This tutorial was created January 12, 2007.
©Copyright Ginny Hopping/Bunny's Attic.

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This tutorial was written using PSP 10, but can be done in versions 8 and 9.

Thanks to Diana, my dear friend and awesome tester! You can see her examples of the tag here.

~ You will need ~
A tube of your choice.
The tube I used is the artwork of Rion Vernon and can be purchased from the GILD here.
Paint Shop Pro, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.
MuRa's Meister Copies 1.3 here.
My "Be Mine" scrapkit with the papers, ribbon frame, bow and "KR Hearts Galore" font by Kat of "Kat's Fun Fonts" here.
Monika font here.
Install MuRa's Meister to your plugins folder. Open the scrapkit and your tube in PSP.
Have the fonts opened and minimized on your desktop.

You can drag this pointer as you go to keep track of your place in the tutorial.
Drag script from Dynamic Drive


Let's get started ...

Open a new canvas 600 x 660 with a white background.
Open your Be Mine Scrapkit and choose a paper you'd like for the background, (I choose the Pink Hearts paper) and highlight the layer.
Edit/Copy, return to your tag image, Edit/Paste as New Layer.

Back to the scrapkit and highlight the layer for the heart ribbon frame. Edit/Copy, return to your tag image, Edit/Paste as New Layer.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings..
vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 50, blur 20, and color black.

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If you'd like to change the ribbon frame and bow to pink, do these steps ...
Adjust/Hue And Saturation/Colorize ... Hue 0, Saturation 0.
Adjust/Brightness and Contrast/Brightness/Contrast ... Brightness 70, Contrast 0.
Adjust/Hue And Saturation/Colorize ... Hue 255, Saturation 146
Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen .
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Click on your text tool and use these settings ...



In your materials palette make your foreground color black and your background color #a71b1c.
If you are using a pink frame and bow use white for your foreground color and #e6a4a6 for the background.
Click on your image and type in an upper case A. Place it like below.


In your layer palette right click on Vector 1 and convert to a raster layer.
Selections/Select All, Selections/Float, Selections/Modify/Contract 2 Pixels.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel and use these settings ..



Selections/Select None.

Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings..
vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 50, blur 5, and color black.

Layers/Duplicate. In your layer palette click on the bottom heart layer (Raster 3) and go to Effects/ MuRa's Meister/Copies.
Use these settings ...



In your layer palette click on your top layer.
Open the tube you plan on using, Edit/Copy, return to your tag image, Edit/Paste as New Layer. Position your tube like my example.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings..
vertical and horizontal 3, opacity 50, blur 20, and color black.
Repeat the drop shadow but change the vertical and horizontal to -3.

If your tube is like mine you will have to use the freehand selection tool to select the area where the tube is covering the bottom
of the heart. Click on your freehand selection tool, feather 0 and anti-alias checked. Zoom in a make a selection like below.

 

Then go to Edit/Cut or you can hit the delete key on your keyboard. Selections/Select None.

Open the scrapkit again and highlight the layer for the bow element_gh. Edit/Copy, return to your tag image, Edit/Paste as New Layer.
Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings..
vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 30, blur 5, and color black.
Repeat the drop shadow but change the vertical and horizontal to -2.

Click on the text tool and use these settings ....

In your materials palette make your foreground color #a71b1c (#e6a4a6 for the pink people. lol! ) and your background color white.
Click on your image and type your name. Place it like below.



Go to Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use these settings..
vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 50, blur 5, and color black.

Add your watermark and any necessary copyright information.
Try this next step to insure you don't end up cutting off any of your drop shadow ...
Whenever I finish a tag I like to duplicate it. (Window/Duplicate)
Then I turn off the background layer and while on one of the visible layers I go to Layers/Merge/Merge Visible to merge all the other layers.
Click on your selection tool then in the "Create selection from:" area of the tool ribbon find the "layer opaque" icon.


Click on that and it will make a selection around your tag including all the drop shadow.
Go to Image/Crop to Selection. Turn your background layer back on and save your tag as a .jpg.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!


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