Monday, 28 July 2014

CT Tutorial featuring Summer6 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 – “Summer6” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

FTU Kit- “Summer at the Shore” by Digicats (and Dogs).  You can download this kit on the Digicats (and Dogs) blog.

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 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 Paper 12 to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.

Add the Sand Dune element to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the bottom of the canvas.

Add the Sea element to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position above the sand dune slightly overlapping.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the upper portion of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser upper half and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.  Resize to fit in the right side of the sky area.  Right click on the poser layer and select Blending Options.  Change the Blend Mode to the Hard Light.

Add the Volleyball Set to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width.  Position the set on the beach.  Add DS.

Add the reclining poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width.  Position in front of the net and add DS.

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.
  • Sunshower
  • Sparkles
  • Sun
  • Lighthouse
  • Kite
  • Seashell02
  • Seashell01
  • Seashell03
  • Starfish
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Clam Shell
  • Flower02
  • Flower01
  • Conch Shell
  • Flower05
  • Flower04
  • Sunglasses
  • Summer Drink

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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