**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 Kit- “Gothic Valentine” by Dzinesbymelz and can be purchased PicsForDesign.com.
Poser – Trista by Designs By Norella. You can purchase the tube for only $1 at PicsForDesign.com.
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 hornedskull from the kit and resize to take up the majority of the canvas and center. 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 against the edge of the frame. Add DS.
Switch back to the PSD file of your tube. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the top part of the poser. Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.
On your working canvas make sure the hornedskull layer is selected then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection. Resize the selection so that the head fits to your satisfaction in the center of the frame. Use the Eraser tool to erase portions covering the roses and other frame elements that you want to display. To give it the transparent look that mine has, apply the Blend Mode of Soft Light in the Blending Options.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the gothic 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.
- Falling hearts
- Redrose (x2)
- Wing heart
At this point I added the background a new layer at the bottom of the layers. I used a background cloud brush sized to fit my canvas and a grey color to create the shadows in the 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!