Thursday, September 18, 2014

CT Tutorial for Ava and Megakit Stella

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

PTU Megakit - “Stella” by Amy Marie.  This and all of Amy Marie’s other kits may be purchased at Amy Marie’s Kits.

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 25 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 18 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the mask. 

Add Element 53 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position in the middle of the right side of the web.  Add DS.

Add Element 164 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the tag. Position at the top.  Add DS.

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. Make sure the poser is above the other layers.  Resize the head to fit the way you want it displayed.  Add DS.

Add Element 181 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking.  Position so it looks as though the birds are flying around her head.  Add DS.

Add Element 127.  Resize to fit in the upper left corner.  Add DS.

Add Element 192.  Resize to fit most of the width of the tag.  Position at the bottom so it slightly overlaps the head in the center.  Add DS.

Add the poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position her on the right side of the Canvas.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the gothic 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 202
  • Element 5
  • Element 153
  • Element 79
  • Element 83
  • Element 154
  • Element 104
  • Element 106
  • Element 33
  • Element 180
  • Element 182
  • Element 183
  • Element 184
  • Element 186
  • Element 196
  • Element 110
  • Element 109
  • Element 163
 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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