Sunday, August 24, 2014

CT Tutorial for Tristin & First Day

**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 – “Tristin” by Designs By Norella.  You can purchase the tube at the Designs by Norella store

PTU Kit - “First Day” by Ginnibug Designz.  Exclusively available at Spazzd Art (the adorable puppy dog shown on the kit preview is "First Day" by Spazz and is also available for sale at the store, the kit was made to match the doggie tube).

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 16 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.

Add Element 95 to the canvas and resize to fit over the mask.  This adds some variety to the background.

Add Element 28 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the bottom.  Duplicate (Right click on the layer and select Duplicate layer) the element and move the copy toward the middle of the canvas. The two layers should overlap.  This creates the “floor” area of the tag.

Add Element 3 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the tag proportionally.  Positon on top of the brick layers.  Add DS.

Add Element 20 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the center of the first locker.

Add Element 78 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the above element on the locker.

Add Element 49 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the center of the last locker.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the head of the poser.  Copy the poser and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste the poser onto the canvas.  Resize to fit in the chalkboard on the last locker. Right click on the poser layer and select “Blending Options”.  Change the blend mode to “Luminosity” and select OK.  This will transform it to a black and white version.

Duplicate the head layer and move the duplicate layer over to the other set of frames.  Resize to fit in the open area of the frame on the first locker.  Change the Blend Mode to “Lighter Color” for this frame.

Add Element 18 to the canvas and resize to fit in the center of the next to last locker.

Duplicate the head layer again and move the new copy on top of the above element.  Resize to fit on the curled piece of paper and change the Blend Mode to “Color Burn” for this one. Use the eraser tool to erase any part of the head that extends beyond the curled page.

Add Element 12 to the canvas and position on the right side.  Resize to fit in front of the lockers.  Add DS.

Add the poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position her in front of the desk in front of the second locker.  Add DS.

Add Element 32 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire tag.  This will create a fun frame around the tag.  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 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 67
  • Element 2
  • Element 5
  • Element 19
  • Element 86
  • Element 57
  • Element 9
  • Element 1
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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