Friday, 13 June 2014

CT Tutorial featuring Kitty Cat 1


**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. **

Supplies:
PTU Poser – “Kitty Cat 1” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “Pussy Cat Dreams” by Bibi’s Collection.  You can purchase this kit at Scraps N Company.

FTU Mask – “Mask 12 – Flash” by Aeval Amore.  You can download the mask on my blog, Aeval’s Art.

Abbreviations:
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

Ready…..Set….Tag!
Open Paper 5 in a new canvas.  Double click on the layer to unlock it.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper.  Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.

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 paper 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 paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper.  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 paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask.  The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.

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.

Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.

Add Element 39 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position the frame in the center.  Add DS.

Add Paper 17 to the canvas and move it below the frame layer.  Resize the paper so that it completely covers the open space of the frame.

Open one of the posers in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the head and shoulders of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser head and switch back to the working canvas.  Make sure the Paper 17 layer is selected and Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser head onto the paper.  Resize to fit in the frame.  If necessary use the Eraser tool to erase any part of the poser head layer which does not fit under the frame. Add DS.

Add the full size poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the canvas and position her on the left side of the frame.  Add DS.

Add Element 38 to the canvas and resize so it stretches along the bottom of the frame.  Make sure the banner is behind the poser but above the frame.  Make sure you make this large enough to fit the name you want to include on your tag.

Add Element 33 to the bottom of the canvas above the banner layer.  Duplicate the element and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).  Move the copy to the right of the original so they are slightly overlapping.  Select both layers of the element and right click on one of them and select “Merge Layers”.  This turns them into a single element.  Duplicate the merged element twice.  Spread out the copies to overlap and form the ground for the poser to stand on.

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 additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • Element 76 (x3)
  • Element 2 (x2)
  • Element 25
  • Element 27 (x2)
  • Element 4 (x2)
  • Element 6 (x2)
  • Element 11 (x2)
  • Element 35
  • Element 73
  • Element 59 (x2)
  • Element 58 (x4)
  • Element 49
  • Element 5
  • Element 1

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG file.

Open the PNG file as a new canvas.

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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