Sunday, June 22, 2014

CT Tutorial for PTU The Joker

**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 – “The Joker In Red” by Carolann Creations.  You can purchase the tube at Berry Applicious Store.

PTU Kit- “Medieval” by Dzines by Melz.  You can purchase this fairytale kit at

FTU Mask -“Mask 02 – Fluffy sky” 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 7 in a new canvas.  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 mask from above 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 Moon to the canvas.  Resize to about 250% and position in the upper left corner.  Add DS.

Add Element Castle to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas and position on the left side.  Add DS.

Add Element Castle Tower 1 to the canvas.  Resize to fit proportionally with the Castle and position on the right side of the castle.

Add Element Stone Arch to the canvas and resize to fit the widths of the canvas.  Add DS.  Position at the bottom of the canvas.

Add Element Moss Steps 2 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the arch.  Position in the middle of the arch so the steps appear to be coming from the middle of the arch.  Add DS.

Add your poser to the canvas.  Resize her so she can fit comfortably on the steps.  Position so she appears to be perched on one of the upper steps.  Add DS.

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful oriental 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 additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.

  • Gate
  • Vine3
  • Vine1
  • Fire Décor
  • Forest Décor (x2)
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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