Fireworks Sigtag

This is what we will be making

Fireworks bursts

NOTE: Since PSP8 is so new, I've decided that for the first few tutorials I'll be using a lot more screen shots than I usually do so everyone can get used to the new icons and interface. I hope you find this helpful.

You will need the following items:

Paint Shop Pro, get it here:

Some fireworks tubes. A fireworks tube came with both PSP7 and PSP8, or you may download any of my fireworks tubes from this page.

NOTE: If you would like to make your own fireworks tubes, I made mine using one of Nanson's wonderful tutorials. The one for the Fireworks is part 3 of a series..

Butterfly divider

Let's begin!

1. Start by creating a new image 400px by 400px, Black background.

New image

2. Add a new raster layer. Choose your Picture Tube Tool Tube tool. Set your scale between 25 and 75 and choose any Fireworks tube.

Picture tube options

Place the tube anywhere on your image.

3. Add a new raster layer and repeat Step 2, using a different Fireworks tube.

4. Keep adding Fireworks to your image, until you think you have enough, but be sure to add each one on a separate layer, so you can move them around if you want to. This is what I have at this point.

Multi-color fireworks

5. Go to your layer palette. Right click on any layer and choose Merge>Merge Visible.

6. Grab your selection tool, ellipse shape, with these settings:

ellipse selection

Drag the selection around your image, but keep the selection edge inside the image edges, because when you let go of the mouse button, the selection will spread out 15 pixels (because of the "feather" setting).

ellipse selected around fireworks

Note: If you make the selection too large, just "Undo" (Ctrl+Z), and make a new selection.

7. Go to Edit>Copy.
    Go to Edit>Paste>Paste As New Image.

8. Go to Selections>Select All.
    Go to Selections>Float.

9. Go to Selections>Modify>Contract. The following warning will appear:

Warning dialogue

Click O.K.
Now the Contract Selection dialogue will appear. Contract the selection 30 pixels.

Note: You can keep the warning box from reappearing if you select the Radio Button labeled: Always take these actions

10. Go to Selections>Modfy>Inside Outside Feather. Use these settings:

Inside Outside Feather

11. Go to Selections>Invert. Then go to your Layer palette, and change the Fireworks ellipse layer Blend mode to "Dissolve".

Dissolve blend mode

12. De-Select.

13. Before we add our text, we need to resize our image a bit, since it's a bit large for a sigtag. Note: You should always resize your sigtags, before you add your text, so the text doesn't blur. Go to Image>Resize and use these settings:

Resize dialogue

14. Go to Adjust>Sharpness>Unsharp Mask and use these settings:


15. Now, let's add our text. Add a new Raster Layer. Set your foreground color to Null, and your background color to a nice, contrasting color.

Materials palette

Grab your text tool, choose the font you want to use and set the size.

Type your name or greeting into the text area.


Look at your image to preview. If you don't like what you see, drag your cursor over the text to highlight it and change the options. When you're happy with the text, click "apply" in the text box.

16. Your tag is finished. Let's export it as a transparent GIF so you can use it with any background color. Go to File>Export>GIF Optimizer.

GIF Optimizer

On the Transparency Tab, click the "Existing image or Layer transparency" Radio button.

On the Partial Transparency Tab use these settings:

Part Transparent tab

On the Colors Tab use these settings:

Colors tab

Your Format is Non-interlaced.

Give your GIF image a name, and add it to your sigtag collection.

Note: You might want to save the original in PSP format . Then you can change the text if you want use it again at another time.

Note 2:You can use any of the selection tool shapes to make this sigtag. My tester Nina used one of the star shapes. Doesn't it look wonderful with the fireworks?

Nina tag

Thanks for testing this Nina. As usual, you did a terrific job.

Blue divider with butterfly

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on May 29, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way other than a printout for your use, under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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