In this tutorial I am using the art of Olivia De Berardinis
You need a license to use Olivia’s art,
A reclining tube works best on this tag.
I am using a fantastic kit called “Party of the Year” by
You can get the kit here.
Mask used is Melissaz Creationz mask 1, here.
For the year date, you will need a thick, bold font and
Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact plugin.
The animation is a freebie by Reika Rafita,
you can get it here, its animation 4.
you can get it here, its animation 4.
Thank you Reika!
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements are resizing, this is essential for a good looking tag, otherwise it will be blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).
Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.
Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.
Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-02. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 90%.
Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, apply the drop shadow and move over slightly to the left.
Open pd-clock-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, apply the drop shadow and move over slightly to the right.
Open pd-fireworks-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, drag down below the frame and clock layers and duplicate, place both layers in position.
Open pd-branch-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. You will need to go back to this layer and erase the part that shows below your tube.
Open pd-star-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open pd-fireworks-02, paste as a new layer and place in position.
Open pd-ribbon-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and apply the drop shadow. As you will see, I greyscaled my tube. There were two reasons for doing this, firstly it matched the kit better and secondly, this is a large animation and the quality is much better on a tag with less colours.
Set your foreground colour to black and your background colour to white, open the text tool, choose your font and with the line width set to 3, type in 2012 (because of the position of my tube, I put the first 2 in separately and stretched it out larger so the tube fitted on it better). Apply the Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Extrude plugin with the settings in my screenshot below.
Select the interior white part of each of the numbers and expand the selection by 1. Open one of the papers, copy it and paste as a new layer, I used pd-pp-01. Resize the paper 70% and position it over the numbers, invert the selection and hit delete. Merge this layer down onto the layer with the numbers and then apply the drop shadow. Drag your tube layer above this layer and place in position.
Check the positioning of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text.
Close of your copyright and text layers, the tube layer, the number layers and the ribbon and branch layers. Click on one of the other layers and merge visible. Close off the merged layer, re-open the other layers and again click on one and merge visible. Re-open the bottom merged layer.
Open Rieka’s animation in Animation Shop. Copy the bottom merged layer and paste it in animation shop as a new animation. You will see that Reika’s animation has 18 frames so we need to duplicate our merged layer until that has 18 frames also. Activate Reika’s animation, go to edit – select all – edit – copy. Click on the first of your merged layer frames and again go to edit – select all, right click on the first frame and go to “paste into selected frame” and paste Reika’s animation into the frames.
Back in Paintshop, copy your top merged layer and paste it in Animation Shop as a new animation. Again we need to duplicate it so we have 18 frames, then copy and paste it onto our tag the same way as we did Reika’s animation.
Put your tag through the optimization wizard. On the second page where it says Animation Quality Versus Output Size, click on “customize” and check the “Optimized Octree” box. This will make the tag smaller in size – don’t forget to change it back!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have a questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!