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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Create Your Own Fairy Garden!



Hi folks,

I saw the cutest gardening video today and wanted to share it with you.  It's from a site called My Fairy Gardens where they sell all of the houses, fairies and other miniatures that you need to change your ordinary house plants into a fairy village.  If you're a fairy lover, like me, then you will love this!

I can't download their video to share it here; so, you will have to either visit their Website or, even better, their Facebook page.  If you scroll down their page you will find several videos and inspirational designs :).

Enjoy :)!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 5

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 5

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea

From the Flower Doodle...

  • Press Ctrl+A, Ctrl+F, and right click the “Floating Selection” to “Defloat it” or press Ctrl+Shft+F (or use the “Selections” menu as above) to select the doodle layer. 
  • On your “Materials” palette, set your foreground color to #632a29:



  • and your background color to #1f170f (left click on the large color background square to open this window):
 

  • Click on the solid circle beneath your foreground box in the “Materials” paletteand select the “Gradient” circle from the drop down list:
  • Next, left click on the gradient in your foreground box.
  • Then, left click on the arrow next to the gradient in the window that opens and select “foreground" from the menu that appears (the full name of the gradient is “foreground-background,” but in newer versions it is "a-foreground").
 

  • Next, click on the box for “Linear” and set the “Angle” to 45 and “Repeats” to 7, as shown: 
  • Click on your paint can
  • Click inside of the selected doodle in your working image to “Flood Fill” it with the gradient. 
    • Deselect the doodle (Ctrl+D). 
  • Right click on any layer in your layer palette
  • Move your cursor over “Merge”
  • Click on “Merge All (Flatten)”
    • In newer versions, right click on any layer to access the "Merge" menu
  • Resize the image by 80% as shown (please note that “Resize All Layers” is ticked):

  • Click on “Adjust,” move your cursor over “Sharpness” and click on “Sharpen.”
  • Next, click on “Image,” “Add Borders.” 
 

  • Left click inside of the large color box in the window that opens and select the brightest shade of yellow (or any other color that you know for sure isn’t in your image).
  • Tick the “Symmetrical” box and enter the number “3” in any of the four areas. 
 

  • Select your “Magic Wand” tool from the “Selection” tool drop down menu: 
 

  • Then change your settings to match those below:
  • Next, left click inside of the yellow border that you added to your working image:

Your image should now look like that above.  Part 6

Happy creating,
Hafapea








Friday, February 19, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 4

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 4

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea

 
From the rotation...

  • Next, change the blend mode of the kaleidoscope layer by left clicking on the word “Normal” next to the “Copy of Bouquet” layer on your layer palette and then selecting “Luminance” from the list that appears.
    • If you have a newer version, double-click on the layer in your layer palette to open the blend mode window, then select "Lunicance" from the drop down menu there.
 

  • Apply the settings shown below:
  • Repeat.
  • “Duplicate” this layer, then click on “Image,” “Resize”
  • Use the settings shown below:  
 
  •  Activate your “Move Tool” 
  

  • Move the image (left-click and drag it) to the position shown in the image below:  
  
  • “Duplicate” this layer, “Resize” it using the same settings as before, and position it as shown: 
  • Right click on “Copy (3) of Bouquet” in your layer palette, move your cursor over “Move”and click on “Merge Down.” Repeat with “Copy (2) of Bouquet.”
  • Copy the flower doodle and paste it onto your working image. Resize it twice using the settings below:
  • Move the doodle into position as shown:
 

I'm sorry it's taking so long between posts but, work has picked up; so, it can't be helped.  I hope that you're enjoying the tutorial, though, and learning lots :).  As always, if you have any questions, please ask.

Part 5

Happy Creating!
Hafapea

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Create Your Own Neat Stuff!



I was just ambling around FB today so I could find more card making groups to promote my kits to when I came upon a really cool magazine for folks who love to create their own neat stuff; so, I thought I would pop in here really quick to tell you about it.

It's called Make Magazine.  I haven't really had a chance to delve too deeply into it but, a quick glance at their FB page revealed some pretty cool gizmos, like that robot made from recycled cans, up there, and their Website at least looks cool. hahahaha

Enjoy :)!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 3

Sorry, I'm late :).

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 3

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea

 From the circle...
  • Click on the “New Raster” icon on your layer palette to add a new layer to your image.
  • Name the layer “Flood Fill” and click “OK.” 
  • Select the paint can from your tools menu
  • Change your Foreground color to #d6a4b6l 
    • Left click on the large color foreground square to open
    •  Enter the color # next to HTML: as shown below:
  • Left click inside of the circle selection on your working image to “Flood Fill” it.
  • Add another new raster layer, name it “Bouquet” and click “OK.”
  • Right click on the top of your new image, move your cursor over “Paste” and click on “Paste into selection.”


