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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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Alicia Mujica - LDS1095


AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784


Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

Digital Chaos - DC-113

Dreamscape Imaging - DSI582

Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253

Garv - KG2307


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My PSP Tubes - MPT1875

Myka Jelina - MK1328

Scraps and the City - SATC1209

Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

Suzanne Woolcott - SW169

Pics For Design - PFD_Dragonfly

PSP Project - TPP01390

Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

Verymany - VMT_Dragonfly

Zindy - ZZT439

Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly

Dees’Sign Depot – DD_CTVG

TinyTurtle Designs - TTD02490

In this tutorial I am using the art of Zlata.
You require a license to use Zlata’s art,
you can get it here.

I am using Schnegge’s fabulous new kit
“We Are All Superstars”.
Check out Schnegge's site here.
You can get the kit here.

Thank you Schnegge.

I am using Gem’s mask 8.
You can get it here, its in set 1.

If you want to do your text like mine, you will need a fattish font.
I am using Bodini Poster which is a free font.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, otherwise they will look blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

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

Open frame03_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%. Click inside the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open one of the papers, I used p12_waas_Schnegge and recoloured it to complement my tube. Resize the paper 80%, copy it and paste as a new layer below the frame. Invert the selection and delete the excess paper. Do not de-select.

Open  cityscape_waas_schnegge, resize 80% and paste as a new layer. Position nicely in the frame and hit delete again to remove the excess outside the frame. De-select.

Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70 and blur 5 to both the frame layer and the cityscape layer.

Open some of the stars, resize them and position around the frame. I used star05_waas_Schnegge and star 06_waas_Schnegge resized 15% and star03_waas_Schnegge resized 25%. Apply the drop shadow to each star.

Open headphones_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 25% and apply the drop shadow. Hook the headphones over one of the studs on the frame.

Open pianokeys_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and rotate to the left 20 degrees. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open stars01_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%. Position on the pianokeys. Erase any stars that are above and not on the pianokeys.

Open a couple of the flowers, resize them and place in position. I used flower06_waas_Schnegge and flower 08_waas_Schnegge both resized 40%. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open wings_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. I used a tighter drop shadow on the wings with less opacity of vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 40, blur 3. When I applied the drop shadow I put it on a seperate layer and erased part of the shadow away from the top where it looked a bit heavy. I did that by just tapping on it with my erasor set on size 50 and opacity 10.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and place in position. Apply the original drop shadow.

Open hearts_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, drag down below your tube layer and place in position around the tube. Apply the last drop shadow.

Open microphone_waas_Schnegge and paste as a new layer on top of your tube. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the papers, I used p19_waas_Schnegge.  Click on your bottom white layer, make a new layer, select all, copy and paste the paper into the selection and de-select.  Apply your mask. I resized the mask 90%.

Crop your tag, resize if required and apply your copyright information.

Copy your cityscape layer and paste it as a new image. We are going to make a pattern from it for the text. Crop the cityscape something like my screenshot below so you just have a small square.

With your background set to the pattern and your foreground set to white, stroke width 3, write your text and apply the drop shadow.

Export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here.



  1. thanks for another great Tut, love it, will write You later *hugssssssssss*

  2. Thankyou Schnegge! I am glad you like it, very nice kit!



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