Tutorial: Surf City Freebie

Step-by-Step Tutorial - Surf City
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1. Go to File> New and set your document size to 12x12", 300 dpi, transparent background. Click OK.

2. Go to File> Open and locate the paper file 'paper_wave.jpg'. Click OK.

3. Position your layout document and your background paper document windows so that both files are visible.

4. Select the Move Tool and position the arrow over the wave paper.

5. Click and drag the paper into your layout file. Release the mouse and then click on the paper to move the paper to fit inside the layout.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 to bring each of your photos into the layout file.

 

Creating a frame mask.

7. Open the file 'frame_5.png' and drag it into your layout.

8. Go to Edit> Transform> Scale and click on the corners of the frame to scale it to the desired size. Hold down the Option Key while dragging to scale the frame proportionately.

9. Click on the Create a new layer button in your Layers Pallette. A new layer will be created above your frame.

10. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

11. Draw a rectangle inside the frame (see the red keyline added for demonstration purposes only).

12. Go to Edit> Fill> Foreground Color and click OK.

13. Move the layer behind the photo you want to mask. (NOTE: To change the name of a layer, double-click on the layer and then type in the name)

14. Click on the photo layer and go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask. Your photo is clipped by the rectangular shape you created. Now you can click on your photo with the Move Tool and move the photo within the frame if desired.

 

Loading a brush

15. Locate the file 'brush_shark_1.abr' on your computer and double-click on it. The brush file will automatically open up in to your Brushes Pallette in Photoshop.

To open your Brushes Pallette, go to Window> Brushes.

16. To select the color for your shark click on the Eyedropper Tool in the Tools Pallette.

17. Then move your cursor over the navy blue color in the frame and click once. Navy blue is now your foreground color.

18. Click on the Create a new layer button in your Layers Pallette to create a new layer for your first shark. You can double-click on the layer name and change it to shark 1.

19. Click on the Brush Tool in your Tools Pallette. Your brush will now be in the shape of the shark.

20. Position the shark over the right side of the frame. Click once to create one shark.

21. To create the second shark, click on the Create a new layer button in your Layers Pallette to create a new layer for your second shark. You can double-click on the layer name and change it to shark 2.

22. Click on the Brush Tool in your Tools Pallette. Your brush will now be in the shape of the shark. Click once to create one shark.

23. To flip shark 2 horizontally, go to Edit> Tranform> Flip Horizontal

24. To create the third shark, click on the arrow on the upper right corner of the Layers Pallette to display the Options Pallette. Click on Duplicate Layer.

25. The Duplicate Layer window will appear. Type in 'shark 3' as the name of the layer and click OK.

26. Now you are ready to reposition shark 3. Click on the Move Tool in the Tools Pallette.

27. Position shark 3 over the top left corner of photo 3.

28. To position shark 3 behind the photo, click on the 'shark 3' layer in the Layers Pallette and drag it underneath the layer with the photo.

29. Positioning shark 3 behind the photo adds fun dimension to the layout and makes it look like the sharks are swimming amongst the photos.

30. To add the title, go to File> Open and locate the object file 'object_word_BeachBum.png'. Click OK.

31. Repeat steps 2-5 to drag the object into the layout.

32. To add the surfer crossing sign, go to File> Open and locate the object file 'object_surfercrossing.png'. Click OK.

33. Repeat steps 2-5 to drag the object into the layout.

34. To reduce the size of the surfer crossing sign, go to Edit> Transform> Scale and click on the corners of the sign to scale it to the desired size. Hold down the Option Key while dragging to scale the sign proportionately.

Click on the Move Tool in the Tools Pallette to move the sign if needed.

Congratulations on completing this fun, summer layout.

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