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Creating a Bottle Label

By Wendy Williams  ·  July 13th, 2010

A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial that showed you how to make a bottle; now it’s time to make a label and attach it to the bottle. I do hope that you enjoy making the label and that you learn a few new techniques along the way.

  1. First we need to create a new file. File>New>Blank File 600 pixels x 570 pixels 300 resolution, RGB with a white background.

  2. Next change your foreground color to dff5d9 and fill the Layer. Edit>Fill Layer. This will form the background of our label.

  3. Next select the Rectangular Marquee (M) and make a selection like the one in the next image.

  4. Create a new Layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Stroke1.”

  5. Then change your foreground color to 195C21 and do Edit>Stroke Selection. Choose the options 2 pixels inside. Then you can deselect Select>Deselect.

  6. Next select the Elliptical Marquee and make a selection something like the one in the next image.

  7. Create a new Layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Oval.”

  8. Change your foreground color to White and then fill the selection. Edit>Fill Selection.

  9. Next create a new layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Stroke2.”

  10. Change your foreground color to 195C21 and do Edit>Stroke Selection. Choose the options 2 pixels inside and then you need to deselect. Select>Deselect.

  11. Now we are going to do the text for our Label. So select the Text tool, choose a suitable font and type in a capital letter ‘S’. The font I used is Baroque Script 18pt and the color 195C21.

  12. Next use the Move tool to position the S as I have done.

  13. Then type in a capital letter ‘F’ and again use the Move tool to position it.

  14. Now switch to Arial 16px use lower case text and type in the letters ‘ea’.

  15. On another layer, using the same font and size, type in the letters ‘oam’.

  16. Then using the Move tool position the text layers so that they make the words Sea Foam.

  17. Next you need to add something to the label to make it look more attractive. I used a flower corner from a scrapbooking kit but you can use clip art, part of a photograph, a custom shape or just use a brush to add something, When you add it do make sure that it is added to its own layer so that you can later add shadows.

  18. Now let’s add a couple of shadows. Shadows always add interest and they also give depth to images. For the first shadow just click on the “Stroke2″ layer and add a suitable drop shadow from the Drop Shadow Layer Styles Set.

  19. The second shadow we are going to do in a different way.

  20. So change your foreground color to Black then create a new layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Shadow.” Go to the Layers palette and drag this layer below the “Clip Art/Flower” layer.

  21. While you are in the Layers palette Control-Click (Mac: Command-Click) on the “Clip Art/Flower” to regain the selection then make sure that the new “Shadow” layer is still the active layer and do Edit>Fill Selection. Then deselect. Select>Deselect.

  22. Now select the Move tool and use the arrow keys to nudge the shadow 1 pixel to the right and 1 pixel down. That will just add a little more depth to the layer and complete the label. You can now save your Label as a .psd (Photoshop Elements) file.

  23. Now you need to open up the image of the bottle that you made in the “Making a Bottle” tutorial and merge all of the layers together except the background layer. So you just have two layers in the image, the background and the merged Bottle.

  24. Next open up your label image and do Select>All then Edit>Copy Merged.

  25. Go back to your bottle image and do Edit>Paste to add the label into it.

  26. As you will see the label is too big at this stage so we next need to reduce its size. To do that, select the Move tool, click on the label and when the bounding box comes up move the cursor into the corner and click down.

  27. Next look at the top of the screen and input 50% into both the Width & Height boxes. This will reduce the size of the label and it should now fit the bottle.

  28. Select the Move tool and move the label into a position something like mine.

  29. Then do Layer>Create Clipping Mask. (In some versions of Elements this menu is Layer>Group with Previous.)

  30. Create a new layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Shadow” then make sure that your foreground color is still Black.

  31. Go to the Layers palette and Control-Click (Mac: Command-Click) on the “Label” layer to regain the selection.

  32. Next select the Brush tool and make sure that you have a soft brush selected and then change the pixel size to 175 pixels.

  33. Click once at the place marked A then hold down the Shift key and click again at the place marked B. I have added circles to the image so that you can see the placing of the brush.

  34. Once you have done that then Elements will fill in the brush stroke for you and your image should look something like this.

  35. Now repeat those steps over on the left hand side of the label, but make sure that your brush strokes are still only one third across the Bottle.

  36. Deselect. Select>Deselect then do Layer>Create Clipping Mask. (Once again in some versions of Elements this is slightly different and you will need to do Layer>Group with Previous.)

  37. Then go to the Layers palette and reduce the opacity of the “Shadow” layer until it blends into the bottle. I reduced mine to around 60%.

And, finally, here is how my finished bottle with the label attached looks when I place it on a table. If you want to do this with yours then I have a tutorial called “Casting Shadows,” which is in the subscriber area and that will show you how to add the cast shadow to it.

I do hope that you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have learned some new techniques. The important thing when using Elements is to have fun and most of all do remember to experiment and enjoy :-)


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