Friday, March 7, 2014

CT Tutorial - Mysterious Rose

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

Tube – Susan by Alehandra Vanhek.  You can purchase the tube at

Mask – cakesstarmask – made exclusively for Creative Misfits and can be downloaded from the Creative Misfits Creations  blog.

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 Element28 (diamond and emerald frame) to canvas.  Resize to fit canvas and add DS.

Add Paper13 in the layer below the frame.  Resize so that the center of the frame is over only the green center part of the frame.  Then trim the paper to fit just inside the frame.

Open your tube’s PSD file and select the colors and layers you want.  Save a copy of the tube as a png file.  Open the png file in another canvas and then use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select from the waist up of the tube.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection.

Return to your working canvas and make sure the paper layer is selected.  Paste the selection on top of the paper. Resize her so she fits on the canvas and is positioned so her waist is close to the bottom of the frame and her head is slightly above the frame.  The end goal is make it appear she is part inside the frame and part outside so play around with the positioning until you get the look you like.  Next right click on the tube layer and select create clipping mask. Any part of the tube not on the paper will disappear.

Right click on the tube layer and select Duplicate layer.  Right click on the copy layer and select Release Clipping Mask.  Move the fully released copy layer above the frame layer.  Use the Eraser tool to erase any part of the copy layer outside of the frame that you do not want to show.  Now your canvas should have the appearance of your tube “popping out” of the frame.  Add DS to the copy layer.  Select the clipper layer of the tube and then hold down Ctrl and select the fully released and now partially erased copy layer of the tube to select both layers.  Right click on one of the layers and select Link Layers so that if you decide to move the center around the tube layers will stay stacked on top of each other.

I created a new Group to put all the pieces I had added to the canvas so far in so that I could move them around the canvas as a single element.  You can do this by selecting Layer > new > Group from the Menu bar.  Highlight all the layers you want to include and drag them until the Group layer is selected and release.  You should then see an arrow pointing down and notice that the elements in the group are slightly indented now too.  To collapse the group click on the Group layer.  You will then see only the Group 1 folder and the individual elements will be hidden inside.  To move them together as one element, you can then just highlight the group layer and then use your Move Tool to drag it around.

Add Element 10 (the gold vintage car) above the group layer.  Resize the car to fit your canvas and stagger it to create an offset to the tube in the frame.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the vintage tinged 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 23 (x2)
  • Element 47
  • Element 45
  • Element 43
  • Element 56
  • Element 2
  • Element 27
  • Element 57
  • Element 11
  • Element 20
  • Element 37
  • Element 36
  • Element 10

For the background to the tag I used cakesstarmask mask with paper 13.  I then made several copies of the mask in several sizes and layered them below all the other layers and positioned them all around the focal area.  On top of the mask layers I added four copies of Element 58 and one copy of Element 31 to add some pizzazz.

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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