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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Golden Vanilla - PTU late Autumn tut


Tube - This great 'sweater weather' tube by The Hunter is called "Vanilla Babe" and you can find her HERE at S&Co., please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - "Vanilla Pink Autumn" is one of the prettiest kits I've ever had the chance to play with. It was designed by Kizzed by Kelz to match Vanilla Babe, and you can find it HERE.  This kit can easily be used for winter tags as well.
Filters - EyeCandy 3.1 drop shadow (optional but it's what I write my tuts with) and Glow
Font - Hammerkeys (for the banner) & Serious Sally (for the name).

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
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Throughout the tut I used EyeCandy 3.1's drop shadow of distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 35 with color #201a17, except where noted.

1.Open a new image, 650 x 650 and f/f with white so you can what you're working with. Open the frame VP21 and c/p as a new layer.

2. Open VPpaper18 and r/s 55%. C/p as a new layer below the frame layer in your layers palette.  Image - free rotate 2 degrees left. Cut off the overhang of the paper from the frame on the right side with your freeform selections tool and delete.  Select none. Add your d/s to your frame.

3. Open your closeup tube, duplicate and close the original.  R/s it as desired, if using this tube r/s it 50%. C/p as a new layer above the frame in your layers palette.  Position her so that her arms are inside the circle part of the frame.  To cover the bottom of the tube up, carefully trace around the bottom of the frame like so:

Promote selection to layer and select none.  Move this layer above the tube, and you'll notice in the bottom right of the promoted section there's an extra piece of the frame that cuts into her arm.  Just trace that out with your freeform tool and delete it.  Duplicate your tube layer and add a Gaussian Blur of 5, change the blend mode to soft light.  Add your d/s to your tube.

Now we're going to place the elements, refer to my tag as needed:
:::Open VP18, c/p as a new layer just above the mask layer in your palette.  Move it down a bit so it peeks out.
:::Open VP4 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the top left corner of the rectangular frame. Add a d/s of distance 5, blur 11, opacity 48
:::Open VP9, c/p as a new layer just above the frame layer in your palette.
:::Open VP53 and r/s 35%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the top left to cover the hole in the tag. Repeat the same d/s but change the opacity to 38.
:::Open VP126 and r/s 50%, rotate right 90 degrees.  C/p as a new layer moving it to 'rest' on the edge of the left side of the circle frame. Repeat the same d/s.
:::Open VP123 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and sit on the top of the green leaves. Add same d/s except change the opacity to 28
:::Open VP17 and r/s 35%.  C/p as a new layer and sit this on top of the pink flowers, but move it down in your layer palette to be below the hanging tag layer. Erase any part that hangs over the tube.  Duplicate and flip and place at the bottom of the circle frame. 
:::Open VP26 and r/s 35%, mirror. C/p as a new layer and have this cutie sit on the bottom right of the circle frame.  Add a super light & large d/s of distance 13, blur 15, opacity 15.
:::Open VP3 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just below your tube layer.
:::Open VP36, c/p as a new layer and move it down to the bottom of your tag and layer palette.  Duplicate and mirror.
:::Open VP35, c/p as a new layer just above the previous layer and move it down on your tag.
:::Open VP73, c/p as a new layer just above the previous layer and move it down on your tag.
:::Open VP106, c/p as a new layer, once again just above the previous layer, but move this to the top of your canvas so it peeks out on the right side especially.  Move it up a teensy bit as well.
:::Open VP121 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just above the gold frame layer.  Move it so it's hanging across the top of the frame.
:::Open VP31 and r/s 35% and mirror. C/p as a new layer just below the puppy layer, and move it to the right so it rests on the circle part of the frame.
:::Open VP1 and r/s 40% and mirror. C/p as a new layer, drop it below the previous element in your palette and move it to the left of it, behind the puppy.
:::Finally, open VP50 and c/p at the top of your layer palette. Move to the right so none of the sparkles cover your tube but are noticable over the right sided elements.

4. Add your artist's © and your name.  I used the font Hammer Keys to type the word "Golden" on the pennant (color #423218), and added a glow (color #dad3be) to Bibi's name and used a 3, 3, 90 d/s with color #423218 to keep it soft.  Delete the background layer, merge and save as a png file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!!








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