Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Kat" 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 – “Kat” by Ishika Chowdhury

PTU Kit – “Kat in Autumn” by Creative Scraps by Crys

The tube and kit are available exclusively as a free gift from Mystical Scraps with any $10 purchase during September 2014.

Mask – “Mask 02 – Fluffy sky” 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 1 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 Paper 5 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the entire canvas.  Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a section of the bottom of the tag. Inverse the selection (Shift + Ctrl + I). Right click on Paper 5 layer and select Rasterize Layer.  Press the delete key to delete the top paper from that section.  You now have a ground at the bottom of the tag. Use a rounded brush with the eraser tool and go around the edges of the ground to give it a soft outline.  Mover the ground you just created below the Mask layer.

Above the Mask layer, add multiple copies of Element 19 in multiples sizes overlapping each other to create a look of leaves covering the ground.  I used 9 different layers of the element and made one layer the width of the mask but varied the sizes of all the other layers and overlapped them. 

Add Element 28 to the canvas.  Resize to fit between the ground layer and the top of the tag.  Position on the right side of the tag.  Add DS.

Add Element 1 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position in the middle in front of the tree.  Add DS.

Add Element 27 to the canvas.  Resize to fit half the canvas.  Position on the left side of the canvas.  Duplicate the layer and transpose it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).  Move the duplicate layer to the right side of the canvas and line up the string so it looks like one continuous line of lights.  Add DS to both layers.

Add Element 24 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the ground.  Position so it looks as though it is in front of the fence on the leaves.  Add DS.

Add your tube to the canvas.  Resize her so she fits on top of the bench and position to your liking.  Add DS.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful 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.

  • Element 20
  • Element 12 (x2)
  • Element 23 (x2)
  • Element 21 (x2)
  • Element 15 (x2)
  • Element 11 (x2)
  • Element 17
  • Element 7 (x2)
  • Element 10
  • Element 9
  • Element 8
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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