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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

**CT tags - Verymany & Tiny Turtle Designs**

Hi everyone! It's been a while...
But I have two new CT tags to show off.
In both I'm using lovely tube 'Tiffany' by Verymany
that you can find at VMT store. Tube is multilayered.
I match this beauty with kit 'Magical Spring' by
Tiny Turtle Designs that you can fin on
sale for only 0.99$ at her store - HERE.
This kit comes with 152 elements and 27 papers.
Lovely kit with a lot of flowers.

Kit Preview:


-xoxo al3x-
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monte Moore - Mermaids Cove

New CT tag show off using new PTU scrap kit from Dees'Sign Depot called 'Mermaids Cove'.
Gorgeous undersea kit with a lot beautiful elements and papers.
Kit can be purchased HERE. The kit comes with 82 Elements, 19 Papers, 7 Frames and 1 Mask.
As well I paired this gorgeous kit with gorgeous Mermaid tube by Monte Moore
which can be purchased in the CDO store. 
Kit preview:
Thank you for stopping by, have a nice day/night everyone.
Hugs...




**CT DEES'SIGN DEPOT - Mermaids Cove**

Hi all :) I have new CT tag to show off.
Made a FB timeline set with stunning new PTU kit
'Mermaids Cove' by Dees'Sign Depot that's
currently on sale with 30% off - HERE.



In this kit you can find 82 elements, 7 frames,
1 mask and 19 papers. Will fit perfectly
for any kid of under the sea tag.
Tube used by Rzhevskii at PFD store.

Kit Preview:


-xoxo al3x-
Saturday, July 19, 2014

PTU Tutorial RELAX

This tutorial was written by me on July 19, 2014 using Photoshop CS6 but any version will work.
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is pure coincidence.

SUPPLIES:
I used the artwork of Verymany. Tube can be purchased HERE.
You must purchase a license to be able to use their tubes.
I used PTU kit Thistle N Chiffon from Dees'Sign Depot. You can buy it HERE.
I used Mask from Fran. Masques 2/Masks 2 which can be downloaded HERE.
Fonts - I used Qwigley FTU and BOSSHOLE FTU font.

Open the tube file. Close all layers except original tube layer, top_2 and stockings_2.
Both of the clothes should be in blue color.  
Select top_2 layer, go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION
Apply setting as shown below on the image:
Do the same with stockings_2 layer. Now you should have nice purple color.
Marge all layers. Open new canvas : 700x700 px size.
Move tube on the empty canvas. Make sure your tube layer is selected,  hold CTRT + T.
At the top you will see new tab, underneath Options tab. 
At the moment setting are as follows W: 100% and H: 100% 
Change them to W: 40% and H: 40%. Press ENTER.
Place tube in the middle, as you can see on the tag. 

Create new layer. Move layer underneath tube layer.
Now we are going to draw shadow. It is really easy.
Use any brush you like, I prefer Hard Round type of a brush which I used for drawing shadows.
Make sure selected color is grey, I used #302c2c.
Draw bold lines like shown on the image below:
* When I say bold, make it bold, don't follow line of the tube, cross it.
Once you apply GAUSSIAN BLUR you will end up having white spots and we don't want that,
so make sure you have everything covered.
After you draw lines underneath your tube, go to FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR
Apply GAUSSIAN BLUR 4 or 5 times. Apply same effect till you dont get desired effect.
Your shadow should look like this: 
If you get messy look, click on Eraser Tool, select Soft Round brush and remove messy edges.
That is all. 

Open kit folder. Take Element_26 from the kit, place it on the middle behind the tube.
Hold CTRL + T and resize it for W: 80% and H: 80%. Press ENTER.
Apply DROP SHADOW like this:
I used Element_64 and Element_73 on left and right side in front of RELAX wordart.
I added Element_2 - bow on letter A. As well Element_71 - bird on wordart.
Add Element_6c, Element_5  andd Element_88 in front.
Add grass, Element_73 under the tube.
I applied shadow on each element as I did on RELAX wordart. 
As well I used Sharpen effect on every element.
*Use my tag as guidance.

