Paint Shop Pro Signature Tag Tutorials by Vix



This tut can be as simple or as jazzy as you'd like

to make it - see my other examples for variations on a theme lol!


Tube of Choice - doesn't have to be a Christmas

one, but of course you can if prefered

I'm using Rion Vernon (Pin Up Toons) Christmas tube 

called Individual Tube 19-3 which as you can see

I'm using with my old CILM License - however, Rion's work is available from Creative Design Outlet

If you wish to use the same, you must be licensed to use it so feel free to use a different tube


Trees, Baubles and Candle Arrangement

All made by the fabulous Rainbow Coffi

(expect to see much more of her work in my

Christmas tuts)

I've included what I've used in the download and promoted

the tubes I used to layers.  If for some reason, you can't open

the tubes in your PSP, please don't email me (!) but instead you may download the originals

from the site I got them from.

Go to PSP Playground who exclusively host Rainbow Coffi's tubes


Thank you Kim x


Font of Choice


Mask of Choice


Eye Candy 4000 Glass


Mura Meister Copies




Open a New Image 600 x 600 White Background

Open the Candle Arrangement tube and use either

the arrangement with or without candles

Copy and Paste as a New Layer

Image, Resize 80% Smartsize

Adjust, Sharpness, Sharpen

Move to the bottom left of the canvas




and make sure the copy is below

the original

Colourise to suit the tube you're going to use

or go monochrome if prefered

or leave as it is - ooooh, such choice lol!

Once colourised, add a subtle dropshadow to both layers


Open the Winter Trees tube

and cut the left tree out

Copy and Paste as a New Layer

Image Resize 80% Smartsize

Adjust, Sharpness, Sharpen

Make sure this layer is below the other layers

and move over to the left of the candle arrangement

(see my tag for placement)




Add a deeper but still subtle dropshadow to the trees layers

(Try 1, 1, 45, 10)




Now open the main tube you've chosen to use

Copy and Paste as a New Layer

Colourise, Resize and Dropshadow as prefered.

Hide this layer for now


Open the Baubles and cut out one to use

Paste as a New Layer on the canvas

Resize as before

Place in the middle of the canvas

On this bauble layer, take your Magic Wand tool

and click outside the bauble

Now unhide your main tube

Duplicate it and

making sure it's UNDER

the bauble layer

Hide the original again and

Hit Delete on the duplicated layer

You should now have just

the bauble filled with tube



to select the inside of the bauble

and on your tube layer

go to

Effects, Distortion Effects, Punch

on the following settings


If yours looks a bit mad like that, just change the settings to suit

Keep Selected

Go to EC 4000 Glass now

and use the preset named Basic Glass

Selections None


Now if like mine

too much harsh edges from the tube

"inside" the bauble is showing through

then take your eraser tool on a soft setting

Try 81, 30, 10, 100, 100, 0 and Opacity 33

and gently erase these parts of the tube

The bauble already has lovely shading on it so if

you do erase the tube, it just adds to the faded shaded look!

(See my results and you'll know what I mean)


You can add a shadow to the bauble if wished

but I didn't to the monochrome one

but I did to the green one




Open the font you've decided to use

and type out a seasonal phrase

I used Season's Greetings

Now place in the centre

and go to Mura Meister Copies

Look for Tiling

Change the Tile Gap to 2 or 3



Now add your mask you've chosen

I used a Mask called Caz Mask 1 which

I know many people have lol!

I resized the mask by 90%

as you don't want the words to overshadow the

rest of the tag too much


Add a subtle dropshadow to the word layer

and move this below the candle arrangements

but above the trees layers


If the words are too much, simply drop the opacity

or leave the layer out altogether as I did

in one of my other examples lol!



That's pretty much it

Crop your canvas now to a more

tag like size


Add your Name and Copyright info


Save as .PNG

All done :o)


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial

Here's some more examples

The first one, I merged the tree layers

together and duplicate to total 3

then added a very subtle Xenofex 2 Constellation setting

to each layer for some sparkly trees.


The second one, I just used ornaments which are

available for free download from Corel

and added them to a layer

of their own

Coloured them and had them flashing hehee!

and added a brush layer behind the trees.


And the third example (below) is the original tag on which

this tutorial is based, and I added VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes to the

bauble layer which I duplicated to total 3 layers

and added the snowflakes only to the bauble part.

Thanks for Looking and if you do this tut, I hope you

enjoy it xx


This tutorial was written on 7th November 2007 by Vix

It is a tutorial based on tags I made

and any possible similarity to other tag tutorials

that might be available is wholly unintentional and

completely coincidental.

The supplies I share are shared in good faith.

If you see anything used within my tutorials that

you personally know for certain wasn't intended for such usage,

please contact me directly via email to

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This website is intended for educational/entertainment purposes

NOTHING (unless tutorial supplies

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