Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Death by Chocolate

This tutorial was created using Adobe Photoshop Version 8. Those familiar with Photoshop may easily adapt this to any version. Furthermore, those familiar with PSP should find this is also adaptable. Thank you for your time and effort.

You will need the following to complete this tutorial.

Kit: Dreaming in Chocolate by Alexis at Alexis Graphics Palace

Template: TPP Exclusive Template #1 ©Kristin at The PSP Project

Mask: Moonbeams and Spiderwebs’s Mask #43 at:

This tutorial is my own creation and as such may not be copied and/or reproduced in any way. You may not copy and/or claim it as your own creation. However, you are welcome and encouraged to share this tutorial by providing a link to this site (the site on which it is posted) for others to reference. Any similarities, resemblance, or other likenesses to other creations and/or tutorials is purely coincidental.

Step 1

Open the template, and save in .psd format as Death by Chocolate. Continue to save your work often throughout the tutorial. As you may notice during this tutorial, I have selected my elements and papers prior to working on my creation. You may choose to do this if you wish. If you do, I recommend minimizing all elements and papers while working on your main file. Remember, though, this is completely up to you.

Step 2

Choose Image>Canvas Size, and increase the canvas size by 100 pixels both for width and height.

This will give you plenty of room to work around the template.

Step 3

Make the credit layer unseen by clicking the eye on the credit layer. Open the ©KiwiFireStorm tube, click on the layer with the image, select all (you can use your drag tool to do this), copy and paste image below the credit layer into your Death by Chocolate working copy (referred to as working copy or creation for the remainder of the tutorial.)

Constrain the proportions of your pasted tube, and make the image smaller aligning the right and left edges of the image with the Top and Bottom rectangles of the template.

Step 4

Nudge your tube layer down as much as possible without showing the bottom right corner of the purple rectangle layer. The girl’s hair should cover just the corner of the main rectangle layer. The bottom of the bottom rectangle will no longer be visible. Duplicate the Bottom rectangle; rename the layer to “New Bottom Rectangle”; move the New Bottom Rectangle to above the bottom square. Move this rectangle down to appear below the tube image and stretch the rectangle to meet the left side of the tube edge. You should now have two bottom rectangles, one slightly visible above the tube and one below the tube.

Step 5

In order to define which layers we are working with, we will now open Dreaming in Chocolate kit and begin using papers to color our shapes. From the papers file, choose paper #05 (Brown with bubbles), drag select tool and select all. Copy and paste the paper three (3) times, one above the main Rectangle layer, one above the Bottom Rectangle layer, and one above the Top Rectangle. Constrain proportions of the paper and size to just overlap the edges of the rectangles for each paper layer. This will maintain consistency of design between layers. Create a clipping mask for each layer by choosing the paper layer Layer>Create Clipping Mask.

Repeat this step using paper #01 (Pink with glittery swirls) creating masks for both the Round Rectangle and the New Bottom Rectangle layers. Your image should now look like this.

Step 6

Rotate the Round Rectangle clockwise 13.5 degrees. Move the shape down until it is below the top of the brown rectangle and the same distance from the top as the sides to center the shape behind the tube image.

Step 7

Now working with the squares

Move the Bottom Square layer to below the Top Circle layer. Move the Bottom Square shape up to half way between the top circle and the Bottom Rectangle (small brown shape). The move this square to the right till its point is clearly beyond the boundary of the Top Circle and the Bottom Rectangle, but does not visibly cover the Bottom Rectangle.

Now working with the Top Square, move this shape to the left until it appears past the upper left corner of the brown center rectangle.

Create clipping masks for both of these shapes by adding a new layer above each shape. Fill with the darker pink color used on paper #1 by choosing Edit>Fill>Color and selecting the color on any part of your work.


Step 8

Now, working with the circle layers, move the Top Circle to the left until its edge meets up with the corner of the brown center rectangle. Duplicate the Bottom Circle, rename it Clock Circle, and move this layer to above the brown center Rectangle’s paper layer. Move the Clock Circle shape up and slightly to the left until it is just barely above the Top Square. Move the Bottom Circle to the left until it is even/lines up with the protruding point of the top square.

Create clipping masks for all three circles using the same steps found in step 7, but choosing a light pink shade from the tube image clothing. (Repeated from step 7:  Add a new layer above each shape. Fill with the color by choosing Edit>Fill>Color and selecting the color on any part of your work.)

This is a good time to take an overall look at your creation and adjust shape placement.

Step 9

With the general shape placement done, we will now work with the mask layers. Create two new layers above the Background layer. Using the dark maroon paper #10, copy and paste the paper onto the first layer above the Background layer. Adjust the paper to fill the entire layer without going past the edges of the layer. Repeat this step using Moonbeams and Spiderwebs Mask #43 on the empty layer above the maroon layer.

