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First off, unzip all supplies.
In Photoshop, create a new canvas.
Place a paper from your kit onto the canvas.
You can drag and drop items straight from your file browser into the canvas. This makes it faster to place items.
If your items place to fit inside the canvas, you can Edit > Free Transform to fit your paper to fill the canvas.
When placing papers, as long as it isn’t a HUGE increase, you can make it bigger than 100%. It won’t decrease the quality to an unbearable level.
Grab your rectangle tool and make sure your settings are like this:
Now draw out a rectangle in the middle of your canvas.
Place another paper over the top of this rectangle. Resize it the same as before.
Right click the paper in the layers panel and choose “Create Clipping Mask.”
Now your paper sits snugly over the rectangle.
Highlight the rectangle again and right click it. Choose “Blending Options” and add these options:
Highlight your paper layer and let’s add some elements.
Instead of telling you exactly where to put what and what size to use, I am just going to show you a animated image of what I did. This way, you can create your own version of the tag without doing exactly what I have done.
You can move your elements around in the layers panel to rearrange them.
When placing your elements, you can transform them again by going to Edit > Free Transform. Just be sure you hold the shift key to constrain the proportions.
As you can see, it is pretty random. I just place the items where I think they might work.
We definitely want to add some shadows to our elements. Without shadowing, the tag will just look flat. The secret to a good tag, is a good shadow effect.
Right click (or ctrl+click) a layer and choose “Blending Options.”
I add a drop shadow and an outer glow. The glow enhances the effect a bit.
Now after you have hit OK, right click the layer again and choose “Copy Layer Style.”
Highlight all of your element layers (click the top one, then shift + click the bottom one) and right click again. This time, choose “Paste Layer Style.”
It makes a HUGE difference to add shadows:
Now that we have all of that done, time to add the next details. Tube and text. Fun!
Choose where you want your main tube to be placed. I have put mine as the topmost layer, and then positioned her to where it looks like her hands are resting on the draped cloth.
Now drag and drop your tube onto the canvas. Resize and adjust it to your liking. Always make sure you constrain your proportions while resizing. Hold the Shift key while you drag the corners.
Add the same drop shadow you did before.
Highlight the top layer of the layers panel.
Grab your text tool and add the name you would like. Position it just where you want it and add a layer style. This is mine:
Now to add a border!
Select > All
Layer > New Fill Layer > Sold Color…
It doesn’t matter what color you choose. I usually go with black.
First, let’s make ourselves a pattern.
Save this image and open it as a new file in Photoshop.
Edit > Define Pattern… Give it a name, and click ok. You can close this image now.
Back to your timeline cover.
Right click that new color layer in the layers panel and choose Blending Options.
When creating two different strokes, click the little plus sign beside the option title. This will duplicate the option for you to edit.
Now add your copyrights! Don’t forget that part!
And here we have our completed tag! You can now save it as a PNG or a JPG file. I prefer using the Export feature, so I know it is at the proper resolution for web-display.
Here are the settings I used:
My “Forever List” can find their tags in their Fotki Folders.