15 December 2012

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

This tutorial was written by me on December 15th, 2012 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Let It Snow" is an adorable FTU mini-kit by Gina's Gem's Scraps and is available as an exclusive on her Facebook page HERE.  I don't know how long it will be available so better grab it while you can!  Thanks so much Gina!

Template #141 by Blissfully Beth.  Scroll down to find the links to her template packs on the left side.

Mask #241 by Weescotslass.

Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow.

Font: I used Simply Glamorous, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the following layers: Raster 1, got snow black, got snow bg and black striped bg.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 800.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Activate the black oval frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 1 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate the gray round circle frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 2 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate the white rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 10 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer, do not deselect.

Open Snow Cloud; mirror and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the selection, see my tag for reference.  Tap delete, do not deselect.

Open Evergreen Tree and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side.  Tap delete and deselect.

Open Word Art and resize 53%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Activate the white oval frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.

Change foreground to #a1a0d9 and background to #baecdb.  Change the foreground to gradient with these settings:

From the drop down menu: choose Foreground/Background
Style: Linear
Angle: 45
Repeat: 5
Invert: checked

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate black rectangle frame; select all, float and defloat.

Change foreground to #b0c6b4 and background to #efead6.  Change foreground to a gradient using the settings above.

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate thin gray rectangle layer; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #689ad0.  Deselect, delete original layer.

Add the other elements; I used:

Baubles Cluster: resize 50%
Snowman: do not resize
Frosty Pine Branch: resize 50%; duplicate and mirror.  Merge these two layers together and duplicate the merged layer.  Image > Flip.

Apply drop shadows if you haven't already.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%, then 95%.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Open Paper 7, copy and paste into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size of the mask.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name, the settings will depend on how much you resize. As a guide, here are the settings I used:

I used a gradient for my name.  Change the foreground to #eff0fd and the background to #7ff1fe.  Change the background to gradient using the settings above, except change the Repeat to 3.

Add your name as a Vector, size 72, stroke 0.  Place it where you like and then convert to a raster layer.

Effects > Eye Candy 4000 > Gradient Glow > Under the Colour tab, choose "Thin" and change the colour to #002e71 > Under the Basic tab, Glow Width 3, Soft Corners 0, Overall Opacity 100, Draw Only Outside Selection checked.  Click OK.  Apply drop shadow.

Save as a png and you're finished!  Enjoy!

Email me HERE if you'd like to show me your results!

Hugs, Carol♥

14 December 2012

Let's Start Unwrapping!

Let's Start Unwrapping!

This tutorial was written by me on December 14th, 2012 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

I used a stunning full-size kit called Glorious Christmas by Country Liv's Graphics.  Oh my, this kit certainly lives up to it's name, it's gorgeous!!  I just scratched the surface in this tag, there are lots of beautiful elements and papers included.  Thanks so much Liv!  You will find it at Bella Zingaro Studio.

I used the beautiful pin-up art of Jessica Dougherty.  Jessica was with CILM when I bought this tube but her work can now be purchased at CDO.  You must have a license to use.

Mask #209 by Weescotslass.

Font: I used Caramel Crunch, a pay font.  Any nice swash script font, such as Freebooter will work nicely.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 850 x 800, white background.

From the kit, open Frame 2 and resize 15%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move to the bottom and left, see my tag for reference.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.

Open Paper 17 and resize 15%, copy and paste as a new layer, move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect, invert the selection.

Add a new raster layer.

Open Paper 03 and copy.  Paste into the selection, do not deselect.

Add a new raster layer.

Open Mask 2 and copy.  Paste into the selection.  Deselect.  While on the mask layer, select all, float and defloat.  You may now delete the mask layer.

Activate the red paper layer and tap delete.  Deselect.  Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 1, Opacity 30, Blur 5.

Drop shadow the frame, I used H&V 2, Opacity 60, Blur 10.

Activate your text tool: Font Caramel Crunch (if using), create as a vector, size 48, stroke 0, colour #730505.  Type Merry Christmas (or a greeting of choice).  Place the text in the frame and convert to a raster layer.  Drop shadow using the settings above.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, I did not resize.  Arrange on the right side of the frame.

Now add your elements; I used:

Christmas Tree: resize 17%
Gift 1: resize 25%, then 70%
Gift 2: resize 10%, then 70%
Gift 3: resize 10%, then 80%
Cluster 2: resize 15%
Butterfly: resize 10%, then 60%; free rotate 12 degrees left.  Duplicate and mirror.

Drop shadow the elements using the settings above.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Edit > Cut > Edit > Paste as a new layer.  This will center your tag.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Copy and paste Paper 02 into the selection; deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Reduce the opacity to 80%.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust size and placement of the mask.

