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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 August 4, 2016. The tutorial was written with the assumption that you have a fairly decent (moderate) 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

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Remember to save your work often.

Open a new 900 x 900 image in Photoshop. Ensure your DPI is set to 72 and that your background is transparent.

Open A paper from your kit. I used ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Paper5.

Open a second paper and place it ontop of the first. I used ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Paper9.

Save your Image as BurlesqueNights. Close the image in PhotoShop and Open in PaintShop Pro.

Select your bottom layer in PaintShop Pro and select Layer – Load/Save Mask – Load Mask from Disc.

Repeat this process for the second paper layer.

Save the image in PaintShop Pro and close it. Reopen in PhotoShop.

Select your top paper layer and Change the Blend Mode for the Layer to Luminosity


You can change the Blend Mode for the layer in either the Layer Pallet or by right clicking on the layer and selecting Blending Options.

Open a frame and add it into your image. I used ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Frame5.

Rename your layer Tube.

Resize as needed using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl +T).

Open your tube and add it into your image.

Rename the layer Tube

Resize as needed using the Free Transform Tool.

Duplicate your tube layer.

Name it Tube Blur.

Go to Filter

Select Blur

Select Gaussian Blur

Set your radius to 7.0

Confirm the blur.

Set the Blend Mode for this layer to Color Burn.

Now Duplicate your frame and move it above the two tube layers.

Your image should look like this.

Remember to save your work often.

Using the Magic Wand tool with the settings Tolerance 32, Anti Alias Checked, Contiguous Checked and Sample All Layers Unchecked.

Select your Tube Layer

Click outside of the tube

Right click in the selected area and choose the option ‘Select Inverse’

Select your top Frame Layer. Delete the frame covering the face and hair, but leave part of the tube under the frame.

Depending on the clusters you create you may need to remove any additional parts sticking under the frame; however the clusters I created cover the elbow on the tube and I didn’t have to remove any part of the tube.

Remember to save your work often.

Now get ready to do some clusters.

Open an Image size 500 x 500 with a transparent background

Open the same frame you used in the image.

Open 5 additional elements. I used the following elements.

¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element23
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element68
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element57
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element44
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element66

Add the frame to your blank Image.

Open your first element. I used element 23.

Using the Free Transform tool, rotate and place so that your going along the bottom side of the frame away from where your tube goes under. For me this is the bottom right .

Add each element so that you go no higher than 1/4 of the way up the frame and no further to the center than 1/2 of the way into the frame.

When you finish you will have a frame and 5 elements in a cluster.

This is what I have:

Remove the frame

This is what I have left:

Highlight all the layers in your cluster image and drag into your tag image.

All 5 layers should remain selected and you can use the free transform tool for all 5 layers to position on your frame in the same location you had it in before we deleted the frame from our cluster image.

This is what I have now:

Remember to save your work often.

Now my second cluster is much more complex, and I used the WZ_CluserIt2_C action from the Cluster It {2} Photoshop Actions by Studio Wendy to create it.

I am not going to go step by step through the action.
Follow the prompts and use the default size of each element when selected placing. Don’t resize the elements and cancel when you get to the step to save.

The elements I used (in the best order I can remember)

¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element50
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element62
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element73
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element27
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element74
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element66
¤ ScrapMonti_BurlesqueNights-Element8

This is what I get after running the Action.

Copy all layers from the image created from the action and drag into your tag image.

Use the Free Transform tool to place on the side of the image where your tube goes under the frame.

Resize so that the cluster is approximately the same height as the frame you selected (rotate as necessary).

Locate the Mask layer and select in your Layer Pallet.

Move this to a location between the vertical cluster and the first cluster we created.

Remember to save your work often.

Copy the Layer Style from any of the layers from the vertical cluster.

Paste this (drop shadow) onto the bottom frame layer, tube layer, and the 5 layers of your original cluster.

Go to Edit – Image Size.

Resize the image to 400 x 400.

Remember to save your work often.

Add your Copyright information. I use FFF Galaxy font at 8pt with none selected for the font corrections. Select a color that contrasts with your tag, I selected Red.


Rasterize the layer and Save.

Go to Filters – Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Set the Glow Width to 0.04
Set Soft Corners to 16

This is what I have at this stage:

Select a Font for your name. I used Heather at a 60 point font setting selecting a color from the tube.

Paste your Drop Shadow Layer onto your text layer, then add an outer glow that complements the color of the font, a 1 pixel stroke in another complementary color, and bevel & emboss the text layer.

These are the settings I used.

Position your name and save your tag.

Here is my result:

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see your results.


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Each week in the CDO Diamond group, a set of challenges are sent through. While I catch up with putting older tags in, I will be posting (when I can) supplies used in a tag. This won’t always be possible, as unless I’m posting when I’m creating, I will most likely forget the scrapkits used in tags.

Anyway on to the tag.

The challenge for this tag was to use a tutorial written by the talented Fi using the following template by her.


Her tutorial can be found at http://justfi.co.uk/tuts/11/WatchingWaiting.html

Here is my result.

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