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This tutorial was written by me on March 13th, 2010. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
PSP version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.
Scrap Kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Connie of Connie's Creative Chaos called Typical Tagger. This beautiful kit is available to purchase from Sunflower Scraps Boutique. Thank you for letting me play with your kit Connie!
3 Tubes of choice by the same artist: I'm using the beautiful art of Jamie Kidd with a valid license. You can purchase Jamie's tubes from CILM.
Font of choice: I'm using Miss Stanfort
Plug-in used: Eye Candy Impact: Gradient Glow (optional, used on name)
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 62, Blur 5
Ready ... set ... let's go!
Place your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.
Open TypicalSquareFrame1, resize 30%, copy and paste as a new layer. Move over to the left. Duplicate this layer then go to Image > Free Rotate > rotate left 15 degrees. Move this layer to the top right. Duplicate this layer then Image > Mirror. Move this layer toward the bottom. When you're finished, you should have something that looks like this:
Merge these three layers together. Using your magic wand, click inside each of the frames and expand by 5. Open a paper from the kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer. Selections > Invert > Delete. Selections > Select None.
Using your magic wand once again, click inside the top frame. Selections > Modify > Expand > Expand by 5. Copy and paste one of your tubes as a new layer, resize if needed and place where you like within the frame. Selections > Invert > Delete. Selections > Select None. Repeat this for the other two frames. Apply drop shadow to the frames and the tubes. Hide your background layer and merge visible.
Open TypicalTropical1, 2 and 2c. Copy and paste Tropical2c as a new layer, resize 55%. Move this layer below your frame and arrange to your liking on the right side of your tag (see my tag for reference). Duplicate; Image > Mirror; arrange on the left side. Copy and paste Tropical2, resize 55% and duplicate this layer as well. Place these randomly to help fill in open areas.
Copy and paste Tropical1 as a new layer, resize 55%, then 80%. Make as many duplicates as you wish, mirror some, use your raster deform tool to place them exactly where you like and erase any extra bits you don't want showing. Apply drop shadow to each layer as you add them.
Open TypicalFeltButton 1 or 2 and resize 20%, then 85%. Duplicate and mirror. Place the buttons at the top and bottom of the center frame, where it intersects with the other two frames (see my tag for placement). Drop shadow.
Open one of the ladybugs and resize 10%, then 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer. Image > Free Rotate > Rotate right 15 degrees. Place among the flowers on the right side of the tag. Duplicate this layer, mirror the image and place on the left side. Duplicate one more time and place where you wish. Drop shadow.
Open TypicalBabyFlowerPink and resize 30%. Place on the outside bottom corner of the center frame. Duplicate this layer, mirror and place on the bottom corner of the bottom frame. Duplicate again and flip, place on the top corner of the top frame. Drop shadow.
Make sure you have all the elements placed to your liking, then hide the background layer and merge visible.
Unhide the background layer and highlight. Add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All. Open a paper of choice, copy and paste into selection. Selections > Select None. Apply mask dmsk0696 using these settings: Source luminance, fit mask to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked. In the layer palette, right click on the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. I added a gradient glow to the name but this is optional. Resize your tag as desired and save as a jpeg or png and you're all finished!
Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it and please feel free to send me your results. I love to add your tags to my slide show so I can show them off for you!