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This tutorial was written by me on November 15th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.
PSP Version used: 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 fabulous kit called "Snow Day" by Kristi W. This is such a fun kit, I adore all the winter elements and the cute little snowmen, this tag was so much fun to make! You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops. Thanks so much for this wonderful kit!
Tube of choice: I used art by Pinuptoons, which you can purchase from CILM until December 31/10.
Plug-in used: Xenofex 2, Little Fluffy Clouds
Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's awesome masks, #205, available HERE
Snow animation, supplied by me HERE.
Font of choice: I used FatMarker
Let's make a tag!
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 800 x 650, white background.
From the kit, open Frame1 and resize 30%. Copy and paste as a new layer.
Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.
Copy and paste a paper of choice as a new layer and resize 15%. Invert the selection and tap delete, do not deselect!
Open the ice rink, resize 25%, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom part of the frame (see my tag for placement). Tap delete, deselect.
Open the tree, resize 10%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the rink layer and arrange to one side. Duplicate, resize 85% and arrange as desired. Continue to duplicate and resize until you have the "forest" you like. ;-)
Now activate the paper layer, we're going to add the clouds effect. Select all > float > defloat. Apply Xenofex 2, Little Fluffy Clouds using these settings:
Click the Random Seed button until you see something you like. Deselect.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize 90%. Move to the far left side of the frame (see my tag for placement).
Add the rest of your elements:
Sign: resize 20%
Sled: resize 15%
Snowballs: resize 15%
Snowman1: resize 10% (move below the frame layer)
Snowman2: resize 12% (move below the frame layer)
Wordart: resize 15%
Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer. I created a gradient for this layer using #bdefe1 for the FG color and #eccfda for the BG color. Select foreground/background from the drop down list. Set the angle to 45 and repeat to 4. Flood fill the new raster layer with this gradient. Apply the mask and merge the mask group.
Apply a drop shadow of choice to your tube, frame and all tag elements.
Hide the frame layer and all layers above it. Merge visible the remaining layers so you have this:
Rename this layer Background. Now hide this layer, then unhide and merge visible all the layers above it. Rename the new merged layer Frame.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Hide all layers except the Background layer. Right click and copy this layer, we're now going to add the snow animation.
Open Animation Shop, then right click on the workspace and choose "Paste As A New Animation".
Open the snow animation I supplied. You will see there are 10 frames in this animation, so you need to have the same number of frames in your tag. Right click on your tag and choose "Duplicate Selected". Continue doing this until you have 10 frames. Edit > Select All.
Activate the snow animation. Edit > Select All > Edit > Copy. You can close this now.
Activate your tag. Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame. Carefully arrange the snow over the background image. Left click to place it.
View > Animation to check the effect.
Now go back to PSP, hide the background layer and unhide all other layers. Right click your tag and choose Copy Merged.
Back in AS, right click on the workspace and choose "Paste As A New Animation". Edit > Copy. Minimize or delete this new animation, you won't need it again.
Make sure the "Propagate Paste" button is selected, as shown here:
Insure that all frames are selected in your new animation, then Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame. Carefully place your frame over the background, left click to place it. If you make a mistake, simply click undo and try again. Once you're happy, go to Animation > Resize Animation and change to a size you like. I resized 80%. Now save as a gif and you're all finished!
Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your results!