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This tutorial was written by me on August 5, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas. 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 incredible kit by Nette's Nightowl Works called "Total Eclipse". Wow, I love this kit! I love the colour palette, all the wonderful elements and lovely papers, this kit is just an all-around winner! You can get it at Dazzling Scraps (it's even on sale right now, as Annette is featured as the Spotlight Designer and all her kits are 50% off! WooHoo!)
Tube of choice: I'm using the incredible art of Zindy S.D. Nielsen with a valid license. You can purchase Zindy's art from her website, HERE.
Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's gorgeous masks, you can download it from her site HERE. I used Mask 192.
Font of choice: I used Trinigan FG.
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 5.
~~~~~ Let's get started! ~~~~~
Put the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background. We'll crop and resize later.
From the kit, open nnwtearbor and resize 60%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the right (see my tag for placement). Apply drop shadow
Open nnwtetree1 and 3. Resize tree 3 60%, move to the left and below the arbor layer. Resize tree 1 60%, place in front of tree 3, duplicate and resize 85%, arrange as seen in my tag. Drop shadow.
Open nnwteflower 4 and flower 8. Resize flower 4 30%, then 85%. Mirror the image, copy and paste above the arbor layer. Place on the right side of the arbor, duplicate and mirror, arrange on left side of arbor. Drop shadow both layers. Resize flower 8 30%, then 85% twice, copy and paste as a new layer, place on the right side of the arbor. Duplicate, mirror and arrange on the left side. Use your freehand selection tool to draw around the loose flowers of nnwteflower 4, shown here:
Copy and paste this selection as a new layer, resize 30%, then 85%. Apply drop shadow. Duplicate as many times as you wish, mirror a few and use the raster deform tool to change the angle on some of them. Place as desired, filling in some of the bare areas.
Open nnwtecross1 and resize 15%, then 90%. Place on the front of the arbor, see my tag for reference.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize as desired. Drop shadow. Place where desired.
Open nnwtebouquet and resize 30%, then 70%. Flip the image and use the raster deform tool to change the angle so it looks like she's arranging the flowers. Zoom in close and carefully erase any leaves that cover her top hand. Drop shadow.
Open nnwtecandle4 and candle 5. Resize each 10%, then 85%. Copy and paste each candle as a new layer, resize the red candle 85% once again. Duplicate, resize the copy 85%. Arrange the three candles as desired. Place to the right of the tube. Drop shadow.
Open nnwtemoon1, resize 30%, copy and paste as a new layer, move below the trees on the left side. Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > Set hue and saturation both to 0. Drop shadow.
Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer. Using the picture tube tool with the lawn tube selected (this tube comes with PSP) click to add grass as many times as you wish until you like what you see. Change the hue and saturation using the same settings as above.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide the background layer and merge visible. Move the tag down towards the bottom of the canvas.
Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All. Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection. Apply the mask and merge the mask group. Use the raster deform tool to adjust the mask to your preference.
Crop and resize your tag. Add your name and all applicable copyright and license info, save as a jpg or png and you're all done! I hope you enjoy your new tag and I'd love to see your results!