In this tutorial I have used the art of Suzanne Woolcott.
You need a license to use Suzanne’s art,
you can get one here.
I have used a kit called “For Boys” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Schnegge!
You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 161, here.
Font used is 1 Snappy DNA, here.
If you wish to do the animation, you will also need Animation Shop.
Remember to sharpen those elements after resizing, check out my Tips and Tricks page for more information.
I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, 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 paper02_ForBoys_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 95%.
Open cityscape_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 85% and apply the drop shadow.
Open frame04_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.
Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used paper09_ForBoys_Schnegge. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.
Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as needed and position the tube coming out of the frame. Apply the drop shadow to both the frame and tube layers.
Open kite_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow. Close off your white background, mask and cityscape layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers and moved the merged layer down a little.
Open guardianangel_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open car_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open monster01_ForBoys_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information and text. If you do not wish to proceed with the animation, export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as png. If you are doing the animation, make sure your monster is positioned as in my screenshot below.
Right click on your tag and “copy merged”, paste in animation shop as a new layer.
Back in paintshop, click on monster01 with your mover tool, keep the mover tool on the canvas and use your arrow keys to move it up 10 pixels (just click on the arrow pointing upwards 10 times, you must keep your cursor on the canvas but it doesn’t have to be on the monster). Right click on your tag again and “copy merged”, in animation shop “paste after current frame”.
Back in paintshop, click the monster again with your mover tool and this time move it down 5 pixels. Copy merged again and in animation shop, click on the last frame to activate it and again “paste after current frame”.
Back in paintshop, do the same thing again, this time moving the monster up 10 pixels, copy it and paste it in animation shop after the last frame.
Do the same thing again, this time moving the monster down 5 pixels, then paste it in animation shop after the last frame.
Change the frame properties on each frame to 20, run your tag through the optimization wizard and save as a gif.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here. I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!