Paint Shop Pro Signature Tag Tutorials by Vix


One of my favourite American TV shows of all time

and a fantastic theme tune - so...hence, this tut hehe



A few tubes of your choice - all by the same artist, obviously

About 5 or 6

Free or PTU, whoever you'd like to use.

Make sure they permit colour changes to the tubes/images though

I'm using some of my faves by the truly wonderful Barbara Jensen -

who does allow colour amendments, and not just all over saturation - for

this Barbara and much more - thank you xx

Barb's art must be purchased if used

Google her name and find her site.

(Can't active link here as it's adult)


Gold gradient


I don't know who made this, if you do know - please let me know so

I can credit or remove.

Place in your Gradients folder


Heart, Stars and Words

all made by me - please don't use in other tag tutorials, thanks xx


Mask - Vix_Mask147 - can be downloaded from my Goodies page

under Masks


Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow and HSB Noise



Open a new Image in PSP - 550 x 550

Floodfill White

Add a New Layer

Floodfill with the gradient I provided

Angle 0

Repeat 0

Now, open a few tubes of your choice

Copy and Paste them on new layers of their own

Add dropshadow 1, 1, 50, 11, Black

to each tube

And place the ones who's faces you want to show through a lot

more to the centre of the canvas

Maybe ones you don't often use?

Ones you've forgotten about hehe?

I used 5 in a cluster around the middle

of the canvas

Bunched together like mates hehe



Now crop the canvas to the size it is already 550 x 550

and Hide the White Background

Merge Visible the rest



Now add a new layer at the top of the Layer Palette

Go to the Gradient settings -

Same gradient but change to Angle 315

and Repeats 5

and change the Blend Mode of this layer to Burn

If this looks odd for you or not to your liking, try a different blend mode

Preferably one that gives a golden or golden-ish hue

The one I got was golden-bronzey :)


Hide the White Back again

Layers, Merge Visible



Now on the merged layer

Apply Effects, Texture Effects, Weave

on these settings


Now apply the mask Vix_Mask147

Apply as mine

and Layers, Merge, Merge Group

At this point, if you prefer working larger you

can increase your canvas size to 600 x 600 if liked

Image, Canvas Size - 600 x 600

Placement - Central

and then floodfill White again on the bottom White Background


Open the wordart I've provided

Copy and Paste and Place as a New Layer

above all the others

Line up as liked - see mine for reference

Now apply Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Glow Width 3.00

Soft Corners 0

Overall Opacity 100


Now apply dropshadow to the words

1, 1, 50, 7, Black


Open the Stars I've provided

Copy and Paste and place as a New Layer

Move into position and move the layer under the words layer




Merge the two stars layers together

and apply the same dropshadow


Open the heart I've provided

Copy and Paste and Place in the centre of the stars

Add Dropshadow as before


Open your scripty font of choice

No Stroke, Fill Black

Type out your name

Stretch to size

line up in the middle bottom of the tag

Convert to Raster

and apply Gradient Glow and Dropshadow as before


Add the copyright info now

Crop the canvas a bit if you sized up earlier on


Now to Animate

Duplicate the stars layer twice to total 3 layers

On the first (bottom) layer

Apply Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise on my settings

On the 2nd stars layer - hit Random Seed a couple of times before applying

on the 3rd layer - same again

Animate the usual way - Animation Properties on Opaque, White

and Frame Properties on 35

Save as .GIF

That's it - all done

On my 2nd example, I did as above but also added another tube

(Same as the central one on the masked layer)

and placed it under the heart layer

Erased any poking out from underneath and applied

a dropshadow to it

This tutorial was written on 21st May 2008 by Vix

It is a tutorial based on a tag of my own design and

any potential similarities to other tag tutorials that

may be available is wholly unintended and completely coincidental.

Any items supplied to use to create your own tag with this tutorial are supplied

in good faith - if I have used something not intended

for usage in this way, please contact me via email.

Links to tube/scrap supply sites are added either through necessity or courtesy

and it is entirely up to the individual if they choose to visit these sites.

This website is intended for educational/entertainment purposes only

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