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This tutorial was written by me on October 7th, 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 an awesome Halloween kit by Aussie Scrap Designs called "Halloween Harvest". This is a wonderful kit with lots of terrific Halloween elements. You can get it at Aussie Scraps Design Store. Thank you for letting me use your wonderful kit Gail!
Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous pinup art of Keith Garvey with a valid license. You can purchase his tubes from MPT.
Mask of choice: I used a wonderful mask by Diana Todd, #0670, which can be downloaded from her site HERE. Click the masks link and go to page 34.
Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Impact (Gradient Glow, for name) and Xenofex 2 (Lightning).
Other supplies: Grass background and word art, both created by me. Please don't share the files online or through email. Download HERE.
Font of choice: I used Vampiress
Ready? Let's get started!
Place the mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open the supplies in PSP and minimize, we'll use them later.
Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background.
Add a new raster layer and select all. From the kit, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection. Deselect.
Apply the mask and merge the mask group.
Copy and paste SWGrassbyCarol and move to the bottom of the tag.
Add your elements:
HH4: Resize 22%
Moon: Resize 10%
Spooky Tree: Resize 20%
T1: Resize 20%
Bats: Resize 10%, then 50%
Tombstone: Resize 30%
Corn & Seed_Grasses: Resize as desired and scatter around the tag
Copy and paste your tube, resize if desired. I resized 85%.
Copy and paste the cat, resize 15%, then 85%. Arrange beside the tube.
Add the word art (it's in 3 layers) and arrange to your satisfaction.
Apply a drop shadow to all elements; I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 5.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background and mask layer. Merge visible.
Unhide the background and mask layer. Duplicate the mask layer 3 times for a total of 4. Hide all but the original layer.
Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the top part of the mask, like this:
This will keep the lightning effect in the sky only.
Apply Xenofex 2, Lightning to the first mask layer. Under the settings tab, choose High branching, flash, glow and use the default settings for the other tabs. Now hide this layer and open the first copy. Apply Xenofex again, but this time click the random seed button until you see an effect you like. Do the same for the second copy. Do not apply the effect to the last copy!
Add your name, apply the Eye Candy gradient glow effect, here are the settings I used:
Add all applicable copyright and license information.
Hide all the copies of the mask and open the original. Right click on your tag and choose "Copy merged" from the pop up menu.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose Paste as a new Image from the pop up menu.
Back in PSP, hide the original mask layer and open the layer that has no lightning effect added. Copy merged.
In AS, right click on the tag and choose Paste After Current Frame.
In PSP, close the mask copy and open one of the other two mask copies that contain the lightning effect. Copy merged.
In AS, Paste After Current Frame.
In PSP, follow the same procedure for the final copy of the mask and paste after current frame in AS. Now highlight Frame 2 (the one without the lightning effect), right click and copy. Highlight Frame 4, right click and choose paste after current frame. You should now have 5 frames in your animation. Frames 1, 3 and 4 have the lightning effect and frames 2 and 5 do not.
In AS, click on Frame 2 then go to Animation > Frame Properties and change the display time to 100. Do the same for Frame 5. Leave the other 3 frames as is.
Resize your tag as desired.
Click View > Animation to see your tag in action! Save as a gif and you're all done!
Thanks for trying my tutorial!