Tuesday, 11 November 2014

CT Tutorial featuring "Cute Clown"

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

PTU Kit - “Snowy Christmas” by Designs by Joan.  Currently not available for sale, but was sold at SATC when they were still open.

Mask of your choice

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 4 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 50 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Position at the top left corner of the canvas and add DS.  Right click on the layer and select “Duplicate layer”.  Drag the duplicate layer to the middle of the top area of the canvas.  Duplicate the layer again and position it in the right corner.  This will create a garland of snowflakes across the canvas.

Add Element 61 to the canvas and resize to about the width of the mask.  Position at the bottom of the tag in the center.  Add DS.

Add Element 6 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position in the center of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Paper 7 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame in the element above.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside the center of the snowflake frame.

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 and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.   Position the poser in the frame to your liking. If there is overhang of the poser off the paper you can right click on the poser layer and select “Create clipping mask” this will hide any of the element outside of the shape of the paper.  Right click on the layer and add DS and Inner Glow (use the default settings for Inner Glow).  Also apply Bevel & Emboss with Style Inner Bevel and Technique Smooth.  Everything else leave as default.

Add the full poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position to the right of the canvas.  Add DS. 

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the fun elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so they 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 17
  • Element 54
  • Element 51
  • Element 4
  • Element 44
  • Element 43
  • Element 45
  • Element 49

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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