Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Create a Flower Decoration
(Using Papers/Shapes & the Spherize Filter)

You can download the supplies used in this tutorial here!
They are in PSD, PNG and PSP Format. (CU4CU OK)


Open up the "JC_FlowerBase1_Template.PSD"
Highlight the bottom layer "Base"

Open the "JC_HeartsBG.jpg" that came with this tutorial. 
Drag it over to the "JC_FlowerBase1" document. 
(Make sure that it's on the layer right above the "Base"

Turn off the new Layer (1)
Make sure you're on this layer (1)
While holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard click on the layer named "Base"
You should see the active layer (marching ants) (2).
While holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard press the J Key (CTRL+J)
This duplicates the active areas only.

Here is what it looks like so far.
Now we're going to use the Spherize filter.

On the Top Menu Bar click on Filter.
Then click on Blur and then Gaussian Blur.

Use the settings I have
Amount: 100%
Mode: Normal
Click OK.

Turn off this layer (1)
Now while holding down the CTRL key on your Keyboard click on the "Base" layer to activate it (Marching Ants - 2)
Now we need to duplicate it (CTRL+J)


Rename your new layer to "Base Overlay" (1)
Highlight the layers you have now turned off (2) and delete these.
(right mouse click - delete)

Now we're going to use the Blend Options to give it some shading.
Since there are two colors being used we don't want to do this on the original Overlay we created.
So, turn on the Shadows layer I have in the file (I have it off so you can see what you're doing)
Basically all I did to make this layer was duplicate the Base layer.
In the upper right corner you'll see the "Fill" slider. Turn this to 0.
Now double click on the layer thumbnail to bring up the Blend Options (Arrow)

Go to the Inner Shadow Tab and choose the Color #545454
Change the Blend Mode to "Linear Burn"
Use these settings
Opacity: 69%
Angle: 120 (Check "Use Global Light")
Distance: 5
Choke: 0
Size: 226

We're not done yet...

Now go to the Inner Shadow Tab.
Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn
Use the Color #545454
and use these settings
Opacity: 20%
Noise: 0
Source: Edge
Choke: 0
Size: 174

Now click OK


Now we want to add some stripes to the "Middle" layer.
Choose the Rectangle Tool (1)
Use the settings I have here (2)
Choose a color you want the stripes to be.

Draw out a stripe (1)
Duplicate it 6 more times and space them out as I have here (1)
Don't worry about making them evenly spaced. We'll fix that right now.
Highlight all the stripes in your layers pallet (2)
You'll need to change your curser from the "Shape" tool to the Normal tool to do this next stop.
At the top you'll see the align menu (Window - Align) if you don't.
Choose the one that says "Distribute Vertical".
Now merge all the Stripe layers (CTRL+E)

Now we're going to Spherize again.
Go to Filter - Spherize and use the same settings you did above.

Now we want to Transform the stripes to make them almost the same size as the Middle layer.
CTRL+T to transform. Bring the stripes in like I have.
Click Enter to apply the Transform when you're done.

Turn off the stripes (1)
Now while holding down your CTRL key on your keyboard click on the Middle Layer (2)
Now we need to duplicate (CTRL+J).


Rename this layer to Stripes and Delete the layer beneath.

Now we need to color the Middle. Double click on the Layer thumbnail.

Go to the Color Overlay tab and choose a color you like.
Click OK when you're done.


Now turn on the Shadow layer that is above the Middle Layer (2)
Do a Right Mouse Click on the Shadlow layer we fixed below (1)
Choose "Copy Layer Style"
Now go to the Shadow layer we just turned on (2)
Do a Right Mouse Click and choose "Paste Layer Style"

Here it is so far.
Now we're going to add some dots to the Middle Circle.


Choose the Elipse Tool and choose a color you want to use.

Draw out a circle (holding down the Shift while drawing the circle will make it a perfect circle)
Duplicate this many times as I have (1) and space them out as I have (1)
Don't worry about making them even... We'll do that next
Highlight all the dots in the layers pallet (2)
Change your curser from the Shapes tool to the Normal tool.
Now you should see the Align tools at the top. Choose the "Distribute Horizontal".
Now merge all the dots (CTRL+E) while they are still highlighted.

Duplicate the dots and bring down below and set them so they are like mine.

Do this several more times until you get them like I have here. (1)
Highlight all the dots (2) and merge (CTRL+E)


Now we want to Spherize the dots.
Go to Filter - Spherize and use the same settings we did previously.

Use the CTRL+T to shrink the dots in so they are a bit larger then the Middle Dot.
Hit Enter when you're done.

Turn off this layer (2)
While holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard click on the Middle Dot (1) to activate the layer.
Now duplicate "CTRL+J"

Here it is so far.
Now we want to color the Middle Dot.
Click on the Layer Thumbnail to bring up the Blend Options

Go to the Color Overlay tab and choose a color you like.
Click OK when you're done.

I decided to change the dots to a different color so I used the same steps above and changed the Color Overlay of the dots.

Now we need to apply the shading.
Go to the last Shadow we did (1) and do a Right Mouse click and choose "Copy Layer Style"
Now go to the Shadow layer for the Middle Dot (2). Turn it on and do a Right Mouse Click and Choose "Paste Layer Style"

Here is the finished product.

I would love to see what you create with this.
If you'd like to have your finished producted featured with this tutorial please email me a copy of the finished product!

Thank you,
Justie
Just Creations

Here is the supplies for this tutorial, along with 2 examples I made using this tutorial.
You can download this CU4CU freebie here!


1 comments:

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 10 post on Apr. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

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