This tutorial was written by Ladyhawwk Designs in August of 2010 and resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
HOW TO MAKE A TAG TEMPLATE
I am by no means an expert on how to make tag templates however decided to write a quick tutorial on how to make one as there have been a few requests. I will outline in this tutorial how I DO IT. There may be other ways but this is mine so hopefully it'll give other's an idea and a start on making tag templates for yourself. The tag template I'll be showing you how to make is very basic using preset shapes that aren't standard with PSP.
What you will need to make a tag template
* Preset Shapes (there are standard ones that come with PSP but it's always nice to search out some new present shapes to make your tag template original) Below is a great link where you can grab some preset shapes. The blog is called Scrap Stuff by Shawna and she has some amazing preset shapes for you to download. HERE
Once you've downloaded any new preset shapes you find unzip them into your "Preset Shapes" folder either in your Program Files or your "My PSP Files" in your "My documents
1. Open up a new canvas 700 x 700 (you can either keep a transparent background or flood fill white to see what you're doing a bit better)
2. Click on your preset shapes tool which you will find on your left side bar (see my print screen below if you're unsure where to find this)
3. I'm going to do a birthday themed template so I've chosen the "gift" preset shape (see my print screen below)
4. In your "Background and Fill Properties" box change the color to whatever you like. I usually like to do my templates in black and grey's however this is where you can get real creative and make your template various colors. For this for now I'm choosing to use black. Holding down your left side on your mouse drag and draw out the size of the present you'd like. I make my fairly large and placed it in the centre and down a bit on my canvas. (see print screen below)
5. On your layer palette right click on your present preset shape layer and "convert to raster layer"
6. Go up to "Selectiions" then "Select All" back to "Selections" then "Float" back to "Selections" then "defloat" you will see marching ants around your present layer (see my print screen below)
7. Go back up to "Selections" then "Modify" then "Select Selection Borders" (see my print screen below)
8. See my print screen below for the settings I use. "Both Sides" - checked, "Border Width" - set at 6,(or you can make is smaller and set it at 4) "Anti Alias" - Checked
9. "Layers", "Add new raster layer", and flood fill in the selection with a different color (in my case I did a lighter grey color) then on your layer palette move this layer UNDER your present layer. Then "Selections", "Select None" (see my print screen below for what mine looks like now)
**Now you can start adding other preset shape layers to add to your template You will follow the same steps as described in steps 3 -9 just using different preset shapes. I wil go over the steps again with you below for the second preset shape I added (the balloon)**
10. Next I decided to add a balloon preset shape to mine. I've chosen the "SK Balloon 01" preset shape (see my print screen below)
11. In your "Background and Fill Properties" box change the color to whatever you like. I usually like to switch up the colors a bit. For the balloon I'm going to choose grey. Holding down your left side on your mouse drag and draw out the size of the balloon you'd like. I placed the balloon up to the left of my present (see print screen below)
12. On your layer palette right click on your balloon shape layer and "convert to raster layer"
13. Go up to "Selectiions" then "Select All" back to "Selections" then "Float" back to "Selections" then "defloat" you will see marching ants around your balloon.
14. Go back up to "Selections" then "Modify" then "Select Selection Borders" You can play around with the border width if you like on your different layers. For my balloon I didn't want quite as thick a border so I choose only 4 instead of 6 (like I did with my present)
15. "Layers", "Add new raster layer", and flood fill in the selection with a different color (in my case I used black) then on your layer palette move this layer UNDER your balloon layer. Then "Selections", "Select None" (see my print screen below for what I have now)
16. I continued to add some party hats, some flowers and some word art to mine. I followed steps 3-9 for each individual preset shape (here is what mine looks like now after adding the other preset shapes)
17. This next step is very important. You need to rename all the layers so it's easy for the person using the template to follow which layers contain which shapes. For example I would rename my present layer to "present" then the border layer to "present border". I would name my flowers to "flowers" then the boarder layer to "flowers border" etc. You do this by clicking on the layer in your layer palette to make it active then "right click" on the layer and "rename" (see my print screen below for how I've done mine)
18. When done save your template as a PSP File.
**An added note: If you prefer you can keep your border layer on top of your main preset layer instead of moving it under. It just depends on how you prefer it **
NOW YOU'RE ALL DONE!!
I hope that this tutorial helps and you'll be on your way to making all kinds of great Tag Templates.
I've also written a tutorial on how to use a tag template which you can find HERE