Zoom Halo Tag

This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for high beginners to intermediates to learn how to use filters.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 8, but the steps used may also be done in Version 7 or 6.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

You will also need these filters:

1.  Open up the tube that you want to use. On keyboard, press Shift +D, to duplicate the tube.  Close the original.

2.  Resize your tube so that the largest dimension is no more than 350 pixels.  In top menu, click Image > Resize.  Set size to pixels, and set largest dimension to 350.  Check all layers.

3.  In top menu, click Image > Canvas Size.  and change width & height to 500.

4.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on layer and choose New Raster Layer.  Name it Background.  In the Layer Palette, drag the background layer to the bottom.

5.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on tube layer and choose duplicate.  Now you have 2 layers of your tube.

6.  Hide the copy layer (top) by clicking on the eye to x out that layer.  Make sure the background layer is on the bottom.  And click on the tube layer to higlight it.

7.  In top menu, click Effects > Plugin Effects > VM Toolbox > Zoom Blur.  Set the Amount = 102, and Adjust = 23.

8.  In Layer Palette, unhide the top layer, by clicking on the eye again.  Then click on the top layer to make it active.

9.  In top menu, click Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Vertical & Horizontal = 0, Opacity = 70, Blur = 20, and color = black

10.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge All (Flatten).

11.  In top menu, click Selections > Select All.

12.  In top menu, click Selections > Modify > Contract.  Contract by 5.

13.  In top menu, click Selections > Invert

14.  Flood fill this selection with a color from your tag, or use some effect to add a color.  I used Super Bladepro and added a gold border.

Now save this as a sig tag blank, so you can add names later.  You will probably want to resize it, too.  I resized my tag to be 275 pixels wide and high. 

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