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Sunday, April 17, 2016
This tutorial was written by me on 04/17/2016 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities 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 art of Jessica Dougherty, available at CDO
Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first
Scrap kit of choice, I'm using the matching IB kit from Ladyhawwk Designs, also available at CDO
Mask of choice, I'm using WSL_Mask139, links are in the sidebar
Font of choice, I'm using Tango Script SSK
Filters used:
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, don't forget to save often.

Open a new image 650 x 650, flood fill white. Copy and paste frame 2 from your kit as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right. Using your selection tool, draw around the left part of the frame, we're going to remove it. Make sure your selection line is right up to the edge of the right part of the frame:


Press delete and deselect. Move the frame near the bottom center of your workspace. Copy your tube and paste as a new layer. Arrange her on the frame as you like. I arranged mine so it looks like her left leg is laying on the bottom edge of the frame.

Activate the white background layer. Copy and paste a paper of choice, I used paper 4. Resize down about 50% and arrange how you like it behind the frame. Activate the frame layer. Click inside your frame with your magic wand. Expand by 5. Invert selecton, activate the paper layer and press delete and deselect. Rename this layer Frame Back.

Activate the frame layer, open element 11 from your kit. Copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, move the bow with the ladybug on it to the top left corner of the frame so it covers the section of the white bow we chopped off.

Activate the frame back layer. Open element 24, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and arrange at the bottom of the frame so it looks like she's sitting on the grass inside the frame. Duplicate this layer and move it down a bit below the frame. Duplicate and move several more times so there's plenty of grass sticking out from below and the sides of the frame. I mirrored a couple of the grass layers to give it a more full look. See my tag for reference.

I ended up having 5 layers of grass. Hide those grass layers in your palette. Layers, View, Invert. Merge those layers together, change the view back to all and make any needed arrangements on the grass so it's about even on both sides of the frame.

Open element 8, copy and paste as a new layer. Move this below the frame back layer, resize 60% and arrange it behind the tube. See my tag for reference.

Activate the top layer in your palette. Open element 20 from your kit. Copy and paste as a new layer, resize 35% and place at the bottom right of the frame.

Open element 17, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 25% and arrange at the bottom left of the frame. Repeat with element 21 at 18%, arrange in the center of the blue flower. Once more with element 26 at 10%. I colorized the little button blue by first going to Adjust, Hue and Saturation, Colorize with both settings at zero. Then I used my Manual Color Correction tool to change the color from #5c5c5c to #3b87c4. But that is optional.

Ok let's start adding drop shadows to stuff on our tag. Make sure shadow on a new layer is unchecked. I used -1, 2, 50, 5 for all of the elements. Give the frame a drop shadow of 0, 0, 70, 10.

Activate your tube. Duplicate and on the original, apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0. Activate the duplicate and change the blend mode to screen and the opacity to 40%. Now give your original tube layer a drop shadow of 0, 0, 50, 10. Apply a drop shadow again at 1, -1, 50, 5.

Activate the white background layer. Add a new raster layer. Select all. Copy and paste into selection a paper of choice, I used paper 1. Apply mask from image, merge group and resize if needed. I resized mine down 90%.

Hide your white background layer. Crop Merged Opaque. If you're going to resize your tag, now is the time to do it. I resized mine 85%, all layers checked. Optional: I then increased the canvas size by 5 pixels on all 4 sides.

Add your name to your tag using colors from your tube/scrap. Give it an inner bevel, I used this one:


Then apply a thin gradient glow. I used this with the glow width at 3.


Then give your name a drop shadow. I used -2, 1, 50, 5.

Add your artist credits, license and tagger's mark to your tag. Don't forget to credit the scrap kit if required. Delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!

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