**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. **
FTU Mask - “Mask 10 - Flames” 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 2 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 6 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position at the bottom. Add DS.
Add Element 52 to the canvas. Resize to fit the canvas. Position in the center so that the curtain ends up pooled on top of the rug. Add DS.
Add Element 8. Resize to your liking and position on the left side of the canvas above the rug. Add DS.
Add Element 51. Resize to your liking and position on the right side of the canvas across from the chair. Add DS.
Click on the curtain layer to select it. Add Element 49 and resize to fit the width of the curtain. This will be where the name for the tag goes later. Position it so it is slightly behind the fireplace. Add DS.
Add your poser. Resize her so she fits on the canvas and position her so she appears to be sitting on the rug in front of the chair. Add DS.
Click on the Mask layer to make it the active layer. Add Paper 1 to the canvas. Resize it so it fits the width of the canvas. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool draw a rectangle from the top of the paper to right above the bottom of the fireplace. Right click on the paper layer and select Rasterize. Press the delete button. This will delete all the paper except a small section at the bottom making it look as though it is a floor.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the glamorous 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 57 (x2)
- Element 56
- Element 63
- Element 62
- Element 58
- Element 43
- Element 40
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!