Open mask folder. Place FRg_Masques 2_M3 mask at the bottom of the layer palette.
Select Magic Wand Tool, select black rectangle on the mask with Wand Tool.
Like this: 
Move mouse over selected area RIGHT CLICK > LAYER VIA COPY 
Now there is new layer, take a close up tube and move it over new layer.
Make sure ''close-up'' layer is selected RIGHT CLICK > CREATE CLIPPING MASK
Click on IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION - HUE: 0, SATURATION -100, LIGHTNESS - 0
Click on close up tube layer RIGHT CLICK > DUPLICATE LAYER
Set ''close-up copy'' layer on BLENDING MODE - OVERLAY; go to FILTER > BLUR > LENS BLUR

Now select again FRg_Masques 2_M3 mask layer. Select area around black rectangles with Magic Wand Tool. Press SHIFT while selecting. You will notice that you cannot select  whole area around rectangleas 
at once, that's why you have to hold SHIFT. SHIFT allows you to select multiple areas as one. 
DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT SELECTION EITHER, AS YOU CAN SEE I LEFT ON PURPOSE SOME GRAY SPOTS. THEY FIT GREY CLOSE UP TUBE WELL.
You selection should look like this: 
Move mouse over selected area RIGHT CLICK > LAYER VIA COPY, same as we did first time. 
Take Paper_7 from the kit and place it above new layer, resize it if needed.
RIGHT CLICK on Paper_7 layer > CREATE CLIPPING MASK. 
Now you should have beautiful lila backgroud.

Marge all layers, except background layer RIGHT CLICK > DUPLICATE.
Apply BLEND MODE ON DUPLICATED LAYER on SOFT LIGHT. 
Go to FILTER > BLUR > LENS BLUR. 

Add  text : Keep calm and smile. I used Qwigley FTU font in color #4b2082
STROKE > SIZE 1 in color white and OUTER GLOW > SIZE 13 color white.

Add your name, I used BOSSHOLE FTU font,  white color, STROKE in #be58dc - 1 px size,
OUTER GLOW > SIZE 16, COLOR #b877e1, BLEND MODE > NORMAL 
FONT SIZE : 30

Add your copyright information and that is it! I hope you enjoyed and found this tutorial useful.

Hugs.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strawberry PTU tutorial

This tutorial was written by me on July 18, 2014 using Photoshop CS6 but any version will work.
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is pure coincidence.

SUPPLIES:
I used the artwork of Verymany. Tube can be purchased HERE.
You must purchase a license to be able to use their tubes.
I used PTU kit Strawberries from Tiny Turtle Designs. You can buy it HERE.
Template - I used Pooker's template EI#209 - download it HERE
I used Mask from Fran. Masques 2/Masks 2 which can be downloaded HERE.
Fonts - I used SNF Ambrosia PTU, Will&Grace FTU and Singerica Fat FTU font.

Wordart; right click on it and save as:
*Personal use only, can be used for writing tutorials or creating any other tag, 
if you use this wordart freebie in your tutorial, link back to my blog. Thank you*
Open template. Remove first layer - Info.
Go to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE > WIDTH/HEIGHT : 600.

Now lets fill out template with papers from the kit. 
I used - Paper 17; I filled out all brown parts with this paper
Paper 22, I filled out all cream parts with this paper
Paper 16, I filled out all green parts with this paper
Paper 10, I filled out all blue parts with this paper

I applied on EACH rectangle WHITE STROKE > SIZE 3, 
DROP SHADOW > DISTANCE - 0 , SPREAD - 0, SIZE - 10.
I recolored Arrows in RED COLOR #c00f13, I took red color from the Paper 17.

Open the tube. Close all layers except original tube and ''dress_3'' layer.
Select ''dress_3''layer, IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION - HUE: +15, SATURATION +52, LIGHTNESS - -9
Click OK.
Again click on IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > LEVELS > INPUT LEVELS > 0 - 0,31 - 255. OK
Final step IMAGE > AUTO TONE for more realistic look. 
Marge all layers. Paste tube on already filled template. 
Make sure your tube layer is selected,  hold CTRT + T.
At the top you will see new tab, underneath Options tab. 
At the moment setting are as follows W: 100% and H: 100% 
Change them to W: 45% and H: 45%. Press ENTER.
Place tube in the middle, as you can see on the tag above. 

