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Friday, April 11, 2014
This tutorial was written by me on 04/11/2014 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any simularities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:

PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Tube of choice - I'm using the artwork of Dave Nestler. You can buy it from CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
ScrapBCS_Daylily_sm scrapkit by Baby Cakes Scraps
You can purchase this kit at CDO
Mask 63 by Bitzy Bees Designz
Font of choice, I used DianaCTT
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow or any other filter with a gradient glow

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open a new image 600 x 600. Open element 11 from your kit, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 60%, all layers unchecked. Now I wanted my frame to be just a slightly darker color to better match my tube. So I clicked on my foreground box in the color palette, clicked on a medium purple color on the tube and then before you click ok, take note of the Hue and Saturation numbers:


Then go to Adjust, Hue and Saturation, Colorize. Enter the numbers you just made note of and it'll change the element to match that color. Sometimes it doesn't change it exactly and you have to play around with it, but for mine it did it just as I wanted.

Now click on your preset shape tool, choose Ellipse. Draw circle, width 8. Your foreground color should be the same as you just colorized your frame. Background null. Hold down the shift key and draw a circle about the same size as the inner part of the frame. While it's still a vector layer go to objects, align, center in canvas. Now on the tool options bar, click on the Edit Mode button, this will bring up the nodes and you can make adjustments so it fits evenly around the frame. I placed mine so it's just inside the frame, here I'll show you in a contrasting color so you can see what I mean:


When you're satisfied with how it looks, convert to raster and move under the frame layer and rename this layer small circle frame.

Activate the bottom layer in your palette. Open a paper of choice from your kit, I used paper 5. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Activate the small circle frame layer, click inside with your magic wand. Expand by 3, invert selection. Activate the paper layer and press delete. Deselect.

Activate the top frame layer in your palette. Copy your tube and paste as a new layer. Line it up where you want it to sit. Give her a drop shadow of -3, 3, 60, 10. Repeat the drop shadow at 1, -2, 50, 5. Move this layer under the small circle frame layer for now.

With your tube layer still active, hide the top frame layer and zoom in about 300%. Click on your freehand selection tool. Set to point to point, feather at 0. Click along the frame and then around the part of the tube you don't want to show below the frame. Make sure you go far enough around the bottom of the tube so that any parts of the drop shadow will be removed as well:


Make sure your tube layer is active and press delete. Deselect. Unhide the top frame layer and give it a slight drop shadow of 0, 0, 60, 10.

Now activate the tube layer once more. Zoom in about 200% and click on your selection tool. Draw a selection around the top of the tube to just under the top part of the frame. Make sure again that you're not going to cut off any drop shadow on the tube:


Ok now promote selection to layer. Go back and click on the original tube layer and press delete and deselect. Activate the promoted layer, and move to the top of your layer palette so it sits on top of the frame layer.

Open element 23, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 60%. I colorized mine as I did my frame, but this is optional. Place at the top of the frame but under the promoted tube layer, see my tag for reference. Give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 80, 10. Now I had a small part of the ribbon that was poking out below the promoted section of my tube. That's easy to fix by just zooming in, use your selection tool to draw just around the part that's sticking out and press delete:


Open element 22, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 50%. Place to the left side of the frame and give it the same drop shadow as you did the ribbon.

Open elements 5, 6 and 7. Copy and paste each one on your tag. Resize all 3 by 30%. Element 5 I mirrored. Arrange the 3 elements on the right side of the frame. Duplicate the flower and mirror again. Resize 80% and move down a little bit on the canvas. Give each of those 4 layers the same drop shadow as before and with the top one active, merge down 3 times till they're all on the same layer.

Now move this layer under the original tube layer. And we're going to do just like we did with the tube. Zoom in about 400%. Click on your freehand selection tool, same settings as before and draw around the side of the frame so you're going around the parts of the stems that stick out the side like so:


Press delete when you're done and deselect. Now you're going to do the same thing with the top part of the flowers, like so:


Promote selection to layer. Go back to the original and press delete, deselect and move the promoted layer to the top of the layer palette.

Open element 13, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 40%. Give it the same drop shadow but change the opacity to 60. Move to the bottom right of the frame, see my tag for reference.

Activate the bottom layer in your palette. Copy and paste a paper of choice, I used paper one. Resize 75%. Add mask from image. If using the same mask as me, be sure to invert the mask data. Merge group and resize 90%.

With your mask layer still active, click on your crop tool. Click on crop layer opaque if it doesn't automatically snap around the mask. Now on mine the head of my tube extended beyond the mask so I clicked on the top node and dragged it to just beyond the drop shadow of the tube so it wouldn't get chopped off.

Activate the top layer in your palette, if you're going to resize, do it now. I resized my tag by 85%, all layers
checked.

Add your copyright, license and tagger's mark. Be sure to credit the scrap kit if required.

Add your name using colors from your tube. Give it an inner bevel:


Then a gradient glow with the glow width at 3 and the color like this. The purple is the same color I used for the background on my name:


Then you can give your name a drop shadow of -2, 2, 60, 5.

Merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!

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