(Click on tag to see full-size version)
This tutorial was written by me on June 10th, 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 and Animation Shop
Scrap kit of choice: I used Rocker Chick, an awesome kit made by Angel's Designs. You can purchase this beautiful kit from Scrapper's Secret.
2 tubes of choice (one should be a close-up): I used the lovely pinup art of Celine with a valid license. You can purchase this talented artist's tubes from MPT.
Font of choice: I used Carattere
Plug-ins needed: DSB Flux (Bright Noise) and Eye Candy Impact (Gradient Glow)
Ready? Let's make a new tag!
Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background.
From the kit, open AD_RC_Frame12 and resize 80%. Copy and paste as a new layer.
Using the magic wand, click inside the frame. Selections > Modify > Expand > expand 5.
Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize if desired (I resized 70%). Copy and paste as a new layer, arrange as desired within the frame. Selections > Invert > Delete. Move this layer below the frame. Do not deselect!
Open your close-up tube, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer. Place where you like within the frame and delete the excess. Selections > Select None. Add a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 85, Blur 10.) Change the blend mode of this layer to Luminance Legacy. Add a drop shadow to the frame, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.
Open AD_RC_Barbwire and resize 60%, then 80%. Use the raster deform tool to tip it to the right. Place on the right side of the frame. Add a drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 45, Blur 5 (I used this for all elements). Duplicate and Image > Mirror > Image > Flip. Arrange on the left side of the frame.
Open AD_RC_GlitterStar, resize 40%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom right of the frame. Drop shadow.
Open AD_RC_Wordart1 and resize 70%. Move to the top right of the frame, drop shadow.
Open AD_RC_Glitter4 and resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top right side of the tag. Move this layer down to just above the background layer. Duplicate and mirror. Arrange as you like and then merge these two layers together. Duplicate the merged layer and flip. Arrange as desired, see my tag for reference.
Add your main tube and drop shadow. Place on the left side of your tag.
Now scatter some of the music notes around the tag. I resized most 30%, but vary the sizes and use the raster deform tool to slightly tilt them to the right or left. Drop shadow. When you've added all you like, hide the rest of the layers and merge the music notes together. Duplicate this layer twice for a total of three. Hide the two copies and activate the original. Apply DSB Flux, Bright Noise with the Intensity set to 55, click the Mix button once.
Hide the original layer, unhide and activate the first copy. Apply Bright Noise again with the same Intensity setting, but click the mix button twice. Do this again for the final layer, clicking the Mix button three times.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. I added a thin white gradient glow to my name as well, but this is optional.
Hide the background layer and activate the crop tool. Click the merged opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu, then click the green check mark. This crops your excess canvas without cutting off any of your drop shadows. Resize all layers to your preferred size.
Open Animation Shop.
In PSP, make sure the original music note layer is open and the two copies are hidden. Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.
In AS, right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Back in PSP, hide the original music note layer and unhide the first copy. Right click on the tag and copy merged.
In AS, right click the tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame. Do the same for the second copy of the music note layer.
In AS, click View > Animation to see your tag in action!
Now save as a gif and you're all finished, I hope you like your new tag!