Drawing a gift tag

Drawing a gift tag

With this tutorial I am going to show you how to draw a gift tag like the one below. Of course this tutorial isn’t going to teach you something that you are going to use everyday, but I believe it’s useful because learning to draw simple objects like that is going to help develop your Photoshop drawing skills and gradually move on to more complex objects.

I started by creating a new file 600*600 pixels. The first step is to add a few guides. I added a total of 8 guides like shown in the image below. The vertical guides are at 100, 350 and 450 pixels and the horizontal ones are at 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 pixels.

Drawing a gift tag

Then take the pen tool and click on the highlighted points to create the gift tag outline.

Drawing a gift tag

Select the ellipse tool

Drawing a gift tag

Check the “Subtract from shape area” option

Drawing a gift tag

and draw a circle at the position shown at the screenshot below.

Drawing a gift tag

Our gift tag shape is now ready and you can save it as a custom shape by right clicking and selecting “Define Custom Shape”

Drawing a gift tag

and giving it a name

Drawing a gift tag

Now create a new document or open the document where you want to add the gift tag or of course you can continue working on the original one, select the custom shape tool and draw your gift tag. (select a dull color, I used #B9AF8D) You should have something like this.

Drawing a gift tag

Add a drop shadow effect to the gift tag layer.

Drawing a gift tag

Now select once more the Custom shape tool and pick an ornamental shape. Place it on your gift tag (color=black)

Drawing a gift tag

Set the opacity of this new layer to 30% and the blending mode to Soft light.

Drawing a gift tag

Select the text tool and using a calligraphic font add your text.

Drawing a gift tag

Now Select the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw a selection like the one shown below. If you cannot achieve that with the first try you can free transform your selection (Ctrl+T).

Drawing a gift tag

Go to Select -> Modify -> Border and use a value of five.

Drawing a gift tag

Create a new layer and fill the selection with any color. Then apply these layer effects to this new layer.

Drawing a gift tag

Drawing a gift tag

And our gift tag is ready.

Drawing a gift tag