How To Add PDN Layers HERE. I do it the first way every time. PDN/PSP Plugins that I use a lot are located HERE. Explanation of my labels are HERE.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dirty Mechanic

 Supplies Used 

Tube of choice: “Mech Toon” by Keith Garvey, which can be found HERE. Please do not use without the proper license.
Font of Choice:  “Cat Scratch” (PTU) by Fonthead Design, which you can get it here. I also used Arabic Typesetting for my license tag.
Scrap Kits: (FTU) “Dirty Mechanic” by true Taggin’ Love, which you can be found here.
Mask: “Mask 20” by Beautifully Blessed Designs (formerly Cakie Pot Pie Designs), which can be found here.
 Lets' Begin! 

Open paper 5 and resize to 850x850. Apply your mask, add a layer, flood-fill white and send to the bottom.

Name “Dirty Mechanic” and Save in *psd form.

Open the steel frame, rotate to laying, resize by 80% and add above your mask layer.

Add your tube over the frame layer. It doesn’t have to be resized. Line her leg up with the bottom of the frame. Duplicate and move one below the frame. Erase your legs above the frame so she looks to be crawling out of the frame.

Go back to your mask and use your move tool to stretch out your mask slightly.

Open paper 2 and resize by 50%. Add this below your second tube layer.

Open the gear cluster and resize by 60%. Add to the right on the frame layer under your uppermost tube.

Open the wire mesh and resize by 75%. Pull to the left.

Open the line of washers and nuts, resize by 80% and add below your gear layer. Make the edge even with the edge of the wire mesh and erase what shows behind the second gear wheel.

Open the tires and resize by 80%. Add above your frame layer (to the right).

Open the metal barrel, resize by 45% and add above your tire layer.

Open oil spill 2 and resize by 20%. Add near, and under, the gear cluster. Undo resize and size again by 30% and flip. Add in the opposite corner.

Open brake line connector and resize by 70%. Add over second oil spill.

Drop shadow to all layers. Add your name and copyright information. Enjoy!

Monday, June 23, 2014

CT: Buggy Wuggies Freebie Kit and Layout

My friend, Priscilla, of Beautifully Blessed Designs, is in a mentoring program over at Scraps-N-Pieces. As if I didn't need another reason to love SNP!?! Their blog trains are to die for and ones that I have followed since 2010!

She has picked a palette that so reminds me of a hot summer day, picnic in hand and hanging by the pool. This is her inspiration:
And this was what her palette inspired her to create:
I absolutely love the colours of this kit! They are so bright and lovely, you can't help but think of hot summer days, right? 

The bugs in this kit, however, took me back to a warm fall day with my then 8 year old son and the trek we did outback of our old home. Here's my layout:
Want to gather this kit for yourself? Join SNP and it can be yours as well! Just click the image of her kit to find Scraps-N-Pieces!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clock My Ticker

 Supplies Used 

Tube of choice: (PTU) “Sexy Nurse” by Elias Chatzoudis, which can now be Purchased HERE.
Font of Choice:  “DJB Jacked Up Kinda luv” by Darcy Baldwin, which can be found here. I also used Arabic Typesetting for my license tag.
Scrap Kits: (FTU) “Coronary Heart Disease” by Crafted by Gina, which you can be found here.
Mask: “Mask 227” by Gem, which can be found here. Downloads are on the right hand side.
Mask 2: “Mask 177“ by Wee Scot Lass, which can be found HERE.

 Lets' Begin! 

Open paper 2 and apply mask 277 by Gem. Add a layer above, flood-fill white and move to the bottom. Save as a *psd under your chosen filename.

Open paper 1 and apply your mask 177 by Wee scot lass. Duplicate 4 times for 5 layers and then add above your last mask layer.

Open word art 1 and resize by 85%. Add this above your mask layer. Effects > Object > Object Align > Center both.

Outline the word art with the colour B30810 on 2/2, sharpen by 4 and then outline in white by 5/5.

Open the branch and add above all layers. Pull to one side, duplicate and then flip horizontal. Merge both layers.

