Monday, May 12, 2014

CT Tutorial for Honeybee by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay)

**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 Poser – “Honeybee” by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay).  Get this beach beauty for $1 at The PSP Project:

PTU Kit- “Summer Cutie” by Amy Marie.  This kit is available for purchase at the artist’s own store, Amy Marie’s Kits:

FTU Custom Shape – Cloud Shape – “40 Free Photoshop Shapes – Sun, Clouds, Home, Keys” – This set of custom shapes are FTU and can be downloaded from Shapes4Free:

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.

Select the Custom Shape Tool and choose one of the Cloud shapes from the set listed in the supplies.  Draw a large cloud the width of the canvas.

Add Paper 7 to the canvas.  Resize to cover the cloud completely.  Right click on the layer and select “Create clipping mask”.  This will trim the paper to the shape of the cloud.

Add Element 12 to the canvas and resize it so it fits the width of the canvas.  Add DS. Duplicate the layer twice.  Arrange the layers so they overlap and create a sandy beach below the sky cloud.

Add Element 57 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the sand area you created.  Position so it overlaps both the cloud and the sand.  Add DS.

Add Element 58 to the canvas position on the edge of the beach on the left.  Add DS.  Duplicate the element and drag over to the right side of the beach.  Flip it horizontally (see Mirror image instructions here).

Add Element 87 to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.  This will be used as a beach towel to position the poser on.  Add DS.

Add Element 56 to the canvas and position in the upper left corner overlapping the cloud sky.  Add DS.

Add the poser to your canvas.  Resize her to fit the canvas and position her so she is kneeling on the towel.  Add DS.

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.
  • Element 39
  • Element 44
  • Element 67
  • Element 96
  • Element 95
  • Element 16
  • Element 9
  • Element 59
  • Element 5
  • Element 4
  • Element 64
  • Element 80
  • Element 79
  • Element 50
  • Element 76
  • Element 42
  • Element 26
  • Element 18
  • Element 90
  • Element 93
  • Element 49
  • Element 92
  • Element 91
  • Element 55
  • Element 54
  • Element 52
  • Element 51
  • Element 48

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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