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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Steampunk Spring


This tutorial was written by me on March 25, 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 "Black Bodice".  Please do not use this tube without a proper license. 
This beauty is available with any tube order of $9.00 or More.  She is only available until April 3rd at midnight.  You can purchase Barbara's tube here.

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Steampunk Spring" 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 311 from pack 101.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask: 81 by Vivienne's Painbox. 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. 

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 Vivienne's mask into the tag.  Resize 34%. 

Drag paper 25 into the mask.  Click the check mark.

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

Drag element 74 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the top of the mask.

Drag element 79 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the upper right of the mask.

Drag element 177 into the tag. Resize 63% and move to the right of the mask.

Drag element 181 into the tag. Resize 72% and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 106 into the tag. Resize 63% and move to the right of the tree.

Drag element 80 into the tag. Resize 63% and move over the tree.

Drag element 162 into the tag. Resize 37% and move to the right of the door.

Drag element 134 into the tag. Resize 39% and move to the bottom right of the door.

Drag element 178 into the tag. Resize 56% and move to the bottom of the door.

Drag element 20 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the upper left side of the mask.

Drag element 153 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the bottom of the mushroom.

Drag element 170 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the lower left side of the mask.  Duplicate and move to the lower right of the mask.

Drag element 81 into the tag. Resize 20% and move to the bottom left of the mask.

Drag element 105 into the tag. Resize 32% and move to the top left of the heart tree.

Drag element 92 into the tag. Resize 48% and move to the left side of the mask.

Drag element 18 into the tag. Resize 26% and move to the top left of the fountain.

Drag element 14 into the tag. Resize 39% and move to the bottom left of the fountain.

Drag element 132 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the fountain.

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 50% and move to the bottom left of the door.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 151 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 182 into the tag. Resize 42% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 17 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the top right of the stumps.

Drag element 3 into the tag. Resize 32% and move to the bottom left of the yellow flowers.

Drag element 61 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the right of the yellow flowers.

Drag element 192 into the tag. Resize 58% and move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 101 into the tag. Resize 51%, mirror and move to the bottom of the wordart.

Drag element 157 into the tag. Resize 47% and move to the bottom right of the grass spray.

Drag element 21 into the tag. Resize 21% and move to the bottom of the P & R.

Drag element 133 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the fish bowl.

Drag element 77 into the tag. Resize 23% and move to the bottom of the I.

Drag element 27 into the tag. Resize 17% and move to the bottom right between the N & G.

Drag element 41 into the tag. Resize 35% and move to the top right of the I.

Drag element 28 into the tag. Resize 21% and move to the bottom right of the jam.

Drag element 25 into the tag. Resize 20% and move to the bottom right of the honey jar.

Drag element 4 into the tag. Resize 20% and move to the top of the honey comb.

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.  

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from frame layer 25, hold down your shift key and select frame layer 1.  This will select all the layers at once.

Next 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 door layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 40%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it behind the fountain.

Close the original animation and don't save changes.

Standing on Group 1 layer, right click and paste layer style.  (The drop shadow should still be in the memory)

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 Timeline viewer 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 in the Timeline.

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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