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This tutorial was written by me on January 20th, 2010. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work with other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful PTU kit called "Lovin' You In Blue" by Puddicat Creations and available to purchase from Sunflower Scraps Boutique. Thank you for letting me play with your gorgeous kit hun!
Tube of choice: I'm using the incredible art of Cristina McAllister with a valid license. I love this artist! You can purchase her tubes from CILM.
Mask of choice. I used a gorgeous mask by Sabre at The Quill and Parchment. All his work is spectacular! The mask I used is called "The Brave Heart of Pansies" and is available to download from his blog. Thanks for sharing your talent with us Sabre!
Plug-in needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation (optional, this is used only if you wish to animate)
Font of choice: I'm using Oooh Baby.
Drop shadow used throughout, unless stated otherwise: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5
Ready? Let's get started!
Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background. We'll resize later.
From the scrap kit, open pdc_heart5. Copy and paste as a new layer.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize if needed.
From the kit, open pdc_cloud and resize 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer. Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 12, Blur 8. Move to the right side of the tag. Image > Duplicate > Mirror. Arrange in front of your tube. Duplicate the left cloud again and move below your tube, place it further to the left and up a bit, see my tag for reference.
Highlight the background layer, then open pdc_glitter1 and resize 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move over to the right, filling your heart (see my tag.) Duplicate then Image > Mirror. Merge these two layers together and duplicate the merged layer. Image > Flip. Move this layer up until you like what you see. When you're satisfied, merge this layer down so all your glitter is on one layer.
Now have some fun decorating your tag! I used pdc_flower4 through 9, resized some, mirrored some, and then arranged them both in front and behind my tube. I also used the bird and both lovebugs. This kit has a lot of beautiful elements, so mix it up and experiment!
Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All. Open a paper of choice from the kit, copy and paste into the selection. Selections > Select None.
Now apply the mask using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked. In your layer palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group. Use your raster deform tool to adjust the size of your mask if you like.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. You may now save as a jpg or png. If you'd like to animate, then let's continue!
Highlight your glitter layer and duplicate twice for a total of 3 layers. Hide the two copies and highlight the original.
Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation using these settings:
Now right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged from the menu.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Back in PSP, hide the original glitter layer and unhide the first copy.
Apply the Constellation effect using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button.
Right click your tag and choose Copy Merged.
In AS, right click on your tag and choose Paste > Paste After Current Frame.
Repeat these steps for the last glitter layer.
In AS, click View > Animation to see your tag in action!
If you're happy with what you see, simply save as a gif and you're all done!
Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!