Sunday, 4 May 2014

CT Tutorial using Dav and Ash

**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version.  This tutorial is my own creation.  Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials).  If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **

PTU Posers – “Dav and Ash 1” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase these posers exclusively at her store English Rose Designs Dav and Ash 1.

PTU Kit- “Gentle Dreams” by Tiny Turtle Designs.  You can purchase this beautiful kit at the official Tiny Turtle Designs store.

Mask – “Mask 04 – Sky Heart” by Aeval Amore.  Available on my blog, Aeval’s Art.

DS – Drop Shadow

Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5

Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Open Paper 14 as a new canvas.  Double click the layer to unlock it (you will know it needs to be unlocked if a little padlock displays on the layer).

Add the Mask png file on top of the background layer.  Then drag the mask layer below the background. 

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the Background layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the background (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your background.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the background layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask. 

Add the mask layer to your Working canvas.  Resize to fit your canvas.    Make it the bottom layer.

Add Element 91 to the canvas.  Position so it is off to the right of the heart design in the mask.  Add a style to make it semi-transparent and beveled.

Add Element 105 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas and position to the left side of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add the Ash_1b poser to the canvas.  Resize him so he fits on the left side of the canvas and looks as though his foot is resting on the well. Add DS.

Add the Dav poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the canvas and position so it looks as though she is leaning slightly against Ash.

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so fit the proportions of your tag.  Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety.  In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz.  In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used. 

Here are all the elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • Element 64
  • Element 85 (x3)
  • Element 84
  • Element 57
  • Element 71
  • Element 87
  • Element 53 (x2)
  • Element 45
  • Element 51
  • Element 48
  • Element 61
Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!

Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!

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