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This tutorial was written by me on March 13th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a simply gorgeous kit called Steampunk Blue Spring by HF Projekte. I LOVE the colour palette!! Beautiful papers and wonderful elements, an all-around winner. You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops. Thanks so much Herbert!
Tube, close-up and image of choice: I used the wonderful artwork of Unholy Vault Design, which is now available from PTE.
Template of choice: I used one of Daira's awesome spring templates, available on her blog HERE. Scroll down a bit and click the link for Spring Set 2. I used SpringII-SoBeautiful.
Mask of choice: I used a mask I got from Creative Misfits Creations, it's one of a set of floral masks, available to download HERE. I used floral 3.
Font of choice: I used Miss Le Gatees, which is a pay font.
Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8.
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Delete the following layers: Watermark, Leaves and Flower. Change the canvas size to 750 x 750 so you have room to work.
Activate the Left Circle layer. Selections > Select All > Float > Defloat. Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 15 - 20%. Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete. Do not deselect.
Open the close-up of your tube, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the circle. Move to the far right so it's visible beside the square frame (see my tag for reference), tap delete. Deselect. Change the blend mode to Soft Light and change the opacity to 75%.
Activate the Right Circle layer. Select all, float, defloat. Open a paper of choice, resize 15 - 20%. Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete. Deselect.
Follow these steps for the remaining layers except the Square, WordArt, Glitter and Spring layers. For WordArt, Glitter and Spring, use the color replacer tool for these layers, changing WordArt to #d7cb98 and Glitter and Spring to #708cb8. For more detailed directions on using this tool, see my Pretty In Pink tutorial. :-)
Drop shadow settings for WordArt and Spring layers: H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 4.
For the Square layer, I used the image that came with my tube.
Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, move to the right.
Add your elements, I used:
Element 1: resize 15%
Element 7: resize 10%
Element 19: resize 10%, duplicate and resize 85%, mirror.
Element 20: resize 10%, then 70%
Element 21: resize 10%, then 80%; duplicate, mirror and resize 90%; duplicate, mirror and resize 85%. Arrange as desired.
Drop shadow all elements.
Activate the Spring layer. Layers > Arrange > Bring To Top. Hide this layer and the background layer, then merge visible. Unhide both layers.
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 to your satisfaction.
Crop and resize the tag, I resized 85%. Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.
Activate the Spring layer, then Edit > Copy.
Open Animation Shop.
Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
In the top menu bar, click on Effects > Insert Image Effect and change the settings to this:
Click OK. You will end up with an animation consisting of 12 frames (the effect frames plus your original).
Go back to PSP, hide the Spring layer and then right-click on the title bar of your tag and choose Copy Merged from the pop-up menu (or go to Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged).
Back in AS, right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.
Our tag needs to have 12 frames to match the animation we're going to be adding. Go to Edit > Duplicate Selected. Do this until you have 12 frames. Edit > Select All.
Activate your Spring animation. Edit > Select All. Edit > Copy.
Activate your tag. Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame. Carefully arrange the word art in its proper place, left click to place. If you make a mistake, simply undo it and try again.
Animation > Frame Properties > change to 25.
View > Animation to see your tag in action!
Save as a gif and you're all finished! Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new tag!
I'd love to see your results, email me!