Saturday, October 4, 2014

CT Tutorial for Halle by Designs by Norella

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

PTU Megakit - “October Girls” 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 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 123 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the mask.   This will create some “starlight” in the sky area of the canvas.

Add Element 121 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas and position in the center.  Add DS.

Add Paper 19 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 Element 54 to the canvas.  Resize to fit inside the fame.

Click on the frame layer so it is the active layer. Add Element 97 to the canvas above the frame.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position toward the top and add DS.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the upper half 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 to fit the way you want it displayed.  Add DS.  Don’t worry if she appears to be “floating”, you will cover up the bottom portion of the circle as we go.

Add Element 126 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom.  Add DS.

Add the following elements along the bottom of the frame.  Resize each of them to your liking and arrange them so slightly overlap each other: 16, 52, 59, 17, and 68.  They should all be about the same size and should cover the bottom of the frame area and any gap between the frame and your poser’s upper body.

Add WA 3 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Position on the left side slightly overlapping the first rose at the bottom and over the wing.

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

Now decorate your tag with any of the beautiful 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 112
  • Element 123
  • Element 124
  • Element 95
  • Element 96

 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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