Friday, April 4, 2014

CT Tutorial for Lagoon Breeze

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

Tube – “Gabby” by Designs By Norella available for purchase at Scraps From the Heart.

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 Element6 to the canvas and resize it to fit the width of the canvas.  Position toward the bottom of the canvas.  Add DS. Duplicate the layer twice and stagger the duplicate layers to cover a large portion of the bottom half of the canvas.

Add Element5 to the canvas and layer it over the bottom right corner of the water area.  Make two copies of the element and use them to line the other side of the water area.  Add DS to the elements.  It should now look like the water area is mostly surrounded by the green leaves from Element5.

Add your tube to the working canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the left hand side of the canvas and looks as though she is standing at the edge of the water.  Add DS.

Add grass to a new layer at the bottom surrounding the water.  To do this use a grass brush set and multiple shades of green.  To add some depth add a new layer above the brushed grass and use the paint tool to fill the layer with a grass pattern.  Next apply the grass pattern layer as a clipping mask to the brush strokes.  You can add multiple layers of the grass and clipped patterns until you get the effect you want.

Add sky to the top of the canvas. Use multiple cloud brushes and various shades of blue and white to paint clouds against the background.

Add Element65 to the canvas and resize to fit the middle of the sky area. Add DS.

Add Paper6 to a layer behind Element65. Resize the paper so the entire center of the frame has paper behind it.  Switch to the Element65 layer.  Use the Magic Wand Tool to select the inside of the frame.  Inverse your selection (Shift + Ctrl + I).  Switch back to the Paper6 layer and press delete.  Now only the paper inside the frame remains.  Add a Blending Option and select Screen mode.  Now the Frame is ready to be the background for the tag name.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful nature inspired themed 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.
  • Element52
  • Element51
  • Element22 (x4)
  • Element65
  • Element17 (x2)
  • Element18
  • Element23
  • Element29
  • Element7
  • Element36
  • Element40
  • Element13
  • Element2
  • Element1
  • Element44
  • Element41
  • Element9
  • Element4
  • Element55
  • Element16

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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