Saturday, May 31, 2014

PTU CT Tutorial featuring "A Foxes Tale" and "Cookie-Edna"

**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 – “Cookie-Edna” by Celtic Bairns.  This poser comes with 10 different poses all in one file.  You can purchase this cutie at Treasured Scraps, Berry Applicious, or Digi Fox’s Studio.

PTU Kit – “A Foxes Tale” by Kai Kreations.  You can find this magical kit for sale at Digi Fox’s Studio or Berry Applicious.

FTU Mask  – “Mask 11 - Blurry” available for download from 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 Paper 6 in PS.  Double click on the layer to unlock it.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper.  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. 

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 the mask you made above to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.  Right click on the canvas and select blending options, turn on Outer Glow and Drop Shadow using the default settings.

Add Element 46 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Element 10 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.

Add Element 43 to the canvas and resize to fit proportionally.  Add DS.

Add Element 60 to the canvas and resize to fit how you want it.  Add DS.

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position her in front of the house.  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 37
  • Element 49
  • Element 17
  • Element 13
  • Element 59
  • Element 53
  • Element 40
  • Element 56
  • Element 51
  • Element 3
  • Element 32
  • Element 18
  • Element 53

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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