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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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Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

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Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

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Digital Chaos - DC-113

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TooshToosh - Toosh2548

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Zindy - ZZT439

Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly

Dees’Sign Depot – DD_CTVG

TinyTurtle Designs - TTD02490

For this tutorial you will need a body tube and a close up tube.
 I am using the art of Keith Garvey.
You require a license to use Keith’s art,
I purchased mine at My PSP Tubes but
Keith now sells at PSP Tubes Emporium.

I am using a collab kit by Grunge & Glitter and Toxic Desirez
called "Music is my Life".

You will also need a mask.
I am using Gems mask 8, you can get it here.
(scroll down and you will find the link to her masks on the left hand side).

I used a filter called VTR2 by Penta.com.
This is a free filter and you can get it here.
If you don’t wish to install the filter, you can get a similar effect
using Paintshop’s blinds texture.

I used the font Rhubarb Pie which is a free font.

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.

The settings for unsharp mask in this tutorial are radius and clipping 5, strength 30 
and we will be using a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

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

Open Brandi’s paper 11 and copy. On your white background layer, select all, make a new layer and paste the paper into the selection. Apply the mask, resize 95% and lower the opacity to 55.

Open Brandi’s frame 2 and paste as a new layer. Rotate to the right 90 degrees, resize 60% and unsharp mask. Move the frame a little to the left.

Open your close up tube and paste as a new layer. Mirror and drag below your frame layer, place in position resizing if necessary but it needs to fill the interior of the frame. Take your freehand selection tool with the shape set to rectangle and the feather to 0 and draw a rectangle inside the edge of your frame. Its easier to do it this way than select with the magic wand because of the barbed wire on the side. Invert the selection and delete the excess tube.

Still on the tube layer, go to effects – photo effects – black and white film, set the brightness to 0 and the clarify to 20, hit ok. Apply the Penta.com VTR2 on the default settings. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge the frame and tube layers together.

Open Kristen – Music is my Life – Flame and paste as a new layer. Resize 78% and place in position on the bottom of the frame. Apply the drop shadow. Erase the tiny part that covers the barbed wire in the bottom left hand corner. Merge the flame layer down onto the frame/tube layer.

Open a few of Brandi’s flairs or brads, resize, unsharp mask and position around the frame.

Open Kristen – Music is my Life – Splatter and paste as a new layer. Drag below the merged layer, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open Kristen – Music is my Life – Sparkles and paste as a new layer.

Open Brandi’s Chainlink and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open Kristen – Music is my Life – Bow 4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open Brandi’s Musicswirl1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer on top of the frame. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the position of all your elements, crop your tag and resize if required. Apply your copyright information.

Open your font, select a red colour from the music swirl and write your name. Apply an inner bevel with the following settings:

Bevel – 4                                  Smoothness – 10                     Colour - white

Width – 6                                  Depth – 5                                 Angle - 315

                                                 Ambience – 36                         Intensity - 25

                                                 Shininess – 40                          Elevation – 40

Apply the drop shadow to the text.

Export your tag 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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