Saturday, April 27, 2013

Alopecia Awareness Tag Tutorial

Alopecia Awareness

No More Bad Hair Days
I'm Bald and Beautiful

This tutorial was written by me. 
Any similarity is purely coincidental. 
It was done using Gimp
 but can be done with any program

About Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease
 resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere 
on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round,
 smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp
 hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss
 (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the
 population overall, including more than 5 million people in
 the United States alone. This common skin disease is highly
 unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out
 again at any time, and the disease course is different for 
each person.

font of choice 
I used Clipper Script Fat here
( For my name on finished tag )

You can use your choice of supplies but these are the supplies I used

Template 99 by Rosey at Rose's place  here

Scrapkit ftu Alopecia Awareness Kit  by Angela of Queenies signatures n kits here

Word art by me supplied below

Right click and Save Image As

Mask of choice
I used WSL mask 203

Tube I used the art work of Ana Rasha
I belong to a group that has permission to use her art. 
Lazy_Acres · Lazy Acres on yahoo

NOTE: You can add ds as you go if thats what you like to do
 Autocrop each layer as you go

Let begin
Open template and delete  the credits and all word art layers
Resize white bg layer to 800 x 800 px and click image/ fit canvas to layers 
this gives us room to work . It will be cropped later

Copy and paste the word art I supplied or make your own.
 Position as you like it. See my tag for reference.

Make dotted line layer active,
alpha to selection
Duplicate dotted line layer ,
delete original dotted line layer
click on duplicate and fill with white,
select none
Autocrop layer

make Black Rectangle active 
alpha to selection
Duplicate layer 
delete original Black Rectangle layer
fill copy with black
select none 
autocrop layer
add text above the dotted line . I used the phrase " No More Bad Hair Days" 

make Purple Circle layer active 
alpha to selection 
Duplicate layer 
Delete original Purple Circle layer
fill the copy layer with color #000066 ( if you have filter-color dot , I added this to the layer)
Do Not select none yet
add new layer 
copy your tube and paste INTO ( make sure you past Into and not paste) 
position to your liking 
anchor and select none
autocrop layer 
Delete original Purple Circle layer

At this point I added ds to the word art, the dotted line , and black rectangle layers
 and merged these 3 layers together. I then moved them down slightly so my tube showed better.

Make Blue circle layer active , 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
fill copy layer with white
select none

Make Left Rectangle active 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
copy paper 8 and paste INTO 
anchor and select none
autocrop layer
Repeat these steps with Right Rectangle

Make Pink Rectangle active 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
copy paper 1 and paste INTO , position and when happy 
select none
autocrop layer

Make Black Rectangle active , 
alpha to selection
duplicate layer  and delete original layer
fill with color black
select none 
autocrop layer

Make Lrg Pink Oval active
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
resize paper 4 to 600 px width 
copy and past Into , position and 
select none 
autocrop layer

add elements as you like 
I used : 

flower bunch 2

Add your ds if you haven't already
Hide the white bg 
merge visible layers
autocrop layer 
resize if needed - I resized mine to 590 px width

unhide white bg , this is just so I can better see what everything looks like
Add new layer above bg layer
fill with color of choice or use a paper from the kit. 
I am using paper 1 
add layer mask ( make sure you have black transparent checked ) 
copy mask and paste
position and resize if needed
anchor when you are happy 

Autocrop Image 
resize to 600 px width
add copyrights and license number if needed 
Delete bg layer 
and save as

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
any feedback is very much appreciated ( good or bad)
I would love to see anything you make with the tutorials I write
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