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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Ice Cold

Ice Cold

In this tutorial I am using the art of Alicia Mujica.
This is a beautiful free tube from Alicia.
Check out her blog here to see how you can get yours!
Muchas gracias por esta hermosa Alicia tubo!

The kit I have used is a free to use kit called “Christmas Wonderland”
 by Tina!
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Tina!

I have uploaded the snow animation I used here.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font of choice.


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 x 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open TMW_CW_IcedFrame2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%. I re-coloured the frame to complement the tube.

Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30. Open TMW_CW_Paper13 and copy. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. We are going to need this selection again later so we need to save it – selections – load/save selections – save to alpha channel. When you have saved it you can de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open TMW_CW_GlitterStars and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%. Again I re-coloured the glitter stars.  Drag this layer down below the frame layer and place in position, erase the parts either side that are outside the frame and then apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, paste it as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Make a new layer just above the white background layer, flood fill with the colour
 #a7bcc0 and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text.

Open the snow mng file in animation shop. Go to edit – select all – file – export frames - to Paint Shop Pro. The file will now open in layers in PSP. Go back to animation shop, go to file – export frames – break link with Paint Shop Pro.

On your tag, click on the paper layer that is inside the frame to activate it. Now you need to copy each of the snow frames in the right order onto your tag. Right click on each layer and copy, click on your tag and paste as a new layer DO NOT MOVE THE LAYER. If you move the layer your snow will be jumping all over the place.

Now we need to get that saved selection back – go to selections load/save selection – load selection from alpha channel and open it up. Invert the selection and then, one at a time on each of the snow layers, hit delete to get rid of the snow that is outside the frame.

 Close off all the snow layers apart from the first one. Right click on your tag, copy merged, go back to animation shop and paste as a new layer. Close off that snow layer and open the next one, copy again and paste in animation shop “after selected frame”. Do this for each of the snow layers.

Run your tag through the optimization wizard and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.