Saturday, 9 August 2014

CT Tutorial for Dannia

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

PTU Kit- “Peacock Dance” by FwTags Creations.  You can purchase this kit at Berry Applicious StoreScraps n Company,  Mischief DesignzDigi Fox’s Studio,  and Sensibility Scrapping

FTU Mask – “Mask 13 – Cloudy” 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 7 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 71 to the canvas.  Position toward the top of the tag overlapping the mask.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the top half of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser head and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the paper.  Resize to fit on the left side of the canvas.  Right click on the poser layer and select Blending Options.  Change the Blend Mode to Linear Light and apply.

Add Element 50 to the canvas.  Resize to fill the bottom portion.  Position in the middle of the canvas at the bottom overlapping the poser layer you added.

Add Element 25 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the water.  Mover the grass layer below the water layer and position the grass at the back of the water so it looks like a bank on the far side. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look great at this point.  We will fill in the gaps and cover the parts that fit together well.

Add Element 32 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Add DS.  Make sure the brick layer is on top of the water layer.  The brick layer should cover part of the water layer.

Add Element 26 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position on top of the brick layer.  This should create a grass line between the bricks and the water.

Add Element 7 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Move the fence layer below the grass layer.  Position so it looks like the fence is behind the grass but in front of the water.  Add DS.

Add Element 56 to the canvas.  Resize so it is big enough to fit your poser on.  Position in the right bottom corner on the bricks.  Add DS.

Add the full size poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the bench.  Add DS.

Add Element 2 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position in the empty space on the left hand side.  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.  Fill in any areas of the canvas that you don’t like the way the pieces go together. 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 38
  • Element 48
  • Element 68
  • Element 30
  • Element 3
  • Element 8
  • Element 61
  • Element 66
  • Element 67
  • Element 28
  • Element 23
  • Element 4
  • Element 55
  • Element 15 (x2)
  • Element 9
  • Element 5
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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