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In this tutorial I used the art of
Jennifer Janesko.
You need a license to use this beautiful tube, available at

I used a kit inspired by this tube (6-2) from
This is a lovely kit and can also be purchased at

You will need the free plugin 3D Shadow by

You will also need mask 84 by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first of my tutorials you have followed, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Copy Paper02, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  The mask will look a little small at the moment but we will work more with it mask later.

Paste Frame01 as a new layer and resize 80%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.

Paste Paper 05 as a new layer below the frame, resize 80%, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.

Paste Element13 as a new layer, resize 55% and position also in the frame, hit delete again and then deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the element and the frame, merge the frame down onto the element and then the element down onto the paper.  Apply Lokus 3D Shadow plugin with the settings in my screenshot below.


Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place the tube and merged layer into position, duplicate the tube and close the top copy off for now, apply the drop shadow to the original copy.

Paste Element02 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element01 as a new layer, resize 45%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element04 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element03 as a new layer, resize 45% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element11 as a new layer, resize 43% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element05 as a new layer, resize 35%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers now and make any necessary adjustments.

Now we are going to give the mask some perspective so it looks like a floor.  Click on the mask layer to activate it, now open your Pick tool (Deform tool in older Jasc versions), you will see some nodes appear around the mask.  Hold done the Ctrl key on your keyboard and pull the bottom, right hand node out to the side (holding down the Ctrl key will make it pull out both sides the same). Pull the node right out until you have something like in my tag.  You may need to resize the mask after. 

Now go back to that copy of the tube that you closed off and open it, flip it and drag it below the original copy to look like a reflection, depending on your tube, you may need to rotate the copy a little, I rotated mine 7 degrees to the right.   Now open your Eraser tool, set the size to 100 and the opacity to 10 and rub it around the outside edge of the reflection tube to blend it into the mask.

Paste Element08 as a new layer making sure it’s on the top, resize it 50% and duplicate twice, place the candles in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element14 as a new layer, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are all done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.







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