Open flower 3 and resize by 80%. Add over all layers and center in the middle of the branches.

Open your tag and resize by 70%. Add this below your flower 4 layer and erase the chain.

Open Flower 6 and resize by 80%. Add this below your flower 4 layer. Duplicate and flip horizontal.

Open medicine bottle 3 and resize by 80%. Add below your right flower 6 layer and use the rotation below.
Open flower 4 and add below your flower 6 layer (left). Duplicate and then flip horizontal. Move up above your medicine bottle layer.

Open the pillbox and resize by 70%. Add below your flower 4 layer (left) and rotate by the settings below.
Crop as close as you can to the larger mask.

Open your tube and upsize by 115%. Sharpen by 2 and then add above your word art layer. Duplicate and move above all layers. Drop shadow this layer and erase the bottom of this tube.

Drop shadow all layer and resize to your liking.  Add your name and copyright. Upload to Photobucket and enjoy!

Cupcake Cutie

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Through the Darkness

 Supplies Used 

Tube of choice: (PTU) “Fading Star” by Zindy Nielsen. She no longer sells this tube but you can find a lot of light coloured tubes at her store HERE.
Font of Choice:  (PTU) “Got That Bling” by Nick Curtis, which can be found here. I also used Arabic Typesetting for my license tag.
Scrap Kits: (FTU) “A light in the Darkness” by Crafted by Gina, which you can be found here.
Mask: “Mask 84” by Wee Scot Lass, which can be found here. Download links are o the right hand side.

 Lets' Begin! 

Open paper 4, resize by 25% and apply your mask. Add a layer above, flood-fill white and move to the bottom. Save as a *psd under your chosen filename.

Open frame 3 and resize by 27%. Add this above your mask layer.

Open the cage and resize by 17%. Place this above your frame layer and to the left.

Open the bird and resize it by 10%. Add this above your cage to position it on the bottom and then move below the cage.

Open the ivy, rotate counterclockwise and then flip horizontal. Resize by 20% and add above your frame layer. Position the bottom of the ivy with the bottom of the cage.

Duplicate the ivy and flip vertical. Then, apply the rotation settings below.
Open bow 2 and resize by 25%. Use your eraser to erase the right hand side of the bow then rotate clockwise. Add above your cage and then flip horizontal.

Add a layer above your frame and flood-fill with this colour: F2E100. Go to Effects > 8bf Filters > Paper Textures > Filter paper > Ok.

Open flower 2 and resize by 17%. Add above your ivy layers and move into the corner.

Open flower 4 and resize by 15%. Add below your last flower layer and pull to the top of the flower. Duplicate, flip horizontal and vertical then position at the bottom as well.

Open your tube and resize by 80%. Add above your frame paper layer and position to the left hand side.

Going back to your mask layer, duplicate and flip horizontal. Move into a position that pulls the duplicate over to the left slightly. Merge the two layers together.

Crop your image as close to your mask as you can and then drop shadow all of your layers.

Add your name, and resize to your liking. Upload to Photobucket and enjoy!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Simple Beauty Kit and Layout

My friend, Priscilla, has come out with a beautiful kit full of purplish pink called “Simple Beauty". She is currently in a mentoring program over at SNP and she is getting TONS of ideas for kit creating, which I like seeing!

For her first week, she choose this palette (Linked to her blog):

Isn't it just sweet? I love these colours. They remind of me of being a girl, don't you agree? I think she thought so, too, because this is what she came up with:
Talk about girly colours, right! I LOVE this kit! And I couldn't think of three better people than myself to use for my layout with this kit. Using a template from Christaly, I came up with this layout:
Want to own this kit for yourself? You have to join SNP to grab this piece of heaven for yourself. Just click the image of her kit to join!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Strawberry Dreams

 Supplies Used 

“Stroll” by Keith Garvey (HERE)
Miss Lankfort, by Charles Bluemlein (HERE)
“Strawberry Dreams” by Amy Marie (here)
Mask of Choice 

 Lets' Begin! 

