**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 – “Summer9” by English Rose Designs. You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.
FTU Kit- “Hibiscus” by Gimptastic Scraps. You can download this kit at Amy & Leah's Gimptastic Tuts blog.
FTU Mask – “Mask 08 - Focus” 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 6 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 the Sand element to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position at the bottom of the canvas overlapping the mask.
Add PalmTree element to the canvas. Resize to your liking. Move the element layer below the sand layer. Add DS. Position on the left side of the canvas. Duplicate the tree and move the duplicate to the right side of the canvas.
Add the Wave element to the canvas. Move element below the tree layers, resize and rotate the element so that the crest of the wave shows above the sand. Position on the left side of the canvas. Duplicate the element and use the eraser tool to erase the bottom half of the wave. Move the remaining portion of the duplicate to the right side of the canvas so slightly less of the wave shows above the sand.
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 paper. Resize to fit in the open area between the trees. If necessary use the Eraser tool to erase any part of the surfboard area that you may have copied with the head. Right click on the head layer and select Blending Options, change the Blend Mode to Pin Light.
Add the Branch Element the canvas and resize so it fits between the trees. Make sure this is above the Sand element. Add DS.
Add the full poser to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas. Position on the left side in front of the tree. 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.
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!