  • Press Ctrl+D on your keyboard to deselect the selection (or click on “Selections,” “SelectNone” from the menu along the top of your workspace).
  • Left click on the “Flood Fill” layer on your layer palette to activate it. 
  • Press Ctrl+A to “Select All,”Ctrl+F to “Float” the circle, then right click on the ”Floating Selection” in your layer palette and click on“Defloat” on the menu that pops up (or press Ctrl+Shft+F). You can also use the “Selection” menu to “Select All,” “Float,” and “Defloat” this layer, if you'd rather.
  • Left click on the “Bouquet” layer to activate it. Right click on the top of your image and “Copy” this layer.
  • Right click anywhere in the area of your workspace and “Paste,” “Paste As New Image"

Your "new image" should look like this:

  • With this new bouquet circle image activated, click on “Image,” “Mirror." 
    • "Image," "Horizontal Flip" in newer versions of PSP.
  • Copy and paste the mirrored image into the selection on your working image. 
  • Return to the bouquet circle, click on “Image,” “Flip” 
    • "Image," "Vertical Flip" in newer versions.
  • Copy and paste that image into the selection on your working image. 
The selection on your working image should now look like this:


NOTE: The swirl will not look like the one in the picture above.  I dd not notice that I'd had the wrong layer visible until it was too late to change the image.
  • On your working image, with the circle of flowers still selected, “Duplicate” the layer
    • "Layers," "Duplicate" or by using the icon on your layer palette.
  • Click on the eye on your layer palette to close the original “Bouquet” and “Flood Fill” layers
  • Click on “Effects,” “Reflection Effects,” “Kaleidoscope” and change the settings to those shown below: 

  • Click “OK” and then deselect the circle (Ctrl+D).
  • Click on “Image,” “Rotate,” “Free Rotate,”
  •  Tick “left” and type “20” into the box and click “OK.”


Your image should now look like this:

I hope you're enjoying the tutorial and learning lots of new tricks :).  Part 4
Hafapea

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 2

Sorry I'm a little late on this one.  My puter crashed and I had to reset it.  Probably going to have to do a complete restore, actually, but it'll have to wait until the weekend.  Part 3 should be posted by then, though, so no worries there :)!

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 2

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea


From the blur:
  • Right click on this layer in your layer palette and “Duplicate” it.
  • Click on “Effects” on the menu along the top of your workspace
  • Move your cursor over “Texture Effects,” and then click on “Mosaic-Antique.” 

  • Click on the drop down menu at the top of the window that opens and select“Factory Defaults,” then click “OK.” 
  •  Then, click on “Effects,” “Distortion Effects,” “Ripple” and apply it at the settings shown below: 

  • Repeat. "Merge Visible."
  • Then, click on your “Selection” tool and select “Circle” from the drop down menu at the topof your workspace and set the rest as shown below: 

  • On your image, place your cursor at 100,255 (the coordinates are along the bottom right hand side of your workspace. 
  • While holding down your left mouse button, move your cursor to the right until the left edge of the circle touches the left edge of your image, as shown below:  

Your image should look like what is shown above, as well. If it doesn't, then please let me know if you would like my help. 

Part 3

Happy Creating :)!
Hafapea

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Create Your Own Graphics - Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial

For those of you who completed the other graphics tutorial, Buddha Blessings, welcome back.  I hope you learned some fun new tricks.  Any tutorial that I create using someone else's artwork is for the sole purpose of helping you to become more familiar with Paint Shop Pro (PSP), in particular, and graphics programs, in general.

Over the years I have used many graphics programs; the first of which was MS Paint, back when MS Paint was the only thing available.  Yes, I'm that old. hahahaha

Many of you are familiar with Photoshop (PS), a name that has become synonymous with altering photos.  I have used that, as well, and find it comparable to PSP.  So much so that you could easily complete these tutorials using PS, instead.  The two programs do exactly the same things but, the tools aren't always called the same thing or in the same locations.  The "Help" function will usually find anything that isn't obvious, though, and, if not, a search engine definitely will.

Of the two, PSP is the least expensive graphics program; however, Gimp is an open source graphics program that is well loved among many graphic designers & artists and it's free.  I have never used it, though, so I do not know if it would work for my tutorials but, odds are it would.

OK, enough of my prattle; let's get to learning!

Butterflies & Flowers Tutorial Part 1

A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea


I used PSP 9 to create this image but, it can still be completed in newer versions.

You will need these two tubes of which the flower doodle is from Heartprints Digital Design, a Website that is no longer active.

Once unzipped, open the tubes in your work area and click on the _ in the top right corner to reduce them.

Now, on with the fun stuff :):
  • Create a new 600 x 400 image with a transparent background.
  • Right click on the top of the “bouquet” tube, then click on “Copy.” 
  •  Right click on the top of your new image
  • Move your cursor over the word “Paste,” and then click on “Paste as new layer.” 
  • Move this new layer to the far left/bottom corner of your new image.  (Objects > Align > Bottom, Objects > Align > Left) so that none of the transparency is showing through, as shown:
 

  • Right click on the floral layer in your layer palette and then click on “Duplicate” on the menu that appears.
  • Then, click on “Image,” on the menu that is at the top of your work area and click on “Mirror.”  Newer versions of PSP do not have "Mirror;" so, you will need to click "Image," "Flip Horizontal," instead.


  • Right click on this new layer in your layer palette and “Duplicate” it. Click on “Image,” “Flip.”  In newer versions, "Image," "Flip Vertical."
  • Click on this new layer in your layer palette and “Duplicate” it. 
  • Click on “Image,” “Mirror” (or "Flip Horizontal).
  • Paste a copy of the bouquet into the center of your image as a new layer
  • Right click on this new layer in your layer palette, move your cursor over “Merge” and then click on “Merge Visible.”
  •  Click on “Adjust,” “Blur,” “Radial” and use these settings:
  •  Your image should now look like this:
 

It doesn't really look like much now, but it sure is pretty :).  Part 2

Happy creating,
Lisa