Slatted Tag

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn about using filters.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS or CS2.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

You will need the VM Extravaganza filter:  shoutn'  Unzip the filter into your Adobe Photoshop Presets Filters/Plugins folder.  Do this BEFORE opening photoshop.

If you would like to make this tag without using the filter, click here.

1.  Open up the photograph that you wish to use.  Image > Duplicate.  Close the original.

2.  Layer > New > Layer From Background

3.  Image > Size .  Width = 350 (height will automatically adjust to a proportional size)

4.  Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen.

5.  Image > Canvas Size.  Width & Height = 400

6.  Select > Select All.

7.  Filter > VM Extravaganza > Shoutin!  Apply these settings:  Bars = 15 (adjust to your liking), Gap Width = 80, Top Amplitude = 70, Bottom Amplitude = 70, top Rhythm = 27, Bottom Rhythm = 122, Transparency = 0, Move On/ Off  *change the Transparency to 0 (pic is wrong on number)

8.  Right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options.  Click on the WORDS  Bevel and Emboss.  Apply these settings:  Inner Bevel, Smooth, 100%, Up, 5, 5, 30 CHECK, 30.

9.  Click on the WORD Contour.  Choose Cone from the contour drop-down menu.

10.  Choose the freelance Lasso tool (You may have to right-click on the lasso tool to choose the correct one.).  Set Feather = 2 px. 

11.  Open up the original image again, and with the lasso tool, trace  (hold left mouse button down and drag) around the edge of the part of the image that you want to keep.  Release the mouse button when done, and you should have a selection around part of your image (my flower below).

12.  Edit > Copy

13.  Click back on the slat image.  Edit > Paste.  Your "tube" should appear as a new layer.

14.  Edit > Transform > Scale.  Press on the lock icon (between the width & height) in the scale toolbar.  Change the width to 40% or some other number that will make your "tube" small enough.  You'll get a preview in your image window of how small the tube shrinks.  Change the width number until you are happy.  Then press the check mark to apply.  With the mover tool, move the tube into place.

15.  Right-click on the tube layer and choose Duplicate Layer.

16.  Click back on the middle layer (first tube layer).

17.  Right-click on it and choose Blending Options.  Click on the WORDS  Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Blend Mode = Normal, Opacity = 50%, Angle = - 11 (negative), Distance = 10, Spread = 12, Size = 13.

18.  Click on the bottom layer and with the magic wand, click on the blank space BETWEEN the slats.

19.  Click back on the middle layer and then click on the DELETE key.  This deletes the part of the shadow that extends into the transparent area.

20.  Choose your text tool & font and size (I used Passion Conflict, size = 96) and type your name.  If you want to rotate it like I did:  Edit > Transform > Rotate.  Grab the upper right corner and drag upward.

21.  Right-click on the name layer and choose Rasterize Type.

22.  Apply any embellishments to your name that you wish.

23.  Image > Trim.  Trim the transparent area to a tight fight.

24.  Now save this as a GIF.  File > Save AS 


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