Thursday, February 20, 2014

CT Tutorial - Sexy Vamp

**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS5. 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).**
Kit- Sexy Vamp by Michelle’s Myths.  Available at or Scrap Candy.
Tube- Becca by Designs by Norella.  You can purchase the tube exclusively at ScrapsFrom the Heart.
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

Helpful tips and tricks:
Resizing tubes and elements – To keep from distorting your images when you resize them use either option below:
1)      Hold down Alt + Shift on your keyboard and use your mouse to select one corner and drag

2)      Increase the scale size up in the action bar by the same percentage (100% is the beginning size).  After you have resized it, click the a on the action bar to commit the change to the image.

Rotating elements – Use “Free Transform” (Ctrl + T) and then use the mouse to select a corner of the image and rotate it in the direction you want.

Mirror images – Use “Flip Horizontal” or “Flip Vertical” to create a reverse of your image.  From the menu select Edit > Transform > and then whichever flip you want.
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 Bats element and size to fit the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Sparkles1 on top of the Bats layer.  Resize it so that it fits the scene you are creating.  I used this sparkle element for the top half of the tag and then added Sparkles2 on top of this layer and resized it for the bottom of the tag.

Next add your tube to the bottom right of your canvas above the Sparkles layers. 

Add Heart3 next and resize to fit your tag.  Add DS.

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the top part of the Becca poser in Layer 0 of the Becca psd file.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.

On your working canvas make sure the Heart3 layer is selected then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Resize the selection so that Becca’s head fits to your satisfaction in the upper left curve of the heart.  Once it is resized, right click on the layer and select “Create Clipping Mask”.  Reposition the head until you like how it appears.  To give it the outline look I used, right click on the layer again and select “Blending Options” and change the Blend Mode to “Multiply” and press Ok.

Now right click on the layer again and select Duplicate Layer.  Select the new layer and Flip the image horizontally to create a mirror image.  Reposition it in the upper right corner of the heart.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the lovely 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.

Between the Sparkles2 layer and the Heart3 layer from the bottom up I used:

Between the Copy layer of Becca’s head and the tube layer from the bottom up I used:
Skulls (I made a copy of the skulls and used them in two spots)
Trees1 (I made a copy and used two images to have them on both sides of the tag)
Street Lamp 1

At this point I added the background a new layer at the bottom of the layers.  I used a watercolor brush and just dabbed around the canvas to add the shadowy looking background.  You could also use a mask for your background if you’d like instead.

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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