This tutorial was created with Photoshop CS6 or CS2 depending on what filters I use. Some older filters will no longer work in CS6. Can be done with other versions and/or programs.
Artist's Tube of choice: I am using the PTU art Zombie Pony of Charles Bristow. This is an Exclusive tube for Scraps & Company. Please DO NOT use this image without the proper license or permission. You can find this tube here
Scrap Kit of choice: I am using the wonderful PTU kit Zombie Pony by Bibi's Collection. You can find this kit here
Fonts of choice: I am using FFF Lighthouse for the © and Zombie Holocaust and Comic Sans for the name/text.
Filter of choice: Red Paw Media – RPM Beautifier (OPTIONAL)
Ok, grab a cuppa, and a munchie, and let's go!!
Please remember to SAVE your work often, RENAME your layers, and if you feel you have really messed up.... Remember that UNDO is your bestest friend!!
C/P = Drag and Drop OR Edit>Select All>Edit>Copy>Edit>Paste
DS = Drop Shadow
MV – Merge Visible
MD – Merge Down
LS – Layer Style/Blending Options
Create a new image 851 x 315 , transparent background, 72dpi/ppi. Name the file whatever you wish and hit ok.
C/P paper 7 as a new layer.
Create a new layer. Click on your Gradient Tool. If you don't see it, right click on your Fill Tool (paint bucket) and select the Gradient tool (looks like a shaded rectangle). Load my gradient from the supplies, or use one of your own. (if you are new to PS and would like to learn how to modify gradients, you can look forward to seeing that tut soon). Select the Radial Gradient option in the tool bar.
From the left side of you tag, click and drag your cursor to the right side of your tag. Set the layers blend mode to Overlay in the layers palette.
C/P element 93. Position just left of the center of the canvas. Duplicate and position to the left upper corner and down a bit. Close off all other layers and MV. Set the layer's blend mode to hard light.
C/P element 83. Resize to 65% and position all the way to the left of the canvas.
C/P element 13. Do not resize. Position over the rock and moon element. Set the layer's blend mode to hard light.
C/P element 74. Resize to your liking and position in the upper right. Duplicate and drag this layer to the left. Close all other layers and MV.
C/P element 104. Resize down to your liking and position the dragonfly over your moon on the left hand side of the banner.
C/P element 90. Resize to your liking and place in the lower center of the banner. Duplicate, move it to the right and down a bit. Duplicate, then again move this duplicate to the right and down a bit. Close off all other layers and MV.
C/P element 87 resize to what suits you best. Position to about the bottom center and flip horizontally.
C/P Zombie Pony. Resize down to your liking and position the right of the banner.
Take, one last look at your tag. Add or remove elements as you wish. Now consider your light sources and then add LS/DS to any or all layers.
Click on your very top layer, in your layer palette. C/P a paper of your choice. I chose paper 4. Stretch out the paper so that it fits the entire canvas. Go to Select>All>Select>Modify>Border. Set it to 5px. Select>Inverse. Hit Delete on your keyboard. Add a DS of choice.
Don't forget that you cannot have anything without prominent text on it, so add your name or a phrase.
I have two examples for this. In the second example I used a filter. Red Paw Media – RPM Beautifier. It gave the banner a more muted and blended effect. If you choose to do this, here are the steps. MV the entire banner. Duplicate. On the top layer Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Blur by 2. Lower the opacity of the layer between 60 and 70%
On the bottom layer Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen, Filter>Red Paw Media – RPM Beautifier at default settings.
Add © info.
Save for Web as Jpg. And continue on for the avatar.
Create a new image 180 by 180 px. Transparent background. Name the file whatever you wish and hit ok.
On your banner image.... it doesn't matter where at this point, with your Rectangular Marquee Tool, hold the down your SHIFT key and drag out a square that is 180 x 180 pixels. As you drag you will see your cursors position that will tell you the width and height as you drag. Once you reach 180 x 180 let go of your mouse button, THEN let go of the SHIFT key.
Back to your tools, click on the Edit Mask Mode Button ( Second Button from the bottom ).
All but your square should be red. This is normal. With your Move Tool position the square around the area that you would like your background of your AV to look like.
Click on the Edit Mask Mode button again.
Edit>Copy Merged Select>Deselect
On your AV canvas Edit>Paste.
Create your border the same as you did for your main image.
Add your name and © info as needed.
Save for Web as Jpg, and you are finished!
This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon, on 03/12/2015. 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.
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 :) !!