Sunday, 22 June 2014

CT Tutorial featuring River

**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 Poser – “River” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “A Lil Goth” by MellieBeans.  You can purchase this kit at Scraps N Company.

FTU Mask – “Mask 11 – Blurry” by Aeval Amore.  You can download the mask 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 Paper 08 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 02 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position on the left side of the canvas.  Add DS. Duplicate the layer and flip the copy layer horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).  Move the flipped layer to the right side of the canvas.  Use the eraser tool to erase the overlapping of the copy on the original element layer.

Add Element 36 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 50 to the canvas.  Resize to take up most of the upper left corner.  Add DS.

Add Element 32 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Add DS.  Position at the bottom of the canvas.

Add Frame 04 to the canvas.  Resize to take up most of the center of the canvas.  Position it off center to the right side of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Paper 11 to the canvas and move it below the frame layer.  Resize the paper so that it completely covers the open space of the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any paper that is outside of the frame.

Open the poser 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 11 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.

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 49
  • Element 47
  • Element 41
  • Element 46
  • Element 45
  • Element 43
  • Element 42
  • Element 26
  • Element 15
  • Element 10
  • Element 29 (x2)
  • Element 08
  • Element 07
  • Element 35
  • Element 34

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG file.

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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