DUPLICATE tube, move it underneath original tube layer. 
Recolor layet into dark grey color #2d2828. OK. Make sure that layer is selected.
Click on EDIT > TRANSFORM > DISORT > make settings as follows
X:280,00 PX, Y:312,50 PX, W:109,39%, H 100,26, ANGLE -5,39°, H:+9,25
Press ENTER. Now clik on FILTER > BLUR > LENS BLUR > OK
Hold CTRL +F to repeat same effect. It should be applied 2 times.
Now move your mouse over layer pallete and clik on OPACITY - 80%.
That's it.

Now let's add some elements from the kit. 
I applied  on each elements DROP SHADOW as follows:
BLEND MODE > MULTIPLY
OPACITY > 50%
ANGLE > -40
DISTANCE > 5
SPREAD > 0
SIZE > 9

Use my tag as guidance when adding elements.
After you placed all elements over the template, add  wordart on the very top of the layer palette.
In case if you wanna know - I used SNF Ambrosia PTU and Will&Grace FTU font.

Add your name, I used Singerica Fat FTU font,  color red, white stroke 1 px size,
OUTER GLOW > SIZE 5, COLOR WHITE 
DROP SHADOW > DISTANCE: 5, SPREAD: 0, SIZE: 9
FONT SIZE : 40

Add mask. I used FRg_Masques 2_M4 AND FRg_Masques 2_M5. 
First I added FRg_Masques 2_M5 on right top and left bottom corner as base. I used Paper 35.
Marged it all together. Then I added FRg_Masques 2_M4 mask random over the first mask, 
I used same paper. Merged both masks together. Added Paper 16 to the mask to make it lighter.
Used Eraser tool and deleted with it some random parts to get kind of a gradient effect.

Marge all layers, except your name, RIGHT CLICK > DUPLICATE.
Apply BLEND MODE ON DUPLICATED LAYER on SOFT LIGHT. 
Go to FILTER > BLUR > LENS BLUR. 

Add your copyright information and that is it! I hope you enjoyed and found this tutorial useful.

Hugs.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

**CT PTU TUTORIAL - Essence of Beauty**

*This tutorial is written by me using Photoshop CS6 but any version will work.
Any similarity to any other tut is coincidental.*


Supplies:
Tube of choice. I'm using the artwork of Verymany.
You must purchase a license to be able to use their work.
You may do that at VMT store.
Kit of choice. I'm using PTU kit 'Eastern Promise'
by Kissing Kate. You can find it HERE.
Mask of choice - WSL_Mask286
Font of choice - Falling In Love


