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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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Tragic Romance

In this tutorial I am using the beautiful art of Maxine Gadd.
You need a license to use Maxine’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome new kit “Tragic Romance” by
Absolutely love this kit, thank you Cora!
You can get it here.

You will need two masks, one for the background,
I used Vix’ mask 133, you can get it here (you will find her
masks under "Goodies" at the top) and
the 20/20 mask which I have uploaded here.

I used the font 1 Snappy DNA which you can get here.

Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness it causes (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

I used various drop shadows on my tag, you can use mine or of course experiment with your own.

Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 475 pixels. 

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp-04.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. To give yourself a bit more room, enlarge the canvas to 650 by 550 pixels with the mask layer centred and then flood the bottom layer with white.

Open pd12-frame-05 and paste as a new layer on the top.  Resize 70% and rotate 5 degrees to the left.

Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Open your paper again or select another and copy, I used the same one. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open your tube, mirror, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize and position her face nicely in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, de-select.  Apply a drop shadow of vertical 5, horizontal -5, opacity 90 and blur 15 to both the frame and tube layers.  Close off your white background layer and mask layer and merge visible.  Open the closed layers and move the merged layer over a little to the left.

Open pd12-music-sheet and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down so its below the merged layer, place in position and apply the same drop shadow.

Open pd12-gate and paste as a new layer.  Resize 63% and apply the drop shadow but change the opacity to 8.

Open your tube again, copy it and paste it as a new image.  Apply the 20/20 mask to it, copy it, paste it on your canvas and drag it down below the gate layer.  Resize as needed.  If you need to mist the tube out a bit more, use your erasor brush set on size 100 and opacity 10 and dab around the edges. We want her transparent around the edges as she is a ghost!

Open pd12-tulle-01, paste as a new layer and bring it up above the gate layer.  Resize 75% and position so its showing a little above the merged layer.  Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position so its showing at the bottom.  Apply a drop shadow vertical 1, horizontal -1, opacity 90, blur 3.

Open pd12-leaves-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 55% and rotate 60 degrees to the left. Place in position and apply the first drop shadow, vertical 5, horizontal -5, opacity 90, blur 15.

Open pd12-ribbon-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and place in position.

Open pd12-feather and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow but change the blur to 5.

Open pd12-flower-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the blur back to 15.

Open pd12-flower-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-butterfly and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

 Check the positions of your elements, when you are happy, crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information and text.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here and dont forget to send me your result, I would love to see it and include it in the gallery!


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