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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 beautiful art of Tatjana Willms.
You need a license to use Tatjana’s art,
you can get one here
(at the time of writing this tutorial there is Halloween sale with 25%
reduction on all tubes at Dreamscape Imaging).

I am using a scrap kit called “The Raven” by
This is an awesome kit based on the poem The Raven by
Edgar Allan Poe.
The kit is presently on sale for $1!
Love this kit Cora, thank you!

You will also require a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask,
you can get it here.

Font used is Jellyka Castle's Queen.
This is a free font, 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).

Unless otherwise stated, the drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-01. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.
 
Open pd-frame-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%. Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp07. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. I greyscaled the tube. Resize if required, position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube then lower the opacity to around 60. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off the white background layer and merge visible. Move over slightly to the right.

Open pd-leaves-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position on the right hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-layered-wings. Paste both the wings as new layers, resize each 70%, drag down below the merged frame layer and position on either side. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 72%, move down below the wing layers and  apply a drop shadow but change the horizontal and vertical to 2 and blur to 3.

Open pd-moon-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and place in position to the left.

Open pd-tree-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position over the moon and apply the main drop shadow.

Open pd-gravestone-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Mirror, resize 60%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open pd-clock and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position on the right of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-ribbon-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-book-05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the position of all your elements and make any adjustments.

Open pd-cloud-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%. Drag the cloud down so its between the clock and ribbon layers and place in position. Duplicate this layer and mirror the duplicate. Drag this layer down behind the tube and place in position so it looks like the tube has mist around her.

Open a couple of the flowers, resize as required and position around the tube. I used pd-flower-02 resized 30% and pd-flower-03 resized 35%.

Open pd-raven-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-raven-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. I dragged this raven down below the book layer and stood him on the ribbon.

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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