Let's get started...
Open new canvas 600x600.
From the kit past Frame 2 and place it at the center, with Drop Shadow -
Opacity 35%, Angle -160, Distance 5 and Size 5. Click on the background
layer and past Paper 1, resize it to be smaller and remove the paper
extras. On it add close up tube and Create Clipping Mask. Set tube
Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add). Click on the frame layer then. On it
place Frame 1, rotate a little and shadow. Now go under that layer and click
on the Frame 2 layer. Past Element 19, rotate and place at the top right,
shadow. Make a copy of it, rotate and place at the bottom right. Now go
up to the layer Frame 1 and click on it. Inside of the frames add Element 9,
rotate and shadow. At the frame bottom, lil right from the center, place
Element 18. At the frame right side past Element 37, shadow. At the same
side, but more to the top place Element 5, shadow. On it add Elements 8,
35 and 64 with shadow on all. Now at the left frame side, lil more to the
bottom, past Element 51 with shadow. On it add Elements 51, 28, 19(x2), 62,
9(x2) and 8 with shadow on all. At the bottom of those place Element 2,
shadow. At the end add Element 16 at the top side, lil more to the right
from center. Now we'll recolor tube.
Tube recolor:
Open tube file and turn off all the layers but the main one 'girl'. Make
a copy of it and Add layer mask on the copy. Turf off the original tube
layer and click on the layer mask. Select Eraser Tool and from the tube
remove everything but the necklace and two bracelets. Use color white
to erase or color black to undo it. when u finish with that add Color
Overlay - Brend Mode on Color and color brown (#553513) and turn back
on original tube layer. Turn on layer 'dress_1' and add Color Overlay with
color #007649 and Blend Mode set on Color. Turn on layer 'dress_2' and
make a copy of it. Move copy layer above layer 'dress_3' and turn it off.
For the original dress_2 layer add Color Overlay with color #1a8356 and
Blend Mode set on Color. For that layer set general Blend Mode on Multiply.
Turn on layer 'dress_3' and Color Overlay with color #83266c and Blend Mode
on Color. Add Layer Mask on that layer and click on the mask. Click on the
Gradient Tool now. It should be set the same as mine on the photo below.
Now when u set it that way make a horizontal line from the tube back till
the bottom or how every you want, try few different directions to see what
you like. You'll get that blend mode of colors. At the end turn on copy
of the layers 'dress_2' and add Color Overlay with color #711a8c and Blend
Mode on Color. Also for that layer set general Blend Mode to Multiply
and Create Clipping Mask. Select all layers that are turn on and group
them or Convert to Smart Object.
We'r done with recoloring and now we can add tube to our tag canvas.
Just move it there and place at the left side, resize. Make a copy
of it. For the original tube layer add Filter: Paint Daubs - Brush Size 1,
Sharpness 1 and Brush Type on Simple. Add Drop Shadow with Opacity on
55%. For the copy tube layer add Filter: Gaussian Blur 5,0 pix and
set Blend Mode to overlay with Opacity on 30%. Then go to the background
layer. Create new layer and use soft brush to create shadow under
the tube and elements at the bottom, color black.


Now let's add mask:
Open your mask as new image.
Mask layer will be called 'Background' and will be locked. 
Double click on same layer, press OK. Layer name will be 'Layer 0'.
Add a new layer above it and flood fill with color of choice,
or use a paper from kit. I use Paper 3.
Click on mask layer and hold CTRL+A to Select All, CTRL+C to Copy.
Click on the paper layer, hit Q to turn on Quick Mask mode. 
CTRL+V to paste the mask. It should now be kinda red.
Hit Q to turn off Quick Mask mode
and there should be shown selection on your canvas. 
Hit the Add Layer Mask.
On paper layer, right click and Convert to Smart Object.
Right click again and Rasterize Layer.
Drag completed mask to your tag canvas as the bottom layer.
Resize it if needed.

Add proper copyright and your name on tag.

Hide or delete bottom 'Background' layer. And save your tag as .PNG file.
That's it! Thank you for reading. I would love to see any tags made with this tutorial. You can past the link here as comment or send them to me on al3x_v@ymail.com
Friday, July 11, 2014

**Cluster Frame - Tropical Summer**

Guess what?! It's freebie time!!!!
I made new cluster for you with lovely PTU kit
'Tropical Summer' by Tiny Turtle Designs.
Find it HERE on sale for only 0.99$


**Please do not share file or download link.
Link it back to my blog.
Do not add elements from other kits
or claim it as your own.
Thank you**

Tube used is from Alex P from PFD store.
Hope you like this frame and will enjoy it.

-xoxo al3x-
Thursday, July 10, 2014

**CT PTU TUTORIAL - Rock Princess**

*This tutorial is written by me using Photoshop CS6 but any version will work.
Any similarity to any other tut is coincidental.*


Supplies:
Tube of choice. I'm using the artwork of Verymany.
You must purchase a license to be able to use their work.
You may do that at VMT store.
Kit of choice. I'm using PTU kit 'Rock Princess'
by Dees'Sign Depot. You can find it HERE.
Mask of choice - DD_PatrioticMask_1
Font of choice - Satisfaction


