**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 13 – Cloudy" 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 13 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 face of the poser. Copy the poser and switch back to the working canvas. Paste the poser onto the canvas. Resize to fit in the upper left corner. Use the Eraser tool to erase around the edges of the face to give it a softer look. Right click on the on the layer and select Blending Options, change the Blend Mode to “Hard Light” and click OK.
Open another pose of the poser in another canvas. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the upper body of the poser. Copy the poser and switch back to the working canvas. Paste the poser onto the canvas. Resize to fit in the upper right corner. Change the Blend Mode on this one to “Pin Light”.
Add Element 42 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the bottom in front of the mask. Add DS.
Add Element 30 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the background and position toward the bottom on top of the grass. Add DS.
Add Element 64 to the canvas. Resize to fit in front of the bridge so it slightly overlaps. This makes it look like the bridge is between two fields of grass. Add DS.
Add Element 34 to the canvas. Resize to your liking and position on the grass in front of the bridge. Add DS.
Ad your poser who is kneeling to the canvas. Resize so she fits and look like her forearms are resting on the wheelbarrow. Add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the autumnal 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 100
- Element 49
- Element 18
- Element 89 (x2)
- Element 71 (x2)
- Element 65
- Element 97
- Element 98
- Element 103
- Element 104
- Element 85
- Element 66
- Element 40
- Element 45
- Element 91
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!