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In this tutorial I used the tube “Dark Secret” and
matching kit “Secret Darkness” both by
Both the kit and tube are available at

You will also need a background mask, I used mask 11 by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Open SkyScraps-SD-pp2 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Open SkyScraps-SD-E3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, position on the left and erase the long roots on the left of the tree.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and position between the first two trees, erase the bottom part off and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E5 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and move over a little to the left.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E58, paste as a new layer and resize 43%.  Select the interior of each part of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and make a new layer below it.  Open and copy SkyScraps-SD-pp1 and paste it into the selection.  Open the tube, duplicate it and close the original, mirror one of the close ups  then copy and paste it as a new layer, resize 60% and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Lower the opacity of the tube to around 50 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  Close off all your layers apart from these frame, tube and paper layers and merge visible, reopen the closed layers and move the merged layer over to the right.

Open the tube again and paste one of the full size tubes as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E52 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag down below the main tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Scraps-SD-E30 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and rotate 80 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E1 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E51 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E29 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Sky/Scraps-SD-E68 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E66 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E23 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open skyScraps-SD-E22 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E32 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 18%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Open SkyScraps-SD-E54 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag down to just above the horse and place in position.

Open SkyScraps-SDE44 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and place in position.

When you are done, crop your tag being careful not to crop into the mask, add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.












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