Saturday, 19 July 2014

CT Tutorial featuring Summer 5 from the Summer Collection

**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 – “Summer 5” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “Boho Chic” by MellieBeans.  You can purchase this kit at PicsForDesign.

FTU Mask – “Mask 05 - Dreamscape” 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


Create your background mask:
Open paper 15 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.

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 Frame 03 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas. Add DS.

Add Paper 14 to the canvas and move the layer below the frame.  Resize the paper to fill the center open portion of the canvas.

Add Element 07 to the canvas.  Resize to fit on the paper in the frame and position it on the left side of the paper showing through the frame.  Duplicate the layer and drag the duplicate layer to the right side of the paper showing through the frame.

Add the sitting pose of your poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit to your liking in the frame.  Position on the right side of the frame. Add DS.

Add the full body pose of your poser now and resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position her on the left of the canvas and 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 to 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 14 (x2)
  • Element 09 (x2)
  • Element 28 (x2)
  • Element 12
  • Element 01
  • Element 17
  • Element 22
  • Element 15
  • Element 08
  • Element 13
  • Element 16
  • Element 34
  • Element 21
  • Element 06
  • Element 04
  • Element 05
  • Element 03
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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