Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Happy Christmas

This tutorial was written by Monti on December 4th 2012. It's concept is copyrighted to Monti. Any creation you make from my ideas are yours. You may print out this tutorial for your own personal use, but please do not copy it in any way to put online, pass out or rewrite without my permission or worse yet attempt to claim as your own.

This was written for psp 9 but will work in other versions.

For this tutorial you will need

Paint Shop Pro

A Tube of your Choice 
I am using the art of PinUp Toons. 
You can purchase a license to use his work from CDO

Fonts of your Choice
I used Impact font for the main word - Christmas.
I used Whisper for the top word - Happy.
I used Bauhaus for my name.
You will also need a small pixel font for the artist credits. I used Pixel Berry 08/84 Ltd.Edition.

A Scrap Kit of your Choice
I used Santa's Little Helper by Kristin Aagard Designs - available at Scrap Orchard but any kit that you can use some nice elements from will do.

Xero - Porcelain - Available *HERE*

Ok we are ready to start.


Step 1:
In PSP open a new 600 x 500 image with a black background - this is so we can see our white text, we will be deleting this layer later.
Activate your text tool and select Impact font (Use all capital Letters) with the following settings:
Create as Vector: Checked - Size: 72 - Stroke Width: 4 - Bold: selected - Anti alias: Smooth or Sharp - Kerning: 25 - Foreground colour: White - Background Colour: Null. 
Stretch your text until it is about 150 pixels high and almost fils the canvas width ways.
Go to Objects - Align - center in Canvas and convert to Raster layer. 
Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Inner Bevel with the following settings:
Go to Adjust - Add/Remove Noise - Add Noise - 50% - Uniform and Monochrome: checked.

Step 2:
Activate your Magic Wand with the following settings:
Mode: Add (Shift) - Match Mode: RGB Value - Tolerance: 10 - Feather: 0 - Antialias: checked.
Click inside each of the letters then go to Selections - Modify - Expand by 3. 
Copy your tube and paste it as a new layer above your black background layer. 
Position it in the center of your letters with the part you want showing in the selections. 
Continue pasting the tube as a new layer, moving into position until all the gaps are filled.
In the layer palette make sure the center tube is the top tube layer. 
Hide the black background and the text layer and Merge All Visible. 
Unhide all layers and making sure you are still on your tube layer go to Selections - Invert and press Delete on your keyboard. 
While still on the tube layer go to Effects - Plugins - Xero - Porcelain with the following settings: 
Softness: 50 - Strength: 128 - Brightness: 128 - Red, Green and Blue channels set to 0.
Activate your text layer and add the following Drop Shadow: 
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 2 
Opacity: 35 
Blur: 2 
Colour: Black

You can now delete the black background layer.

Step 3:
Open elements from your chosen Scrap kit and arrange on your tag. Use my tags as a guide if you wish. 
When you are happy with their placement add a small Drop Shadow to each one. I used:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 3 
Opacity: 35 
Blur: 5 
Colour: Black

Step 4:
Select your text tool and a font of your choice. I used Whisper with the following settings: 
Create as Vector: Checked - Size: 60 - Stroke Width: 1 - Bold: selected - Anti alias: Smooth or Sharp - Kerning: 0 - Foreground and Background Colour: Use a colour from your tube.
Type the top word - Happy or Merry.
Go to Objects - Align - center in Canvas and convert to Raster layer. 
Add the following Drop Shadow:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 2 
Opacity: 40 
Blur: 5 
Colour: Black

Step 5:
If you want to resize your tag please do so now.
Once you are happy with the size add the artists copyright and your license number if needed. 
Add your name in a font and colour of your choice and save the tag as a png.


  1. Hi Monti, thank you so much for your great tut, I made a Happy Birthday tag for you, hope you like it.
    HERE :
    Hugs, Betsy E.

  2. Thank you so much Betsy, I love it. I am glad you enjoyed the tut. x

    1. You're so welcome hun, so glad you liked it, thanks again for the great tut.x