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Ornament Sigtag

I made this sigtag some time ago, but have only now just gotten around to making a tutorial for it.  There are 4  things to do for this sigtag: make a sigtag, make the sphere, make the background, and assemble it all.   It's not a difficult tutorial, although you do need some programs outside of PSP in order to complete it.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Infinity Texture Discovery.  This program is freeware and you can download it from here. (it's the 3rd one down the list).

Filter Attacks.  This filter is in German but it's easy to understand.  The filter is freeware and may be downloaded here.

My pearl tubes and topper.   My blank sigtag.  You may download them here.

Part I: The Basic Sigtag

This is the basic graphic from which you'll make your sphere.  You can use a sigtag you already have, or you can create one from scratch.  Tags with color around the edges will work best.  If you wish, you can use the same one I used for this tutorial (it's included in my zipped materials you downloaded).   If you're using this one, just add your name.  Make sure the font size is as large as you can get it, and bolder colors work best.  Here's the one I made for myself.  Save your sigtag in jpg format.


Part II:  Making the Sphere

Step 1. Open up the Texture Discovery program.  Navigate to the folder where you've saved your sigtag.

2.  At the left top of the screen, click Texture/Texure mapping preview.  Set the tiling as you wish.  If you want to do the same as my sigtag,  use the settings as shown in the screenshot.

Step 2. Press the "print screen" key on your keyboard.  Open PSP, right click and "paste as new image.

Step 3. Choose your selection tool, circle.  You're going to select out the sphere from the background.  Watch the numbers at the bottom left of your screen and start around 400, 300.  Draw the selection out to cover the entire sphere.

Step 4. Cut and paste as a new image. 

Step 5. Mirror the image (go to image>mirror).  Save as psp file, and keep the file open for now.

Part III:  Making the Background

Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, transparent background.

Step 2. You will have two background layers, so choose two complimentary colors from your graphic.   I've chosen a yellow #F5D290 for myforeground color and a red #801100 as my bacground color.  [Note:  In order for the filter to work correctly, be sure your foreground and background colors match the order of your layers, i.e., the yellow should be foreground and the red should be background.]

Step 3. Floodfill your background with the yellow color and promote to a layer.

Step 4. Add a new layer and flood fill with the red color.  Move this layer underneath the yellow layer.

Step 5. Make the yellow layer active.  Open Filter Attacks.  It's in German, but the settings are easy to figure out.  Choose the first filter (it's called "Border Zerstauber").  There are no numbers for the sliders, so just approximate the ones in my screenshot.

Step 6. Now you can add the pearl border.  Add a new layer and if you wish, copy and paste my pearl border onto it .

If you wish to make your own pearl border, just use the single pearl included in the zipfile.  To make it easier, go to View/grid and view/grid properties and change horizontal and vertical to 30.  That way you can evenly place the pearls.

Your background is now  complete.  Save it as a  master psp file with all  layers intact so you can  change the colors later if  you wish.

Part IV:  Putting it All Together

Step 1. Copy  the sphere you made and paste  it as a new layer onto your background.

Step 2. Resize it by about 75% (sharpen if you wish),  and apply a drop shadow (optional).  I used the following settings:  horizontal 4, vertical 4, opacity 40, blur 20, color black.

Step 3. Add the pearl topper, or if you wish, you can make your own.  That's it!

If you save all the layers intact, you can change the look of your tag just by adding a different sphere and changing the background colors easily.  Here are a couple of variations I made.


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!  As always, you can email me if you run into any difficulties.  Thanks for trying the tut!

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This tutorial was posted on November 22, 2003.
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