Friday, October 10, 2014

~CT Tutorial Bee My Honey ~ Featuring Scrappin Krazy Designs PTU Kit ♥ My Honey ♥

This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon, on 10/09/2014. Any similarity to any other tutorial is purely coincidental. Please abide by my TOU and the TOU of Artists and Designers that you may use.

This tutorial was created with Photoshop CS6 but can be done with other versions and/or programs.

Scrap Kit of choice: I am using the wonderful PTU kit My Honey by Scrappin Krazy Designs. You can find this kit here

Mask of choice: I am using mask SKDSset3-4 also by Kaci, so while you are on her site, go ahead and grab this too :)
Fonts of choice: I am using PF Arma 5 for the © and Bumblebees Demo for the name/text as a chunky text works best for this tutorial..
Filters of choice: Xero - Fritillary

Ok, grab a cuppa, and a munchie, and let's go!!
Please remember to save your work often. And if you really feel that you have messed up, just rmember that UNDO is your bestest friend!

First we need to make a pattern for our text. Open Paper ll, right click on the top of the image window and select Duplicate, then hit OK. Close the original. Right click on the image window and choose Image Size and reduce the size to 250 x 250 and click OK.
FILTERS>OTHER>OFFSET with these settings, or what looks best to you for a seamless pattern.

In your tool bar click on your Burn Tool, choose a small soft brush, size around 25, hardness at 2%. Darken the edges of dripping honey, paint in light shadows here and there through out the image.
EDIT>DEFINE PATTERN. When the pop up displays, name your pattern whatever you choose and hit OK. Now onto the tag!

Create a new image 600 x 300 pixels, transparent background, 72 ppi. Name it whatever you want to name it and hit OK.
On your Tool Bar select your Text Tool. Use the following settings..
Front Bumblebees Demo, size 36pts, Anti – A;lias Smooth, Centered, and the color white.
Type out your name and apply by clicking the checkmark on your settings tool bar. Right click and choose Duplicate and then duplicate one more time so that you have a total of 3 text layers. On the top and middle layers, reduce the Fill all the way down to 0.

Now working from the bottom text layer up
Right click on bottom text layer and choose Blending Options. Click on Pattern Overlay. Leave all the settings as they are except under Pattern, click the menu arrow and from they fly out choose the pattern you just created. With Blending Options still open, drag your mouse inside the TEXT on your working canvas, to position your pattern where it looks best.

Click on Inner Glow, with these settings

Click on Drop Shadow with these settings, then click OK.

Middle layer with these settings

Top layer with these settings

LAYERS>GROUP LAYERS. Then IMAGE>TRIM with these settings

Open the frame ele13. Duplicate and close the original. FILE>SAVE. Name your tag what ever you want and save it as PSD. Right click on top of it's window and choose Image Resize change the Resolution to 72. Notice how it changes the width and heigth? So now we have to change those back to 650 x650. Click OK. Right click on the window again but this time choose Canvas size.  Resize to 950 x 950. It's big, I know, but we will resize it later. This will give us plenty of room to work.

Click on your text image. In your Layers Palette, right click and choose Duplicate Group. In the pop up you will see Destination and then Document. Click the Menu Arrow and choose the document name that you just saved ( your Frame copy ). Hit OK. Now close your text image, We no longer need it. Double click on the frame layer and Rename to Frame.

Open ele02 and drag the Bee Fae onto your working canvas. Rename this layer to Fae. With your Move Tool position the Fae so that she is between to letters of your text. We are going to make it look as if she is squeezing between the letters.
In your text group in the Layers Palette, click the little arrow to expand the group. On the bottom text layer hold your CTRL key down and click on the text thumbnail all at the same time. This will make a selection around your text.
Grab your Eraser Tool with a hard brush. Click on the Fae layer and erase inside the selection of the letter that you want her behind. On my tag for Kaci, I chose the letter C and a little parts of the I and A. SELECT>DESELECT.

Open and drag ele07 onto your working canvas. Position at the top of your frame. Drag the layer all the way to the bottom in the Layers Palette. With the same steps as above, make a selection around the branch. Click on the Frame layer, lower the opacity down so you can see what you are doing. With your eraser tool erase on the leaf just above the bee hive so that it shows on top of the frame. See my tag for reference. Rename this layer Branch and bring the opacity up on your frame. Deselect.

Drag ele15 onto your working canvas. Rename the Layer Yellow Flower. Scale it down to a suitable size and place on top of the frame. Open ele16 and place over the frame just a down a bit from the yellow flower, and Rename the layer R/Y Flower. View my tag for placement.
Make a selection around the Yellow flower, click on the R/Y Flower in your Layers Palette. With your eraser tool erase a petal from the R/Y Flower. This will make it look as if the yellow flower is overlapping it a bit.