Create a new canvas 800x800. Open paper 12, apply your mask, resize to 700x700 and add t0 the canvas. Save as a *psd called “Strawberry Dreams”.

While on mask layer: Effects > Object align > center both.

Open element 77 and add above your mask layer. Rotate with the setting below.
Open element 88, upsize by 125% and add this above your frame layer.

Open paper 14 and re-size to 600x600%. Grab your magic wand and click inside of your frame. Edit > Invert Selection > highlight paper layer > hit delete. Move below your frame layer.

Open element 112 and place behind frame.  Use your eraser to remove the excess all around the outside of your frame.

Open element 105 and add above your grass layer. Move to the right hand side of your frame.

Open element 50, re-size by 75% and mirror. Add behind your basket layer.

Open element 42, re-size by 75% and mirror. Add behind your strawberry basket layer. Position to where it makes the bucket look fuller.

Open element 56 and add below your bucket layer.

Crop your design now.  Find your tube and add it below your strawberry scatter and strawberry bucket.

Add a layer above your frame paper. Grab your paintbrush on 150 and add a yellow dot in the upper right hand corner of your frame. Effects > Blurs > Gaussian Blur > 45. I then mirrored and added ICNET Lens Flare filter, using Flare 10. Mirror back into its original position.

Re-position your element 56 below your tube layer now.

Drop shadow your layers, add your name and copyright and then upload to a photo sharing site to enjoy!

Monday, June 16, 2014

HOW TO: Use Eye Candy Xenofex Constellation

This tutorial will demonstrate that you can use another luscious Eye Candy plugins with Paint.Net. It’s called “Constellation” and it is a beauty! To get this now, you need to purchase Eye Candy 7 (I have Xenofex myself and refuse to update) or, if you are a Xenofex user, can update for a lower price.

First, create the design you wish to use for this tutorial. This is mine below:
Not bad for a quickie tut. LOL I’ve also cropped as close as I could to the mask layer so that I may get a better size when I must resize my design.

Now, while in Paint.Net, I duplicated the hearts layer, since this is what I will be adding the Constellation effect to, so I have three different layers in my layers box.
I have the fourth, and original, layer still there and this is the one I use DS on.

Next, choose which way you want to start in the hearts layers. I always go from bottom to top so I will be going from Hearts Layer 1 to Hearts Layer 3.

Go to Effects > 8bf Filter > Eye Candy Xenofex > Constellation > Run Filter > Use the settings below (choose bling bling under settings) > Ok. This will run the settings on the layer chosen and then click ok.
On each hearts layer, go back to Xenofex and just simply hit random seed once for each layer (twice if you choose).

For this one, re-size now in Paint.Net then add your chosen name and copyright. You will not need to do as I did in the Jiggle tutorial, because this one is already saved as it would be used in PDN.

Add each layer in the order you created them in when adding to AS3. Remember, if you worked from Heart Layer 3 to 1, the frames will go BEFORE each other and, if you went from Heart 1 to 3, they will go after each other.

While on the first frame layer in AS3, Edit > Select All > Animation > Frame Properties > 30 > OK. Then, apply the optimization settings, upload to a photo sharing site to enjoy!

Here's mine.
I created the bling large so you can really get a good view of it. There are a lot of slider or boxes that you can use to create smaller, less twinkly glitter but that choice is yours. Play around with the settings (including those preset settings under the settings tab) to come up with your own, unique glitter!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

HOW TO: Use Jiggle for Waving Wings/Hair or Blowing Grass

Today I am going to show you how to use Eye Candy 4000 to make wings wave in the wind! You can use this for about any design you create that you want the look of wind blowing through the design.

There is one difference between Corel PSP and Paint.Net, insomuch as that I have not (at this point) figured out how to do anything like freehand and then elevating that into its' own layer. However, this can still be done!

This is going to be my design for this tutorial.  I am using a tube that has its' back turned outward since I want this to be easy to understand.
Duplicate the tube layer and then hide the lower tube. Then, use an eraser to rid yourself of the body, leaving only the wings (as shown below):
I then DS both my body to my liking and then duplicate the wing layer two more times. These you'll need for the jiggle effect.

