Sunday, March 23, 2014

CT Tutorial Betty

**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. **

Kit- “Safari Nights” by Designs by Stina.  The kit used for this tutorial is “Safari Nights” by Designs by Stina.  Visit her blog “Staffy Scraps” to see which stores you can purchase her kits at currently

Tube - Betty by Designs By Norella.  You can purchase the tube exclusively at

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 up the PSD file for the template.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add the Jeep element from the kit to the canvas.  Resize and place in the center of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the canvas and is positioned to look as though she is standing in front of the jeep on the right side of the canvas. Add DS.

Add multiple copies of the Sand element to the bottom of the tag.  I used 4 in total and layered them so that I created a sandy floor under the Jeep and poser.

Add a new layer at the bottom and make a sky background. I used a background cloud brush to paint the background in a sky blue color.

Switch to the Poser psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the head of the poser in the psd file.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.

On your working canvas make sure the background layer is selected then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Transpose the selection horizontally. Resize the selection so that poser’s head fits to your satisfaction in the top left of the canvas.  To give it the transparent look that mine has, apply the Blend Mode of Luminosity in the Blending Options. 

Add Leopard01 from the kit and resize to fit in the right corner.  I applied the same Blend Mode (Luminosity) to the Leopard01 element to match the face in the sky.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the safari 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.  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 elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  •  Grass01
  • Grass03
  • Grass02
  • Medi_genie2
  • Leopard03
  • Monkey

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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