Sunday, September 28, 2014

CT Tutorial for Susie and Something Wicked This Way Comes

**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 – “Susie” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit - “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Marys Designs.  You can find this dark and haunting kit for sale at Sensibility Scrapping, Low Budget Scrapping, Sweet-Pinup and Render Art World.

FTU Mask - "Mask 02 – Fluffy sky" 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 swtwc 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.  Position in the upper left corner.  Right click on the mask layer and duplicate the layer.  Move the duplicate layer to the upper right corner.  They will overlap in the middle.

Add Element 41 to the canvas.  Resize to fit most the width of the canvas and position in the center.  Add DS.

Open the poser in another canvas. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the top half of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.  Resize the poser to display to your liking and position in the center of the circle.  Add DS.

Add Paper 9 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside of the frame.

Add the poser to the canvas and resize so she is slightly taller than the frame.  Mover her on top of the frame layer and position her so it look like she is stepping out of the frame.  Add DS.

Add Frame 3 to the canvas.  Resize to about the same width as Frame 4.  Move the layer below the Paper 9 layer.  Position so it is under the big frame and is slightly hidden by it at the top.  Add DS.  Set the Opacity of the layer to 85%.  You use the eraser tool to erase any part of your poser that hangs outside the circle, or you can leave it and cover it up with elements.  That is what I chose to do this time.

Add Element 103 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the tag.  Add DS.  Right click on the layer and duplicate it.  Transpose the copy layer (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) and stagger the layers on top of each other to build a grassy ground area.

Add the poser to the canvas below the grass layers.  Resize to fit on the canvas and position to the right of the circle but slightly overlapping it.  Add DS. 

Add Element 17 to the canvas.  Resize to you liking and position next to the standing poser slightly overlapping the circle.  Add DS.

Add Element 89 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position next to the book on the opposite side of the poser.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the dark 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 38 (x2)
  • Element 60 (x2)
  • Element 72
  • Element 73
  • Element 62
  • Element 63
  • Element 69
  • Element 40
  • Element 45
  • Element 20
  • Element 25
  • Element 19
  • Element 16
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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