Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Holiday Tag

To make this tag, you will need the scrapkit called Festival. You can get it at Shabby Princess, and it is FTU. You will also need a nice photo or other picture. Please read my and their TOU before you start.

Open your supplies and minimize them. Open a new image 400x400 pixels, white background.

Copy one of the papers as a new layer onto your tag. Apply a nice mask of your choice and merge group.
Add a new layer. Take your selection tool and draw out a rectangle horizontally. Fill the selection with a paper.
Add a new layer. Now draw out another selection, this time more narrow, like a stripe, also horizontally. Fill with a paper. Repeat this for another “stripe”.

New layer – draw a vertical rectangle this time but otherwise do as before.
Copy the journaltag onto your tag and position it where you like it.
Minimize your tag for now.

Open your photo. Copy the shabby frame/edges onto the photo and adjust it so that you have the part of the photo you want inside the frame. With your magic wand, select the part outside the frame, expand the selection 1 pixel, highlight your photo layer and hit delete. Deselect. You should now have only the frame and the part of the photo inside of the frame. Merge.
Copy this image.

Go back to your tag, paste the framed photo onto the tag. Adjust it to your liking.

Now add embellishments of your liking.
Apply a nice drop shadow to each of the layers, except for the mask layer.
With your text tool, write out a nice text or saying, and apply it to the journaltag. (I played with the settings of the leading to make it look like it’s written on the lines.)

Again wit your text tool, write out your name in a nice script font, use a rather large size and choose one of the papers as fill. Convert to raster layer. Selections – select all – float – defloat. Expand your selection 2 pixels. Add a new layer and move it below your name layer. Fill the new layer with a color that compliments your textfill. Deselect and merge your name layer into the recently filled layer, and you have just given your name a nice “frame”. Add a drop shadow.

Almost done, we only need to put proper credits to our tag, and save it as .jpg.

Inspiration Tag

To make this tag, you will need scrap papers, a photo frame, 2 photos or other images, Paint Shop Pro (I use 9.01, but I’m sure it’ll work in most versions).
Open and minimize your supplies.

Open a new image 400x400, white background. Copy the notepaper, paste on your image. If you wish to mask it, do so. I chose not to.
Add a new layer. Take your selection tool and draw out a rectangle somewhere in the middle of the image. Fill the rectangle with one of the scrap papers. Deselect.
Repeat this to get another rectangle. (See my tag for guidance)
Apply a drop shadow of your choice to the rectangles.

Now take your first image and your photo frame. Fit the frame to the photo and merge. Copy and paste on to your image. Resize to your liking.
Repeat with your second picture and resize and rotate to your liking.
Add the same drop shadow as before to the photos.

Apply some nice brushes to your tag. If you want the brushes to stand out more, you can add a slight drop shadow to them.

Either with your text tool or with a nice brush, add a saying or something like that to your tag. Add a drop shadow to it.
Back to your text tool. Apply your name on the tag and add a drop shadow to it as well.

Don’t forget to put proper credits to your tag. Hide the white bg and crop it to get rid of excess space. Unhide the white bg and save as .jpg.
That’s it!


I made an animated version of this tag, too.
It’s a bit more complicated, but follow me and I’ll try to explain the procedure.

When you have done everything except the saying, hit ctrl+shift+c (copy merged) and paste the image in Animation Shop.
Open your animated image that you want to use. Try to choose one with not too many frames! Mark all and export to PSP.

In PSP, add the photo frame to your animation. You will need to copy the frame several times and merge each layer separately. It’s very time consuming, but worth the time.
When you have all the layers of the animation with a frame, close the animation. You will be asked to save the animation, click no, the you will be asked to update back to AS, click yes.

Back in AS, you now have the updated animation. You will need to resize the animation if it is a big one, so it fits your tag.

Now copy your tag until you have equal amount of frames of it as your animation has.
Mark the propagate paste-button. Highlight all frames of both your tag and of your animation.
Drag the first image of your animation onto the first image of your tag, to where you want to place it. Wait for it – and there you have the animation pasted into your tag!

If you want a saying or other stuff added to the tag, that floats onto the animation, then just copy them from PSP, and paste them onto the tag.

Not very hard, but you may need to practice a few times.

Here’s how my animated tag turned out.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Love Story

This tag is made in Paint Shop Pro 9, but will probably work in any version
It is my own idea, and any resemblance to other tuts is purely coincidental.
To make this tag you need the B/W scrap kit from Pipmp’d Designz here and my supplies.
Please read my and their TOU before you start.
You will also need EyeCandy 4000 – Gradient Glow.

Open all your supplies and minimize.
Open a new image 500x500, white background.
Open the frame and with you magic wand, select the shadows of the frame. Delete them. Deselect. Resize 75% using smartsize and copy the frame to your image.

Duplicate the frame and hide the upper frame.
With your magic wand, select the three frames inside, expand selection by 2.
Copy the supplied pictures to your image and position them inside the selections. Invert selection, delete excess.
Hide your background layer and merge visible. Unhide background layer and hide the merged layer.

Unhide your upper frame. Repeat the same procedure with this frame and the rest of the supplied pictures.
Unhide your lower layer. Rotate the lower frame layer 5 degrees to the right. And the upper frame layer 5 degrees to the left.

Copy the branch element to the tag. Resize to preferred size. Position it as you like, you may need to erase parts of the branch. Do the same with the other elements you chose.

Add the brushtext as a new layer above your background.
Apply a nice mask to this layer, merge group.

Open your text tool. Write The Twilight Saga with the font Zephyr, colour 404040 and 30pts.
Center the text and convert to raster layer. Again with the same font and colour, but with size 16 pts, type – a love story. Convert this layer to raster and position it to the first textlayer as shown in my tag. Merge the two layers.
Apply Gradient glow in white to the text layer. Use a setting you like.

Repeat these steps to apply your name to the tag, but swap the colours.

Apply a drop shadow to each of your layers – 1,1,30,4, black to all the elements, and 2,2,50, 5, black to the frames and those you typed.

When the tag is finished, hide your background layer and crop the tag to get rid of excess space. Unhide the background layer and save as JPG.

Don’t forget to add credits and watermark to your tag.