April 4, 2013

To create this Set you will need:

A Tube 

I used Art by Barbara Jensen

Tubes and License to use Barbara's Art available HERE


Filter Factory E - Warm Cloth

DSB Flux - Bright Noise

MuRa's Meister - Copies

My Selection HERE



Let's Begin!

Choose a Light Color for your FG

Choose a Dark color for your BG

Make a Linear Gradient on the FG

Angle 45 - Repeats 0


New Image - 600x400

Fill with the Gradient


Filter Factory E - Warm Cloth

At this point your BG is Black and White

If you want to leave it that way, move on to the next step


If you want color- Change your BG from Gradient to Color

Choose the color you want for your FG

Change to Target Brush

Hold down your Left Mouse Button and Paint over the entire area of your Tag

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance


Load my Selection

Promote Selection to Layer

Deselect - Mirror

Duplicate - Flip

Merge Down

MuRa's Meister - Copies

Line Preset - Change the Number to 4

Effects - Distortion Effects - Wave

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 100 and 5 - Twice


Select your BG Layer

Magic Wand - Add(Shift) - RGB Value - Tolerance 5 - Feather 0

Click in one of the lighter areas toward the Left side of your Tag

Selections - Modify - Select Color Range

Tolerance and Softness 20 - Add Checked

Click in the Color Box, then click in the area on the Tag that you have selected

Promote Selection to Layer


Duplicate this Layer Twice for a Total of Three Layers

On each of these

DSB Flux - Bright Noise

46 - Mix - Hit the Mix Button once for each Layer

On each of these - Drop Shadow 1, 1, 100 and 1

Hide the Top Two of these Layers


Select the Top Layer

New Layer

Fill with your Light Color

Select All - Contract 4 - Delete

Expand 1 - Invert Selection

Fill with your Dark Color


Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 100 and 5

Paste your Tube - Move into Position

Drop Shadow - 20, 20, 100 and 100

Crop your Tag

Add your Name, CR info and License#


Let's get what we need for Forum Tag and Avatar

Shift+D to Copy your Tag - Twice


On the First Copy

Remove Tubes, Border, Name and CR Layers

Set your Crop Box to 150X150

Move where you want it and Hit the Arrow to Apply

Add the Border and your Name or Initial

Set this aside for now

This is your Avatar


On the Second Copy

Remove the Border and your Main Tube

Move your CR and Name Layers to the Center of the Tag

Custom Selection

Top - 50

Right - 600

Bottom - 350

Left - 0

Crop to Selection

Add the Border

Add your Tube -Drop Shadow 20, 20, 100 and 100

Crop to Merged Opaque

Move your Name and CR Layers back into position

Set this aside for now

This is your Forum Tag


In PSP - Edit - Copy Merged

In Animation Shop (AS) - Paste as New Animation

In PSP - Hide the Bottom BG Layer - Unhide the Middle one- Edit - Copy Merged

In Animation Shop (AS) - Paste After Current Frame

In PSP - Hide the Middle BG Layer Unhide the Top Layer- Edit - Copy Merged

In Animation Shop (AS) - Paste After Current Frame

Save as a Gif

Animate the Forum Tag and Avi the same way.


Here are a couple more Samples

Also using Barbara Jensen Art



If you try any of my Tutorials

I would love to see what you made!

Please leave a link in the comments section on my Fanpage


Tutorial Idea, Tags/Avis ©Shirley Franklin