Friday, May 2, 2014

CT Tutorial for Huntress 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 – “Huntress” by Shining Star Art (Kaci McVay).  Get this tough poser at The PSP Project:

PTU Kit- “The Wolf” by Kandii Popz.  This kit is available for purchase at The Art of Tony Tzanoukakis:

FTU Mask – “Mask 03 – Jagged” by Aeval’s Art.  The mask is available for download on my blog:

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.

Change the Foreground color to Black and then use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the canvas with solid black.  Apply a style you like to the canvas.  I chose one that had different shades of gray which I felt looked similar to the night sky.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the working canvas.  Then drag the mask layer below the background you created.

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the Background layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the background (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your background.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the background layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask.  The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own. 

Add the GRASS element to your canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position at the bottom of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add the poser to your canvas.  Resize her to fit the canvas and then drag the poser layer behind the Grass layer.  Position her toward the middle of the canvas. It should end up appearing that she is standing in a patch of grass.  Add DS.

Add the WOLF1 element to the right of the poser.  You might want drag the layer behind the poser if you have them overlapping.  Add DS.

Duplicate the wolf element and flip it horizontally (See this tutorial if you need help doing that – see the section that talks about mirroring).  Position in on the left side of the poser.

Add the SIGN element to the right of the poser and resize so that the sign portion is large enough to hold the name you intend to put on the tag and you like the look of it. I resized mine to about 360%.

Add the STUMP element to the left of the poser.  Drag the stump layer below the wolf layer so it looks like the wolf is standing in front of the stump. Again resize it to fit the proportions of your tag and then add DS. 

Add the CLOUD element and position in the upper left corner of the tag.  Resize to whatever size you think looks good.  Duplicate the layer and drag the duplicate over to the right side.  If you overlap the sign, make sure you move the cloud layer behind the sign layer so you won’t cover up the area where you will be putting the name.

Add the MOON element to the upper right corner so that it is peeking above the cloud.  Resize to be bigger or smaller if you like.

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.
  • TREE3 (X2)
  • TREE1 (X2)
  • TREE2
  • CROW
  • GRASSES (X2)

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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