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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dragons' Lair






In this tutorial I used the fabulous art of
Gaetano Di Falco.
You need a license to use Gaetano’s art,
available at

The kit is “Destiny” by
Loved this kit with the dragons!
You can purchase it at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 209 by

I used the font


If this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed, please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of Vertical 0, Horizontal 5, Opacity 85, blur 15.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 575 pixels and fill with white.

Copy Paper2-GI_Destiny, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  

Open Planet-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45% and place in position.  Apply the drop shadow making sure the box “Shadow on New Layer” is checked.  Still on the shadow layer, go to Adjust – Blur – Gaussian Blur and apply with Radius set to 5, then lower the opacity of the shadow to the around 50.

Open DeadTree1-GI-Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, erase the roots, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Castle1-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Frame4-GI_Destiny, paste as a new layer and resize 65%. 

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 85%.

Copy Paper2 again, go back to the frame and select the interior of it with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection.

Open your tube again or the close up if you have one, mirror it and then paste it as a new layer, resize as needed and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  I used the close up resized 80%.  Apply the drop shadow to the tube and the frame and lower the opacity of the tube to around 40.

Open Fence-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, drag down below the frame/tube/paper layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Netting-GI_Destiny, paste as a new layer and drag up to just below the main tube.  Resize 65% and position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and move over to the left.  Erase any parts that overlap hiding the join behind the tube and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open Chest-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Dragon5-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Sign-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, drag down below the dragon and chest, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Candles-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open PileofSkulls2-GI_Destiny and pate as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Book-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 27%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Chalice1-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Geode-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open MagicWand1-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Dragon2_GI_Destiny, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I re-coloured my dragon to better match my tag (check out my Tips and Tricks page for help with re-colouring).

Check the positions of your layers  now and make any necessary adjustments.

Open Grass-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer on the top.  Resize 80%, duplicate and close off the duplicate for now.  On the original copy, erase all the tufts apart from the first three on the bottom left, position them on the left hand side of your tag and apply the drop shadow.  Open the copy, again erase most of them out leaving just the bottom four tufts on the right, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open Fog2-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.   Position on the right between the sign and the candles.

Open Fog1-GI_Destiny and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the netting and position on the left.

Open DustTrail-GI_Destiny, paste as a new layer and drag up to just below the wand.   Resize 75% and place in position.

Open DustSpere_GI_Destiny, paste as a new layer and drag above the tube.   Resize 85%, mirror and place in position erasing some so it looks as if its wrapped around tube.

Again, check your layers and double check them on a black background.  When you are happy, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.




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