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This tutorial was written by me on June 29th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.
PSP version used: X2, but should work with other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.
Tube of choice: I used an awesome tube by Greg Andrews. If you'd like to use the same tube, you may purchase it at Up Your Art.
Template of choice: I used a wonderful template (#121) by Bev at Horseplay's Pasture.
"Metallic Blue Butterflies" Corner: made by Mary of Graphics by Mary. Download from her blog HERE (scroll down)
Mask of choice: I used mask #42 by Weescotslass
Plug-ins needed: Eye Candy Textures - Swirl
VM Extravaganza - Transmission
Font of choice: I used Monika, HERE
Drop shadow used throughout unless otherwise noted: H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 10
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.
Delete the following layers: Credit, Heart 2, Heart 1 and Circle 2. Change the canvas size to 750 x 750 and flood fill the blank area of the background layer with white.
Activate the Circle 1 layer, select all, float and defloat. Change the foreground colour to # baa669 and the background to #01007f. Change the foreground to gradient, choose "Foreground - Background" from the drop down menu. Use these settings: Style: Radial, Angle: 0, Repeats: 5, Invert: unchecked. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with this gradient. Deselect. Apply Eye Candy Textures - Swirl using these settings:
Under the Settings tab: Choose Random, Medium Half-Twist
Under the Basic tab: Choose Add Swirl to Original Image and leave all other settings at default. Click OK. Delete the original Circle layer.
Float and defloat the Swirl layer once again. Add a new raster layer. Change the gradient settings to this: Style: Linear, Angle: 45, Repeats: 5, Invert: unchecked. Flood fill the new layer with this gradient. Contract the selection by 5 and tap delete to create a frame.
Using the Color Replacer tool, change the Diamond Circle Ring layer to a colour of your choice. I chose black.
Activate the Rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer. Check the Invert box on your gradient and flood fill the new layer. Deselect and delete the original layer.
Activate Square 1, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with your background colour. Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange a portion of it within the selection. Invert and tap delete. Deselect and change the blend mode to Lighten. Delete the original layer.
Square 2: Flood fill with Foreground colour, arrange a different portion of your tube within the selection. Do not change the blend mode. Repeat for Square 3, using the BG colour this time.
Square 4: flood fill with the foreground colour; arrange a portion of your tube within the selection, invert selection and tap delete. Deselect. Change the blend mode to Darken.
Apply drop shadow to your tag elements using the settings noted above.
Hide all layers except for the squares, their tube layers and the rectangle layer. Merge visible and move to the bottom of the circle (see my tag for reference).
Activate the Corner Lines layer. Select all, float and defloat. Flood fill with the background colour or a colour of your choice.
Activate the large circle layer and duplicate. Apply gaussian blur with a radius of 20 to the original layer. Apply VM Extravaganza - Transmission using these settings:
Line Width: 6
Repeat for the merged rectangle layer.
Resize your tube 75%. Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the rectangle layer. Erase any bits that over lap the frame and apply drop shadow.
Open the Metallic Blue Butterflies corner and resize 45%. Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the top left corner of the rectangle. Duplicate, mirror and arrange on the top right corner. Drop shadow using H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 8.
Hide the background layer and merge visible. Unhide the background and add a new raster layer. Flood fill with #dbceab. Apply the mask and merge the mask group.
Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Save as a jpeg or png and you're done! Thanks for trying my tutorial!
I'd love to see your results, email me!