Hide the upper or lower two wings (depending on which way you want to set the jiggle) and then Effects > 8bf filter > Eye Candy 4000 > Jiggle > Use the settings below > Run.
Don't pay attention to my random seed! I simply clicked it twice to get what I want. On each wing layer, you need to do the same thing to get the feel of movement.

Open AS3 and add the design into the program, after hiding each layer of wings in the order you've created them, by Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy Merged. If you created your wing layers from wings 3 to wings 1, be sure to place them BEFORE each other in AS3 and AFTER if you went from from wings 1 to wings 3.

While in AS3, and on the first frame layer: Edit > Select All > Animation > Frame Properties > 20 > OK. This will slow down the wing motion a bit. Right click anywhere on the design to bring a box up and scan down to "View Animation". Now you can see what it will look like. Remember this step when re-adding later on.

One at a time, copy each frame layer to add back into PDN to save. Remember, the first frame from AS3 will be used as a new image in PDN and then the other two frames as new layers to the first one. Save as a *psd.
I always save my original, just in case I lose the second saved design so you save it if you like or simply delete it later. Saving the animated ensures that you can use it over and over again at later points in time without having to redo the whole design and animation.

Now back in PDN, re-size and then add the chosen name and copyright to the design. Then, add the design back into AS3 in the same order you did before. Add the same frame properties as I showed you above and then add the optimization settings that, if you followed my tutorial on it before now, will automatically be saved in AS3, so just add them now.

Make sure to view the animation to make sure all is correct. Then, upload to a photo sharing site to enjoy! Below is my example now:
NOTE: If you want to blend the wings slightly better into the tube's back, use an eraser on a low hardness to "blur" the tip nearest to the body.

HOW TO: Written Name Tutorial

(Many thanks to my friend, Sherena, who originally created this tutorial)

♥ Lets' begin! ♥

NOTE: You will also need Animation Shop for this tutorial.

Open your program and create any size canvas (your choice). I'm using a simple 400x400 for my quick demonstration.

Add a new layer to your canvas and write your chosen name.
Once there, duplicate the layer so that you have TWO name layers. Hide your first layer for later. This is so you have a name to duplicate from.
Next, grab your eraser tool and start erasing the second name layer, as if you were writing your name by hand:
Save this first stop as 1.gif. In this way, you'll know what order to add them in when we go to Animation Shop.

Undo your work (to unflatten), duplicate your full name, move UNDER your last stop, erase a little less than before on your first stop and then repeat the save.

Open Animation Shop and, from the "file" drop down menu select "Animation Wizard".
Hit Next > Next > Next for the next three boxes that pop up. When the fourth box pops up, enter the numbers below:
Your next box will ask for your images. Go to where you saved them and select them all. It will automatically place them in order.
Click next and it will build your animation.

Upload to your Photobucket or Fotki and then add to your widgets!

Here's mine:

HOW TO: Add Optimization Settings to AS3

 Your First Design! 

Open Animation Shop 3 and add your design. Once all layers are added (and animation inserted), go to File and scan down to Optimization Wizard. (As seen below)
The next box will pop up. Make sure both top entries are checked in each section and hit next (below).
This next bow pops up (below). Make sure your box looks like this and then click "Customize".
This box will pop up. Add all the settings you see in the appropriate places for each of the boxes shown below and hit ok.
Now, this box shows that your Optimization settings are being applied to your design before animation. Hit next.
The box below (while not animated here) will show you what your animation will look like once the settings are applied. Hit next.
The box below shows all of your stats. I normally don’t worry about this and just hit finish. Now your optimization settings are added to your design.
Just save your newly animated design under your chosen file name, upload to a photo sharing site to enjoy!

 Subsequent Designs! 

When you design your next design to animate, there will be no need to go through all that you went through for the very first design that you created above.

Simply click on your first frame and then hold shift +z to add the already saved optimization settings to your next design.

HOW TO: Make Animation in PDN Designs

I wrote this Quick and Easy tutorial on June 15, 2014 using Paint.Net and for those who have working knowledge of PDN.  Any similarity to another tutorial is purely coincidental.

