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In this tutorial I used the tube “Serenity” by
Dark Yarrow.
You need a license to use Dark Yarrow’s art, available at

I used a fabulous kit made to match the tube and also called “Serenity” by
You can purchase the kit from

You will also need a mask, I used mask 209 by

You will also need the

I used the font 



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting if this is the first tutorial of mine you have followed.

Unless stated, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and fill with white.

Open and copy Paper12-GI_Serenity, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Open PatternMask-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, move down a little and apply the drop shadow.

Open Window-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, drag below the pattern mask, place roughly in position and apply the drop shadow.  You will need to erase some of this at the bottom but do that later when you have your other elements in position.

Open the tube and paste as a new layer on the top.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WordArt1-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow but changing the vertical and horizontal to 1 and blur to 3.

Open LittleFlowers-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings back).

Open Weeds-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%,  drag below the flowers, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize another 80%, place both layers in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open FairyMirror-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ribbon1_GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Drag up above the flowers, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Umbrella-GI_Serenity, paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Magic2-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and place in position.

Open LilHeart-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Candle-GI_Serenity, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ornament-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Rose2-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Rose1-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 10% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers now and make any necessary adjustments.

Open Light-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag down below the tube and position in the arch. 

Open Fairy-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 30% and place in position.

Open Twinks-GI_Serenity and paste as a new layer on the top.  Resize 45% and place in position.

Open SoftRain-GI_Serenity, duplicate it and close the original.  Apply the 20-20 mask to the rain and then paste it on your canvas.   Resize it 35% and position it top, left so its over the umbrella, sharpen it and duplicate it.  Move the duplicate down keeping the slant of the rain, move it about the length of one of the longer drops.  Duplicate this layer and move it down the same again.  Close off the original layer and the first duplicate.

Now crop your tag, add your copyright information and your text. 

Right click on your tag and “copy merged”, paste it in Animation Shop as a “New Animation”.
Back in Paint Shop, close off the top layer and open the middle one, again copy merged and in Animation Shop “Paste Before Current Frame”.  Repeat with the bottom copy.  Change the frame property on each layer to 20 (Animation - Frame Properties), run through the Optimization Wizard and safe as a gif.






2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful animated creation! TYSM for the fabulous tutorial and for working with my kit hun. Hugs

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  2. thank you Jess, its my pleasure :)

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