Horseshoe Tag

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn how to separate the windows in Photoshop.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS3 - CS4.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

DOWNLOAD supplies.  Unzip the contents.  Store them in any folder on your desktop.

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size 500 x 500 pixels

2.  Choose the text tool.  Set color to white.  Type a large U.  I used 220 px size.

3.  Increase the size of the U.  Edit > Transform > Scale.  Drag the corners down and out to enlarge the U.

4.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose Rasterize Type

5.  Now we are going to apply the Layer Styles.  First, we must load the styles that you saved in the supply folder. 

Window > Styles  (to open the Styles window)

6.  At first, my styles window was minimized.  Click on the word styles in the top right corner--#1.  Then you will have the Styles window

7.  Click on the Styles menu button (#2)  and choose Load Styles.  Browse to the folder where you saved the supply files and choose the file:  HorseshoeStyles.

8.  Now let's apply the gold style.  It should be one of the last two styles you have listed in the styles window.  If you hover your mouse over it, it will say DBGold.  Left-click on it.

9.  And your letter has now turned gold.

10.  Now we are going to decorate with shamrock shapes.  Choose the Custom Shape Tool

11.  Set the shape tool to fill, and shamrock.

12.  There was a shamrock shape included in the supply folder, if you don't have one.  Just click on the black arrow menu button and choose Load Shape.  Then browse to where you saved the supplies in a folder.

13.  Set the color to green and draw out a shamrock.

14.  Right-click on the layer and choose Rasterize Layer.  If you want, right-click and choose blending options and set the bevel & emboss to bevel the shamrock.

15.  Repeat Step 13 & 14, and draw more shamrocks.  Each shamrock will be on its own layer.  I dragged a few below the U layer so that they would stick out behind the letter.

16.  From the supply folder, open up the leprechaun hat tube.  Select > All on it, then Edit > Copy.  Click back on the U file and click Edit > Paste  With the mover tool, move the hat into position over the top left of the U.

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

18.  Layer > Arrange > Send to Back

19.  Choose the selection tool.  Hold the CTRL key down and left-click on the thumbnail of the U.  This will put a selection around the U

20.  In the Layer Palette, click on the top hat layer.

21.  We need a closer look.  View > Zoom In

22.  Choose the Eraser Tool

21.  Set size about 6 - 10 pixels, Mode = brush, Opacity = 100, flow = 100

22.  Erase the part of the hat that would have been the back side of the hat that covers the U.  See pic below.  (Remember we have created another hat layer and sent it to the bottom just in case)

23.  When you are done.  View > Zoom Out to get back to original viewing size

24.  Select > Deselect.

25.  Embellish with your favorite St. Pat's Day tubes/extractions.  Open up the tube.  Select > All  Edit > Copy.  Click back on the U.  Edit > Paste.  With the mover tool, move the tube into position.  Use Edit > Transform > Scale to resize the tube if necessary.

26.  Click on the layer just below the top hat layer.  We want to add something underneath the hat.

27.  Choose the pen tool

28.  Set the pen tool as such.

29.  Set the color to green.  Draw a ribbon that extends from under the hat to the other side, by left-clicking points at the four colors.  When you get back to the beginning, hover the mouse over the first point until you see a little circle appear by the cursor.  then left-click to close the box.

30.  Right-click on the ribbon layer and choose Rasterize Layer

31.  Choose the Lasso tool, set feather = 25 px

32.  Draw a selection around the end of the ribbon, like so.

33.  When you close the selection, you may get the warning box below.  Choose Ok

34.  Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast

35.  Slide the brightness all the way to the left to NEGATIVE 150

36.  Repeat Steps 33 - 35 on the Left side of the ribbon (under the hat).  This darkens the edge and makes it look like the ribbon is wrapping around the U.

37.  Choose the Text tool, set your font, color= white, size about 36 px  and type your name.

38.  Edit > Transform > Rotate.  Turn the corner of your name to get your name to rotate or turn to match the angle of your ribbon.

39.  Save this as a GIF file.  File > Save As.






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