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Friday, 17 October 2014

Corvid





In this tutorial I used one of my favourite tubes (161-3) by
You need a license to use Jennifer’s art, available at

The kit, which was inspired by another of Jennifer’s tubes (21-2), is by Angela at
and can also be purchased at

I used two masks in my tag, half tone mask 5 by
and mask 1 from
 Dees’Sign Depot.
This mask is no longer available at Dee’s site
so I have uploaded it for you
here.





Unless otherwise stated, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 55%, duplicate, merge the top copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2 as a new layer, resize 50% and move into position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper. 

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 65% and mirrored it.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 60 degrees to the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position both elements along the bottom of the frame erasing the long stalk at the end, then apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 7 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, resize 27%, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 40%, mirror and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 50% and drag it down to just above the two copies of element9 and position on the left, duplicate and move the duplicate over to the right, erase the parts that overlap hiding the join below the cluster of elements and apply the drop shadow to each.

Pate element 11 as a new layer, resize 35%, drag down to just above the leaf, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Click on your white background layer to activate it, paste paper 2 into the selection and apply mask 1, deselect, resize 85% and place in position.  I re-coloured this mask dark red, then set my Change to Target brush to the orange colour picked from the clock, size set to 100 and opacity to 70 and drew a squiggle across the mask to put a little of the terracotta colour in.  There is information on this tool on my Tips and Tricks page if you are not familiar with it.  Put this canvas aside for the moment.

Open a new canvas 650 by 800 pixels, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection and apply the half tone mask, Copy and paste on your original canvas just above the white background layer, resize 85%, place in position and apply a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 1, opacity 95, blur 3.

Check your layers once more and when you are happy, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.

















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