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5/16/2011

"Scream Bitches" Tag Tutorial



The template used in this tag was created by me and Salsa and is a Creative Misfits Exclusive! To get it, click HERE. The mask I used is another Creative Misfits Exclusive! It was made by Kaci and you can get it HERE.
The scrapkit I used is made by Crystal's Creations. It is called DRAMA BITCHES and you can purchase it HERE.
The tube I chose to use is by Zlata_M and is called SCREAM and is full of so many fun layers to pick and choose from!!! I had a blast with it, and definitely recommend buying it. You need a license to use it from PFD and can get it HERE.

This is for more experienced Gimp users, but I will try to make it as easy as possible to understand.

Let's make the tag!
1. Open up the template. Delete the wordart, and any text with it...
2. Open up the mask and scale it to 914 x 777. Then go to COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA. Add noise by going to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE and keep the settings at 20/20/20/0. Make sure it's positioned where you like it, as the bottom layer in layers box.
3. Open the splat in the kit and put it on upper left side of template, but a layer above the mask. Then duplicate this layer and use the rotate tool. Rotate to 55 degrees. Move this copy to bottom right side of template, also a layer above the mask. Merge the two splat layers when you find them to be where you like them.
4. Open the fence in the kit and position it above the black circle right layer in template. Duplicate the fence and flip the copy. Make the copy invisible by hitting the eye to the left of the layer in the layers box. We're working with the visible fence layer for the moment. You need to right click on the black circle right in layers box and choose Alpha to Selection. Then make sure that the visible fence layer is the active layer by clicking on it in layers box. Go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. The fence should be proportioned within that black circle right now. So you will want to repeat all these steps with the fence copy layer, so make it visible and redo all these steps... Then when you have them both cropped and positioned right, merge the 2 layers. Then move the opacity slider over to 37.
5. Open the sparkles in the kit and position it behind the pink square in the template. Duplicate and flip the copy and put the copy over on the other side, under the green square in the template. They just want to be poking out far enough to add a touch of bling :)
6. Open as layers paper 4 and paper 11 in the kit. You need to get these papers to have a transparent background so click on one paper at a time and go to LAYER>ADD ALPHA CHANNEL. Then position paper 4 under the green square in template and paper 11 under the pink square in template. The next step is to use the magic wand/fuzzy select tool and click inside the green square. Make sure when you do this that the green square IS the active layer- it needs to be the blue highlighted layer in layers box. Then you will see marching ants within the inside of the green square. Go to SELECT>GROW by 3. Then go to SELECT>INVERT and click on the paper 4 layer to make it active. Go to EDIT>CLEAR and the paper 4 will now be under the green square- basically filling it. Repeat these steps with the pink square and paper 11.



7. Open your tube of choice. With the SCREAM tube, you will want to link all your layers together and then use the move tool to drag them down so they are able to be viewed. You can increase your canvas size if you want, but there really is no reason to... Delete all the background layers that come along with the tube. You will also want to delete: red nails, green nails, tattoo 1, pierced 5, pierced 1, blue hair, red hair, scream pants, and scream finger. Click on the box where the eye is to make all the rest of the layers visible. Then click on the black nails layer to make it active and use the eraser tool to erase the second fingernail. Merge all these layers together, except the copyright info layer (which should be the top/first layer). The tube will be all in one layer now... Duplicate it twice so there are a total of 3 layers.



8. Move one of the layers over under the pink square layer and the paper 11. Add a drop shadow- FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROPSHADOW with settings at 8, 8, 16. Use the magic wand/fuzzy select tool to click inside the pink square layer like we did in step 6. Do not grow it tho. Just click in there then go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. This tube layer will be in that pink square now. Adjust the opacity slider to 72 percent. Repeat these same steps with the second tube copy, but over on the green square side... Make sure that you add the dropshadow then flip the layer before following the rest of the steps. And then adjust the opacity slider to 84 percent with this layer.



9. With the third tube copy, go to LAYER>SCALE LAYER and scale to 322 x 627. Add the dropshadow with same settings. Merge these two layers and set it in the middle of the template.



10. Take the copywrite info and rewrite it in a smaller font, make sure you use the copywrite symbol, artist's name, website and license number. Place this at the bottom of the tube you just worked with in previous step.



11. Open as layers paper 2. LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>ADD ALPHA CHANNEL. Right click on green front circle, Alpha to Selection. Click on paper layer, SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Delete the green front circle.



12. Open as layers the drama flames. Duplicate it. Then try to fit them both in as best as you can within the black front circle. Right click on black front circle, Alpha to Selection. SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR on each one of these flame layers. Then use the rectangle tool to cut off the alternate sides, because some might stick out just a little. This may take a couple tries to get just right, so just go to EDIT>UNDO if you mess up... This is also a REALLY good place to make sure you save your work. Save it as an .xcf file so you can come back in and work with it layer by layer.



13. Open as layers the brad that is green and pink in the scrap kit. Duplicate it. Move each brad to each side of template, like in my example.



14. I used a font called aaaiight! I typed it out in hot pink, right click, Alpha to Selection. SELECT>GROW by 3 and added a new layer, used bucket fill to fill that with black, then did that again and filled the next layer with white. Add a drop shadow with same settings as used above.



I hope you had fun with this tag, I'd love to see your go at it :) Feel free to mail it to me HERE. Thanks for viewing :)

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