Monday, July 21, 2014

CT Tutorial for "70's Night" by Kai Kreations

**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 – “Fan Girl” by Trinita.  This poser was a pre-paid exclusive at

PTU Kit – “70’s Night” by Kai Kreations.  You can find this groovy disco kit for sale exclusively at Berry Applicious.

FTU Mask  – “Mask 15 – Retro Circles” 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 the paper of your choice 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 mask you made above to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.

Add Frame 2 to the canvas and resize to fit the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Paper 1 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame in the element above.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside of the frame.

Add the tube to your canvas underneath the frame layer.  Resize her so her head is above the top of the frame and the bottom of the tube is hidden behind the frame.  Add DS.  Duplicate the layer.  Move the duplicate layer on top of the frame layer.  Select both layers and right click on one of them, select Link Layers to lock them together.  Right click on the duplicate top layer and clear the layer style.  Then click on the Filter menu and apply the Sharpen filter to the top layer.  Use the eraser tool to clean up any overhand on the tube layers if they are hanging out of the frame on the bottom layer or even on the bottom part of the frame on the top layer.

Add Element 60 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the frame and position at the bottom of the frame slightly overlapping the frame and girl.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the disco themed 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 additional elements I used from the bottom layers.
  • Element 70 (x4)
  • Element 12
  • Element 57 (x2)
  • Element 29
  • Element 13
  • Element 50
  • Element 23
  • Element 25
  • Element 58
  • Element 4 (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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