder.
Then start over.

When you have to shut down your script mid-scripting:
You must go into your finished tags folder and delete the tags it made.
If there are already tags in there, your PSP will start at the last name it hasn't already tagged.
So that folder must be empty again.
Once it is empty, it will start again from the very first name and redo the tags after you have made a correction to your blank tag.

You have already set a lot of it up, and only need to amend certain things each time you script now.
So next time you are scripting a tag, here are the steps.

1/Save your blank tag in the 'Tags' folder.
2/ Record your script and save into the 'Scripts' folder.
3/ Edit the tag script to add the code and change your name to 'TagName'.
4/ Edit the '~TJP-MakeTags' script and change the file name for your .pspimage & script.
5/ Ensure your 'Finished' folder is now empty.
6/ Add the names you want on your tag to your 'extranames' txt file.

That is it, it will become a routine.
Taking the time to add names to every tag is so time consuming.
So, hope that this tutorial has helped you to make some sense of how to script tags.

Thank you so much for trying it.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask!
I'm always around in forums, on Facebook, by email and here by comment on the blog.

Tutorial  © sylvie's tutorials.
Thank you so much for trying my tutorial.
Posted October 26, 2016.

PTU Tutorial - My Love ♥


Tutorial Supplies:

Scrap Kit: Vintage Elegance by PinkParadox Productions - available HERE
Mask: Floral Masks by Dee at Dangerously Delicious Designz - available HERE
Plugins used: Xero

Remember to save often throughout the tutorial.
I made it a forum set, rest of the set is at the bottom!
Let's get started!

Open a new image - 700 x 700.
If using the Kajenna tube, paste to canvas and resize by 30%.
(or paste tube of choice)
Add drop shadow - 0, 0, 30, 3.00.

Open 'frame 8' from the scrap kit, resize by 60%.
Paste just behind the tube.
Adjust - Sharpen.
Image - Rotate to the right - 90 degrees.
Open 'paper 26' and resize by 56%.
Copy and paste onto your canvas just under the frame.
Now open 'paper 33', and resize it also.
Paste it between the previous paper and the frame layers.
Click on your frame layer to make it active.
Using your magic wand tool, click on the inside of the frame.
(You should now see marching ants along the inside of the frame.)
Selections - Modify - Expand by 10
Selections - Invert
Click on your bottom paper layer (paper 33) and hit the delete key.
Selections - Modify - Contract by 20%.
Now click on the top paper layer (paper 26), and hit your delete key again.
Selections - Select None.
Now add a dropshadow to your frame - 0, 0, 30, 3.00.

Make the top paper layer active.
Effects - Plugins - Xero - Fritillary
Add a drop shadow - 0, 0, 30, 3.00.

You should now have something that resembles this:

Open 'Element 159' from your scrap kit, a spray of hearts.
Paste it over the bottom paper layer (under the fritillary layer).
Resize 70%.
Using your freehand selection tool, cut the hearts layer from outside the frame layer.
(You will be left with just the hearts over top of your paper.)
Change your blend mode to 'Overlay'.
Now, duplicate the hearts layer 9 more times.
Hide all of the layers (except the hearts layers and that one paper)
Ensure the paper layer is active.
Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.
Unhide the other layers now.

You should now have a paper that looks like this:

Using your pixel font, color: #f46fa2, type the words 'Love You'.
See my tag, it should be one under the other, just behind the tube.
Using the font 'KG Seven Sixteen', type the words love you in the top right corner.
Duplicate it, Image - Rotate 90 degrees to the right and bring it down the right hand side.
Now lower the opacity to 94% and change the blend mode to 'Screen' for both of them.
Open 'Element 155' (the diamonds) - resize by 40%.
Paste it behind the tube as well.

Open 'Element 150' (bow) and resize it by 45%.
Paste it on the top left corner of the frame.
Now open 'Element 61' (pink bow with key) and resize it by 25%.
Paste it over top of the previous bow.
Add drop shadow to both - 0, 0, 20, 2.00.

It's time to copy and paste the elements you want to use from the kit.
Resize them to your liking and give them the same drop shadow as the bows.
Here are the elements I used: Use my tag for reference if you like.
Elements 161, 154, 143, 137, 135, 134, 132, 131, 128, 127, 121, 77, 75 &69.
Also, I used the flowers from the tube in various places too.

Time to add the mask now. Color #f46fa2.
New image 550 x 550 - apply mask, then copy & paste to canvas.
If you do not know how to add a mask to your tag,  I have a tutorial HERE.
I duplicated the mask 2 more times and placed one coming out center from the top,
one from the right side and then one from the left.

I used the 'Good Morning' font for the name.
Add your copyright information.
All finished!

Here is the rest of the forum set to match ♥

Tutorial by ©sylvie's tutorials.
Thank you so much for trying my tutorial.
Posted October 26, 2016.