Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PTU Tutorial featuring Isabella and Refreshing Summer

**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 Tube – “Isabella” by Ishika Chowdhury.  This tube is available in 5 different colors all in one file at Mystical Scraps.

PTU Kit – “My Tropical Beach” by Crystals Creations.  You can find this summery kit for sale at D’zines from the Heart.


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 9 to the canvas and resize to fit entire canvas.

Add Element 44 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position the element at the bottom of the canvas.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position her so it looks like she is laying on the sand at the bottom of the ocean.

Add Element 43 to the canvas and resize to fit the width.  Move the seaweed layer below the sand layer

Add Element 73 to the canvas and resize to your liking and position the bubbles behind the mermaid.

Add Element 14 to the canvas and duplicate.  Spread the two layers apart so it looks like two schools of fish swimming by.

Add Element 14 to the canvas and make sure the frame layer is below the mermaid layer.  Position the frame so the bottom of the frame is hidden by the mermaid’s body.

Add Paper 1 to the canvas.  Move it below the frame layer.  Resize it to completely fill the open frame.  User the eraser tool to erase any overhand of the paper outside the frame.  Right click on the paper layer and select “Blending Options” change the Blend Mode to Overlay.  This makes the paper semi-transparent.

Add Element 62 to the canvas.  Resize to a largish size.  And position in the upper right corner area.

Switch to the tube psd canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a box around the head of the poser in the psd file.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the selection and return to your working canvas.

On your working canvas make sure Element 62 layer is selected then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied selection.  Resize to fit the bubble.  Use the eraser tool to get rid of any bits outside the bubble.

Duplicate Element 62 and move the duplicated layer on top of the tube head layer so there is a bubble below the head and on top.  Select all three layers and right click on one of the layers and select “Link Layers”.  This will keep them locked together so if you move one of them the others will move with it.

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 48
  • Element 19 (x 10)
  • Element 83
  • Element 72
  • Element 26
  • Element 6 (x 3)
  • Element 8
  • Element 84
  • Element 70
At this point save your tag as a png file.  Open the png file in PS and run the Z(Burnt Edges) action.

After it is done. 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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