05 June 2010

Because The Night (PTU)

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Because The Night 

This tutorial was written by me on June 5th, 2010.  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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a lovely PTU kit by Ariasparkle called Lady Bugs.  This is a really cute kit and includes some absolutely adorable fairy posers.  You can purchase it at Sunflower Scraps Boutique.

Tube of choice: I'm using the awesome art of Unholy Vault Designs with a valid license.  You can purchase these tubes from MPT.

Template of choice: I'm using Template 22 by Scrapity Scrap and More.

Mask of choice, or download the one I'm using HERE 

Plug-ins needed: Xero Radiance, Eye Candy Impact and Eye Candy Textures.

Animation Shop

Font of choice: I used Mr. Canfields

Ready to make a new tag?  Let's get started!

Place the mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the Scrapity Scrap layer.  Image > Canvas Size > increase canvas size to 750 x 650.  Activate Raster 1 and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the circle layer.  Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Open a paper of choice, resize as desired (I resized 15%) copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  I used paper 4 for this layer and then changed the color to one that better complimented my tube.  If you're using the same tube and wish to do the same, click Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Colorize > Hue: 203, Saturation: 10

Follow the above directions for the remaining layers, I left the frames white.

While working on the top, middle and bottom squares, leave the selection active after adding the paper, then copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Arrange so a portion of your tube is showing, then delete the rest.  Now apply the radiance effect to the tube using these settings:

Do this for each of the squares.

Apply a drop shadow to each of the frames, I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 8.

Paste your main tube (it should still be on your clipboard) and arrange in front of the large circle.  Drop shadow.

Open sk8-22, resize 20%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom left side of the circle.  Duplicate this layer, then Image > Flip.  Arrange on top left side.

Open sk8-19, resize 10%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place between the bottom and middle square frames.  Duplicate the bow, mirror and flip.  Place between the middle and top frames (see my tag for placement of all elements.)

Open sk8-8, resize 10%, then 45%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place as you wish.  Duplicate the butterfly as many times as you like, resize some, mirror if you wish, and place around the tag.

Apply a drop shadow to the elements, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5.

Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background layer and merge visible.

Hide your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All

Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection (I used paper 4 again and colorized using the same settings as above.)

Apply the mask and use the raster deform tool to alter the size if you wish.  I moved all the sides in a bit.

Add your name and all applicable license and copyright information.

Now is a good time to crop your tag and get rid of any excess canvas.  Resize all layers to the size you prefer.

Duplicate the mask layer 4 times for a total of 5.  Hide the duplicates and activate the original.

Apply Eye Candy Textures, Texture Noise.  Under the Settings tab, choose Cloud Cover, under the Basics tab, change the settings to this:

 Hide this layer and unhide the first copy layer.  Apply Texture Noise to this layer using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once.

Continue in this way for the remaining mask layers.  When finished, hide all the copies once again and leave the original open.

Right click on your tag, and choose Copy Merged. 

Open Animation Shop.

Right click in the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide the original mask layer and open the first copy.  Right click on tag, choose Copy Merged.

In AS, right click on the tag, choose Paste > After Current Frame.

Continue in this way until you have five frames.  Click Edit > Select All.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 20.

Click View > Animation to see your tag in action.  If you're happy with what you see, save your new tag as a gif and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial, don't forget to leave some love if you like my tuts!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

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