Wednesday, 7 October 2009


This tutorial was written on Oct 7th 2009 by Susan aka Hippiedaze.
The idea for this tag is off my own head and any resemblance is purely coincidence.
General Knowledge of psp is required, tutorial was written in psp 9 but will work in other versions.

Supplies Needed

Tubes of Choice I used the artwork of Elias Chatzoudis, you must have a proper license to use his work please visit MPT, mypsptubes - HERE .
PTU Scrap Kit 'Halloweenie' by Tishia, the kit can be purchased @ Scrappin Bratz Store - HERE
Template Used - Halloween Template #4 by Ali @ Designs By Ali - HERE
Plugin Used - Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.
Dropshadow - optional.

Lets Get Started...

Open the template, hit shift & d on your keyboard,this pastes the template as new image, close the original template. Delete info layer, go to image, select resize, choose resize 80%, choose smartsize and make sure the box resize all layers is checked, click ok.
You can add a new raster layer and fill with white, i did and merged as a jpeg at the end. Also delete the copyright info layer.

Activate the layer named back rectangle, go to selections, select all, select float, select defloat then go to layers and add a new raster layer, take one of the papers from the kit and paste as a new layer, you will need to resize a good bit but not smaller than the marching ants thats blinking, go to selections, select invert then hit delete on your keyboard, go to selections again and select none, delete the original rectangle layer.

Repeat that step for the smaller rectangles layer using a different paper of choice from the kit, delete the original small rectangle layer once done.

Activate the large rectangle frame layer, i simply added a dark dropshadow to this but you can colourise if you wish, the choice is yours. I also did the same with the small rectangle frame layer.

Activate the wordart layer and add the same dropshadow to this if you are leaving it white like mine or you can colourise the layer if you wish.

Activate the bottom mask layer and go to adjust, select brightness/contrast and move the brightness slider a little to the right to lighten the layer, now go to adjust again and choose hue/saturation/lightness then choose colourise and pick a bold colour that matches the tube.

Make sure you are on the top layer and paste your tube as a new layer, place in the centre of the large rectangle or where it looks best for your tag, i resized the tube by 80% smartsize. Go to image and select mirror so shes facing the other way then i added a dropshadow in white to this.

Take one of the ghost elements from the kit and paste as a new layer, resize to your liking but remember the elements are rather large so resize quite a bit, move to the right side of your tag and move layer down to the layer above the mask layer so its peeking out from behind the rectangle lol. Add a dropshadow.

Take the other ghost element and paste as a new layer then resize to your liking and move to the left side of the tag, i left this ghost on the top layer this time. Add dropshadow.

Paste the witches cauldron as a new layer now, make sure its the top layer of your canvas, resize as needed and place to the right of your tag nearer the bottom. Add the white dropshadow.

Take the spiders web and paste as a new layer then resize to your liking and move to the top right of your tag then move layer down to just above the mask layer.

Paste the dangling spider as a new layer, resize this as needed and move over to the right of the tag so it looks like its hanging from the web and over the cauldron ouch lol.

Paste the broom as a new layer now and resize this as needed, i placed the broom to the left side of my tag and added a dark dropshadow to this.

If you want to crop or resize then nows the time to do it but i didnt crop this one.

Add your name using a bold font and i used the plugin eye candy 4000, gradient glow with the following settings to my name :-
Glow Width - 3.00 .... Soft Corners - 25 .... Overall Opacity - 100 .... Colour - White, click ok.

Add artist info and copyright info.

Save as jpeg or .png.

Thanks for trying my tutorial and i hope you enjoyed it
would love to see your results,