Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Combined CT Tutorial for Pip and Where the Fae Play

**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 – “Pip” by Designs By Norella.  You can purchase the tube at Design by Norella store.

PTU Kit – “Where the Fae Play” by MellieBeans.  You can find this patriotic kits for sale at

FTU Mask – “Mask 08 – Focus” by Aeval Amore.  You can download this FTU mask from my blog, Aeval’s Art.

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 17 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 paper and mask from above to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.

Add Element 01 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the upper left corner.  Add DS.  Duplicate the layer and drag the copy layer over to the upper right corner.

Add Element 43 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Add DS.  Position at the bottom of the canvas.  Duplicate the layer and drag the copy layer slightly above the original element layer.

Add Element 20 to the canvas between the layers of the grass.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Add DS.  Position sot the flowers are slightly behind the top layer of grass.

Add Element 46 to the canvas.  Move the layer between the two grass layers.  Resize the element to fit the height of the canvas.  Position in the center and make sure the bottom of the tree is hidden between the layers of grass.  Right click on the layer and select Blending Options.  Turn on Inner Glow with default settings.

Add your poser to the canvas. Resize to fit the canvas.  Position her slightly in front of the tree 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 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 around the heart and tube.
  • Element 49
  • Element 19
  • Element 32
  • Element 50
  • Element 45 (x3)
  • Element 33
  • Element 37
  • Element 36
  • Element 44
  • Element 13
  • Element 08
  • Element 17

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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