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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am Vivienne, living in the UK and married with a son who now lives in Perth, Australia and a daughter who has given me two gorgeous grandsons! Paint Shop has been my hobby for more years than I can remember and I love making tags. I have always loved doing tutorials written by others and a couple of years ago started writing them myself. As well as tag tutorials, I also have a Tips and Tricks page where you will find tutorials on basic Paint Shop techniques. I hope you enjoy my blog and have fun with my tutorials. Please be sure also to check out the Tag Gallery and see some of the awesome results to the tutorials!

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In this tutorial I am using the art of Verymany.
You require a license to use Verymany's tubes
which can be purchased from Pics for Design.

I am using a fabulous kit by Pimp’d Designz called
I really love this kit!

I have used two filters, Penta.com’s Color Dot
and Eye Candy 4, Gradient Glow.
The Gradient Glow is used on the text only.

You will also need a mask.
I used Becky’s mask 023.
Becky no longer has her site but allows her masks to be shared.
You can get it here.

If you want to do the text as I have, you will need a fattish font.
I used Bodini, which is a free font, on italic.

A note regarding Penta.com filters - if you have Filters Unlimited installed,
you will need to import the filter into that to use it.
You can find instructions on importing filters here

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

Open pd-frame-05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%.

Open your tube and drag it below your frame layer, duplicate it twice so you have three copies, mirror/resize as required and position one copy in each section of the frame. Apply a drop shadow to each layer, vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 5.  Go back to your frame layer and select the interior of the first frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5, invert the selection. Click on the tube layer inside the frame to make it active and delete the excess. Do the same with the other 2 tube layers. Close off your frame and background layers and merge the three tube layers together.

Open the two closed layers, go back to your frame layer again and this time select the interior of all three parts (your magic wand mode needs to be set on add (shift) to enable you to select all three parts), make a new layer below your tube layer and flood fill with white. Merge the tube layer down onto the white layer. Apply Penta.com Color Dot with the default settings. Go back to your frame layer and apply the same drop shadow as before.  Merge the frame layer down onto the tube/white layer.

Open pd-stitch03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 85% and position on the bottom of the frame. Unsharp mask (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50). Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 70, blur 3.

Open some of the elements in the kit and decorate your frame. I used:

Pd-skull-01, resized 33%.

Pd-min-glasses, resized 50% and rotated 10 degrees to the left with mask unsharped as before.

Pd-kiss, resized 35% and rotated 10 degrees to the right with mask unsharped as before.

Apply a drop shadow to each element the same as you did for the stitch.

Open your tube again, paste as a new layer, resize as required and place into position. Apply the same drop shadow as we did for the frame.

Open pd-light-spots-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag below your tube layer and place in position.

Open pd-sparkle-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 95%, position towards the right hand side of your tag and drag down below your merged frame layer.

Open one of the papers, I used pd-pp08. Resize the paper to 500 x 500 pixels. Apply your mask and then apply the Pena.com Color Dot filter on the same settings. Position towards the left hand side of your tag. Lower the opacity, I set mine to 50.

Open pd-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Crop and resize your tag as required.

Choose a background colour and write your text. Apply the Penta.com Color Dot filter as before. Apply Eye Candy 4, gradient glow with the following settings:


                                    Glow width – 3
                                    Soft corners – 25
                                    Overall opacity – 100

                                    Draw only outside selection checked.

                                    Color:   White

Apply the last drop shadow.

Add your copyright info and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me here.


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