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This tutorial was written by me on December 9th, 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, its tools and functions.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit by Creationz by Jo called "Winter Chill" and available to purchase at Aussie Scrap Designs
Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Jessica Dougherty with a valid license. You can purchase Jessica's tubes from CILM.
Photo of a winter scene, I got mine from Stock Exchange.
Mask of choice.
Plug-in needed: VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes, available to download HERE.
Font of choice: I'm using Carattere
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 60, Blur 7.
Ready? Let's begin!
Open a new image, 700 x 700, white background. We'll resize later.
From the scrap kit, open WC_TripleFrames, resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer. Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > change Hue to 154 and Saturation to 124.
Using the magic wand with mode set to add, tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside each one of the frames. Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6.
Open your photo, resize if needed, copy and paste as a new layer. Selections > Invert > Delete. Move this layer below your frame.
Open WC_Branch and resize 50%. Copy and paste as a new image, move to the top. Free rotate 8 degrees left and place on the left side of your tag.
Open WC_Lantern, resize 70%, then 80%. Use your eraser tool to remove the rope and place at the bottom of the branch.
Open 2 flowers of choice, resize each 30%, then 80%. Copy and paste each as a new layer, duplicate one and mirror. Arrange at the base of your lantern. I colorized two of the flowers using the same settings above.
Open 2 butterflies of choice, resize each 30%, then 45%. Copy and paste as new layers, colorize if desired. Free rotate left or right 15 degrees and place around your frame.
Open a bow of choice, resize and place in the middle of the frames (see my tag for reference.)
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. If you're using the same tube as I did, I mirrored mine and resized 120%.
Highlight your background layer. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #193686. Apply your mask.
If you haven't already, apply drop shadows to all but the photo layer.
Hide background, mask and photo layers, merge visible.
Unhide the hidden layers and highlight the photo layer. Duplicate this layer 4 times for a total of 5 layers.
Hide the top 4 copies and highlight original layer. Apply the VDL Adrenaline Snowflakes filter using these settings:
Size range begin: 1
Size range end: 10
Snow color: Basic - Snow
Random Seed: 0
Now hide this layer and unhide and select the first copy. Apply the filter with all the same settings, except change the random seed to 2.
Continue in this manner, applying the filter to the remaining copies, changing the random seed setting on each layer.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Resize your tag to a size you like.
Time to animate!
Unhide the original photo layer and hide the copies.
Right click on your tag, choose Copy Merged.
Open Animation Shop and right click on your workspace. Choose Paste As A New Animation.
Back in PSP, hide your original photo layer and unhide copy 1. Right click, copy merged.
In AS, right click on your tag, Paste > After Current Frame.
Continue in this manner until you have 5 frames.
View > Animation to see your tag in motion. I chose to change the frame properties to 15. Edit > Select All. Animation > Frame Properties > change to 15.
Once you're happy, save your tag as a gif and you're done! I hope you enjoy your new tag and thanks for trying my tutorial. Remember, I always love to see your results! Send them to me in an email by clicking the "Contact" link in the top menu.