Drag ele11 onto your canvas and scale down, Place over to the left of the flowers. And drag the layer under the flowers in the Layers Palette. Name this layer Honey Pot

Drag ele.49 onto your canvas, scale down and position to the left. EDIT>TRANSFORM> FLIP HORIZONTAL. Drag the layer under the two flower layers, but on top of the honey pot. Rename this layer Honey Dipper.

Drag ele51 on to your canvas. EDIT>TRANSFORM>ROTATE. Rotate the polaroids around and scale them down so that they almost follow the flow of the frame on the right hand side. Rename this layer Polaroids.

Open elements 04, 46. 03 and papers 13 and 15. Drag ele04 under the top polaroid and position the fae's face inside the frame. Close off the layer in the layers palette. Drag P13 on to your canvas and position over to the right under the polaroid and the Fae. Close off this layer. Drag ele46 onto the canvas and position inside the middle polaroid frame. Place this layer under the fae layer of the polaroid. Close the layer. Now drag the last element and the last paper under the polaroid all the way under the others. Scale the crown down and position how you want it to be. Close off these layers.
So, under the polaroid frames you should have
face of fae
face of bee
and all of these layers should be closed except the polaroids.
Click on the polaroid layer to make it active and click on your Magic Wand Tool. Make sure Add To Selection button is pressed. Click inside each square of the frames. SELECT>MODIFY>EXPAND and expand by 3 pixe.s. SELECT>INVERSE
Now open up all 5 of the layers that you closed. Click on each one, one at a time and hit Delete on your keyboard. This will get rid of all the extra that sits around the outside of your frame.
On the Bee and the crown layer, add a default shadow. Then close off all the except for the face of fae, face of bee, the crown and the two papers. Right click and merge visible.
FILTER>XERO>FRITILLARY on default settings. Then the same filter one more time. Open the polaroid layer and merge visible. Now you can open the rest of the layers.

Drag ele24 onto your canvas scale the butterfly down and place on top of the polaroid.
Place ele26 onto your canvas and position it on top of the bottom of the large frame. Scale it a bit if you so choose Drag the layer all the way down under the honey pot layer in the layers palette.

Now take a good look at your tag and see if there are any changes you wish to make.
Apply drop shadows on what ever layers you want to apply them to.
Click on the bottom layer and then Shift + click on the top layer. Right click and choose Convert To Smart Objects. Close off the layer.
We turned these layers into a Smart Object because we are going be scaling them down by transforming them instead of resizing them, Since we have layer styles the smart object will keep those styles from losing their natural appearance after they are smaller. ERRRR I guess that is a good way to explain it LOL. Don't worry you can still get to all those layers if you need to edit them.
Add a new Raster Layer.
Prepare and apply your mask to the center of the canvas by holding your shift key as you drag it to the working canvas. If you don't know how to prepare your mask you can find a tutorial HERE.
Open P04 and drag that paper to the center of your canvas. Create a clipping mask by ALT + clicking between your mask and the papers thumbnail in the layers palette. When you do this and you hold your cursor between the two you will see a half square arrow. And after you click you will see the mask thumbnail next to the layer. Right click and Merge Visible.
Grab your Ellipse Tool at these settings.

Eyeball out the middle of your mask, click and drag your ellipse out until your ellipse reaches just outside of the mask blank center. Release your mouse button.
Click on the paper layer that you applied to make it active, then open and drag p5 and drag it out to the center of your working canvas. Click on the tab in your Layers Palette that says Paths. You will see a layer that says Work Path. Right click on that and choose Make Selection. Then click back on your Layers Tab.
SELECT>INVERSE. And hit Delete on your keyboard. Drag the layer all the way to the bottom under your mask layer in the layers palette. Merge Visible. Rename the layer Mask. Click on the Path Tab, right click and hit Delete Path, then go back to your layers tab.
Now open up your Smart Object layer. EDIT>TRANSFORM>SCALE and scale down until it fits into the center of your mask layer. Right click on the top of your image window and choose Image Size. Check and make sure your Resolution is still at 72. If it isn't take note of what your Width and Height are, change the Resolution back to 72 and change the Width and Height back to what it is supposed to be.
Image Trim the image resize, and resize to your desired tag size.

Add your copyright info. Since we didn't use a licensed tube here, we can give all the credit to Miss Kaci!!! YAY!!! Font , size 8pts. Anti - Alias off, Left position color what ever you want and effects.
Merge Visible FILE> SAVE FOR WEB, save as PNG- 24, transparency ticked and you are done!!! undo your merge visible though then Hit Save so you can use it for your tag template if you wanna make gifts for those siggie piggies!

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, comments, or suggestions just give me a hollar in my Cbox, or connect with me on FB. I will get back to you as fast as I can.

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

OH!! and here is another example I made using the same text effect and Kaci's adorable kit!!

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