Sunday, April 6, 2014

CT Tutorial for Strawberry Dreams by Amy Marie's Kits

**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- “Strawberry Dreams” by Amy Marie’s Kits which can be purchased from the artist’s store.
Tube – “Evelyn” by Trinita available for purchase at

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 paper 014 to the canvas.  Resize to fit entire canvas.

All element 112 to the canvas and resize to fit the entire bottom of the canvas.  Add DS.

In a layer below 112, add element 88 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.
The grassy hill should show above the grass around the river.

Add element 123 to the canvas.  Resize and add DS.  Position so it looks like it on the bank of the river closest to the viewer.

Add element 126 to your canvas.  Resize so it is about half the width of the canvas, add DS, and position it in the left corner of the canvas.  Right click on the layer and duplicate it.  Flip your duplicate  image horizontally (Edit >  Transpose >  Flip Horizontal), and move the duplicate to continue the fence.  Overlap them if needed in the middle and use the Eraser Tool to erase any bits that need to cleaned up.  The end result should look like a full fence in front of the river scene.

Add your main tube to the working canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the right hand side of the canvas and looks as though she is standing in front of the fence.  Add DS.

Switch to the Poser psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the head of the poser in the psd file.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.

On your working canvas select paper 014 layer then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Transpose the selection horizontally. Resize the selection so that poser’s head fits to your satisfaction in the top center of the canvas.  To give it the bright transparent look that mine has, apply the Blend Mode of Hard Light in the Blending Options. 

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful strawberry garden 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.
  • Element 93
  • Element 40
  • Element 89
  • Element 110
  • Element 105
  • Element 99
  • Element 65
  • Element 56 (x2)
  • Element 58 (x2)
  • Element 19
  • Element 1 (x3)
  • Element 122
  • Element 2
  • Element 10
  • Element 12

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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