Sunday, April 13, 2014

CT Tutorial for Hoppy Easter by Michelle's Myths

**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- “Hoppy Easter” by Michelle’s Myths.  You can buy this beautiful kit at PicsForDesign or Scrap Candy.

PTU Poser – “Buffy” by Designs by Norella.  You can purchase the tube at PicsForDesign.  

FTU Mask – Mask 02 by Aeval’s Art.  You can download this mask from my blog Aeval’s Art.

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 46 to the canvas.  Resize to fit width of canvas.  Position at bottom of canvas and add DS.

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the left side of the canvas. Add DS. She should look like she is standing in front of the fence.

Open Paper 7 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 Frame 1 to the canvas in a layer above the mask layer.  Resize to fill the center of the canvas.  Position so it is slightly behind the fence.  Add DS.

Add Paper 6 in a layer below the frame.  Resize and position so the center of the frame has the paper behind it.  Right click on the paper layer and select Rasterize Layer.

Activate the Frame 1 layer. Use the magic wand tool and left click inside the empty part of the frame.  Use the menu commands to expand the size by 5 (Select > Modify > Expand >5).  Inverse your selection (Shfit + Ctrl + I). 

Activate the Paper 6 layer again.  Press the Delete key on your keyboard.  This deletes the paper outside of the frame.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the Easter 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 14
  • Element 62
  • Element 3
  • Element 38
  • Element 39
  • Element 21
  • Element 28
  • Element 29
  • Element 30
  • Element 31
  • Element 8

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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