Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Alice" and "The Secret of Elf Wood"

**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- “The Secret of Elf Wood” by Graphics of Fantasy.  Available at Graphics of Fantasy Store.

PTU Poser – “Alice” by Carolann Creations.  You can purchase the tube at Berry Applicious or Mischief Designz.

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 06 and resize to the fit the canvas.  Make sure this becomes your bottom layer.  It will stay the bottom layer of the tag.

Add Element 21 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas and position toward the bottom so it looks like it is nestled in the grass valley.

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on the left side of the canvas.  Position her so it looks as though she is flying in front of the pond.  Add DS.

Switch to the Poser psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the top half 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 Element 21 layer is selected and paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Transpose the image by rotating it 90 degrees counter clockwise.  Resize and position so it looks as though it is her reflection in the water of the pond.  Once you have it in position you can erase any part that you don’t like to show using the eraser tool.  To get the ripple effect on the reflection.  From the menu bar select Filter > Filter Gallery.  Go into the Distort folder and select Ocean Ripple.  Change Ripple size to 3 and click OK.

Add Element 67 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Move the element layer below the pond layer to hide the bottom half of the stem and position on the right hand side of the tag.  Add DS.

Add Element 36 to the canvas and resize to fit proportionally with the background.  Position it along the edge of the pond in the center.  Add DS.  Make sure this layer is behind the Element 67 layer.

Add Element 60 to the left side of the bench. Resize and add DS.

Add Element 20 to the right side of the bench along the pond.

Add Element 53 on top of the grass.  Resize to fit under the sign and 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 50
  • Element 55 (x2)
  • Element 58
  • Element 1
  • Element 72
  • Element 41
  • Element 19
  • Element 2
  • Element 16

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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