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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Dark Shadows




In this tutorial I used the art of Psyco Jimi.
Jimi very generously allows his art to be used free of charge,
however you do need a license,
they are available here.
Thank you so much Jimi!

The kit I used is called “Cut Throat” and is by
I love this kit and it’s the second tutorial I have written using it.
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here.

You will also need my fog tube,
I have uploaded it for you here.

Font is “An Unfortunate Event Dewarped”, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating.  This is essential for a good looking tag as otherwise it will be a little blurry.  Check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5.



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

Open SkyScraps_CT_pp1 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 83%.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E32 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, move up and to the left a little and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E40 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%.  Place in position on E32 lining up the bottom left hand part of the cobweb onto the edge of E40 and then carefully erase out the rest of the cobweb that comes outside the element.  Apply the drop shadow to the cobweb.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E51 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, move up and to the right a little and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%.  Line this up on the tombstone like in my screen shot below.  The blood must go over the top of the tombstone and we want it dripping down the side. 




 Click on the tombstone to activate it, go to Selections – Select All - Selections Float_Selections Defloat – Selections Modify - Expand with number of pixels 1 - Selections Invert.  Now go back to the blood and erase the part at the top of the tombstone, you will only be able to erase the part you don’t need as the selection will stop you erasing the part that is on the stone and we don’t want to erase the blood that is dripping down the side of the stone which would happen if we just hit delete.   This is what you should have now.




Open the tube and paste it as a new layer.  Resize it 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open SkyScraps_CT_E49 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 30 degrees to the right,  drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% , mirror and place in position.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E35 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position on the cobweb and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E26, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase the part of the tube that shows at the bottom of this element.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E45 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E31 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E33 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, drag down so its just above the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E20 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_CT_E41 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open my fog tube and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down so its just above the tube and place in position.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy, 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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