Activate the text tool: Create as a vector, size 85, stroke 1, foreground colour #e4c987, background colour #730505.  Type your name and place it where you want.  Convert to a raster layer and apply drop shadow using the settings above.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add all copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol

Cookies For Santa

Cookies For Santa

This tutorial was written by me on December 14th, 2012 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Scrap kit: I used a wonderful and huge kit by Gina's Gems Scraps called "Cookies For Santa".  You can purchase this adorable kit at Scraps From The Heart.  Thanks so much Gina!

Tube & Close-up: I used the artwork of Anna Liwanag.  Anna was with PTE when I purchased this tube, her tubes can now be found at CDO.

Mask #47 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs.

Font: Kid Scrawl, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 800 x 750, white background.

From the "Frames" folder of the kit, open Frame 1 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move a bit to the left, see my tag for reference.  Using your magic wand tool, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 6 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

From the "Elements" folder, open Christmas Wreath 2 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the paper and arrange within the frame.  Reduce the opacity to your preference, 50 to 70%.

Open Word Art 1 and resize 40%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the wreath.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to all layers but the paper, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.  

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Add a new raster layer.  Using your selection tool, draw out a selection approximately 300 x 300.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 2 and minimize it.  Change the foreground to Pattern and find Paper 2 in the drop down list.  Make sure the Angle is set to 0 and change the Scale to 80.  Flood fill this pattern into the selection and deselect.  Rename this layer "rectangle 1" and move it below the frame, see my tag for placement.

With the rectangle 1 layer active; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 17 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 17, with the same settings as before.  Flood fill the selection with this pattern.  Deselect and free rotate 12.50 degrees right.  Rename this "rectangle 2".

Activate rectangle 1 again; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Add On" folder, open Paper 5 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 5, same settings.  Flood fill the selection with the pattern and deselect.  Free rotate 25 degrees right.  Arrange the three rectangle layers as seen in my tag.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to each of these layers, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.

Using the selection tool, draw out a small rectangular selection on the glitter frame.  Copy and paste it as a new image.  Here's what I had:


Add a new raster layer.  Activate your selection tool and change it to Ellipse.  Draw out a circle approximately 100 x 100.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 23 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 23 and flood fill the selection.  Do not deselect.

Open the close-up tube; copy and paste as a new layer.  Arrange a portion of the tube within the selection, invert and tap delete.  Invert the selection again and do not deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and lower the opacity to 50.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to the glitter image you created.  Change the Scale to 100.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the glitter pattern.  Deselect and move below the paper layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.

Activate the circle paper layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 24 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 24 and change the scale back to 80.  Flood fill the selection, do not deselect.  Paste the close-up tube again and arrange within the selection.  Invert and tap delete.  Deselect.  Duplicate the glitter "frame" you made for the other circle and move into position.  Arrange as shown, see my tag for placement.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the tag.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection across the bottom of the tube, like this:

Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > Choose the radio button beside "Both" and set the feather amount to 20.  Tap delete 2 or 3 times to soften the hard edge of the tube.

Now add your elements; I used:

Candy Canes Decoration 2: resize 40%, then 90%
Gingerbread Candy Cane Cookie: resize 35%
Cream Filled Cookie 1: resize 35%
Cookie with Sprinkles: resize 30%
Gingerbread Bell Cookie: resize 30%
Candy Cane Cupcake: resize 40%
Glass of Milk: resize 30%
Patchwork Bauble 1: resize 30%, then 85%; free rotate 8 degrees left
Patchwork Bauble 3: resize 30%
Christmas Tree: resize 70%

Apply drop shadow to each element, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.

Open a paper of choice (I used Paper 4) and paste into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and shape of the mask to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name using Kid Scrawl, size 85, Stroke 0, colour #8a0013.  Apply the same drop shadow used for the elements.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol

12 December 2012

Silent Night

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Silent Night

This tutorial was written by me on December 12th, 2012.  You will need the following supplies:

Scrap kit: I used a gorgeous kit by Tootypup Scraps called "White November".  Please visit Susan's blog HERE for links to her stores.  Thank you for this lovely kit Susan!

Tube: I used the beautiful artwork of Renee Lavoie.  This tube is entitled "Silver Fairy" and is stunning!  You can purchase Renee's tubes at PSP Tube Stop, you must have a license to use.

Template: I used Winter Template #1 by Twinky.  Download from her blog HERE.

Mask: I used mask #22 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs.

Filter: VanDerLee Snowflakes, HERE.

Font: I used SnagglePuss, a pay font.  If you don't have this font, try Aquarelle instead.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the following layers: Snowflakes in Winter, Black Stars2 and Black Stars.  

Activate Frame 3 and merge down twice.  Rename this layer "Frames".

Activate Frame Background 3 and merge down twice.  Rename this layer "Frame Background".

