Sunday, 27 July 2014

CT Tutorial featuring Summer1 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 – “Summer1” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “Summer Bright” by Drama Bomb Designs.  You can purchase this kit at Spazzd Art.

FTU Mask – “Mask 03 - Jagged” 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 12 in PS.  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 mask you made above to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.

Add Element 65 and resize to fit on the canvas.  Position so it appears that the tree is on the beach on the left side.  Add DS.  Duplicate the layer and move the duplicate layer over to the right side of the beach.

Add Element  85 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position so it is centered in front of the trees.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the head of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser head and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser head onto the canvas.  Resize to fit in the left area of the heart.  Use the same method to copy another view of the poser’s head and paste it to fit in the right side of the heart.

Add the reclined poser to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.  Position at the bottom as the top layer.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beach themed 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.
  • Element 79
  • Element 81
  • Element 67
  • Element 56
  • Element 61
  • Element 73
  • Element 82 (x3)
  • Element 105
  • Element 78
  • Element 77
  • Element 76
  • Element 75
  • Element 86
  • Element 100
  • Element 94
  • Element 92
  • Element 90
  • Element 87

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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