Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~~ CT Tutorial For Shining Star Art ~~ The Colors Of Jaime

This tutorial was written by me, Mary Oakes on September 2, 2014. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental. Please be sure to abide by my TOU.

This tutorial was created in Photoshop but can be done in other Programs as well, and is written to help beginners and pros alike.

Photoshop or program of choice.

Filters: MuRa's Meister Copies, FFormula Honeycomb, Mehdi Edge FX, and filters within Photoshop.

Tube of choice: I am using the gorgeous Poser tube " Jaime " by Shining Star Art. You can find this gorgeous tube at 
Please do not use her art without the appropriate license to do so.

Texture of choice: I am using a very pretty texture by Sanami276  from DeviantArt. The texture name is ohfreckle_122.

Brushes of choice: Floral Swashy Brushes. You can find a bunch on DeviantART. Just make sure that you follow TOU's.

Fonts of choice: I am using PF Arma Five for the © and Lobster for the name.

Are ya comfy? Got a snack and maybe a cuppa? Alrighty!!
Let's begin :)!

If you feel you have messed up somewhere, remember that EDIT > UNDO is your bestest friend!!

File > New. 600 x 250px. Transparent background, 72ppi. Name it whatever you wish.
Create a new layer. Open up your tube. Find tube layers that you like OTHER THAN the main tube you are going to use for your tags. For example. I am going to use the Jaime that is wearing the white and light blue clothing for my main tube, so I chose the Jaime wearing one of the darker clothes.  Or not. It will all depends on what colors you would like to see in your tag. Remember, tutorials are just a guide, and not made to be set in stone.
 Drag a copy of that tube into the center of your working canvas and resize it a bit.
Go to Filter > MuRa's Meister Copies with the following settings

Hit OK. Double click on this layer in the Layer Palette and rename this layer " Copies "
Right click on the layer in the Layers Palette and choose Duplicate.
Go to Filter > FFormula > Honeycomb with the following settings

Hit OK.
Go to Filter > Mehdi > Edge FX with the following settings

Hit OK. Rename this layer Mehdi. Change the Blend Mode to Exclusion and lower the Layer Opacity to 45%.


Click on the Copies layer, right click and choose Duplicate. When the window pops up, name this Blur. Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with the following settings

Hit OK.
Open Sanami276 texture, Go to the top of the image, right click and choose Image Size. Resize it down a bit. Apply the texture to your working canvas. Change the layers Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Grab a Selection Tool. Doesn't matter which one. I used the Magnetic Lasso at default settings. Select parts of her clothing that you want to stand out in the tag. In my case, I chose the words on my main tubes clothing. 
Go to Edit > Copy click on your working canvas Edit > Paste. Position it all the way to the left of the canvas.  Duplicate it as many times as you want and move them around on your canvas. When you have it the way you want it. 
Close all layers but the pieces you just put in, right click on one of them and choose Merge Visible. 
Open your layers back up. Set Blending Mode to Overlay.

Apply your tube to the working canvas. Resize and position her in the middle. Duplicate and flip her horizontally. Edit > Transform > Flip Horizonal. Position all the way to the left of the canvas.
Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set Angle to 90 and Distance to 20. Hit OK.
Duplicate your main tube once more, and move it all the way over to right of the canvas. Once again go to Motion Blur but only change the angle to -90 and kit OK.
Change both layers Blending Modes to Hard Light.

Create a new layer. Grab your Paint Brush Tool, load the brush you wish to use and apply it where you would like on the canvas. You may choose to use several different brushes, just make sure you create a new layer for each time you stroke. If you have more then one layer, close off all other layers and Merge Visible. Set your brush stroke layer to Hard Light in the Blending Modes. Open your layers back up. Drag this layer all the way down below your Mehdi layer.
Right click, Merge Visible. Double click and rename this layer Background.


Create a new layer. Go to Select > Select All > Select > Modify > Expand > Border. Type in 10. Hit OK. 
Set your Forground color to #7c1112, grab your Paint Bucket Tool and click inside the selection. Sometimes, it won't look uniform if you only click once, so click a couple of times to make sure it is filled properly. Deselect.
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and type in 32, Tick Uniform, and tick Monochrome.
Hit OK, Double click on the layer in the Layer Palette and rename this to Border.
 Double click on the thumbnail in the Layer Palette to bring up the Layer Styles Palette. Use the following settings or some of your own
Click OK.

Drag your main tube layer all the way to the top of the Layer Palette. Add a Drop Shadow that suits you.  Grab your Eraser Tool with a small hard brush and carefully erase the bottom of the tube so that it looks like the frame sits over it.

Take a look at your tag and see if there are any final adjustments that you would like to make. Everything look OK? Good, Now let's finish it up with our Name and ©.


Grab your Text Tool. Set your font to Lobster, color White, size 72 ( may have to adjust according to length of name ), Center Text chosen, and Anti-Aliasing set to Smooth. Now just to forwarn you, your text is going to look too widely spaced apart when you enter it. Don't worry. We will fix that in a moment. Type out one letter at a time but hit Enter after each letter stroke. Example: M > Enter, A > Enter, R > Enter, Y > Enter..... get the idea?? OK LOL
Now to fix the Leading ( spacing ). Double click on the thumbnail of your text in the Layer Palette. This will highlight your text.  Look for your Character Styles Palette, I can't tell you where it is because I don't know what version of Photoshop you are using, but it looks like this
Click on it to open it.
Find the tracking for Leading.
Now if you are not using 72pt for your text size you may have to play with it a bit, but you can see the changes as you go. Once you are happy just click on the Check Mark at the top of the Text Tool Bar. Easy Peasy!!!
Position your text to the right of your tube. Right click on the layer in the Layer Palette, and bring up the Layer Style Palette. Choose Stroke, color Black, Stoke size 2.  And a Drop Shadow of choice.

Duplicate your text and position it to the left side of your tube.  Click on the arrow to make the Layer Style Visible. Click on Color Overlay, and change from White to Black. Click on Stoke and change Black to White. 
Change your font to PF Arma Five, size 8pt, Color of choice, Left Align Text, and Anti-Aliasing to None. Add the proper ©.


Now before we are done, click on your Border layer in the Layer Palette, right click and choose Copy Layer Style. This is important for your Avatar.
Go to File > Save For Web. Choose JPEG, Hit Save, Do not close it yet!


File > New Image. 150 x 150px. Transparent background. 72ppi. Name your File.
Click on your Background layer on your main tag and drag it over to your Avatar. Position how you like.

Create a new layer and follow the steps above to make the Border, but stop after you add the noise. Unless you want to do all that work over again. Instead, right click on the layer in the Layer Palette and choose Paste Layer Style. Wham! That just saved you all that work!

Grab your Text Tool.
Now go back to your main tag, and choose one of the name layers. Will depend on what color you want to use for your AV. Right click on the layer and copy the Layer Style. This will also set your font for you. 
On your AV, type out the letter you wish to use. Right click and paste the Layer Style to the letter. 


You are finished!! Go to File > Save For Web, choose JPEG, SAVE!! Woot! Woot!!

 I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope that I did not do too bad of a job writing it. If you have any problems, questions. or comments just give me a hollar and I will try to help you as fast and as best as I can. 

As always, Happy PSPing...... and Photoshop too!!

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