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This tutorial was written by me on March 4th, 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 an absolutely stunning kit called "Bubblelicious" by Rieneke Designs and available to purchase from Lollipops & Gumdrops. Thank you so much Rieneke, I loved working with this kit, it's sooo pretty!!
Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous artwork of Olivia with a valid license. You can purchase Olivia's tubes from CILM.
Template: Awesome template by Tracy at Freebie Friends. You can download this template from their blog, look for template #63. Thank you for sharing these wonderful templates Tracy!
Plug-in needed: Penta Color Dot
Mask of choice
Font of choice: I'm using Miss Lankfort
Drop shadow used throughout: 2, 2, 62, 6
Let's make a new tag!
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Delete the top layer and then resize the image 85% (resize all layers checked). Now go to Image > Canvas Size and change to 750 x 650 to give you room to work.
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with white. Move this layer to the bottom.
Highlight the square layer. Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat. Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit and resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer and move into position. Selections > Invert > Delete. Delete the original square layer.
Continue in the same manner for the rectangle, circle* and 2 heart layers.
*Note: instead of using a paper for the circle layer, I added a new raster layer after I made the selection and flood filled it with #9ca121. I then applied the Penta Color Dot filter using these settings:
Before you deselect, copy and paste your tube above the circle layer and place it where you like. Resize if necessary, I resized mine 110%. Once you're happy with the placement, invert your selection and hit delete. Change the blend mode of your tube to Luminence (L) and reduce the opacity to 35%.
Highlight the glitter rectangle layer, select all, float, defloat. Selections > Modify > Contract > contract 8 and hit delete. This will create a frame, move this above the rectangle layer and drop shadow. Continue in this manner for all the glitter layers, contracting the selection by 13 for the circle, 10 for the square and 8 for the two hearts.
Now use some of the many beautiful elements that come with this kit to decorate your tag. I used some of the flowers (I love flowers, you may have noticed ... LOL!). Simply open the elements you like, resize as needed and place them around your tag. Mirror some of them and use the Raster Deform or Free Rotate tool to move them into a position you like, don't forget to drop shadow as you go. I used gerbera1 on the left side of my tag and arrangement 1, roses 1 and 2 on the right side.
Open one of the butterflies, resize as needed, copy and paste as a new layer. Place on the left side of the tag. Duplicate, resize 85% and mirror. Place where you like on the right side. Drop shadow.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all your elements, then hide your background layer and merge visible.
Unhide your background layer and highlight. Add a new raster layer. Change your foreground color to #9ca121 and your background color to #9d0041. Change your foreground to gradient, using these settings:
Flood fill your new raster layer with this gradient and apply a mask of your choice.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.
Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool. Click the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu and then click the green check mark. This will crop the excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows. Resize as desired.
Now save as a jpg or png and you're finished! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!