Saturday, May 10, 2014

CT Tutorial for PTU Kit "Summer Loving" by Dance In The Rain

**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- “Summer Loving” by Dance In The Rain.  Available at Lollipops N Gumdrops, Pics For Design, or Dzines From the Heart.

PTU Tube – “Jasmine” by Alehandra Vanhek.  This tube is available at Pics For Design.

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 4 to canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.

Add Paper 2 to canvas. And resize to fit the canvas.  Right click on the layer and select Rasterize Layer.  Use the eraser tool to erase the bottom part of the paper.  The result will look like a sky on top and grass on the bottom.

Add Element 63 to your canvas and resize to fit in the lower left corner of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize and position on the right side so it looks like she is standing in front of the pool.  Add DS.

Use the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a rectangular around the upper portion of the tube layer and copy it.  Select the pool layer and then past the copy.  Use the Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to rotate the copy around until it looks like a reflection on the top of the pool. 

Right click on the copy layer and select Blending Options, and change the Blend Mode to Hard Light.  From the menu bar select Filter, Filter Gallery and choose the Ocean Ripple filter to add the water effect.  Clean up any of the area where the reflection runs over the face of the pool with the Eraser tool.

Add Element 46 to the sky area above the pool.  Add DS.  Duplicate the layer and move the copy to the upper right corner.

Add Element 82 to the upper left corner so it looks like a branch is blowing in the breeze.  Add DS.

Add Element 30 behind the pool on the grass.  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 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 86
  • Element 83 (x2)
  • Element 67 (x3)
  • Element 40
  • Element 42
  • Element 5
  • Element 12
  • Element 36 (x5)
  • Element 76
  • Element 52
  • Element 74
  • Element 29

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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