This tutorial is © tagcatz designs 2014. It may not be copied or reproduced in whole or in part without my written permission.

This tutorial assumes a basic working knowledge of PSP and AS. I use X5 but any version will do.

No scraps are used for this tag and avatar.
The bird image is copyright to Goldenwolf and is free to use provided you put the copyright on the tag. It's in the supplies.

You will need the following plugins:
Greg's Factory Output Vol 11 - Pool shadow and you can get that HERE It's called Factory Output II on this site.
Eye Candy 5000 - Nature - Snowdrift and you can get that HERE
Xenofex II - Constellation and you can get that HERE
Mura's Meister - Copies and you can get that HERE
Supplies are HERE

Open a new transparent image 600 x 250
Open your bird tube, copy and close
Paste as new layer
Effects, Plugins, Mura's Meister, Copies:

Crop to 600 x 250
Paste as new layer - should still be your bird
Move to the left and down a bit
Crop to size again
Click your background layer to activate it
Adjust blur, gaussian blur, 5
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5000, Nature - Snow Drift

Duplicate this layer twice so you have three background layers
Click the top background layer to activate it
Effects, Plugins, Xenofex II - Constellation:

Click the middle background layer and apply constellation again, but change the random seed
Click the bottom background layer and apply constellation again, but change the random seed
Click your top background layer to activate it
Set your background color to #2d3958 and null the foreground
With your preset shapes tool, rectangular, pull a narrow rectangle across the tag
Convert to raster layer
Duplicate this layer and move it down, leaving enough room in between for the solid line
Switch your foreground and background
Pull a rectangle across the tag in between the first two you did
Convert to raster layer
Position where you want them and then give each layer a small drop shadow
On each of these layers, erase any of the lines that show to the left of the bird
Click your top layer to activate it
New raster layer
Selections, select all
Selections, modify, contract 7
Selections, invert
Flood fill with your blue color
Effects, Plugins, Greg's Factory Output Vol 11 - Pool Shadow - default settings
Deselect
Add your copyright info for the Goldenwolf tube
For my name, I used Always Black in the same blue color
For the Starry Nights I used LoveLight in the same blue color
Give both a small drop shadow
Close the eye on the middle and bottom background layers
Click the top background layer to activate it
Edit, copy special, copy merged
Go to AS and right click to paste as new layer
Back to PSP, close the eye on the top background layer
Click the middle background layer and open the eye
Edit, copy special, copy merged
Go to AS and paste after current frame
Back to PSP, close the eye on the middle background layer
Click the bottom background layer and open the eye
Edit, copy special, copy merged
Go to AS and paste after current frame
Save as a gif file and your tag is done!

To make the avatar - go back to PSP
Merge all flatten
Activate your crop tool, and set the dimensions to 150 x 150
Move the crop box over the area you want to crop:

Click in the crop area to finalize it
Selections, select all
Selections, modify, contract, 5
Selections, invert
New raster layer
Flood fill with your blue color
Effects, Plugins, Greg's Factory Output Vol 11 - Pool Shadow - same settings
Deselect
Add your copyright info
Add your intial/s
Merge all flatten and save as a jpg
I hope you enjoy your new tag and avatar!

tagcatz