Once you have filled the entire layer with the mask, Choose Image>Adjustments>Invert

On the mask layer, under the Layer menu, choose screen, and your mask will now appear dark maroon.

For perfect placement of the mask, you should adjust both of these layers by sizing the height of the mask and paper from the top down, aligning the swirl in the mask with the half bubble appearing on the brown paper, and cropping the entire height of the image.

At this time, you should adjust any paper on any layer to achieve a more pleasing affect. For example, you may wish to adjust the paper used pink layers with the swirls to show more of the swirl design.

Step 10

Using your rectangular marquee tool, select a rectangle around the face, hair, and shoulder area of the original tube image. Copy from original layer, and place this copy above the Top Circle layer. Constrain proportions of the image, and make the image smaller adjusting it to fit inside the circle area. Create a mask layer, as previously explained, linking the image to the paper on top of the Top Circle.

Select the top circle layer and go to the Layer Style menu by double clicking the Top Circle layer. Choosing stroke, add a 6 pixel stroke around the circle by clicking on the stroke color box, choose a medium brown as the stroke color from anywhere on the working file, and change the position of the stroke from outside to inside. At this time, click on bevel/and emboss as well as contour while in the Layer Style menu, Change the bevel from inner bevel to outer bevel, adjust the size of the structure to 4, change the Gloss Contour as demonstrated in the image below, and change the shadow color from black to a dark brown in the same way you changed the stroke color. No changes will be made to the contour style after it is selected.

Finally, going back to the image for this circle, make any needed adjustments in movement or size to the image for a desired effect. On this image layer, change the opacity from 100% to 45% to soften the image.

Step 11

We will now add Layer Styles to the rest of the current layers. A list of the layers and corresponding settings is below. Remember, you are working with the shapes and not the papers to achieve these effects.

-Round Rectangle, center Rectangle, and Top Rectangle: choose (Bevel/Emboss) structure size 4 (no other changes)

-Bottom Rectangle: choose (Bevel/Emboss) structure size 4, (Inner Shadow) size 4 and spread size 4

-Clock Circle: choose (Bevel/Emboss) pillow emboss, structure size 4, and gloss contour as shown below, (Contour) contour as shown below and range 100


-Bottom Circle: (Bevel/Emboss) size 3, soften 2, shadow opacity 50%

-Top Square: (Drop Shadow) distance 4, size 4, (Bevel/Emboss) pillow emboss, depth 500, size 16, soften 5, shadow mode 30%

-Bottom Square: (Bevel/Emboss) pillow emboss, depth 500, size 16, soften 5, shadow mode 30%

Step 12

To achieve a shadow on the tube image without creating a shadow below the image line, duplicate the image, apply a shadow to the lower image layer. Using the rectangular marquee tool, select and delete the lower portion of the image.

Step 13

It is now time to add elements to our creation. For each element, I will list element number, location, and layer setting. You should use the main tutorial image provided as a guide. All elements can be precisely adjusted to your taste as you work. Consider these approximate sizes and placements.

-Paste Clock, Element 26, on a layer above the Clock Circle, then centered inside Clock Circle layer shape leaving a small pink trim in view.

-Paste Brown Ribbon, Element 52, on a layer above the Round Rectangle and its paper (pink), size down to  369 X 118px, place element just below the New Bottom Rectangle. (Keep in mind that your tag name will go above this.) Add Drop Shadow of opacity 50%, size 4, and distance 4.

(All layers below will be working above the tube image, placing elements working upward.)

-Paste Stack of Chocolate Pieces, Element 36, on a layer above Element 52 (brown ribbon), and size down to 94 X 97px, place element to the left of the tube image foot. Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance 4.

-Paste Stacked Cupcake, Element 21, on a layer above Element 36 (Stack of Chocolate Pieces), and size down to 88 X 125px, place element to the left of Element 36. (You should use this to cover the line between the tube image and the other background layers for a smoother look.) Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance 4.

-Paste Brown Flowers, Element 24, 2X using the next two (2) layers above Element 21 (Stacked Cupcake), and size down to 76 x82px (each can be slightly smaller  or lager as needed), rotate flowers as desired, place elements  to the left and below of Element 21. (You should use this to further cover the line between the tube image and the other background layers for a smoother look.) Add Drop Shadow of size 3, spread 4, and distance 3

-Paste Pink Flower, Element 16, above Element 24 (Brown Flowers), and size down to 78 X 78px, place elements between the brown flowers slightly to the right. Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance 3.

-Paste Upside Down Cupcake, Element 54, above Element 16 (Pink Flower), and size down to 84 X 80 pixels, place element along the bottom line of the New Bottom layer to appear as though it is squished onto the line. Allow room for the box of chocolates to go above this, adjust as needed after placement of next layer.