Change the canvas size to 900 x 700 using these settings:


Add a new raster layer and send to the bottom.  Flood fill with white.

Activate the Background layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 7 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate the Snowflakes layer; duplicate and flip.  Apply a drop shadow to each layer, I used H&V 2, Opacity 62, Blur 10.

Activate the Frame Background layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open paper 4 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired within the selection.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open SnowBridge_02a and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Apply drop shadow, I used H: -2, V: 0, Opacity 62, Blur 12.  Duplicate this layer 3 times for a total of 4.  Rename the layers Snow 1, Snow 2, Snow 3 and Snow 4.  Hide all but Snow 1.

Activate the Frame Background layer.  Select all, float and defloat.

Activate Snow 1.

Effects > VanDerLee Snowflakes

Select "Basic - Icy Blue" from the drop down menu beside Snow Colour and change the other settings to this:


Click OK.  Do not deselect.

Hide Snow 1, open and activate Snow 2.  Apply the Snowflakes filter again, using the same settings but changing the Random seed to 4.

Hide Snow 2, open and activate Snow 3.  Apply Snowflakes, this time changing the Random seed to 8.

Repeat for Snow 4, changing the Random seed to 12.  Deselect.  Hide Snow 4 and open Snow 1.

Activate the Frames layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open paper 4 again and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect; delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 62, Blur 10.

Activate White Stars and apply the drop shadow above.  Repeat for White Stars2.

Resize the tube 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and position on the left side.  See my tag for reference.  Apply drop shadow above.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the bottom edge of the tube.  Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > Select "Both", Feather amount: 20.  Tap delete two or three times to soften the hard edge of your tube.  Deselect.

Now add your elements, I used:

PineTree_01: resize 70%; duplicate and resize 80%; duplicate again and mirror.  Arrange as desired above the white background layer.
PineCones_01: resize 15%, then 70%
LeafDeco_01: mirror, resize 25%; duplicate and free rotate 90 degrees left.
Mouse: resize 20%, then 85%
HandLantern_02: resize 25%
Birdie_02: resize 25%

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.

Activate the white background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste Paper 1 into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Use your raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement of the mask.

Type a saying at the top of your tag, I chose "All is calm, All is bright".  I used SnagglePuss, size 36, colour #3b4246.  Drop shadow using the settings above.

Add your name using the same font and colour, size 72.  Apply drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Crop and resize your tag.

Time to animate!  Open Animation Shop.

Ensure that Snow 2, 3 and 4 layers are hidden and Snow 1 is open.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In Animation Shop:

Edit > Paste > As New Animation

Back in PSP, hide Snow 1 and open Snow 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Follow these steps for Snow 3 and 4.

In AS: Edit > Select All.

Animation > Frame Properties > change the display time to 23.

Animation > View to see your tag in action.

Save as a gif and you're finished!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol

05 December 2012

Santa's Comin' To Town!

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Santa's Comin' To Town!

This tutorial was written by me on December 5th, 2012.  You will need the following supplies:

Kit: I used an adorable kit by Bella's Design's called "Christmas Stocking".  You may purchase it at Inspirations Of Scrap Friends.  Thanks so much Leanne!

Template: I used template #119 by Horseplay's Pasture.  Scroll down and you will find the link to her templates on the left side.

Mask: I used mask #81 by Weescotslass.

Font: I used Guttenberg MF font, HERE.

~~ 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 Credit and Circles 2 layers.

Change the canvas size to 850 x 800.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the Square layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #a22e36.  Do not deselect.

Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Select the Uniform radio button, set Noise to 75% and check the Monochrome box.  Click OK.

Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 5.

Open Paper 8 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Copy and paste element 13 as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  See my tag for placement.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance and reduce the opacity if desired.  I reduced mine to 80.  Delete the original layer.

Paste element 13 again (it will still be on your clipboard) and resize 80%.  Place on right side of the tag, see my tag for reference.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8.

Activate the Rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #91993e.  Do not deselect.  Apply the same noise effect as above.

Selections > Modify > Contract > contract by 5.

Open Paper 9 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate the Square Strips layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #a22e36; deselect.  Apply the same noise effect as above.  Delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8.

Activate the Rectangle Strips layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #91993e; deselect.  Apply the noise effect once again.  Delete the original layer and apply drop shadow above.

Activate the horizontal strips layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Flood fill one of the strips with #a22e36 and the other with #91993e.  Make sure the Match mode of your flood fill tool is set to RGB Value so it will only fill one portion of the selection at a time.  Apply the noise effect and drop shadow as above.

Apply a drop shadow to the two glitter "frame" layers.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 55, Blur 12.

