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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Galaxy Gardens


This tutorial was written by me on January 24, 2020. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PS.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using Adobe Photoshop 2021 but this tutorial should work with any version.

You can download the 7 day trial of PS here.

PTU Tube:  I am using Barbara Jensen's beautiful tube "Dragonfly" from her new package 122.  Please do not use this tube without a proper license. I am using the layered tube for this tutorial.  You can purchase Barbara Jensen's tube at Barbara's store here

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Galaxy Gardens" created by Pink Paradox Productions.  This kit is available for purchase at Barbara's store here.

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome animation 253 from pack 83.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  294 by Mizteeques. Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here. I am using the png version for this tutorial.  

Please see Rene's Animation How-to for PS here.  

For the name animation I used the instructions for the bow from Rene's tut here.

Font of choice for your name. I used Berson Dream which can be purchased here.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

Please read all the Artist's/Designer's TOU.

To open an image, I click on the element or paper in the file folder and drag it into PS.

To transfer an element or paper in PS to my tag, I left click and drag it into my working canvas.  
The other way is to left click and drag the element from the folder right onto your tag. 

Either way you will get the same results :).  I will be using the both method for this tutorial.

For resizing and rotating I use the Ctrl+T command.

To mirror or Flip go to Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal (mirror) or Flip vertical (Flip).

Remember to save your tag often in case PS crashes.  I always save my tags as a psd image.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

Let's get started.

Open a new 800x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Go to layers, New fill layer, solid color.  When the pop up window appears type in FFFFFF and click ok.

Drag Mizteeques mask into the tag.  Click the check mark.  

Drag paper 20 into the mask.  Holding down the shift key, pull the top and bottom corners until the paper fits the canvas. Click the check mark.

Standing on the paper layer, right click the layer and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 85 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 242 into the tag.  Click the check mark, mirror and move over the moon.

Drag element 110 into the tag. Resize 18% and move to the bottom right the moon.

Drag element 236 into the tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the house.

Drag element 113 into the tag. Resize 80% and move to the bottom of the galaxy and cloud.

Drag element 102 into the tag. Resize 25% and move to the left of the moon.

Drag element 2 into the tag. Resize 50% and move to the right of the grass.

Drag element 216 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the mountain.

Drag element 218 into the tag. Hold down the shift key and pull on the corners until you find a size you like.  Mine is approx 222% and move over the tree.

Drag element 100 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the bottom right of the grass. Duplicate this layer.  Holding down the Ctrl key select the bottom water layer.
Right click and merge layers. Repeat this one more time.

Drag element 91 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the top of the water.

Drag element 88 into the tag. Resize 50% and move to the left of the trees.

Drag element 103 into the tag. Resize 18% and move to the bottom left of the water.

Drag element 206 into the tag. Resize 64% and move to the bottom left of the trees.

Drag element 166 into the tag. Resize 56% and move to the bottom left of the trees.

Drag element 155 into the tag. Hold down the shift key and pull on the corners until you find a size you like.  Mine is approx 158% and move to the bottom of element 166.

Drag element 205 into the tag. Resize 52% and move to the bottom left of the trees.

Drag element 217 into the tag. Resize 23% and move to the bottom of the tree so it covers the trunk.

Drag element 173 into the tag. Resize 57% and move to the left of the trees trunk.

Drag element 98 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the bottom left of the trees trunk.

Drag element 50 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the fountain.

Drag element 243 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the right side of the lower grass.

Select the layers you would like to use on your tube by clicking on the eyeball to make the layers visible.  
Click on the eyeball of a visible layer to hide it.  Holding down the Ctrl key, Select each visible layer. 
Once all layers are selected hit Ctrl+G on your keyboard to group the layer.  Select your move tool and select group 1.  
Drag this into your tag.  You can close the original and do not save the changes.  
Standing on group 1 in the layer pallet, right click and convert to smart object.  Your group layers are now one single layer.  
Hit Ctrl+T on the keyboard and click on the link between the H & W.  Resize 70% and move to the bottom right of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 161 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 167 into the tag. Resize 85% and move to the left of the lilac.

