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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 Irina Grank.
I purchased my license to use Irina’s art at Mypsptubes.

I using a lovely kit called “Mirror Mirror” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is AL Boogie Woogie, a free font,
you can get it here.

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

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-07.  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-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%.

Open pd-wa-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and duplicate. Position one copy towards the top, right hand side and the other copy towards the bottom, left hand side. Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open pd-moon and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and apply the drop shadow. Move up and to the left a bit.

Open pd-tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-frame-06 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Open a new paper and copy, I used pd-pp-06, make a new layer on your canvas below the frame and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and position her coming out of the frame. Apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-swirl-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. Place in position and using my tag for reference, erase parts of the swirl out.

Open pd-sparkle -01 and paste as a new layer, resize 80% and place in position.

Open pd-flower-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, duplicate and resize the duplicate again by 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open pd-key and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-cracked-mirror and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%,  place in position and apply the drop shadow. Paste your tube again as a new layer, position her face in the mirror, lower the opacity so you can see the mirror through the tube and erase the parts that are outside the glass. Set the final opacity to around 50.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any adjustments. Go back to the tree layer and draw a selection around the right hand part of the base of the trunk. Hit delete and then right click and paste as a new layer, this will put back the part you deleted, de-select.  Bring the part you deleted to the top and reposition so its over the top of the frame.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text. The AL Boogie Woogie font looks nice with an inner bevel. I have done a screenshot of the bevel I used. When you are done, export your tag 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.


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