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

The kit is “Resolutions” by
This fabulous kit comes with a wealth of gorgeous
elements, papers and sprays
together with a pack of 4 awesome animations
and can be purchased at

I used mask 1 by

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.

Font of choice.




Unless noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 12, resize 60% and move into position.

Open the PSD file of animation 1, copy one of the frames and paste it on your canvas, resize it 95%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  You can delete the PSD file from Paint Shop now as we will be using the Mng file in the tag.

Paste spray 11, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste the shortened version of the tube, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  My tube kept sticking to another element so selected all,  floated and defloated the tube, promoted it to another layer and deleted the original.

Paste frame 3, resize 25% and rotate 80 degrees to the left, drag below the tube and move into position. Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste Glitter into the selection.    Paste the tube again, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube to remove the excess and deselect.   On the tube go to Adjust – Hue and Saturation – Colourize, set both values to 0 and apply then change the blend mode to “Overlay”.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 4, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste element 3a, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the horizontal to 2 and blur to 5.

Paste element 70, resize 35% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right, duplicate the copy, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow to each (remember to change back the settings).

Paste element 69, resize 45%, drag below the right hand copy of element 70, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste wordart 5a on the top, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 30%, drag below the wordart, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15c, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 81, resixe 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 118, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 96, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 79 and resize 35%, drag below the blue flowers and heart, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each

Paste element 63a below the wordart, resize 35% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41b, resize 30% and place in position.

Paste element 98 on the top, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 104, resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 61, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33b, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60b, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 115, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 22, resize 17% and rotate 110 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 17% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste spray 10 on the top, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and erase the ones across her face (I positioned this element so a large clump of sparkles was on her arm and also cloned in a few more sparkles as the gif optimization went speckly there and I wanted to cover it as much as possible, this meant I had to erase a bit of the sparkle from the top.  Change your background colour to a dark one so you can see it properly).

When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.



ANIMATION:

Click on the animation frame layer, merge it down and continue to merge down until you have all the layers below it on one layer.  Close off this merged layer and merge the other layers visible. 

Open the bottom merged layer, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop as “a new animation”.  Open the mng copy of the animation in Animation Shop and resize it 95% (Animation – Resize animation).  The animation has 30 frames so we need to duplicate our bottom merged layer until we have 30 frames in that also. 

Select all the animation frames  and copy them (Edit – Select all – Edit – Copy) then select all the bottom layer frames and paste the animation onto the bottom layer frames exactly over the one that is already there.

Back in Paint Shop, copy the top merged layer, paste it in Animation Shop as “a new animation”, duplicate it so you have the 30 frames, select and copy them all and paste on your tag. 

Check your animation is running properly and then run it through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.








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