Sunday, August 10, 2014

CT Tutorial for Thalia and matching kit School Spirit

**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. **

Poser – Thalia by Designs By Norella.  You can purchase the tube at the Designs by Norella store

Kit- “School Spirit” by Diry Art.  Available at

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 up the PSD file for the template.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add Paper 15 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.

Add Paper 12 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.  Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a section of the bottom of the tag.  Right click on Paper 12 layer and select Rasterize Layer.  Press the delete key to delete the top paper from that section.  You now have a wall and a floor on the tag.

Add Element 08 to the canvas.  Resize to fit from the floor to the top of the tag and position on the right side of the tag.  Add DS.

Add Element 86 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the open area between the bookcase and the other side of the tag.  Position in the middle of the open area toward the top.  Add DS.

Add Element 7 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the open space on the floor beside the bookcase.  Add DS.  Position in the open area on the floor.

Add the poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position to the left of the desk.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the school themed elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so 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 06
  • Element 09
  • Element 12
  • Element 32
  • Element 71
  • Element 130
  • Element 123
  • Element 55
  • Element 37
  • Element 40
  • Element 50
  • Element 97
  • Element 104
  • Element 113
  • Element 149
  • Element 105
  • Element 69
  • Element 82
Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the entire canvas.  Add a new layer.  From the menu bar – Select > Modify > Border > Set the width to 10.  Make your foreground color white and use the paint bucket tool to fill in the border.

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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