In this tutorial you will need a body tube and a close up face tube.
I am using the beautiful art of Alicia Mujica.
You require a special license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.
I am using a lovely scrap kit called “Asian Persuasion” by
You can get the kit here.
I used two masks in this tag, Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here
and Monti’s circle mask, here.
I used the Japanese paper filter in Filters Unlimited 2.
If you don’t have Filters Unlimited, you can choose a difference texture.
Font used in P22ChaiTea.
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 50).
Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.
Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion-pp10. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the Insatiable Dream’s mask. Resize the mask layer 80%.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion-pp4 and copy. Again, make a new layer on your canvas, your selection should still be there, paste the paper into the selection and apply Monti’s circle mask. De-select and resize this mask layer also by 80%. Merge the two mask layers together.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion_frame4 and paste a a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees top the right, mirror and resize 58%.
Take your selection tool set on rectangle, feather 0 and draw an oblong rectangle as in my screenshot below. Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with a colour from your tube, I used a light grey. Do not de-select.
Open your close up tube, duplicate and close the original. Mirror, copy and paste on your canvas. Position nicely inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube. De-select.
Merge the tube layer down onto the coloured layer below and apply Filters Unlimited 2 – Paper Textures – Japanese Paper. If you don’t have this filter you can use another texture, paintshop’s blinds effect looks nice. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off your background layer and the merged mask layer, merge visible and move over to the right. Re-open your closed layers.
Open your body tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position on the left of the frame and apply the drop shadow.
Open sb_pmt_asian_persuasion-hope and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%. Draw an oblong around one of the characters and “promote selection to layer”. Go back to the original layer and hit delete, you will now have each character on a separate layer. Drag these layers down below the body tube layer and place in position on the left, apply the drop shadow to each layer.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion-hanging lamp, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 30%, place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow. Erase the top part of the lamp out so it looks like its hanging from below the bamboo leaves.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion-decor1 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open sb_pmt_asian-persuasion-paperflower2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open sb_pmt_asian-oersuasion-paperflower1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Check the positions of all your elements and when you are happy with them, crop your tag and resize if required, apply 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 and of course don’t forget to send me your result for the gallery!