Thursday, May 8, 2014

CT Tutorial for Ma by Ishika Chowdhury

**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 – Ma by Ishika Chowdhury.  This tube is available in 3 different colors all in one file at Mystical Scraps.

PTU Kit - Crazy Beautiful by Amy Marie.  You can find all of Amy Marie’s beautiful kits for sale at her own store, Amy Marie’s Kits.

FTU Mask – “Mask 04 – Sky Heart” by Aeval Amore.  Available on my blog, Aeval’s Art.

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 2 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.

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 paper layer.

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 paper 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 paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper.  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 paper 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 Element 86 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.  Add DS.

Switch to the Poser psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the head of the poser in the psd file.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.

On your working canvas make sure the paper layer is selected then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Resize to fit the right side of the heart.  Use the eraser tool to get rid of any bits outside the area.  Right click on the head layer and select Blending Options.  Change Blend mode to Lighten to get the faded effect shown in the tag.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the left side of the canvas.

To make grass for the bottom of the tag:

Select a Grass paintbrush and paint grass in bunches on bottom of canvas.  After grass is painted, create a new layer. Select Paint bucket tool.  Change your fill method from Foreground to Pattern.  Select a grass pattern.  Paint entire layer with pattern.  Right click on the layer and select "Create clipping mask".  Select both layers and then right click on one of them.  Select "merge layers" to create a new combined layer.  Right click on the layer and select blending options.  Select Stroke.  Set Size to 1, Position to Center, and Blend Mode to Overlay.  Select color which compliments the grass texture you used.  From the menu bar, select Filter, Open Filter Gallery, and then select Rough Pastels from the Artistic filter section.  Leave defaults as they are and click OK.

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 up (although they are sometimes in between layers of the template for better impact.
  • Element 40 (X2)
  • Element 9

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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