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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Broken Dream!





In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Enys’ art, available at

I used the formerly pay to use and now freebie kit
From

You will need my mask

I used animation 258c
 from Simone at
 (Search for Stars and More Stars)

Font is 




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5 opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 4 into the selection, apply the mask and resize it 90%.

Paste frame 3, resize 55% and position on the left.  We will come back to this later as we will need to make it wider.

Paste clock, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste clock 2, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 55%, recolour, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Get your layers so far into position using your Pick tool on the frame to stretch it out wider.  Select the interior of the frame with you magic wand, expand the selection by 30, paste paper 2 below the frame and move into position, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste glitter below the frame and paper, resize 90%, duplicate, merge the top copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spiderweb just below the tube, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste clock 3, place in position, erase the bottom part and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 2, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste car, resize 45% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste butterfly, resize 45% and rotate 40 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste lantern on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bottle, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste heart pillow, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 4, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste deco, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste twig, resize 55% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste button, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste heart, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste marble, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste button 2, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments, they crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.


Animation:

Starting from the top, close off all your layers down to and including the car and merge the rest visible.  Close off the merged layer, open the other closed ones and again merge visible.

Open Simone’s animation in Animation Shop.  You will see it has 16 frames.  Copy your bottom merged tag layer,  paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation” and then duplicate it so it also has 16 frames.  Activate the animation and go to Edit – Select all – Edit – Copy, click on the first frame of your tag layer and again go to “Edit – Select all”, right click and “Paste into selected frame” pasting the animation on your tag.  Now in Paint Shop copy the top merged layer of your tag, again paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation”, duplicate it as before then select and copy all these frames and paste them on your tag.

When you are done, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save it as gif.







Thursday, 20 April 2017

Timelag






In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Anna’s art, now available at

I used the fab formerly pay to use and now freebie kit
“Memories”
From
(click on Freebie Kits at the top and scroll down a couple of pages).

You will need my mask

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 8 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 85%.

Paste window and resize 75%.  Click anywhere on your canvas outside of the window to make a selection, invert the selection and contract it by 10, make a new layer below the window, paste paper 9 into the selection and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position.

Paste steps, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste music sheet, resize 60% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below the steps and window, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flowers above the window, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste web, resize 50%, duplicate, merge the copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 5, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and fill with black.  Paste your tube, resize as needed and position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube and deselect.  I resized my tube 90%.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Luminance (Legacy)” and lower the opacity to around 70 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste the clock, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste leaves, resize 40% and rotate 60 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 5, resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste leaves 2, resize 50%, duplicate, mirror and flip one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste clock 2, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste jug, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste scatter 2, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the main tube on the top, desaturate and resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste sparkle, drag below the tube and place in position.

Paste lantern on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste rose, resize 15% and rotate 150 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste radio, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ribbon, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste book, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste heart, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste newspaper, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 3, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste hairpin, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste keys, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments. 

Draw an oblong selection around the bottom of the tubes hair and delete it, right click and paste as a new layer, bring the hair to the top and join the two parts up so the hair is now hanging above the radio.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.





Monday, 17 April 2017

Starry Night






In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Enamorte’s art, available at

I used the beautiful freebie kit
 Starry Night
from
I love the colours in this kit,
thank you Mizteeque for your gorgeous freebies!

You will need my mask

I used the Windows font
Impact.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 15.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 10 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Paste the tube, resize her 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 45%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 65% and place in position.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 3 into the selection.  Paste the close up tube, position in the element, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 75 and apply the drop shadow to the element.

Paste element 37, resize 45%, recolour purple, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 40% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, position on the right, duplicate, mirror and flip the copy, position it on the left and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 1, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 35% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13, resize 20% and rotate 80 degrees to the left, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 4, resize 20%, place in position (on the right) and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 again, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20 on the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.









Saturday, 15 April 2017

Feeling Blue





In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Anna’s art, available at

I used the beautiful freebie kit “Feeling Blue” from

You will need my mask

For the animation you will need
Animation Shop
And
By Simone at

Font is



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 15.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, pate paper 04 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 95%.

Paste backdrop and move into position.

Paste chickenwire and apply the drop shadow twice, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste doodle 2, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow

Paste frame 1, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element  01, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, desaturate it, resize it 90% and place in position but do not apply the drop shadow yet.

Paste the butterfly, resize 120% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, apply the drop shadow, place in position and change the blend mode to “Hard Light”.

Paste winged heart on the tube, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste string 101, resize 60%, drag down to just above the chickenwire, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 01, resize 60% and duplicate, position one copy on the left above the string, the second on the right above frame 2 and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste flower 03, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 04, resize 35%, position above the flower 01 which is on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 02, resize 45%, position below winged heart and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 05, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Duplicate the tube, change the blend mode on the top copy to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity on it to around 70, merge it down onto the original and apply the drop shadow.

Duplicate the tube again, bring this copy to the top and erase it around the flowers to bring them above the tube.  We want her hair to be above the winged heart.

Crop your tag now then add your copyright information and text.


Animation:

Starting at the top, close off all your layers down to and including the tube and “merge visible”.  Close of this merged layer, open the closed layers and again “merge visible”.

Open Simone’s animation in Animation Shop.  I recoloured the animation which was quite time consuming but I think worth it.  To recolour, go to Edit – Select All – File – Export frames – to Paint Shop Pro.  The frames will then open as layers in Paint Shop.  Go back to Animation Shop and go to File – Export Frames – Break link with exported frames.  Now in Paint Shop you need to recolour every layer, then close them all off apart from the top one, right click on the frame “Copy Merged”  and paste in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Back in Paint shop, close off the top layer, open the second one, copy merged again and in Animation Shop “Paste before current frame”.  You then need to work down copying and pasting each frame in front of the last one.

Back on your tag, close off the top merged layer, open the bottom one, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop as “A new animation”.  Simone's animation has 33 frames so we need to duplicate this merged layer until it also has 33 frames.  Click on Simone’s animation to activate it, go to Edit – Select All – Edit – Copy, now click on your merged layer and go to Edit – Select All, right click on the first frame,  go to  “Paste into selected frame”  and paste the butterflies on your tag.  I positioned mine so they were coming out of the heart.

Back in Paint Shop close off the bottom merged layer, open the top one, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop as before and duplicate it until you have 33 copies then select all the frames and paste them on your animated bottom layer. 

When you are all done, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.