Monday, April 14, 2014

CT Tutorial for Easter Fairyland by Dance In The Rain

**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- “Easter Fairyland” by Dance In The Rain.  Available at Lollipops N Gumdrops, Pics For Design, or Dzines From the Heart.

PTU Tube – “April 2014 Bonus Tube” by Anna Liwanag.  This tube is available as a special bonus tube at Creative Design Outlet.

FTU Mask - "Jagged" by Aeval Amore.  Available on my 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 up the PSD file for the template.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add Element 31 and resize to fit the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the tag

Open Paper 10 as a new canvas.  Double click the layer to unlock it (you will know it needs to be unlocked if a little padlock displays on the layer).

Add the Mask png file on top of the background layer.  Then drag the mask layer below the background. 

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the Background layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the background (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your background.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the background layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask. 

Add the mask layer to your Working canvas.  Resize to fit your canvas.    Make it the bottom layer.

Add Element 53 and duplicate 4 or 5 times.  Stagger the layers to create a bed of grass under the pond.

Add Element 49 and resize to fit in the center of the canvas.  Make sure it is big enough to hold the face of the tube.  Add DS. 

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the right side of the canvas.  Position her so it looks as though she is sitting by the rock pond.  Add DS.

Switch to the Poser psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the top half 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 Element 49 is selected and paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Flip the image horizontally.  Resize and position so the face fits on the center of the egg.  Right click on the image and select Create Clipping Mask.  Right click again and select Blending option, set the Blend Mode as Darken.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful 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 19
  • Element 23
  • Element 25
  • Element 27
  • Element 4 (x2)
  • Element 30
  • Element 47
  • Element 2
  • Element 85
  • Element 94
  • Element 6
  • Element 10
  • Element 72
  • Element 82
  • Element 11
  • Element 42
  • Element 34 (x2)
  • Element 45
  • Element 84
  • Element 83
  • Element 60
  • Element 64

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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