Monday, May 30, 2016

MissBehaving: Tutorial Challenge

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Miss Behaving, Tutorials, Weekly Features

I love tutorials.  I’m addicted, it’s true.  If I don’t know how to accomplish, I google.  (Is google a verb?)    I love reading tutorials and learning something new.  You get the picture.  However, sitting down to actually DO one is a different story.  Am I right or am I right?  I have hundreds if not thousands of tutorials booked-marked and saved into my favourites but alas I seem to keep adding onto the list instead of doing them.

Then last Tuesday night’s chat, the “chatters” were a-chatting and we came up with a fabulous idea.  (I’m telling you, if you are not going to Tuesday night’s chat … you are missing out on a HUGE amount of fun).  The “chatters” suggested, why don’t we hold a challenge to motivate us into actually doing a tutorial from start to finish?  Studio Gypsy, you know … the designer who is queen of glitter and splats who just also happens to have gorgeously textured papers in her stash kits (YUM!). Lisa has generously offered to sponsor our very first (drumroll please) Tutorial Challenge!

Complete the Tutorial challenge and upload it into the Tutorial Challenge gallery and two lucky people will have the chance to win a $5.00 Gift Certificate from Studio Gypsy.   One winner will be selected by Lisa, Queen of Glitter and Splatters and one will be chosen randomly.

How great is that?  Not only do you learn something new, you win a prize … it’s a WIN – WIN.

For the tutorial challenge, you are not required to use Studio Gypsy’s products for your layout but it might be an advantage in your favor.  ;)

This week’s challenge is to create a reflection.  Not just any reflection but one that gradually fades oh so gently into sweet nothingness.  Ok, so maybe I waxed a bit too poetic.

I’m going to start on a plain black background to show you the basics of reflection then build on the idea’s premise.

This adorable pelican from Studio Gypsy’s kit “Free by the Sea”. I’ve chosen him because if you’ll notice, the base of the element, his feet, are basically straight.

Duplicate your element by hitting “Ctrl + J”.

Flip the bird.  Umm … I mean, we’re going to rotate the pelican to “mirror” the image.  Be sure to have the pelican – copy layer highlighted.  Hit “Ctrl + T” to bring up the transforming options.  Then Right-Click inside the transforming box.

Choose “Flip Vertical”.

Drag the pelican – copy layer and line up the edges of the feet.  I’ve zoomed in to be as accurate as possible.

Drag the pelican – copy layer below the original.

Now for the gradual fade.  Go to your tool box and choose the Gradient Tool.

Note your Gradient Tool box options.

Click inside the gradient bar to make sure your settings are set to from “Foreground to Background” with your Foreground color being “black” and your Background color being “white”.

Click on the Quick Mask in your Tool Box.

Starting at the feet, click to create a starting point and without letting go of your mouse, drag the gradient line down to the head.

Are you seeing red?  Don’t panic! This is what we want.

Go back to your Tool box and click on the Quick Mask button again.

Now the red is gone and the bottom portion of your gradient should be selected.

Hit delete.  I sometimes hit twice to be more dramatic (*gasp* dramatic, who me?) although once is perfectly acceptable.

Hit “Ctrl + D” to Deselect your selection.  Lower the Opacity on the pelican – copy layer to about 50%.  The opacity really depends on your personal preferences.  I start @ 50% and adjust accordingly.

A little more tweaking.  Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

I’ve set the Radiau @ 1.

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

I’ve set the Angle to ”0″ and the Distance to 3.

Beautiful!!  Add the right background such as this merging of two of the gorgeous papers from Studio Gypsy’s “Free by the Sea” kit and it’s breath taking.

What if you don’t have a perfectly straight base line?  Let’s work with this cute paper boat available in the “Free by the Sea”  Add- On kit.  I’ve already duplicated the layer and rotated it.

We need to skew the left edge so the edges do indeed touch together to make for a smooth reflection without gaps.

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool in your Tool box.

Draw the selection section you are going to transform.

Hit “Crtl + T” to skew the selection.

Go to the middle anchor on the left side.  Hold down the “Ctrl” key while dragging the selection upwards.

Voila!  Edges are matched up.

Follow the gradient quick mask instructions above and Tada!  Fabulous reflection.

Well obviously, you’re not only going to have one element on your layout.  Unless you’re really into minimalism.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that ….  LOL

Let’s take a layout with multiple elements and an extracted model.

I’m going to “Group” my Original elements and model.  Higlight all of your layers and drag them down to the Create a Group button.

Duplicate the Group and drag this group below the original.  Here is what my layer palette looks like now.  You’ll notice I put the boat in a separate group because I’ve already done that reflection.

Hit “Ctrl + T”  to transform the group and flip the Group – Original elements copy vertically.  Move the group to line the edges up as best you can.

Go to your tool box and choose the Gradient Tool.

Use the same settings as above.

Click on the Quick Mask in your Tool Box.

Pick a point slightly above your original elelments.  Click to create a starting point and without letting go of your mouse, drag the gradient line down to the bottom of your layout.

Go back to your Tool box and click on the Quick Mask button again.

We have the bottom portion selected.

Here is where we are going to divert from the original formula.  If you hit delete now, you’ll get an error message.  I speak from experience.    Plus, we don’t want to delete this selection.  We are going to “Invert” our selection by hitting “Ctrl + Shift + I”.  Now are upper portion of the layout is selected.

