Sunday, 7 December 2014

CT Tutorial featuring "Jess"

**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 – “Jess 2” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

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

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 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 Element 26 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the top of the canvas. 

Add Element 29 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position below the previous element.

Add Element 93 to the canvas.  Resize to about 460 pixels wide.  Position in the lower right corner.  Add DS.

Add Element 46 to the canvas.  Resize to about 500 pixels wide and position in the upper right corner.  This should overlap the snowflake.

Add Paper 14 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside of the frame.

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.  Select the frame layer and paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.  Resize the poser to display to your liking and position in the center of the Frame.  Right click on the poser layer and select “Create Clipping Mask” this will clip the poser to the paper underneath it and hides the rest.

Click on the frame layer to make it the active layer. Add Element 91 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position on the left side.  Add DS.

Add Element 50 to the canvas.  Resize to fit under the frame by the tree slightly overlapping the tree.  Add DS.

Add Element 62 to the canvas.  Resize to about 290 pixels wide.  Position in front of the gift and tree.  Add DS.

Add Element 90 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the canvas in front of everything. Add DS.

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

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the colorful Christmas 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 59
  • Element 71
  • Element 72
  • Element 15
  • Element 75
  • Element 49
  • Element 78

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!