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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 Suzanne Woolcott.
You require a license to use Suzanne’s art,
you can get yours here.

I am using a funky Halloween kit called “Black Cats and Potions” by
Unfortunately this kit is no longer available but I have left the
tut up for people that already have it or have a substitute.
I used Template 1 of a set of awesome new Halloween templates by Stef and Dwana.
You can get the templates here.

You will also need a mask, I used Becky’s mask 034.
Becky's site is closed at the moment but she allows her masks to be uploaded for tutorials, 
you can get it here

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.

Open the template, duplicate and close the original. Delete the top 3 layers and the grey rectangle layer. Resize the template to 600 pixels wide (make sure resize all layers is checked) and then enlarge your canvas to 700 pixels by 600 pixels.

Open the bottom background layer on the template and flood fill with white.

Click on  “rectangle” layer to activate it, select all – selections float – selections de-float – selections modify smooth, change the settings to mine in the screen shot below and hit ok.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used tk-blackcatsandpotions-paper1.  Paste the paper as a new layer on your canvas and resize 80%,  invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper, de-select and apply the drop shadow. Delete the original template rectangle layer.

Activate “circles” layer and do the same thing as you did for the rectangle layer. I used tk-blackcatsandpotions-brownpaper on the circles layer.

Now do the same with the “ellipse rectangle” layer, I used tk-blackcatsandpotions-orangepaper on this layer.  Don't forget your drop shadows. When you have done, move this layer down until it is just above “text” layer.

Click on “glitter frame” layer layer and apply the drop shadow. Do the same on the “bloody rectangle” layer.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-ribbon-star and paste as a new layer. Apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the beaded string layers, I used tk-blackcatsandpotions-beadedstring3, paste as a new layer, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-paper-blackpaper-tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-cauldron and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-cat and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk_blackcatsandpotions-witchhat2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-poisonbottle1-dragonsbreath and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-blackcatsandpotions-poisonbottle2-toadvenum and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open another of the papers for the mask layer and copy, I used tk-blackcatsandpotions-paper2. Click on your white background layer to activate it, make a new layer, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask.

Check the position of all your elements and if you are happy with them, crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and include it in my gallery!


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