Now … create a New Layer Mask (circled in red).

This is what the layer palette looks like now.

Done!  Well, except for lowering the Opacity and applying the Gausian Blur and the Motion Blur.

This is my final result after some tweaking.

Your turn now.  Do the tutorial, post it into the Tutorial Challenge Gallery and Lisa aka Studio Gypsy aka Queen of Glitter & Splats aka Textured paper Mistress might ust gift you with a $5.00 Gift Coupon.  Don’t forget to post your results here in the comments.

If you have any questions, post it in the comments here or you can PM me in the forums.  My user name is CCA.

Winners will be announced on April 1st.  Good luck everybody!


23 Responses to “MissBehaving: Tutorial Challenge”
  1. Kait says:

    Fabulous tutorial, my dear. Thank you!

  2. kate says:

    Another absolutely fabulous tut. The results are amazing. Hee hee hee Tuesday night chats are a blast aren’t they!!!


  3. Lorilei says:

    Fabulous tutorial and challenge!!

  4. DogArtist says:

    Awesome tutorial with great results!! :D

  5. Cynthia says:

    *sigh* I just {heart} you!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  6. Gail says:

    Love this technique – thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

  7. Sandy_in_MD says:

    Fabulous tutorial, Miss B! Love the idea of a challenge too!

  8. orachel says:

    RAWK ON, with your bad self! This is fabulous. Get to learn reflections, and get to have a chance to win yummy goodies. Yay!!!

    Thought of another skill I’m dying to learn. Not sure if its a ‘tut thang’ or not but I’ve tried on my own and its just ridonkulus pitiful! lol I’d like to make ‘nooks’ to tuck people into. You know, like little ‘holes’ go back deep into the background (a cave that is a shape, basically). Geez…i can’t even expain what I want, let alone figure it out! Maya has something similar that’s just gorgeous in her store, but I want to be able to make my own and in a specific ‘shape’ using my own ephemera backgrounds. Soo, if you ever get stuck for an idea …but i’m sure you’ve got notebooks full of them…and dont’ know what to tut about…

    BTW, I have some exciting news! Well, exciting for me. Might make you smile a little. lol I’ll post it in the ‘hair’ tuts, since that’s sorta where it belongs.

    Thanks for fab challenge!!!

  9. sabina says:

    ohhhhhhh, I just love this and ehem, yeah, it goes into my folder……for another day but I love love it all the same. Just don’t seem to find that much time right now to play. But what a fantastic tut and I will give it a try.
    Hugs and thanks a million.

  10. Sandy_in_MD says:

    I gave it a whirl – the tutorial was awesome and easy to follow – thanks Miss B. Here’s my page:

  11. Darline says:

    This is GREAT love how you showed th photo of PS so we know just what your talking about!!! I am going to try this for sure. Thanks!!!!

  12. Angela (daisy) says:

    Thanks Miss B!! Another amazing tut and a challenge i couldn’t resist!! :)

  13. Berna Datema says:

    Wonderful! And so very clear and useful! Thank you so much!

  14. Rubi says:

    OMG!! This is totally awesome!! I am going to do this challenge too!! What a wonderful idea..
    BTW- me HEART tuts too!:)

  15. Annette says:

    I know I’m late but I posted anyway…a good excuse for saying “Thanks for the fabulous tut!” Although I have done reflections, I learned a couple of finishing touches from you…again thank you!

  16. orachel says:

    Wow…now THAT was easy to follow. AND you answered a question I’ve been trying to figure out for at least a few weeks and haven’t been able to…how to use the darn gradient tool to gradient erase. Whoohoo. So now i have a lovely lady with a lovelier reflection…very ethereal and dreamy. I’m trying to morph it into a layout, but just in case I don’t make the deadline for the challenge, I did the tut, its beautiful, and its a skill that looks MUCH more complex than you made it. Yay, you! LOL

  17. sue says:

    fantastic tut and gorgeous layout, thanks for sharing : )

  18. orachel says:

    Ho’kay…I’m officially very late, but here’s my layout following the (awesome!!! LOL) tutorial.

  19. Thank you, thank you for this tutorial. I bought two different reflection “actions” and they aren’t as good and or simple as your tutorial. I will gladly buy from your studio in thanks. And, of course, enter the contest. :)

  20. Melissa says:

    Too late! But oh well, I’m still inspired to try this tut!

  21. Melinda says:

    For PSE users:
    This tutorial will work in PSE with only small modifications to get a layer mask. Check out these threads for information on how to get and use layer masks in PSE:
    and there are a few others listed in the advanced tutorial section if you are feeling adventurous.

    For the ‘create a group’ command in the layer palette that Melissa uses, which PSE does not have, there are a couple of options:
    1. Select all of the group layers that you want included in the group reflection in the layers palette and link them. Leaving all of the selected, drag them to the ‘new layer’ icon at the top of the layers palette to make copies of them. Use the command CTRL+E to merge all of the copied linked layers to a single layer you can flip and rotate and otherwise turn into a reflection.
    2. Hide everything on the LO that you do not want included in the group reflection by clicking on the eye icon. Make sure one of the layers that is still visible is selected in the layers palette, then use the keyboard command SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E. Everything that is visible will be merged and placed onto new layer for you, leaving all layers intact visible or not.

    The method I would choose from the two above would depend on how many layers needed to be merged together.


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