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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 TooshToosh.
The tube I am using is an exclusive tube.
If you wish to use TooshToosh’ art, you need to obtain a license,
you can get one here.

I am using a really cute Halloween kit called “Going Batty” 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.

You will also need a mask, I used Melissaz Creationz’ mask 1, here.

Font used is Metro Regular.
This is a free font, you can get it here.

This is a quick, easy tutorial and is suitable for beginners.
I have given detailed instructions and screenshots so, if you are entirely new to
Paintshop, you can make your first tag here!



When you resize or rotate items in Paintshop, they always get a little blurry and this can quite easily spoil your tag but we can easily put this right by sharpening the element up again. So, after you have resized or rotated an element, go to adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask. You can play around with the settings in there but I usually have them at radius and clipping 5 and strength between 30 and 50, on this tutorial I had my strength at 30.

Another thing for a nice looking tag is to use a drop shadow on your elements, otherwise your tag will look really flat. To do a drop shadow go to effects – 3d effects – drop shadow. The drop shadow used in this tag is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 550 pixels (file – new, type in the pixel high and width, make sure the resolution is set to 72,000 as that is the highest resolution allowed by artists/licensing companies, transparent box checked),  flood fill your canvas with white.

Open one of the papers, right click on it and copy, I used tk-goingbatty-pppurple. Make a new layer on your canvas (layers – new raster layer), select all (selections – select all), right click and paste the paper into the selection, then de-select (selections – select none). Open your mask in PSP and minimise. Go to layers – new mask layer – from image and browse for the mask. Check the box “source luminance” and then hit ok. Resize the mask 75%.

Open one of the frames with the spider web, I used tk-goingbatty-acrylicframe-web2, right click, copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Resize 75%, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used tk-goingbatty-ppgreen. Activate your selection tool set to rectangle and draw a rectangle going through the centre of the frame (see my screenshot below). Make a new layer below the frame layer, right click and paste the paper into the selection, then de-select.




Open tk-goingbatty-cat and paste as a new layer. Mirror (image – mirror), rotate 15 degrees to the left (image – free rotate – left and free boxes checked, type in 15 in the box), resize 50%. Drag this layer down below the frame and paper layers (drag it down physically in your layers palette). Position the cat with the mover tool so its peeping out from the left hand side of the frame, unsharp mask and then apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-goingbatty-cloud2, copy and paste as a new layer then bring it to the top (layers – arrange – bring to top). Resize 45%, place in position so the cloud is a little bit over the edge on the right hand side and top of the frame.  There is no drop shadow on this layer as its partly transparent and a drop shadow spoils it.

Open tk-goingbatty-moonbats and paste as a new layer. Mirror and resize 30%, place in position using my tag for reference, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-goingbatty-headstones, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the skulls and copy, I used tk-goingbatty-skull2green, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize this also by 40%, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the pumpkins, I used tk-pumpkins1, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-goingbatty-crow1, copy and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 35%, place in position on the pumpkins, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-goingbatty-crow2, copy and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 45%, place in position in front of the tombstones, unsharp mask and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, Resize it to your liking, place in position, unsharp mask if required, usually I lower the strength if a tube needs sharpening, then apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your elements, mask and tube and adjust to your liking. When you are happy, crop your tag (just click on the crop tool and draw round it, then apply the crop) and then apply your copyright information.

Use your dropper tool to pick a nice colour for your font. If you are using a version of Windows before 7, you can can just open the font in Paintshop and minimize it, if you are using Windows 7, you will need to open it with a front viewer or temporarily install it,  type out your name. You will see the font is very flat so we are going to give it a bevel. First we need to convert it to a raster layer (layers – covert to raster layer). Then go to effects – 3D effects – inner bevel and apply the settings as in my screenshot below, now you will see the font is nicely rounded, move it into position and apply the drop shadow.




I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that is has been helpful in teaching new paintshop users, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and put it on my gallery!

Here is another example of the tutorial using a Suzanne Woolcott tube. Again you need a license to use Suzanne's art, you can get one here.









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