Friday, August 29, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Lynn" by Ishika Chowdhury

**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 – “Lynn” by Ishika Chowdhury.  This tube is available at Mystical Scraps.

PTU Kit – “Aquamarine Butterfly” by Amy Marie.  You can find all of Amy Marie’s beautiful kits for sale at her own store, Amy Marie’s Kits.

Mask – “Mask 11 – Blurry” by Aeval Amore.  Available 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 18 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.  Right click on the layer and select “Blending Options” select “Outer Glow” and click OK.  This will make the mask look as though sun is behind it.

Add Element 92 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas and position on the left side of the tag.  Add DS.

Add Element 43 to the canvas.  Resize to fit about half the width of the canvas and position in the upper right corner slightly overlapping the tree.  Right click on the element layer and select “Duplicate Layer”.  Move the duplicated layer to the left corner of the tag and stagger slightly below the original set of butterflies.  This makes it look like a swarm of butterflies is flying in front of the tree.

Add Element 40 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom in front of the tree.

Add Element 21 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position in the upper right corner so it looks like the sun is shining over the butterflies.

Add Element 62 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the grassy hill.  Position so it looks as though it is lying across the hill and resting on the top of it.

Add Element 8 to the canvas.  Resize so it is large enough to stand out.  Position on the left side of the hill in front of the vines you just put down.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on top of the grassy area and position her in the middle so it looks like she is sitting next to the curved flower stalk and relaxing in the sun.  To add a bit of “sun” to the tube, right click on the layer and select “Blending Options” turn on the “Inner Glow” options (leave the settings to default) and click ok.  This softens her outline and makes her blend in with the sunny background a bit more.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful 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 26
  • Element 22
  • Element 1
  • Element 28
  • Element 80
  • Element 93 (x2)
  • Element 7 (x2)
  • Element 13
  • Element 78
  • Element 91
  • Element 71
  • Element 72
  • Element 36

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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