Blossom


Supplies:
Scrap kit by Honored Scraps called Beautiful Blossom
Tube by Lorenzo Sperlonga 84-2
Mask of choice.  I have a few on here.
Font is Berson Dream at Creative Fabrica

Please do not use any of the licensed supplies without purchasing them first.


***GASP*** A non-animated tag!!  Look fast, it won’t happen often LOL

First off, unzip all supplies.

Open the mask you would like to use.  You don’t have to use the one I have chosen.

Select > All
Edit > Copy
Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode
Edit > Paste
Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode (uncheck)
Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection
Layer > Layer Mask > Apply
Layer > Matting > Remove Black Matte
Right click the layer thumbnail in the layers pallet
Select Pixels
Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection
Layer > Layer Mask > Apply
Save this as a .psd on your desktop (or wherever you want)

Open a new canvas.  I always use 800×800 pixels.  Be sure your resolution is 72 Pixels/Inch.

I usually add a color fill layer to the tag so it is easily changed should I use it on a different color website.  Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color…
White usually works with most websites.

You can drag and drop items straight from your file browser into the canvas.

Browse to the mask that you just saved in your computer’s file browser.  Drag it onto your tag.

Don’t forget to set the Transformation by double clicking the layer on the canvas, or clicking the checkbox at the top of the window. 

Next, choose the paper you would like to use on your mask.

Drag the paper onto the canvas above the mask.

In your layers pallet, right click on the paper layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Now, time for the elements!

Instead of telling you exactly where to put what and what size to use, I am just going to show you a animated image of what I did.

As you can see, it is pretty random.  I just place the items where I think they might work.

Now, back to the frame element layers.  We need to add a fill to those picture frames.

Highlight the layer UNDER the frame in your layers pallet.  Now drop the paper you would like to use onto the canvas.

Grab your selection wand from the tools pallet.  If you can’t find it, check out the basics page for a better understanding of the tools layout.

The wand options should look like this at the top of your window:

Click on the center portion of the frame.
In the upper menu of Photoshop, click on Selection > Modify > Expand…
Expand your selection by 2px.
Now highlight your paper layer.  Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

Now you have a fill to your frame.

Repeat this for the second frame.

We definitely want to add some shadows to our elements.  Without shadowing, the tag will just look flat. The secret to a good tag, is a good shadow effect.

Right click a layer (topmost works fine) and choose “Blending Options.”
I add a drop shadow and an outer glow.  It enhances the effect a bit.

Now after you have hit OK, right click the layer again and choose “Copy Layer Style.”
Highlight all of your layers (click the top one, then shift + click the bottom one) and right click again.  This time, choose “Paste Layer Style.”

It makes a HUGE difference to add shadows:

Now that we have all of that done, time to add the next details.  Tube and text.  Fun!

Choose where you want your main tube to be placed. 

Now drag and drop your tube onto the canvas. Resize and adjust it to your liking. Always make sure you constrain your proportions while resizing.  Hold the Shift key while you drag the corners.

Add the same drop shadow you did before.  Don’t forget your copyright text!

Highlight the top layer of the layers pallet.

Grab your text tool and add the name you would like.  Position it just where you want it and add a layer style.  This is mine:

Here is what we have so far:

Here comes a difficult part.  We wanna change the color of the tag to match the tube.

First, right click on the tube thumbnail in the layers pallet.  Choose “select pixels.”

We need to remove the flowers from this selection… so right click the thumbnail of the flower that is ABOVE the tube layer.  Choose “subtract transparency mask.”  This will remove the flowers from the selection.

Repeat this for the other flower layers above the tube.

Right click on the thumbnail of the TEXT layer.  Choose “Add transparency mask.”  This will add in the text to the selection.

Now, to the top menu!  

Select > Inverse.
Select > Color Range

DO NOT select the color from the popup window.  If you hover your tag, you will see the dropper tool come up.

Click on a green shade of the tag.  Now, if you look over to the right of your popup window, you will see 3 different dropper icons.  Choose the center one (with the plus sign), and click on some other greens in the tag until you can see that you have selected the majority of the green color of the tag.

This part may take a little bit of practice.  If you mess up, just Select > Deselect, and try again.

Now that your selection is made, Layer > New adjustment layer > Gradient map

You can just click ok on the popup.

Over in the layers pallet, click on the title layer to UNhighlight the mask.  The highlight should have shifted from the mask to the “thumbnail.”

If you are sure that the highlight is on the gradient thumbnail, double click that thumbnail to open up the gradient options.

We need to edit the gradient, so click on that and change let’s change the colors.  Probably better just to show you.

Now you will see that the greens have now turned blue.  But… it isn’t quite right yet.  So let’s fix that.

In the layers pallet, change the blend mode to “color” in the drop down menu.

And… Now our tag matches our tube!  WOOT!
Now just save your tag as a jpg or png file.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! 

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