Drag element 149 into the tag. Resize 29% and move to the bottom of the watering can.

Drag element 182 into the tag. Resize 38% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 35 into the tag. Resize 49% and move to the bottom left of the can.

Drag element 61 into the tag. Resize 35% and move to the bottom left of the lilac.

Drag element 23 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the top of the lantern.

Drag element 80 into the tag. Resize 17% and move to the bottom right of the mask.

Drag element 196 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the bottom of the jar and lantern.

Drag element 22 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the bottom left so it is slightly sitting on element 80.

Drag element 21 into the tag. Resize 45% and move to the bottom of the leaves.

Add any other elements you like and make any adjustments to the layers.

Crop away any extra space.  

Image, Image Size and resize 650 on the longest side.  See my settings below.

Oh almost forgot we need to drop shadow all of our elements.

Select the element on the bottom of your tag in the layer pallet and double click it.

A layer style window will pop up.  Click on Drop shadow. and use the following settings.


Now right click on the layer you just applied the drop shadow.  Click copy layer style.

Now click on the layer above and hold down the shift key, click on the top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    Drop shadow complete :)

Add your copyright and name.

Select the tube layer.  Right click and duplicate.  On the duplicate, right click and clear layer style.  Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian blur set to 3 and click ok.  Lower the opacity to 80%.

If you do not want to animate.  Hide the white background layer Save your tag and export as png.

Might want to grab a coffee :)

Open Kiya Designs psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 25 layers in this animation and it does not have the group layer.  That is ok as we are going to learn how to do this so it matches the animation layers of the tube.

Starting from layer 16, hold down your shift key and select layer 1.  This will select all the layers.

Next we need to group these layers.  Go to Layers, Group layers or Ctrl+G on the keyboard.  You will see group 1 folder at the top. Make sure Group 1 is selected.

Select the layer you would like the animation to be placed.  I selected the top tube layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 20%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it to the bottom right of the tube.

Close the original animation and don't save changes.

Click on the little white arrow beside Group 1 to expand it.  Click on the eyeball of each layer to hide it but leave frame layer 1 visible.  Click on the arrow beside group one to hide it as we do not want to accidentally make any changes.

Next make sure your animation viewer is open on the bottom of PS.  I you do not see a row that has Animation (Frames) on the bottom, go to Windows, Timelines.

Next is animating.

Click on the drop down and select create frame animation.

Click on the little icon at the right end of the animation screen then select make frames from layers.

When the pop up shows select  Make Frames from Layers

You are going to see a big mess in the animation window but we are going to fix this.

Click on the first frame and click on the trash can in the animation window.  Repeat this until you reach the first frame of the animation.  

Now you should be at the first frame of the animation.  Click on frame 26 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 25 frames in the animation window.  This is the amount of frames for our animation.

This next step is very important.  Any changes you do from here you must be on frame 1 in the animation window. It will be highlighted in blue.

Go to the bottom of your tag in the layers pallet.  Make sure you have animation frame 1 selected.

Click on the eyeball beside each layer to make it visible.  For the white base layer you may have to click on it a couple of times to make it visible in all the animation frames.  It's a Photoshop thing.  Do not touch the group layer.

Next, I want to slow down the animation.  With the first frame selected in the animation window, hold down the shift key and click on frame 25.  This will select all the frames.

Next, click on the little black arrow beside the 0 sec as we want to change the speed.  A pop up window will appear.  


I selected 0.2 Sec.  Now click on the play button to view the animation.  Click on it again to stop it.

Click frame 1 again so we don't accidentally make any changes.

Now to save our tag as a gif.

Go to File, Export, save for web (legacy).

A new pop up window will appear.  Change the settings to my screen shot below.  Click on the image to enlarge it if needed.  Click save.  My screen shot will look different but the settings are the same for animating.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.
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