Thursday, 25 September 2014

CT Tutorial for Frankie Stein 1

**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 – “Frankie Stein 1” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “Super Natural Playground” by Amy Marie.  You can find all of Amy Marie’s beautiful kits for sale at her own store, Amy Marie’s Kits.

FTU Mask – “Mask 16 – Criss Cross” 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 03 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 Element 120 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width canvas.  Position at the top of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 9 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas and position in the center.  Add DS.

Add Element 129 to the canvas.  Resize to fit inside the crystal ball. Right click and select “Blending Options”.  Change the Blend Mode to Luminosity and click ok.  Then right click on the layer and select “Create Clipping Mask” this will hide any part of the wolf showing outside of the crystal ball.

Add Element 97 to the canvas and resize so it is about ¾ the height of the canvas.  Position to the left of the crystal ball.  Add DS.

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 and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.  Resize the poser to display to your liking and position on the left side of the wolf.  Add DS.

Add the full body pose of your poser now and resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position her on the right of the canvas and add DS.

Add Element 152 to the canvas.  Resize to about ¾ the width of the canvas. And position on the left side toward the bottom.  This should cover up the bottom of the half tube so it looks more natural.  Add DS.

Add Element 93 to the canvas and resize to fit the entire width.  Position at the bottom to create a fog layer. 

Add Element 89 to the canvas and resize your liking.  Position in the bottom left corner of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 138 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position in front of the graveyard. Right click and select “Blending Options”.  Change the Blend Mode to Luminosity and click ok.  Position in the center of the canvas between the posers in front of the graveyard.  Add DS.

Add Element 102 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Position on the left bottom corner of the canvas partially hiding the wolf.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the cute Halloween 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 79 (x2)
  • Element 78 (x3)
  • Element 81
  • Element 30
  • Element 29
  • Element 5
  • Element 46 (x2)
  • Element 17
  • Element 26
  • Element 116 (x4)
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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