**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 – “Nightborne” by English Rose Designs. You can purchase this Halloween cutie at her store, English Rose Designs.
FTU Mask - "Mask 06 – Fireball” by Aeval Amore. Available 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 6 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 so that the width is a little more than half the width of the canvas. Position on the right hand side at the top. Right click on the layer and select “Duplicate Layer” and click OK. Move the duplicated layer to the left side of the canvas. The two masks should overlap.
Add Element 68 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the top of the tag. Duplicate this layer as well. Using the Menu Bar select Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal to flip the element horizontally. This will create a bit more coverage at the bottom of the tag.
Add Element 20 to the canvas. Resize to your liking and position on the left hand side above the road. The element should fill the area from the road to the top of the canvas on the left side. Add DS.
Add Element 55 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position in front of the previous element so the moon shows above the scary house. Add DS.
Add Element 62 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position in the center of the canvas. Change the Opacity of the layer to 81%. Duplicate the layer and move the duplicated layer above the original one to fill in the gap at the top. The two layers will overlap.
Add Element 58 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position on the road in front of everything else. Leave about ¼ of the canvas showing at the bottom as a floor. Add DS.
Add the full poser to the canvas. Resize to fit the canvas and position on the left side of the canvas. Add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the dark 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 66
- Element 67
- Element 74
- Element 99
- Element 21
- Element 32
- Element 1
- Element 3
- Element 13
- Element 16
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!