Add the elements, I used:

18: resize 70%
22: resize 50%; mirror
24: resize 20%
38: resize 20%; duplicate and mirror
46: resize 60%
52: do not resize

Drop shadow your elements.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Edit > Cut > Edit > Paste As New Layer to center your tag.

Activate the empty raster layer created when you cut the tag.  Select all.

Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  I used Paper 7.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag.  I resized 85% twice.

Add your name using Guttenberg MF with these settings:

Size: 62 pixels
Anti-alias: Sharp
Stroke width: 0
Create as: Vector
Mitre limit: 10.00
Warp text: checked
Offset, Leading, Kerning and Tracking all set to 0
Auto-kern: checked

Change your background colour to #91993e.  Type your name and position as shown.

Layers > Convert to Raster.

Apply an Inner Bevel with these settings:


Drop shadow using the same settings you used for the elements.

Save as a png or jpg and you're finished, enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol




Angels We Have Heard On High

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Angels We Have Heard On High

This tutorial was written by me on December 4th, 2012.  You will need the following supplies:

Kit: I used a gorgeous kit by Scottish Butterfly called "Christmas Romance".  You can purchase it at Butterfly Blush.  Thank you so much!

Tube & Image: I used the stunning art of Camilla Drakenborg.  This tube is called "Angel View" and is available at Up Your Art.

Template: Created by me, download it HERE.

Mask: I used Xmas Mask 11 by Designs by Vaybs.  Download from her blog HERE.

Eye Candy Fire, Perspective Shadow & Gradient Glow

Xero Porcelain

Font: I used Old Script, HERE

Animation Shop

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Save the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.

Open my template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the credit layer, change the canvas size to 850 x 700.  Unhide and activate the background layer; flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the Circle layer; select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Position as desired, then invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the Large Circle and Rectangle layers (you'll need to resize the paper 80% for the rectangle).  I used Paper 12 for the rectangle layer and applied the following filter:

Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance.  This really makes the snowflakes stand out.  : )

Activate the Oval layer, select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground to #fed5e2 and flood fill the selection with this colour.  Do not deselect.

Copy the Image layer that comes with the tube and paste as a new layer.  Arrange within the selection, then invert and tap delete.  Deselect.

Apply Xero Porcelain using the default settings, but change the Red Channel slider to 125, Green to 0 and Blue to 25.  Click OK.  Reduce the opacity to 55.

Apply a drop shadow of choice to all the frame layers.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 55, Blur 12.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange as shown.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, or use Eye Candy Perspective Shadow.  Here are the settings I used:


Now add your elements, I used:

Bells: resize 40%
Candle: resize 30%; duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
Holly: resize 40%, then 90%; free rotate 55 degrees left and mirror
Present: resize 40%
Sparkles: resize 70%, arrange on the left side of the tag, above the background layer.  Duplicate and mirror.  Duplicate again and flip, arrange this layer at the bottom of the tag (see my tag for reference).  Use the eraser to remove any parts you don't want.

Apply drop shadow to all but the sparkles.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 10.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  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 mask to your satisfaction.

Activate the merged layer and merge down.  Now zoom in on the candles.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw little flame shaped selections on each candle wick.  Add four new raster layers and name them Fire 1, Fire 2, Fire 3 and Fire 4.  Hide all the new layers except Fire 1.

Select the Eye Candy Fire filter and choose "Small, Candle" under the Settings tab.  Change the settings under the Basic tab to this:


Don't change the colour settings.  Click OK.

Hide Fire 1, open and activate Fire 2.  Apply the filter again, using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button until you see something you like.  Click OK.

Follow the same steps for Fire 3 and Fire 4.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add the copyright and license information.  Hide all Fire layers except Fire 1.

Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

Open Animation Shop.

Edit > Paste > As New Animation.

Back to PSP.  Hide Fire 1 and open Fire 2.  Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.

In AS: Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.

Repeat these steps for Fire 3 and 4.

In AS: Animation > Frame Properties > change to 20.

Animation > View to check your work.  Now save this as a gif and you have a blank template for future tags.  Just remember to duplicate it and close the original.  Do that now.  : )

Back in PSP, add your name.  I used Old Script, size 100 pixels, Stroke set to 0 and Create as a Vector selected.  My background colour was set to #fed5e2.

Type your name and convert to raster layer.  Apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow (I like to use Eye Candy 4000 for this).

Under the Colour tab: select Medium and change the colour to #796254

Under the Basic tab:

Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 0
Overall Opacity: 100
Draw Only Outside Selection: checked

Click OK.

Copy your name.

In AS: Edit > Paste > As New Animation

Edit > Copy > Edit > Propagate Paste

Now activate the copy of the animated tag you created.

Edit > Select All > Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame.

Move your name into place and left click.

Animation > View to check your work.  If you made a mistake, simply click undo and try again.

Save as a gif and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag.

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol♥

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