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Christmas In The Heart
This tutorial was written by me on December 15th, 2009. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.
Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome collab kit from Creative Scraps Store called "Icy Sweet". This kit is free with any $5 purchase and is filled with wonderful stuff!! I'm using the portion by AJ Randoms Scraps.
Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous art of Cristina McAllister with a valid license. You can purchase her tubes from CILM.
Template: TracyF.Designz Xmas.Template6 by Tracy at Freebie Friends. Download from their blog HERE. Thanks for sharing these awesome templates Tracy!
Silver pattern and snow animation are included in supplies HERE.
Font of choice: I'm using AL Heavenly
Winter scene of choice
Mask of choice
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5.
Ready? Let's make a new tag!
Unzip your supplies and open the Bright_silver_speckle pattern in PSP, minimize.
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Delete TracyF. Designz layer. Image > Canvas Size > change size to 750 x 650 so you have room to work, we'll resize later.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.
Highlight the Circle layer. Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat. Choose a paper from the scrap kit, I used Blue3. Resize 20%, then 80%. Copy and paste as a new layer, place it over the selected circle, Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, hit Delete. Ctrl+D to deselect. Delete the original circle layer.
Repeat these steps for Shape 1, using a different paper, I used Pink3.
Select Shape 2, float, defloat. Change your FG color to #709cb7 and your BG to #ffc9e9. Now change your FG to Gradient, style linear, angle 45 and repeats 3. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient. Do not deselect!
Open your winter scene, resize if necessary, copy and paste as a new layer. Place it over the gradient layer, Ctrl+Shift+I to invert, hit Delete. Ctrl+D to deselect.
Now duplicate your gradient layer and drag above your winter scene. Change the blend mode on the top gradient to Color Legacy. Adjust the opacity if desired, I left mine at 100%. Merge down twice so that these three layers are now one. Rename this layer snow scene.
Selections, float, defloat. Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 4
Change your FG to pattern, find the Bright_silver_speckle pattern in the menu and select it. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the pattern. Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 6. Hit the delete key. Selections > Select None. You now have a frame around your scene.
Highlight the text 1 layer.
Change your FG back to colour, and change the color to #193e54. Activate the Change To Target brush from the side menu (it's located in the fly-out menu below your paint brush tool). Set the size to 100, Hardness 50, Step 10, Density, Thickness and Opacity at 100, Rotation 0, Mode set to Color. Left click and paint over your text to change the color. Do the same for the text 2 layer.
Now add your tube and any elements you like. I added Flake1, duplicated it a number of times, changed the sizes and scattered them around my tag. When you have all the flakes you want, and they're placed where you like, hide the rest of your layers and merge the flake layers together. I then added the flower, resized 20%, then 80% and placed it at the lower left of my frame.
Add drop shadows to the circle fill, shape fill, text fill 1, text fill 2, your tube, the frame you created and the elements you added.
Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer. Flood fill with the same gradient you used above, only this time, put a check mark in the Invert box. Apply a mask of choice to this layer. Resize your mask if you like, or use the raster deform tool to alter it to you liking.
Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool. Click the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top menu and click the green check mark. This will get rid of any excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.
Unhide your background layer and resize your tag to a size you like. Remember to check the box beside "resize all layers"! I resized mine 85%.
Highlight your top layer. Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.
Now hide your frame layer and all the layers above it. Merge the rest of the layers visible. Hide your merged layer and unhide the other layers. Merge these visible. You should now have two layers. Highlight the bottom layer, right-click on your tag and choose copy.
Open Animation Shop, right-click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Open your snow animation in AS. Note that the snow has 20 frames, so your new tag must have 20 frames as well. Right click on your new animation and choose Duplicate Selected. Keep doing this until you have 20 frames.
Choose your snow animation again. Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy.
Choose your new animation. Edit > Select All > Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frames. Carefully place your snow over the snow scene. You will need to do this twice in order to cover the whole scene.
View > Animation to make sure you like what you see!
Back to PSP. Highlight your top layer, right-click your tag and choose copy.
Paste this layer as a new animation in AS, right-click and choose copy.
On your tag, make sure all frames are selected, and the propagate paste button is selected (in the top menu bar, it looks like three sheets of paper lined up diagonally).
Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame. Carefully place the rest of your tag on top of your animated frames, then left click to place. If you get it wrong the first try, just undo and try again.
Now simply save your new tag as a gif and you're finished! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see your results!