Step 1. Open a new image 250 x 250, white background.
Step 2. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to black.
Choose your preset shapes tool, rectangle, using settings in the screenshot.
Draw a rectangular shape approximately 100 x 175 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). [Note: screenshot below is smaller than actual size].
Step 3. Choose your deformation tool and click on your rectangle.
Put your mouse over the handle on the right (it's circled in the screenshot), and you'll see two arrows that look as though they're chasing each other. This will allow you to turn your image. Rotate it about 45 degrees to the right.
Step 4. Choose you4r selection tool, circle. Draw a small circle at the center top of your tag. Hit the delete key on your keyboard.
Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to white, background null. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines. Use settings in the screenshot (set the line style to #8.
Draw a small line at the bottom of your tag. Right click>apply.
Step 6. Now to add your text. I put mine on vector layers for a couple of reasons - when I rotate it, it won't lose any clarity, and if I want to change the colors of my text, it's a breeze to do so by changing the vector properties.
Set your foreground and background colors to white. Choose your text tool, using settings in the screenshot. I've used Lucinda Calligraphy font, but you could use another if you wish. Type whatever text you'd like on your tag.
Note: Because you're using vectors, the text will automatically be put on a new layer. Once you type the text, just rotate it into position. When the text is as you want it, just right click on the vector layer>convert to raster layer.
Step 7. Add a new layer. Choose your tube tool>rope. Use the settings in the screenshot, and draw a string at the end of your tag.
Choose your eraser tool and erase any overlapping bit (you want it to look as though it's going through the hole).
Step 8. Your basic tag is now done. You can leave it like this if you like. I decided to add a little more to mine. Set your foreground and background colors to white. Add a new layer. Choose your pen tool>draw lines and polylines, same settings as before, an draw two dotted lines down the sides. Right click>apply.
Step 9. I added hearts to mine, but you could add whatever you wish. Set your foreground color to white, background color to red (#ff0000). Choose your preset shapes tool, heart shape (create as vector checked), line width 2.
Draw a heart and rotate it into place. On your layers palette, right click on that layer>copy. Right click again>paste as new vector selection. Move into place. When your hearts are in the position you want them, right click>convert to raster layer.
Step 10. When you're happy with your tag, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you choose.
And that's it, all ready to use!
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