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This tutorial was written by me on February 3rd, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.
Scrap kit of choice: I used an amazing kit called "Lady of Pleasure" by Bello Scarto. Wow, do I ever love this kit! It contains some really beautiful, detailed elements and lots of wonderful papers. I had such fun creating this tag! You can get it from Stargazer Scraps. Thanks so much for this gorgeous kit!
Tube of choice: I used the beautiful pinup art of Barbara Jensen. If you'd like to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from her store HERE.
Filters needed: Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow and Eye Candy Nature, Fire.
Mask of choice: I used one of Gem's awesome masks, #180. Download from her blog HERE.
Font of choice: I used Billy Argel
Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 3, Opacity 55, Blur 8.
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.
From the kit, open Element 32, copy and paste as a new layer. Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand by 1, then invert the selection.
Copy and paste the tube as a new layer. Arrange as desired and use the eraser to remove the parts of the tube that overlap the frame at the bottom. Deselect.
Click inside the frame once again and expand by 5. Open a paper of choice and resize 70%. Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame and the tube. Invert the selection and tap delete. Deselect.
Open Element 10 and resize 50%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the frame. Duplicate three times for a total of four. Rename Candle 1, 2, 3 and 4. Hide Candle 2, 3, and 4 and activate Candle 1. Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the candle flame.
Click Effects > PlugIns > Eye Candy Nature > Fire. Under the Settings tab, choose Small Candle and change the settings under the Basic tab to this:
Click OK, do not deselect.
Hide Candle 1, open and activate Candle 2. Apply the Fire plug-in again, using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once. Follow these steps for Candle 3 and 4. Deselect.
Now add your other elements. I used:
Element 6: resize 60%, mirror
Element 7: resize 55%, mirror, free rotate right 7 degrees
Element 12: resize 40%
Element 17: resize 85%
Element 19: resize 35%
Element 21: resize 30%
Element 22: resize 30%
Element 29: resize 80%
Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All. Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection. Deselect. Apply the mask and merge the mask group. Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and position to your satisfaction.
Crop and resize your tag. Add your name and apply a subtle glow. Effects > PlugIns > Eye Candy Impact > Gradient Glow. Under the settings tab, choose Subtle White Glow with Distortion. Change the settings under the Basic tab to this:
Add all applicable copyright and license information.
Time to animate!
Make sure Candle 1 is open and Candle 2, 3 and 4 are hidden. Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Back to PSP, hide Candle 1 and open Candle 2. Right click and copy merged.
In AS, right click on your tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.
Repeat these steps for Candle 3 and 4.
In AS, click Edit > Select All. Animation > Frame Properties > change to 25.
View > Animation to see your tag in action! Now save as a gif and you're all finished, I hope you enjoy your new tag!
I'd love to see your results, email me!