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Thursday, June 28, 2012

PTU Alone in the Dark forum set tutorial







Supplies

Kit: The gorgeous PTU kit Darkness by Soxsational Scraps
Tube: Banished by Michele Ann available at Dreamscape Imaging
Template: Forum Set Template 2 by Me! available here
Fonts: Altast Greeting or font of choice
Wordart: Supplied below!
Program of choice (this tutorial was written specifically for Photoshop users)


1. Open THD_ForumSetBanner2 template, change canvas size to 600 x 350 px (Alt+Ctrl+C).

2. Delete copyright layer.

3. Select remaining layers and move down until frames touch the bottom, your canvas should look like this:



4. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Paper4, resize to 600 x 600 px. Copy and paste to canvas above background layer. Create clipping mask. (Right-click layer and select "Create Clipping Mask".)

5. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Gates, resize copy and paste to canvas above previous layer, create clipping mask.

6. Open tube, resize as desired, copy and paste to canvas. Flip Horizontally (Edit->Transform->Flip Horizontal). Create clipping mask, change blend mode to multiply.

7. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Bats, copy and paste to canvas. Create clipping mask.

8. I placed these elements on the left side:

TW-Gothic Darkness-Dead Bush, resized 75%, duplicated once
TW-Gothic Darkness Headstone1, resized 50%
TW-Gothic Darkness Headstone2, resized 50% and flipped horizontally
TW-Gothic Darkness Gem1, resized 25%, duplicated once
TW-Gothic Darkness Bottle2, resized
TW-Gothic Darkness Flower2, resized 25%, duplicated twice
TW-Gothic Darkness Flower4, resized 25%, duplicated once
TW-Gothic Darkness-Skull3, resized 25%



9. Merge above layers. Duplicate layer, flip horizontally and position on the right side. Select both layers and create clipping mask.

10. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Paper10 copy 3, resize to 600 x 600. Copy and paste to canvas. Create clipping mask and select "Color" blending mode at 50% Opacity.

11. Add name. I used AltastGreeting 100 pt  black with 2px stroke #9e9d27.

12. Add wordart.



13. Open tube, resize so it fits canvas, no larger than 350 px in height. Copy and paste to canvas. Position on the right side.

14. Duplicate layer and select "Overlay" blend mode.

15. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Paper10 copy 3, resize to 600 x 600. Copy and paste to canvas. Create clipping mask and select "Color" blending mode at 50% Opacity.

16. Merge two tube layers and paper layer.

17. Duplicate layer and drag above all other layers. Use eraser around the bottom and right edges.

18. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Paper8 copy 3, resize to 600 x 600. Copy and paste to canvas above inner background layer. Create clipping mask.

19. Open TW-Gothic Darkness-Paper10 copy 3, resize to 600 x 600. Copy and paste to canvas above outer background layer. Create clipping mask.

20. Add drop shadow to layers if desired.

21. Add your watermark, save as .png and you are finished with the banner!




Avi (very easy once banner is completed)

1. Open THD_ForumSetAvi Template.

2. Select the bottom 5 layers above background layer in the banner. Merge layers. Copy and paste to Avi above background layer.

3. Resize to fit (Ctrl+T, lock aspect ratio and drag inwards at corner)

4. Select tube layer in the banner. Copy and paste to Avi canvas.

5. Make sure all above layers are below frame layers.

6. Copy layer above inner background layer of banner. Paste above inner background of Avi. Create clipping mask.

7. Do the same for outer background layers.

8. Add initial, I used AltastGreeting 72 pt  black with 2px stroke #9e9d27.

9. Add your watermark, save as .png and you are finished with the avi!



*Note* I always save my tags as a .psd file in case I make mistakes and to offer to others.

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