Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CT Tutorial featuring Classy Tropical Getaway and Summer Grrl

**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- “Classy Tropical Getaway” by FwTags Creations.  Available at Berry Applicious Store, Scraps n CompanyMischief Designz, Digi Fox’s Studio,  and Sensibility Scrapping.

PTU Poser – “Summer Grrl” by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay).  You can purchase the poser at The PSP Project.

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 5 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.

Add Element 3 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 1 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position just in front of the pool.

Add Element 48 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position to line up with the middle stripe on the cement tiles.

Add Element 5 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position in the lower left corner.  Duplicate layer and position the duplicate layer in the right corner.  Leave the brown pattern strip of the brown tile floor showing.

Add Element 16 to the canvas.  Resize to fit on the wall on the right side of the entry.  Add DS.

Add Element 68 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the left corner on the sand.  Add DS.

Add your tube and resize to fit on the canvas.  Positioned on the left side of the canvas under the umbrella.  Add DS.  To get the tanner look, duplicate the tube.  Right click on the duplicate layer and Clear Layer Style.  From the menu Select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.  Change the Radius to 2.0 pixels and click OK.  Right click on the layer and Select Blending Options.  Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the elegant 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 18
  • Element 42
  • Element 37
  • Element 64
  • Element 39
  • Element 38
  • Element 14
  • Element 8
  • Element 9
  • Element 10
  • Element 54
  • Element 53
  • Element 36
  • Element 11
  • Element 33
  • Element 19
  • Element 2
  • Element 17
  • Element 20
  • Element 47

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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