Saturday, May 31, 2014

CT Tutorial featuring "Candace" and "My Tropical Beach"

**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 Tube – “Candace” by Ishika Chowdhury.  This tube is available in 6 different colors and a bonus layer of glitter to be used with any color all in one file at Mystical Scraps.

PTU Kit – “My Tropical Beach” by Crystals Creations.  You can find this summery kit for sale at D’zines from the Heart.

FTU Photoshop Action – “Z(Burnt Edges)” available for download from the Adobe Exchange website.

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 6 to the canvas and resize to fit entire canvas.

Add Element 20 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position the element about ¾ of the way down the canvas.

Add Element 31 to the bottom right corner.  Resize to fit the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 25 to the canvas.  Resize to fit width of canvas.  Duplicate the image and flip the duplicate horizontally (Menu command: Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).   Move the original layer so it shows slightly above the duplicate.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize to fit and move the tube layer below the Element 25 layers.  Position her so she is in the middle of the sand hills.  Add DS.

Between the Element 25 layers: 
  • Add Element 16.  Resize to your liking and position on the left side of the canvas. Add DS.
  • Add Element 3.  Resize to suit.  Position it so it is in front of the tube layer.  Add DS.
  • Add Element 28.  Resize to suit.  Position to the right of the canvas so it is showing above the sand dune.  Add DS.

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 to 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.
  • Element 13
  • Element 21
  • Element 29
  • Element 17
  • Element 12
  • Element 26
  • Element 1
  • Element 32
  • Element 36
  • Element 42
  • Element 14
  • Element 4
  • Element 8
  • Element 9
  • Element 35
  • Element 15
  • Element 7
  • Element 37
  • Element 40

At this point save your tag as a png file.  Open the png file in PS and run the Z(Burnt Edges) action.

After it is done. 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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