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Materials Needed:

Before we start, lets make sure you’re somewhat familiar with my tagging process. I use both PhotoShop (7 & CS3) and PaintShop Pro (X6 & X8) in creating tags. Because of this my process is a bit unique and any text is done at the end in PS usually; this is due to that when any blending is done in PS then moved to PSP it will rasterize the text layer.

This tutorial was written by Heidi (Liadan) on September 14, 2016. The tutorial was written with the assumption that you have moderate to advanced knowledge of Photoshop and Basic knowledge of Paintshop Pro. I will only use PSP for Masking in this tutorial.

When using the Free Transform Tool I always use the Maintain Aspect Ratio setting unless otherwise noted.

Aspect Ratio

*This tutorial will be moved to another site. When this is done this page will link to the tutorial. Please feel free to share this link for the tutorial as it will always be accessible.

This tutorial is the result of a challenge in one of my groups.

Lets get started!

Open your paper in PaintShop Pro. This can be from the kit (as in my first tag) or made by you or from another source (as in my second tag).

Go to Layers – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask from Disk….

Select your mask

Fit mask to Layer selected under orientation, hide all mask selected under options with the transparency setting so that the edges are removed. Create mask from Source Luminance.

Here are what my settings look like.


Click Load and then use F12 to save the paper as a masked paper in the .psd format.

Close PaintShop Pro and open PhotoShop (CS3)

Open the file you saved in Paintshop Pro.

We want to start by going to Image – Image Size.

Resize your image to 550 x 550 pixels at 72dpi.

Open your tube and copy and paste the tube with the background in the image above your masked paper layer.

Use the Free Transform tool to resize your tube. I resized the tube to 85% using the Maintain Aspect Ratio option setting enabled and centered the circle in the image.

Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool in Photoshop select the outside of the background in the tube image. Go to the Select Menu and choose Select Inverse.

Remove any part of the tube outside of the background area with the Eraser Tool or by pressing delete. If there are leaves or other items this is harder than if it’s a solid circle as you want to keep the leaves. (See tag #2 below for example with leaves).

When you finish erasing the tube outside of the background, use the blending options to add a drop shadow to your tube layer.

Add a graffiti/sparkle element to your image. Use the free transform tool to resize the element to how you like.

Add a ribbon element across the circle. Use the Free Transform tool to size the ribbon to touch both edges of the circle.

Delete if needed outside your circle.

Go to the Blending Options to add a drop shadow to your ribbon layer.

**If not using an animation add your cloud element to the image just above your ribbon layer. Place where you wish it to show. If using an animation for the cloud, you will select your Ribbon Layer prior to inserting the animation**

Add any additional elements you wish in your image. Use the free transform tool to resize and place, then blending options to add a drop shadow to your element.

From your tube, select a layer that doesn’t include the background.

Place this as your top layer in the image. Use the free transform tool to resize and hide the visible image in the background. You may need to play a bit to get it to be exact to the image.

Use the blending options to add a drop shadow to your tube.

Add your copyright information and name to the tag.

If you aren’t animating the tag, save as a .png and you’re good. If animating, save as a .psd, and use the tutorials below to add animation.

To add Animation in Photoshop using the pre-made animation please view the following tutorials by Rebel Dezigns.

Using Premade Animations (like from CDO)

**If animating the cloud like I did with the first tag, select your Ribbon Layer prior to inserting the animation with the directions in the tutorial linked above.**

Frame Delay

Saving your Animation

Additional Examples of tags made using clouds and without animation:


Materials used for Second Tag:


Materials used for the third tag:


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