-Paste Medium Pink Ribbon, Element 29, above Element 54 (Upside Down Cupcake), and size down to 70 X 60px, turn the ribbon upside down by rotating it clockwise, place the ribbon on the Upside Down Cupcake and adjust ribbon to appear on the cupcake as a decoration.

-Link and merge the cupcake and the ribbon by selecting the cupcake layer, linking it to the ribbon, and choosing Layer>Merge Linked. Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance 3.

.-Paste Chocolate Box, Element 41, above Element 29 (Medium Pink Ribbon), and size down to 170 X 170px, place element between the flowers and the Upside Down Cupcake. Adjust the elements in this area as needed. Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance of 3.

-Paste Light Pink Ribbon, Element 53, above Element 41 (Medium Pink Ribbon), and size down to 83 X 130px, place the ribbon at the top of the stack of chocolate pieces and trail the ribbon over the box of chocolates. Add Drop Shadow of size 4 and distance of 4.

-Paste the Series of Three Pink Boxes, Element 44, above Element 53 (Light Pink Ribbon), and size down to 290 X 115px, position the boxes below the tube image to appear as though the girl might be looking down the row of boxes. Add Drop Shadow of size 2, distance of 3, and opacity 60%.

-Paste Heart Chocolate, Element 19, above Element 44 (Pink Boxes), rotate 45 degrees ccw, apply transformation, reduce the height to 35px, flip image vertically, and size to fit on top of the largest pink box. You will need to adjust the height and width to fit appropriately onto the box and nudge the chocolate to a position that looks appealing. Try not to make the chocolate too thin to maintain depth. This step can be frustrating, but work with the chocolate till it looks as though it is lying flat on the box with sufficient depth. You may find it helpful to magnify your image. Add Drop Shadow of size 2, distance 3, and spread 1.

-Paste the remaining chocolate elements in this order (slight rotations and size adjustments are necessary to make the chocolates appear to lie flat on the boxes): Element 38 (Two Chocolates) reduce size and place on middle box, Element 39 (Chocolate with a Bite taken out of it) reduce size and place on smallest box, Element 12 (Chocolate Bon Bon with Pink Swirl) reduce size and place on smallest box in front of Chocolate with a Bite taken out of it. Size down to 73 X 17px Heart, 53 X 32px Two Chocolates, 29 X 21px Chocolate with Bite, 26 X 24px Bon Bon. All chocolates have a Drop Shadow of size 2 and distance of 3.

-Now working around the clock area, Paste Brown Flowers, Element 24, 3X using the next three (3) layers above the chocolate pieces, and size down to 66 X 67px give or take depending on effect, rotate flowers as desired, place elements  to the right and top of the clock of Element 21. Add Drop Shadow to each size 2, distance 2.

-Paste Light Pink Butterfly, Element 5, 2X above Element 24 (Brown Flowers), link the two butterflies together and size down to 141 X 114px, place the butterflies above and to the left of the flower furthest on the left above the clock. To only the bottom Butterfly, add Drop Shadow size 4, distance 4; and Outer Glow opacity 35, color very light pink FDECF2, spread 7, size 5.

Adjust any elements needed at this time.

Step 14

-At this time, you will add the Flowing Dark Pink Ribbon (Element 28). The goal is to weave these ribbons throughout the image creating flow. There are a total of seven (8) ribbons used in this image: four (4) ribbons used above the Brown Ribbon layer and four (4) ribbons used above the Bottom Rectangle layer. Drop Shadows range from size 3-5, distance 3-5, and opacity 50%-75% depending on appearance and depth needed. Rotate the image, adjust the heights and widths, and place the ribbons as though they are weaving in, out, and around the various elements. Keeping the ribbons a size that is approximately the size of the image in length or height will help to keep the ribbon from looking too thin. (In addition, keeping the ribbons away from the girl’s bottom/buttocks will help to maintain the integrity of the image.)

Step 15

The following is added in separate layers just under the copyright information for the template.

-Add a name to the creation using color FDE9F1,Brush Script MT size 91, Drop Shadow distance 4 size 4, Bevel/Emboss depth 55% size 4. The name placement is the lower right corner above the Brown Ribbon.

-Add the copyright information including your license and any required information using color 4B2A0E, Arial Italic size 22, Drop Shadow distance 4, size 4. Turn 45% cw and place to the right of the image.

-Add your tagged by name using FDE9F1, Arial Italic size 16, Drop Shadow distance 4 size 4, and place under the Upside Down Cupcake in an area that has enough darker background to be visible.

Step 16

Size down as desired (the one below created while writing this tutorial is sized at 550 width while constraining the proportions) and show your friends.


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