Making a Tag in Photoshop Elements
Tutorial by: Becky Soto
|This tutorial shows you one of the available ways to make a custom tag, and can be adapted to make other custom shapes as well.
Create a new document by clicking File>New, and filling in the
dimensions you want. Here we are using a 4x6 inch, 200ppi
From the tool bar, select your Rectangular Marquee tool, as shown below.
Draw out a rectangle shape in your document. Next we want to add
a rounded top to our tag. In your tool box, select the Elliptical
Marquee tool, which is located in the same spot as the rectangle.
You can right click on the fly-out arrow on the Rectangular Marquee and
select the Elliptical. Now because we want to add this to what we
just did, we need to click on the Add to Selection icon, as shown below.
Click and draw out the top of your tag. (Here's a tip - if you
hold down the spacebar and move your mouse, you can realign the shape
so that it sits where you want it. Release the spacebar to
continue drawing out your shape.) You should now have something
that looks similar to this.
The next thing you'll want to do is cut the hole in the tag. For
this you'll need to click on the Subtract from Selection icon, as shown
Draw out a small circle, however large you want your hole to be.
(Another tip, if you hold down the shift key as you are drawing out
your shape, it will constrain the proportions to a true circle.)
You should now have something that looks similar to this.
The next step is to add the paper that you want to use for your tag.
Open up the background paper of your choice, and copy this (Ctrl-A,
Ctrl-C). On your tag document, Edit>Paste Into Selection.
You'll notice that you have a large selection box now, which would be
the excess paper, and to get rid of you can Ctrl-A to select the
document, and then click Image>Crop. You will now have what
looks similar to the tag below!
Have fun with this, and remember that you can make many different shapes using just these two tools!
© 2008 Becky Soto