Thursday, July 31, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Rainbow" PTU Kit by FwTags Creations

**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 – “Rainbow” by Danny Lee.  You can purchase the tube at Scraps N Company

PTU Kit- “Rainbow” by FwTags Creations.  Available at Scraps n Company.

FTU Mask - “Mask 04 - SkyHeart” 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 1 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 Frame 1 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and center it on your mask.  Add DS.

Add Paper 4 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 Close Up layer of the tube.  Resize to fit from the bottom of the frame to the head extending outside of the frame.  Duplicate the layer and move the duplicate layer above the frame layer.  Select both layers of the close up and then right click on one of them.  Select “Link Layers”.  Add DS to the bottom close up layer. Right click on the layer and select “Create Clipping Mask”.  This will trim the close up to fit only on the paper.  Select the close up layer above the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any portion of the layer that is overhanging the frame where you don’t want it to.

Add Element 13 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Add DS. Make sure it is above the frame layer.  Position on the left side of the canvas at the bottom.

Add Element 35 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Add DS.  Position on the right side of the canvas at the bottom.

Add Element 38 to the canvas and resize to fit between the flower and the dog.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the gloriously girly 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 9 (x2)
  • Element 11
  • Element 7
  • Element 50 (x2)
  • Element 15 (x2)
  • Element 17 (x2)
  • Element 16
  • Element 29
  • Element 10
  • Element 12 (x2)
  • Element 42
  • Element 27 (x3)
  • Element 44
  • Element 47
  • Element 48
  • Element 36
  • Element 43

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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