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Friday, February 19, 2021

Belle of the Bayou


This tutorial was written by me on February 19, 2021. 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 layered bonus tube "Fanny".  I'm using both full and close up tube for this tutorial.

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.

Note:  This beautiful bonus tube is available for free with any tube order of $9.00 or more. She is available until Midnight, March 4, 2021. 

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Belle Of The Bayou" created by Doodle by Design.  This kit is available for purchase at here.

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome bonus animation from pack 93.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  Mask 960 created by Rachel Designs. 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.  

Font of choice for your name. I am using a PTU font called Mardi Gras.  You can purchase it 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 Rachel's mask into the tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull on the corners until the mask fills the canvas.  

Drag paper 19 into the mask.  Click the check mark.

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

Drag element 56 into the tag. Resize 80% and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 118 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the top right of the mask over element 56.

Drag frame 4 into the tag. Resize 34% and move to the upper right of the mask.

Drag frame 5 into the tag. Resize 32% and move it over the center of frame 4.

Holding down the Ctrl key, select frame 4 layer.  Both layers should be highlighted in the layer pallet.  Now right click and merge layers.

Select the layer under the frame.  Drag paper 14 into the tag.  Resize 51% and move to the center of the frame.

Select the frame layer.  Select the magic wand and click in the center of the frame.  Go to Select>Modify>expand by 3.

Select the paper layer.  Go to Layers>Layer Mask>Reveal selection.

Select the layers you would like to use on the close up 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. 
Move her into a spot you like best inside the frame.  Once happy with placement, hold down the Alt key and click on the mask thumbnail on the paper layer. Still holding down the Alt key,
Drag the mask onto the close up tube layer and let go of the Alt key.  You should now have two mask thumbnails.  One on the paper layer and one on the tube layer.
Change the blend mode of the tube to Luminosity and lower the opacity to 80%.

Select the layer under the paper layer of the frame.  We are going to work under the frame and paper layer.

Drag element 116 into the tag.  Click the checkmark and move to the upper left corner of the mask.

Drag element 127 into the tag.  Resize 80% and move to the lower left of element 116.

Drag element 128 into the tag.  Resize 70% and move to the lower left of element 127.

Drag element 72 into the tag.  Resize 35% and move to the upper left of the frame.  Now duplicate this layer three more times for a total of four.  Move to the upper right, lower right and lower left of the frame.

Select copy 3 of element 72 layer.  

Drag element 95 into the tag.  Resize 30% and move to the upper left of the frame.  Now duplicate this layer five more times for a total of six.  Move to the top center upper right, lower right and lower left of the frame.

Drag element 73 into the tag.  Resize 30% and move to the upper left of the frame just right of element 72.  Now duplicate this layer three more times for a total of four.  Move into the empty spaces between element 72.

Drag frame 1 into the tag.  Resize 115% and move over the flowers so it is center of the top frame.

Select the top frame layer.

Drag element 52 into the tag.  Resize 46% and move to the bottom right of the frame.

Drag element 32 into the tag.  Resize 65% and move to the bottom right of the frame.

Drag element 65 into the tag.  Resize 67% and move to the bottom of the frame.

Drag element 90 into the tag.  Resize 50%, rotate -90 degrees and move to the bottom of the frame over the beads.

Drag element 85 into the tag.  Resize 58% and move to the bottom of the frame.

Drag element 33 into the tag.  Resize 90% and move to the left side of the frame.

Drag element 38 into the tag.  Resize 35% and move to the upper right of element 85.

Drag element 3 into the tag.  Resize 38% and move to the left side of element 38.

Drag element 9 into the tag.  Resize 28% and move to the bottom of element 3.

Drag element 17 into the tag.  Resize 18% and move to the lower left corner of element 38.

Drag element 2 into the tag.  Resize 20% and move to the lower left corner of element 9.

Drag element 84 into the tag.  Resize 44% and move to the bottom right of element 85.  Duplicate, mirror and move to the bottom of the balloons.

Drag element 23 into the tag.  Resize 19% and move to the lower right of element 85.

Drag element 31 into the tag.  Resize 35% and move to the left of element 23.

Drag Wordart into the tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom of element 31.

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 75%, mirror and move to the left of the frame.  See mine for placement.

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

Drag element 22 into the tag. Resize 9% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 109 into the tag. Resize 17% and move to the bottom left of the pillow.

Drag element 86 into the tag. Resize 12% and move to the bottom right of the leaves.

Drag element 115 into the tag. Resize 27% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 16 into the tag. Resize 17% and move to the bottom left of the leaves.

Drag element 49 into the tag. Resize 17% and move to the left of the leaves.

Drag element 35 into the tag. Resize 75% and move to the bottom left of the leaves.

Drag element 20 into the tag. Resize 49%, mirror and move to the bottom of the bottle.  

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 layer just under the paper layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    

Select the frame layer, 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.

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 25, hold down your control key and select each odd layer so the next one will be 23 then 21 etc.  
Once all the odd layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  

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 paper layer clipped to the mask.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 60%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it under the frame clusters.

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 Timeline viewer is open on the bottom of PS.  I you do not see a row that has Timeline on the bottom, go to Windows, Timeline.

Next is animating.

Click on the little icon (four lines) at the right end of the animation screen then 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 14 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 13 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.  I
t'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 13.  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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