(Click on tag to see full-size image)
This tutorial was written by me on July 1st, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas. 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'm using a wonderful FTU kit by Tamie at Addictive Pleasures called "Edward". This is part of the 3 Addictive Princesses June blog train. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous kit Tamie! Make sure you leave some love (a thank you) when you download!
Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous pinup art of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license. You can purchase her tubes from CILM
Mask of choice: I used Mask 33 by Weescotslass, which is available from her blog HERE.
Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Nature; Fire.
Font of choice: I used Water Brush
~~~~~ Let's make a tag! ~~~~~
Open new image, 750 x 750, white background.
From the kit, open one of the frames. Resize 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.
Using the magic wand, click inside the frame. Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.
Select one of the papers, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer. Move below the frame. Selections > Invert > Delete. Do not deselect!
Open the tube, resize as desired (I resized 80%, then 95%), copy and paste as a new layer above the paper layer. Arrange within the frame and delete the excess. Do not deselect.
Open diamondrain and resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the tube and arrange as desired. Delete the excess. Selections > Select None.
Open glassbutton and resize 50%, copy and paste as a new layer and move to the top right of the frame.
Open roses, resize 80%. Copy and paste as a new layer, mirror and move to the left side of the frame. Use the raster deform tool to tilt the image slightly left and then sharpen twice.
Open leaves, copy and paste as a new layer. Mirror the image and use the raster deform tool to make it fit along the side.
Open leaves 2 and resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer, use the raster deform tool to tip it to the right a bit. Carefully erase the branch that sticks out to the left and the bit that sticks out below.
Open leaves 3 and resize 85%, place at the bottom of the frame, over the other leaves.
Open the bow and resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer. Image > Mirror. Place over the other leaves, at the bottom. See my tag for reference.
Open the butterflies, resize as desired, copy and paste each as a new layer and place where you like.
Open candles 2 and resize 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the right side of the frame. Duplicate this layer three times for a total of four. Hide the copies and activate the original.
Using the freehand selection tool with the selection type set to point-to-point, the mode set to add (shift) and feather set to 0, draw some flames on the candles, like this:
Apply the Eye Candy Nature; Fire. Under the settings tab, choose Small, Candle. Change the settings under the basic tab to this:
Hide the original layer and unhide the first copy. Apply the fire plug-in again, using the same settings but hit the Random Seed button once. Do this for the remaining two layers.
Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All. Choose a paper from the kit, copy and paste into selection. Apply the mask, right click the mask layer in the layers palette and choose Merge > Merge Group. Resize 90% and use the raster deform tool to pull the side nodes out a bit.
Apply a drop shadow to the frame, tube and elements. I used H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 6.
Add your name and all appropriate copyright and license information. Crop and resize your tag to your preference.
~~~~~ It's time to animate! ~~~~~
Make sure the original candle layer is open and the copies are hidden. Right click your tag and choose Copy Merged.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Back in PSP, hide the original candles layer and unhide the first copy. Right click and copy merged again.
Back in AS, right click on the tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame. Continue in this way for the remaining two copies.
Click View > Animation to see your tag in action!
Now save your tag as a gif and you're finished! I hope you enjoy your new tag and I'd love to see your results!