Sunday, April 6, 2014

CT Tutorial for Nature Woman - Mishka Membership Club

**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- “Dark Continent” by Digicats (and Dogs).  Visit her blog to see her list of stores:
Poser – “Nature Woman” by Mishka Membership Club.  Get 40-50 files each month for a small fee of $10 Visit

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 Frame04 to canvas.  Resize to fit canvas and add DS.

Add Paper19 in the layer below the frame.  Resize so that paper so that it fits in the center of the frame. 

Open the png file of the pose you want 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 clipped 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.

Add the other view of the poser you want to use to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas and position her to the right side.  Add DS.

Add the Ferns (01-04) to the canvas and position them along the bottom of the canvas.

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.
  • Drum
  • Frangipani03
  • Frangipani04
  • Frangipani01
  • Frangipani02
  • Sun
  • Palm Tree04
  • Palm Tree01
  • White Elephant
  • Metal Pitcher
  • Tiger
  • Bird01
  • Butterfly01

For the background to the tag I used assorted brushes and various colors that match the poser to paint various dabs on the canvas giving it a sunset type of look.

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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