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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Garden Escape


This tutorial was written by me on May 23, 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 new layered tube "Spring Chicken" from package 126.  Please do not use this tube without a proper license.

You can purchase this beauty at Barbara's store here.

 PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Garden Escape" 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 23 from pack 7.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

 Mask: 91 by Vivienne’s Paintbox. 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 methods described above 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 us 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 91 into the tag.  Resize 39.01 and move to the center of the canvas.

 Drag paper 25 into the tag.  Click the check mark and move over the mask.

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

Drag paper 26 into the tag.  Resize 69.18% and move to the lower left side of the mask.  Right click and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 75 into the tag. Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the mask.  Right click and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 140 into the tag. Resize 44.88% and move into place.

Drag element 142 into the tag. Click the check mark and move into place.

Drag element 120 into the tag. Resize 57.04% and move into place.

Drag element 123 into the tag. Resize 67.23% and move into place.

Drag element 67 into the tag. Resize 56.95% and move into place.

Drag element 129 into the tag. Resize 35.33% and move into place.

Drag frame 7 into the tag. Resize 71.36% and move into place.

Select the layer under the frame.

Drag paper 6 into the tag. Resize 66% and move under the frame.

Select the frame layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside each opening of the frame. (hold down the Shift key and click in each opening).

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

Drag element 103 into the tag. Resize 35.93% and move into place.

Drag element 85 into the tag. Resize 29.91% and move into place.

Drag element 135 into the tag. Resize 56.84% and move into place.

Drag element 127 into the tag. Resize 71.16% and move into place.

Drag element 69 into the tag. Resize 50.77% and move into place.

Drag element 1 into the tag. Resize 26.02% and move into place.

Drag element 112 into the tag. Resize 37.26% and move into place.

Drag element 114 into the tag. Click the check mark and move into place.

Drag element 94 into the tag. Resize 39.46% and move into place.

Drag element 75 into the tag. Resize 68.84% and move into place.

Drag element 61 into the tag. Resize 67.89% and move into place.

Drag element 74 into the tag. Resize 56.44% and move into place.

Drag element 40 into the tag. Resize 30% and move into place.

Drag element 36 into the tag. Resize 27.42% and move into place.

Drag element 10 into the tag. Click the check mark and move into place.

Drag element 8 into the tag. Resize 22.40% and move into place.

Drag element 23 into the tag. Resize 27.27% and move into place.

Drag element 5 into the tag. Resize 19.03% and move into place.

 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 60% and move to the bottom of the tag.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 77 into the tag. Resize 38.04% and move into place.

Drag element 76 into the tag. Resize 42.28% and move into place.

Drag element 31 into the tag. Resize 35.57% and move into place.

Drag element 25 into the tag. Resize 18.48% and move into place.

Drag element 122 into the tag. Resize 23.48%, mirror and move into place.

Drag element 44 into the tag. Resize 24.62% and move into place.

Drag element 26 into the tag. Resize 32.67% and move into place.

Drag element 73 into the tag. Resize 23.17% and move into place.

Drag element 2 into the tag. Resize 21.97% and move into place.

 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. 

 Oh, almost forgot we need to drop shadow all 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 and select the layer under the paper layer of the frame.  Right click and paste layer style.   

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

 Add your copyright and name.

 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 :)

 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. 

Select the paper layer under the frame.  We want to create a selection around the water.  Select the Magnetic Lasso tool with the following settings:

Make a selection around the water of the paper layer and the lower water of the clipped paper.  See my screen shot below.

Once you have the selection complete, add a new raster layer.  Standing on the new layer, go to Layers>Layer Mask>Reveal selection.  We will use this mask for our animation.

 Open Kiya Designs psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 31 layers in this animation, and it does not have the group layer. 

 We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 31, hold down your shift key and select layer 1.  This will select all the layers at once. 

 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 paper layer under the frame.

 Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  CTRL + T and resize 50%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it over the water.   

Close the original animation and do not save changes.

Here is where we are going to use that mask layer.  Standing on group 1, hold down the ALT key and click on the mask thumbnail that we created.  Still holding down the ALT key, drag the mask onto group 1.  We now have the mask on the animation.  You can delete the new layer with the mask as we no longer need it.

  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.

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

 In the center of the Timeline viewer, you will see a drop-down box.  On the drop down select Create Frame Animations.

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 32 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 31 frames in the animation window.  This is the number of frames for our animation.

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

 Go to the bottom of your tag in the layer’s 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 is 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 31.  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 do not 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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