Camouflage Tag

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn about channels and alpha selections.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS.  I used CS 2.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

You will need to download the HalfStripeRDB image.  Right-click on the link and choose Save Target As.

You may use any image that you want to. 

1.  Open the image that you wish to use.  Image > Duplicate to duplicate the original image and close the original.

2.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose Duplicate.

3.  In the Layer Palette, click on the Channels tab.  Then click on the menu button (circled) and choose NEW Channel.

4.  Open up the HalfStripeRDB image.  In the top menu, click Select > All.

5.  Edit >Copy.

6.  Click back onto your camouflage image.  Select > All.  Edit > Paste Into.

7.  Your New channel will be called Alpha 1.  Make the eyes show for all layers so you can see all the layers.    You see red in my image because I right-clicked on Alpha 1 channel and chose the options and set the red to show mask.  But you do not need to do that.

8.  Click back on the Layers tab.

9.  In the top menu, click Select > Load Selection.  In the Channel menu, choose Alpha 1.

10.  Press the delete key.

11.  In top menu, Select > All  Then click Select > Transform Selection.

12.  Slide the right center selection node to the center of the image.  Then click the check mark at top menu.

13.  We want to change the color of the stripes.  In top menu, click Image > Adjustment Layer > Hue and Saturation.  CHECK the colorize so you can see the color bar at the bottom change colors.  Play with the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness settings.  You want some medium to dark colors (not pale).

14.  In top menu, click Select > Inverse.

15.  Change the color of the second half to a DIFFERENT color.  Image > Adjustment Layer > Hue and Saturation.

16.  In the Layer Palette, change the Opacity layer to 50%.

17.  Choose the line tool from the tool menu.  Set the weight = 3 px

18. You will draw some lines from the top down.  While drawing Hold the Shift key down to make sure the line is not jagged, release the mouse THEN release the SHift key at the end of each line.

The first line starts at 10 on the horizontal ruler.  Draw it down to 50.

The second line starts at 20 on the horizontal ruler.  Draw it down to 100.

The third line starts at 30 on the horizontal ruler.  Draw it down to 150.

19.  Right-click on the lines layer and choose Rasterize layer.

20.  Hold the SHIFT key down and with the magic wand select each line.

21.  In the tool menu, choose the gradient tool.  If the paint bucket shows, right-click on the paint bucket and choose Gradient Tool.

22.  Choose a gold gradient and draw the gold gradient from top left of the selection to bottom right of the selection.

23.  In the top menu, click Select > Deselect.

24.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the lines layer and choose Duplicate Layer.

25.  In top menu, click Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 degrees CW.

26.  Move the duplicated image into the top right corner as so

27.  Duplicate this layer and rotate it 90 degrees CW, and place it into lower right corner.

28.  Duplicate this layer and rotate it 90 degrees CW, and place it into lower left corner.

29.  In top menu, click Layer > New > Layer.

30.  With the same gold gradient, draw the gold gradient from top left corner to bottom right corner.

31.  In top menu click Select > All

32.  In top menu, click Select > Transform Selection.  In the selection toolbar at the top, change the width to 99 % and the Height to 99%

33.  Press the Delete key.  Select > None

34.  In the Layer Palette, HIDE all but the top five layers (the border and four line layers)

35.  In top menu, click Layer > Merge Visible.

36.  Right-click on the merged layer and choose Blend Options.  Click on the WORDS Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:

37.  In top menu, click Layer > New > Layer

38.  In top menu, click Window > Character.  In the Character window, select bold text by clicking on the first T at the bottom of the window.

39.  Choose the text tool.  Choose a large font.  I chose Starstruck.  Set the size to 72 to 84 point.

40.  Type your name in white color.  In the layer Palette, right-click on the name layer and choose Rasterize Type.

41.  In the top menu, click Edit > Transform > Rotate.  Grab one of the corner handles of the text box and rotate coutnerclockwise so that the name lines up vertically on the center line.

        

42.  In top menu, click Select > Modify > Contract Selection.  Contract by 1 or 2 pixels.

43.  Flood-fill this selection with a dark color from your image.  Select > None

44.  Right-click on the name layer and choose Blending Options.  Click on the WORD Drop Shadow and apply these settings.

45.  Now change the font to a script font, set at about 36 - 48 pts.  Set the color to the same dark color used in Step 43.  Type your name in script and move it so that it is at a right angle to your other name.

46.  Right-click on this layer and choose Blending Options.  Apply the same drop shadow.

47.  Now save the image as a JPEG.  File > Save As.

 

 

 


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