Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CT Tag for Gypsy by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay)

**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- “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” by Baby Cake Scraps.  Visit her blog to see her latest available kits: http://babycakesscraps.blogspot.com/

Poser – “Gypsy” by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay).  Get this beautiful poser at The PSP Project: http://www.thepspproject.com/designers-artists/kaci-mcvay/gypsy-1

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 stapled frame to the canvas.  Size to fit canvas.  Add DS.

Add butterfly paper in a layer below the frame.  Resize so that paper so fits in the center of the frame. 

Add the Large Close Up layer of the poser file above the paper file.  Resize and position to fit inside the frame.  Add DS.

Add the Fullsize layer of the poser file.  Resize her to fit the canvas and position her on the right side of the canvas slightly overlapping the framed focal point. Add DS.

Add a new layer to the bottom of the layers.  Change your active color to one of the reds in the gypsy sash.  Use a water color brush and dab around the edges of the frame to create the background effect.

Above the frame layer add curls and resize to fit the canvas.  Position the curls so they create another “frame” on top of the left corner of the frame. Add DS.

Add berry button on top of the corner point of the curls layer.  Resize so it covers the majority of the corner area.  Add DS.

Add metallic floral doodle behind the berry button and resize so it looks like a floral spray sprouting from the same corner.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the 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.
  • Small bling (x3)
  • Sparkle trail two (x2)
  • Bling (x2)
  • Swirl doodle (x4)
  • Swag
  • Glitter trails
  • Bling gold
  • Gem curl
  • Gem butterfly
  • Brooch
  • Berry foil flower
  • Mask two
  • Butterfly

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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