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Monday, 29 July 2013

Darkside of the Irish





In this tutorial I used the art of Alicia Mujica.
You need a license to use Alicia’s art, available from

I used an amazing kit called “Darkside of the Irish” by
You can purchase the kit from

You will also need a mask, I used mask 79 by

I used the font



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Unless otherwise noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Open Paper5-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and deselect.   Open the mask and rotate it 90 degrees to the right, minimise it and then apply it to your paper. 

Open Stones-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Mirror and resize 90%.  Select the open section in the centre with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and fill with black.  Merge the stones down onto the black layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80%.

Open Skull-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 30%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow,.

Open Clock-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Drag down below the skull, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Mushroom-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 70%, place both mushrooms into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open Bottle-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Pent-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Book-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish,  paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 27% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Cat-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lantern-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers so far and make any necessary adjustments.  I erased the small piece of stones that was showing by the book. 

Open GlitterBacking-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag down to above the mask and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right, erase any parts that stick out too far and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open WordArt1-GI_Darkside of the Irish, duplicate and close the original.  Resize the word art 40% leaving the canvas the original size, sharpen it and then duplicate it.  On the original copy, apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 100, blur 15, colour white then duplicate this layer, apply a drop shadow to the original copy in black with the settings changed back, copy merged, paste on your tag and position, it should be just above the glitter backing.

Open Lawn-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75% and place in position.

Open your close up tube, paste as a new layer and drag up above the stones.   Change the blend mode to “Hard Light”, resize as needed, lower the opacity to around 80 and place in position.  I resized my tube 60%.  With your eraser on size 50 and opacity 10, erase any part of the tube that is over the edge of the opening in the stones and around any hard edges to blend them in.

Open Web-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Drag up above the skull, mirror, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open Rainbow-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, rotate 20 degrees to the left and place in position. 

Open Crows-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Candle-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Again use that eraser on a the low opacity and dab it around the bottom of the candle to blend it into the grass.

Open CandleSmoke-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70% and place in position.  I mirrored it so it wasn't covering the tube. 

Open Spider-GI_DarksideOfTheIrish and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place both spiders into position and apply the drop shadow to each changing the vertical and horizontal to 2 and opacity to 5. 

When you are all done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export as a png. 







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