Let's get started...
Open new canvas 600x600.
From the kit past Frame_5, resize a little and place in the center.
Drop Shadow - Opacity 35%, Angle 120, Distance 5 and Size 5. Now click
on the background layer. Past Element_15, resize and place right behind
frame. Make a copy of it, Flip horizontal and add shadow on both. At the
top left corner add Element_25 and on it Frame_3b with shadow on the 2nd
one. Past another copy of Element_25 at the right side, little more to
bottom. Then place Gradient at the frame empty space, use Eraser Tool
to remove extras. On the left side of gradient place close-up tube,
resize it a bit and Clipping Mask. Make a copy of the tube. For the
original tube set Blend Mode to Luminosity and for the tube copy aply
filter Gaussian Blur 7,0 pix and set Blend Mode to Linear Dodge. Now
click on the 1st layer - frame 5. From the kit past Element_14, resize
and place at the top right corner, shadow. On it add Element_46, shadow.
Inside the frame, at the bottom right place Element_25b and on it Frame_3a
with shadow on the 2nd one. Left from it add Element_10. On it past
Element_14, shadow. At the frame top place Element_51b and right from it
add Element_35, with shadow on both. Now place full size tube at the
frame right side with shadow on 55%. Then add Princess_2 and the canvas
bottom and above it, smaller Rock_2. On it add Element_55, Element_16
and Element_54 with shadow on first two. Now go down and click on the tube
layer. We'll cover all behind the WA. First past Element_53 on the tube
with shadow. At the bottom left add Element_1 and above it Element_48,
shadow on both. At the bottom right past another copy of Element_48 and
on it Element_1, shadow. Behind N and C place Element_9b, shadow. On the
left side, next to the element48 add Element_30. Make a copy of it and
place on the tube right side. On the left from white rose place Element_2b
and under it Element_38, shadow on both. Between those two place Element_16.
Behind S and S place Element_34 and right from it Element_2b, shadow.
At the bottom center add Element_5 and on it Element_36, shadow on both. And
again behind S and S past Element_11, resize and no shadow.


Now let's add mask:
Open your mask as new image.
Mask layer will be called 'Background' and will be locked. 
Double click on same layer, press OK. Layer name will be 'Layer 0'.
Add a new layer above it and flood fill with color of choice,
or use a paper from kit. I use Paper_1.
Click on mask layer and hold CTRL+A to Select All, CTRL+C to Copy.
Click on the paper layer, hit Q to turn on Quick Mask mode. 
CTRL+V to paste the mask. It should now be kinda red.
Hit Q to turn off Quick Mask mode
and there should be shown selection on your canvas. 
Hit the Add Layer Mask.
On paper layer, right click and Convert to Smart Object.
Right click again and Rasterize Layer.
Drag completed mask to your tag canvas as the bottom layer.
Resize it if needed.

Add proper copyright and your name on tag.

Hide or delete bottom 'Background' layer. And save your tag as .PNG file.
That's it! Thank you for reading. I would love to see any tags made with this tutorial. You can past the link here as comment or send them to me on al3x_v@ymail.com
Monday, July 7, 2014

**CT DEES'SIGN DEPOT - En Pointe**

Anyone miss me? Well... I have new CT tag
to show off. This time I'm using huge and gorgeous
PTU kit 'En Pointe' by Dees'Sign Depot that you can
find on sale with 30% off - HERE.
This beauty has really soft color and multiple colored
elements. Comes with 59 elements, 10 sprays,
4 WA, 7 frames and 20 papers.
I'm using lovely tube by Nocturne at PFD store.

Kit Preview:


-xoxo al3x-

PinUp Toons - EnPointe

My play with gorgeous PTU scrap kit ''EnPointe'' by Dees'Sign Depot.
You can purchase kit HERE. Of course I used beautiful artwork
of PinUp Toons, you can purchase tube at CDO store HERE.
I used 149-3-PinUpToons tube and recolored her hair and shoes in dark purple :)
Kit preview:
Template is from Dee as well called ''Postal'', you can download it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day/night everyone.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

**CT DEES'SIGN DEPOT - Cimmerian Shade**

Here it comes my new CT tag to show you.
It's something totally different for me, little bit of goth!
I used dark and beautiful kit 'Cimmerian Shade' by
Dees'Sign Depot that you can find HERE.
In this kit you can find 80 elements, 7 frames and
13 papers. And it's on SALE!!! All kits are currently on
sale with 45% off till July 5th so hurry up.
Tube used by Dark Yarrow at Digital Chaos.

Kit Preview:

-xoxo al3x-

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