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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 Anna Marine.
You need a license to use Anna’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a lovely St. Patty’s Day kit by called
“Getting Lucky” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Sarah!

I you will also need a mask, I used Babes Designz mask 12.
Unfortunately Babes has removed her blog so I have uploaded the mask here.

Font used is Erin Go Bragh, here.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (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 canvast 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt+getting-lucky_pp1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask making sure “invert mask data” box is checked.  Resize 85%.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_frame2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%.

Open your paper again or choose a new one, I used the same paper as the mask. Paste the paper as a new layer, resize 80% and drag down below the frame layer. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, go back to your paper layer, invert the selection and hit delete.  Save the selection to the alpha channel as we will need it again later (selections – load/save selection – save selection to alpha channel, ok).  De-select.

On your tube, copy and paste it as a new layer and bring it to the top, resize as required, place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube again, mirror it, drag down below the frame layer, resize as required, position nicely in the frame.  Open the selection again (selections – load/save selection – load selection from alpha channel - load).  Hit delete to remove the excess tube. Apply the drop shadow to both the frame and tube layers and lower the opacity of the tube to around 60.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_print1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, duplicate and close out the original copy for now. Mirror the duplicate and position just above the frame layer on the left hand side.  Open the original copy, flip it, drag it down to just above the mask layer and position on the right hand side.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_frame4 and paste as new layer, drag up so its just below your main tube layer. Resize 70%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_greenery1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 15 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_flower1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_flower2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_horse shoe and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and then 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. As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!



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