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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am Vivienne, living in the UK and married with a son who now lives in Perth, Australia and a daughter who has given me two gorgeous grandsons! Paint Shop has been my hobby for more years than I can remember and I love making tags. I have always loved doing tutorials written by others and a couple of years ago started writing them myself. As well as tag tutorials, I also have a Tips and Tricks page where you will find tutorials on basic Paint Shop techniques. I hope you enjoy my blog and have fun with my tutorials. Please be sure also to check out the Tag Gallery and see some of the awesome results to the tutorials!

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In this tutorial I am using the art of Angela Newman.
You require a license to use Angela's tubes 
which you can purchase at Mypsptubes.

I am using the new kit Goth Addiction by CBJ.
The kit presently has a 30% discount.

You will also need a mask.
I used Insatiable Dreams mask 195.
You can get the mask here.

You will also need animation shop.

The font I used is Rhubarb Pie which is a free font.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open CBJ_GA_StudFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%.

Open the close up of the tube and paste as a new layer, mirror, drag below the frame layer and position to your liking. Go back to the frame layer and select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and invert, go back to your tube layer and delete the excess. Back on the frame layer, apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 90, blur 5.

Open CBJ_GA_BarbHeart and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, rotate 15 degrees to the left, unsharp mask (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30), drag below the tube layer and position. Apply a drop shadow vertical, and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.

Open CBJ_GA_Glitter and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, unsharp mask as before, drag below the heart layer and position towards the top left hand corner. Duplicate this layer and move towards the bottom right hand corner. Apply a drop shadow to both layers, vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 80, blur 3.

Open CBJ_GA_Wire and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, unsharp mask as before, position and apply the same drop shadow as the glitter.

Open CBJ_GA_Charm, click on your top frame layer and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, unsharp mask as before, position and apply the same drop shadow as the frame.

Open CBJ_GA_Bow2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, mirror, place in position and apply the same drop shadow.

Open CBJ_GA_Spider and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, position and apply the same drop shadow.

Click on your bottom white layer, open CBK_Paper2, make a new layer, select all and paste the paper into the selection. Apply your mask. I resized the mask 90%.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text. For my text, I took a small sample of the wings on the BarbHeart element and made a pattern from it.  When you are done, merge your layers together and we will animate.

The animation may look quite difficult but it’s really very easy. Zoom in on your tag so you can see what you are doing easier. Open your free hand selection tool, set it to point to point with feather at 0. Now do a freehand selection around the coloured part of your tube’s eye as in my screenshot below. It doesn’t need to be mega accurate at all but make sure you are selecting inside the colour part, don’t go over the white or black of her eye.

When you have done your selection, right click on the tag, copy and paste into animation shop. You will just have the coloured eye part. Go to effects – insert image effect, choose underwater from the drop down menu.  Set the effect length to 2.0 secs and the frames per second to 3fps, then click on customize. Refer to my screenshot below for the settings but again the waves don’t have to be exactly the same as mine. Click on ok.

You should have 7 frames in your animation. Click on the first frame and delete it (the first frame doesn’t animate).

Go back to paintshop, de-select the eye selection, copy the tag and paste in animation shop. Duplicate this so you have the same number of frames as your animation (should be 6).  Select and copy all the frames of your eye (edit – select all – edit – copy), click on your tag frames and again select all the frames, right click on the tag and “paste into selected frame”. Position your eye frames directly over the eye in the first frame of your tag. When you have it in position, left click and it will add into all the frames. If it’s not right, just hit the back button and have another go! When you have done, change the frame properties on all the frames to 20.

Run your tag through the optimization wizard and save.

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


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