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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 have used an awesome pre-paid tube by Sky Scraps.
You need a license to use Sky Scraps’ art, available here.

I have used InzpiredCreationz part of a fabulous collab kit called “Ready to Fight”.
This is a huge kit packed full of goodies, many more than I have used in my tag,
you can seriously make a lot of tags with this kit!!!
You can get the collab or the individual kit here.

You will need the 20/20 mask which I have uploaded for you here.
I also used Brutal Designs mask 11, here.

Font used is Broken Ghost, a free font, here.



Remember you will need to sharpen those elements after resizing/rotating otherwise they will look a little blurry.  Check out my Tips and Tricks page if you are not familiar with how to do this.

Unless otherwise stated, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the Papers and copy, I used Paper 14.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Brutal Designs’ mask. Resize 80%.

Open Paper 15 and copy.  Again, make a new layer on your canvas, the selection should still be there, paste the paper into and apply the 20/20 mask.  Resize this mask 75%, duplicate it and, without moving it, merge down onto the original layer so it’s a bit deeper in colour.

Open Halftone and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and move over to the left. Apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 70, blur 5. 

Open Frame 4, paste as a new layer and resize 60%.  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 flood fill with black. Do not de-select.

Open your tube. The tube I have used comes in four colourways, I used layer 1 for this part and mirrored it.  Paste the mirrored tube as a new layer, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame layer changing it to vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5 and lower the opacity on the tube to around 60.  Close off the white background layer and both mask layers and merge visible.  Re-open the closed layers and move the merged layer over a little to the right, you can adjust the positioning later.

Open Jail Door and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Crates and paste as a new layer.  Mirror (I mirrored this because I wanted some more green on the tag), resize 70%, move over to the left and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Gun and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and rotate 15 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Bomb and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Battery and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Ribbon 3 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Knucks and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Whip and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 70%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Bullet and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Pill 1 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 30%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open your tube again, undo the mirror if you are using the same one and paste as a new layer.  For the main tube I used layer 3.  Resize your tube as needed, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open Sparkles 1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, drag down below your main tube layer and position behind her.

Check the positioning of all your elements and when you are happy, 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 of course love to see your result and include it in the gallery!



 

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