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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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Alicia Mujica - LDS1095

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Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

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Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

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Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253

Garv - KG2307

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My PSP Tubes - MPT1875

Myka Jelina - MK1328

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Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

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Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

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In this tutorial you will need a close up and body/part body tube.
 I am using the art of Arthur Crowe.
You need a license to use Arthur’s art, you can get one here.

I am using a scrap kit called “My Man” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

I used two masks in my tag, one which is included with the kit and also
Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is CK Newsclips,
You can get it here.

If you want to do the name text the same as my tag,
you will need Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact. 



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating otherwise they will be a bit blurry (adjust – sharpen – 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 650 by 600 pixels and floodfill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-08.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Monti’s circle mask. Resize 85%.  The paper I used is a little light but I wanted the colours so I duplicated it and merge the duplicate down onto the original layer.

Open pd-pp-02 paper and copy. Again make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply pd-mask-01 which is included with the kit. Resize 90%.

Open pd-tire, copy and paste as a new image. Resize 80%.  Select the interior of the tire with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.  Make a new layer below the tire layer and fill the selection with colour #2c332c, do not de-select.

Open your close up tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position nicely in the tire, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, de-select. Lower the opacity of the tube layer to around 70, close out the tire layer and merge visible. Apply Paint Shop’s blinds texture with the width set to 3, opacity 20, colour black and horizontal and light from left/top both checked. Re-open the tire layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge visible, copy and paste on your main canvas and move over a bit to the left.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels. Open pd-frame-05 and paste as a new layer on this canvas. Resize 58% and rotate 70 degrees to the left. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by one. Open paper pd-pp10 and copy, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Lower the opacity of the paper to around 55.  Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame. Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and frame layers, merge visible and copy and paste it onto your main canvas. Move over to the right a bit.

Open pd-fence-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, drag down below the two merged layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-print-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and move slightly up and to the left, duplicate and move the duplicate over the right and erase any part that overlaps with the first copy. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-string-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-screw-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information.

Select a blue colour for the foreground and a green for the background from the pd-print-02 element. Set the background to gradient and click on edit to open the gradient editor, select BLACKFOREWHITE to make a gradient of your two colours and then change the settings as in my screenshot below and type out your name.  Convert your text to a raster layer, go to selections – select all – selections float – selections de-float and apply Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass with settings on “clear”, de-select and apply the drop shadow.










Export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to five 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 the gallery!



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