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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Dark Delights





In this tutorial I used a fabulous new tube by Barbara Jensen.
You need a license to use Barbara’s art.
A license for this tube can be purchased here.

The kit I used is called “Dark Delights” by Crazy Carita.
This is a really beautiful kit and is available exclusively also from

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 133 here.

I used MuRa’s Meister copies.
Although MuRa’s have closed their site, this is a free
plugin and readily available if you do a search
although its not essential if you do not wish to install it. 

Font of choice.

As always, a reminder to sharpen up those elements after resizing. This is essential for a good looking tag.  Check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper 9.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85%.

Open el8 and paste as a new layer.  Apply MuRas Meister copies on the settings shown in my screen shot below, resize 85% and apply the drop shadow.  If you don’t have MuRas copies you can just duplicate the element a few times.





Open el27 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used paper 7. Make a new layer below the frame, paste the paper into the selection. Do not deselect.

Open your tube and make your layer selections, copy merged and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and the frame layers.  Lower the opacity of the tube to around 50.

Open swirly piano keys and  paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Click on the frame to activate it, with your selection tool, draw an oblong selection around the part on the right hand side and delete that part of the frame.  Right click on your canvas and go to “paste as a new layer” and the deleted part will come back. Move this up above the piano keys and join the two parts of the frame back together.




Open el34 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube again as a new layer and bring to the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, drag down below the piano keys, place in position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open el22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open el29 and paste as a new layer, drag up so its just below the main tube layer.  Place in position on the bottom, right hand corner of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open el28 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el12 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el26 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, drag down below el12, place in position, erase the long pieces and apply the drop shadow.

Open el13, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the right.  Duplicate and mirror the duplicate. Place both butterflies into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy click on the piano keys to activate them, open your erasor tool and set the size to 100 and the opacity to 10.   Dab around the bottom part of the piano keys until the hard edge is blended into the mask. 

Crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 any questions, please email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!

 


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