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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Witches' Brew




Witches' Brew


In this tutorial I am using the art of Alicia Mujica.
You require a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.
Please note that you need to request a special license for Alicia’s art.

I am using a really lovely scrap kit called “Witches Brew” by
This is a beautiful kit and there are many more 
elements than I have used.
 You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Gems’ mask 180, here.
  I used the font AL Boogie Woogie.
This is a free font and you can get it here.

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Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

I used the same drop shadow throughout, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas, 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_witches-brew_pp2.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply your mask. Resize 90%.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_fence2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_pentagram2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, position the pentagram on the fence and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_branch3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position along the bottom of the fence and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_frame 4, don’t paste on your canvas yet. Resize 25%. Copy your tube again and paste as a new layer. Resize it very tiny so its small enough to fit in the frame and then drag it below the frame layer, erase any of the tube that is outside the frame and apply the drop shadow to the frame. Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_bow3, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 17%, place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow. Merge these layers together, copy and paste on your canvas and place in position on the fence.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_tree2 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 70% and move a little up and to the left, apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your elements so far. Erase any part of the tree trunk that shows at the bottom of your tube.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_cauldron and paste as a new layer. Drag down below your tube layer,  resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_spell books and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_spider and paste as a new layer. Resize also 25%, place in position on the books and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_potion9 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_flower2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_smoke2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and duplicate, position either side of the tube.

Open sb_pmt_witches-brew_potion10 and paste a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have questions, feel free to email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in my gallery!









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