Please read my "About my Tutorials" page before starting, thank you.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Celestial Destiny






In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use this art,
available at

I used a really stunning kit called “Celestial Destiny” by
This is another huge kit and its really beautiful!
You can purchase the kit at

You will need my mask

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 800 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 47 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 85%.

Paste element 175 and resize 55%.

Paste element 105, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 117, resize 45% and place in position.

Paste element 79, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 65, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 8, resize 25% and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 40 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste the tube, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.   Open your eraser, set the size to 70 and opacity to 10 and run it along the hard edge on the left of the tube to blend it in.  Don’t worry about the hard edge at the bottom as that will be covered.

Paste element 9, resize 40% and mirror, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 144 on the top, resize 20%, duplicate, mirror the copy and drag it above the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 51, resize 25% and duplicate, mirror the copy, resize it another 80% and position to the left of the original.   Duplicate the original again, resize this copy also 80% and position on the right of the frame.   Apply the drop shadow to all copies.

Paste element 160, resize 30%, position just above the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32 on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 128, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 61, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 10% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 161, resize 30%, mirror and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 131, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 137, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51 again, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pates element 35, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 74, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 93 and 94, duplicate a couple of times and resize them 10/8%, position around the tag and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 13, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste element 184, mirror, resize 40% and rotate 40 degrees to the left, place in position so the rays are coming from the cloud (it’s a good idea to make a temporary new layer above your white one and fill it with black to check you have this in the right place).

Paste element 188, resize 35% and place in position.

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





Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cimmerian Shade





In this tutorial I used a tube from
Alphadesire.
You can purchase the tube at
I did some slight recolouring as I did not want any red.

The kit is Cimmerian Shade from
This is an awesome kit and my second tutorial using it!
You can purchase the kit at

You will need my mask

You will also need the Metalwork filter from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 11 into the selection, deselect and resize 95%.

Paste element 55, resize 80%, place in position on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30, resize 90%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 6, resize 70% and move into position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand,  expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame and fill with the colour 202c34.  Paste the tube, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube and deselect.  Apply the Metalwork filter on the default settings and lower the opacity to around 35.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 54, resize 90%, drag below the frame layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube again on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 59, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 56 on the top, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 45% and duplicate, drag one copy below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each

Paste element 21, resize 45%, position above the skulls on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35 on the top, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 63, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.















Saturday, 27 May 2017

Venezia!






In this tutorial I used the art of
You can purchase the tube at

I used the freebie kit
Venezia
 from
Thank you for sharing your beautiful freebies!

I used 4flowermask (3) from

I used the Windows font Impact.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 800 by 750 and fill with white.

Paste element 3, resize 85%, move over to the left a little and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2 and resize 70% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 3 into the selection.  Open photo mask Canal Grand, mirror it then copy and paste it on your canvas, resize it 70% and position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete and deselect.  Go to Effects – Texture Effects – Blinds and apply using the settings in my screen shot below then repeat the effect with the Horizontal box unchecked then change the blend mode to “Hard Light”.   Close off your white background and element 3, merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.



Paste the tube, resize 70% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 22% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 86, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45 on the top, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 27%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Fecnikek’s mask just above the white background and resize it 30%.  Enlarge your canvas if you need to.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Now check your layers and use your Pick Tool on the mask to make it fit the tag nicely. I made my mask narrower and taller.  Remember to sharpen it up after you have used this tool.

Paste element 77, mirror it and resize 90%, drag down to just above the mask, place in position erasing the part that shows at the top, recolour brown to better match the rest of the tag and apply the drop shadow (check my Tips & Tricks Page for info on recolouring).

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







Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Melancholia






In this tutorial I used the art of
I purchased my tube form Dreamscape Imaging
but Tatjana now sells her art at

I used a the fabulous kit “Winter Melancholy” from
This it’s a great lot for lovers of Gothic kits
and can be purchased at

You will need my mask

Font is



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



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 16 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 90%.

Paste element 90, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 102, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the main tube, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized mine 70%.

Paste element 83, resize 25%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 13%, duplicate, rotate the copy 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 61, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 116, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 109, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 15%,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 52, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 115, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pase element 152 on the top, resize 55% and place in position.

Paste element 43, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 117, resize 10% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.#

Paste element 125, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste element 4, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube again just above the mask and position it on the right resizing as needed (I had a close up tube which I resized 80%), click on the mask to activate it, select all, float and defloat the mask, invert the selection and hit delete on the tube, deselect and lower the opacity to around 80.

Paste the tube again, mirror it, position between at the top between the arches, again select, float and defloat the mask, hit delete on the tube and lower he opacity to around 50.  Repeat this with the tube again mirrored and resized 85%, positioned on the left, opacity around 50.

Add your text.

Paste element 16, resize 12%,  hang the spider on your text and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and export on a transparent background as a png.