**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 – “Dallas” by Designs by Norella. You can purchase the tubes at PicsForDesign.
PTU Kit- “Freedom Tiffany” by Disturbed Scraps. Available at PicsForDesign.
FTU Mask – “Mask 06 - Fireball” 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 011 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 combined paper and mask from above to the canvas and resize to fit properly. Right click on the mask layer and select Blending Options. Select DS and Outer Glow. This makes the paper in the mask stand out more vibrantly.
Add Element 076 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the bottom in front of the mask layer. Add DS.
Add Element 080. Resize to fit on the canvas above the ribbon. Add DS. Position on the right side of the canvas.
Add Element 088. Resize to fit on the canvas above the ribbon. Add DS. Position on the left side of the canvas.
Add your poser to the canvas and resize to fit the height of the canvas. Position on the left side of the canvas and add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the patriotic 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 028
- Element 016
- Element 009
- Element 024
- Element 048
- Element 040
- Element 044
- Element 031
- Element 008
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!