Thursday, May 22, 2014

CT Tutorial for Linda with Matching Kit

**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 – “Linda” by Ishika Chowdhury.  This tube is available in 7 different mix-and-match colors and a bonus Patriotic dress all in one file at Mystical Scraps.

PTU Kit – “IB Linda Patriotic – Ishika Chowdhury” by MellieBeans.  You can find this patriotic kits for sale at Mystical Scraps.

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 Element 24 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.  Position in the center of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Paper 01 to the canvas.  Make sure the paper layer is below the frame layer.  Resize to fit the inside of the frame.  Select the frame layer. Use the Magic Wand Tool to click inside the empty part of the frame.  Inverse the selection (Shift + Ctrl + I).  Select the paper layer.  Right click and select “Rasterize layer” and then hit the delete key.  This will delete all of the paper outside of the frame center.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize her so she extends above the frame.  Move the tube layer below the frame layer. Duplicate the tube and move the duplicate layer above the frame layer.  Select both layers of the tube.  Right click on one of them and select “Link Layers”.

Select the layer below the frame and add DS.   Right click on the layer and select “Create Clipping Mask”.

Select the tube layer above the frame and right click on it.  Select “Rasterize layer”.  Use the eraser tool to erase any part of the upper tube you don’t want to show.

Add WordArt 01 to the canvas.  Resize to about 218%.  Position toward the bottom of the canvas and  center in front of the tube.  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 30
  • Element 24 (x2)
  • Element 18
  • Element 27
  • Element 14
  • Element 13
  • Element 12
  • Element 10
  • Element 28
  • Element 17
  • Element 16
  • Element 02

To create the background, add a new layer.  Move it to be the bottom layer.  Use the watercolor brushes of various shapes and sizes with red, white, and blue paint, alternating the colors to dab around the edges until you get the desired look.

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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