♥ Supplies used ♥

Animation Shop 3
ICNET Filters Unlimited
Eye Candy Impact Bevel
Tube by ©Brandi Ashton - www.swtmelode.com (Her store is down now. I've had this tube a bit.)
Arkhive Font

♥ Let's Begin! ♥

We are going to create a border around our design and then animate the border to move. I have created the forum banner below.
Choose which of the colours from your tube you want to use as your border. From the above tube, I used these two colours: C3AEC0 and 9DBDE8.

Add a layer above your design. Then, got to Effects > Render > Border to create a border for your design. You may create it as thick as you'd like. I'm using "line" at 5.

Effects > 8bF Filter > ICNET > Filters Unlimited > Run Filter > Gradients > Linear Waves > Apply > Ok. This give my border a gradient colour design that flows between colours.
Lets' duplicate the border so that we can add drop shadow and outline to the bottom layer of the border. I used a drop shadow of -3 / 3 / 0 / 10 / 1 / 165.

I rotated my design by Image > Rotate 90 clockwise. I then added my name and rotated back to the original position. I duplicated my name, mirrored and flipped so that it is opposite of the left side. Merge layers.
Now we'll add a splattering of noise to our border to make it glitter.  Duplicate your border until you have 3 of them. I numbered mine so I know where I am.

Border 1 : 35 - 50 - 75.00
Border 2 : 45 - 50 - 75.00
Border 3 : 55 - 50 - 75.00

Duplicate your name 3x for 4 layers. Do the same as you did with your border: bottom layer is outline and drop shadow; all other layers have the same noise as your borders. I added eye candy bevel to my name with "Blue Lighting" at factory settings.

Open Animation shop. In PDN, Hide layers 2 & 3  in both border and name and then merge the layers. Add as a name animation to AS3. Keep hiding layers until all 3 glitter layers are in AS3.

Click on your first frame and the shift +z to apply your optimization settings. Upload to Photobucket and enjoy!

HOW TO: Add Animation to PDN From AS3

I have been asked, more than once, on how I can create animated designs in Paint.Net with Animation Shop 3. While it is much easier for those Corel PSP users to create an animated design with Animation Shop 3, it is not hard to do so in Paint.Net, so long as you use a few more steps.

Please remember .... longer animated blings (those with more frames) will take a little longer to do than those with lesser frames.

Today, I am playing around, doing a "Mystery Battle" in one of my groups on CafeMom. I will show you how to accomplish the same thing with any animated design as I am with this one.

First, create your design by whomever's tutorial you are following. For my banner design , I only had six layers to contend with, since it was a no scraps tutorial.
I saved to keep my layers and then deleted all but the bottom layer. I added this to AS3, duplicated until I had 30 layers--the amount of frames in the animation--and then added my animation to this.

To get this back into PDN, you will have to copy EACH individual frame from AS3 back to PDN. Your first layer is ALWAYS "Paste in to New Image" but all other layers will be as shown below:
As you go along in AS3, delete each frame so you won't lose your place once it is copied into Paint.Net. Do not delete it before you add it to PDN or it won't save (at least it didn't with me).

Once you have all frames added back to Paint.Net, rename your tag and save in *psd form.
You can then add your tube, border, name, copyright and drop shadow. I always merge my top layers after they are completed.
As you can tell, my name, right below my "top covering" is NOT merged with any layer at all. This is so I can add another name later, if I so choose.

Making sure your very TOP layer is highlighted, do as shown below:
Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy Merged. Then, go to AS3 and add your first frame as a new image.
After you add your first frame, go back to PDN and hide your next animated layer. Then, Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy Merged. Repeat in AS3, but add after (or before, depending on which way you are adding) and continue in this way until all layers are added in AS3.

Simply X out of your design once it is all in AS3. Do NOT save or you will LOSE all of your layers and your saved animation will no longer be usable.

Click on your first layer and then hit shift + z. This will add your optimization settings to your design.

Upload to Photobucket and enjoy!