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Let's Party At Midnight
This tutorial was written by me on December 27th, 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 used a gorgeous new kit called "Let's Party At 12" by Tootypup Scraps. I love this kit! Lots of choices, beautiful papers and Susan has also included many gray scale items that you can colorize to your exact needs. Great kit with lots of beautiful elements, just like all of Susan's kits. You can get it at Aussie Scrap Designs.
Tube of choice: I used the wonderful art of Shawli with a valid license. If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT.
Plug-ins needed: Xenofex 2, Constellation and DSB Flux, Bright Noise.
Font of choice: I used Mon Amour Script Pro
~~ Let's begin! ~~
Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.
From the kit, open Cluster Frame 1 and resize 35%. Copy and paste as a new layer and move slightly to the right. Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around each of the heart frames, like this:
Open a paper of choice and resize as desired. Copy and paste as a new layer, move beneath the frame. Invert the selection and tap delete. Deselect. Add a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 8.
Open balloons 2, resize 35%, copy and paste as a new layer. Move to the bottom left, behind the bubbles (see my tag for reference). Add a light drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 25, Blur 8.
Add your other elements and apply drop shadow as you go, I used:
bubbles 1: resize 30%; Colorize: Hue 30, Saturation 125. Duplicate and mirror.
Champagne Bottle 2: resize 18%; Colorize using the same settings as above
gift: resize 20%, then 70%
Fireworks 1 & 7: resize each 50%; duplicate, mirror and arrange as desired. Apply the same light drop shadow as above. Make sure these are placed right above the background layer.
Merge the gold fireworks together as one layer and the silver fireworks as another. Duplicate the gold fireworks twice for a total of 3, do the same for the silver. Rename each layer Gold or Silver 1, 2 and 3.
Hide the background layer and all fireworks layers. Merge visible.
Open and activate Silver 1. Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation with the following settings:
Hide Silver 1, open and activate Silver 2. Apply Constellation using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once. Repeat for the Silver 3 layer.
Open and activate Gold 1. Apply DSB Flux, Bright Noise with the Intensity set to 40. Click the Mix button once.
Hide Gold 1, open and activate Gold 2. Apply Bright Noise again only this time, click the Mix button twice. Repeat for Gold 3, clicking the Mix button three times.
Crop and resize your tag (I resized 85%), then add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Now it's time to animate!
Make sure these layers are open: background, Gold 1, Silver 1, the merged tag and the copyright info. Right click on the tag and choose Copy Merged.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose "Paste As A New Animation".
Back to PSP, hide Gold 1 and open Gold 2. Hide Silver 1 and open Silver 2. Right click and copy merged.
In AS, right click on the tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.
In PSP, hide Gold 2 and open Gold 3. Hide Silver 2 and open Silver 3. Right click and copy merged. Paste after current frame in AS.
View > Animation to see your tag in action. I wanted to slow it down a bit, to do this go to Edit > Select All. Animation > Frame Properties > change to 15.
If you're happy, save as a gif. You now have a blank animated tag that you can use again and again, simply add whatever name you wish. :-) Just remember to always duplicate and close the original before you do!
Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new tag!