Monday, March 17, 2014

CT Tutorial for Spring Petals

**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- “Spring Petals” by Bookworm Dezines which can be purchased from PicsForDesign, Scrap Candy, or Inspirations of Scraps Friends.

Tube – Marian by Designs by Norella made exlusively for Scraps From 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

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 Paper9 to canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.

Add your poser layer to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits in the canvas on the Left side.

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

On your working canvas make sure the Paper9 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 right corner.  To give it the transparent look that mine has, in the Blending Options change the opacity to 58%. 

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the spring themed 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.
  •  Element 34 (x2)
  • Element 29
  • Element 86
  • Element 32
  • Element 44 (x8)
  • Element 43
  • Element 87 (x2)
  • Element 90 (x3)
  • Element 88 (x3)
  • Element 25
  • Element 8
  • Element 53
  • Element 46
  • Element 13
  • Element 10

Add a new layer to create a frame.  Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select the entire outline of the canvas.  Then from the menu bar choose Select > Modify > Border.  Set size to 10.  Choose a complimentary style and fill in the border with the Paint Bucket tool.  Deselect (Ctrl +D) the selection.

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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