**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 – "Alvida" by Designs By Norella. You can purchase the tube at the Designs by Norella store
PTU Kit - “A Pirates Life” by Kai Kreations. Available at Berry Applicious, Digifox Studio, Sensibility Scrapping, Mischief Designz, and Scraps And Company.
FTU Mask - "Mask 05 - Dreamscape" by Aeval Amore. Available for download on 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 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 paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas. Resize to fit the canvas.
Open the poser in another canvas. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the head of the poser. Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser head and switch back to the working canvas. Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas. Select Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal from the menu to flip her so she is facing in the opposite direction. Resize to fit in the upper right corner. Position however you like best and use the eraser tool to erase any portion of the pasted image you don’t want. If you use an eraser with a Mode of brush and create a circular brush with a fade on it, you can leave a softer edge to what you erase.
Add multiple copies of Element 36 in multiples sizes overlapping each other to create a look of a sandy beach over the tree portion of the mask in the tag. I used 7 different layers the element and made one layer the width of the mask but varied the sizes of all the other layers and overlapped them. Add DS to some of the layers as you go.
Add Element 57 to the canvas. Resize to fit on the canvas between the beach and the top of the tag. Position so it is to the left of the face. Add DS
Add Element 31 to the canvas. Resize to fit the proportions of the tag. Position the tag so it slightly overlaps the face in the upper corner and the trees. Add DS.
Add Element 2 to the canvas and resize to your liking. Position to the left of the map and add DS.
Add Paper 8 to the canvas. Resize to fit over the opening in the wheel 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 center of the wheel. Apply a style to the layer to give it the translucent glass look.
Switch to the poser file. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the head of the poser. Copy (Ctrl + C) the head and switch back to the working canvas. Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas. Select Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal from the menu to flip her so she is facing in the opposite direction. Resize to fit in wheel on top of the paper. Make sure you leave enough space to add the name in the wheel center as well. Right click on the head layer and select “Blending Optiosn”, change the Blend Mode to “Hard Light” and click OK. This will make the image semi-transparent.
Add the poser to the canvas as the new top layer. Resize to fit and position to the left of the wheel but slightly overlapping it. Add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the pirate 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 up.
- Element 23
- Element 54 (x2)
- Element 76
- Element 29
- Element 1
- Element 27
- Element 7
- Element 40
- Element 28
- Element 16
- Element 18
- Element 80
- Element 79
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!