In this tutorial I am using the art of Robin McQuay
for which you need a license,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.
I am using a kit called “Soul Asylum” by
The kit is also available at Dreamscape Imaging.
Thank you Yarrow!
For a limited time, if you purchase the tube I have used
in the tutorial, you get the scrap kit free!!
Cant be bad lol!
You will also need a mask, I used weescotslass’ mask 236, here.
For the animation you will need Animation Shop and
Greg’s Factory Outlet Volume II, Pool Shadow
which is a free filter.
Font of choice.
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).
Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 5.
Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.
Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper10. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 90%.
Open frame05 and paste as a new layer, resize 75% and move over very slightly to the right.
Open paper04 and copy. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, making sure to include all parts of it, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.
Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize if required, position inside the frame and apply the drop shadow.
Open MiniCharmFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow. Paste your tube as a new layer again, drag down below the frame and position nicely inside. Activate the mask layer, go to select – select all – selections float – selections defloat – selections invert, click on the tube layer to activate it and hit delete.
Open Bow04 and paste as a new layer. Drag this layer up so its between the frame and top tube layer, rotate 90 degrees to the left and resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open Hanger&Chain and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, drag below the bow layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open Flowers02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Check the positions of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required then add your copyright information and text.
If you are not wishing to do the animation, save your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.
Click on the paper layer that is inside the frame to activate it and duplicate it twice so you have three copies.
Apply Greg's Factory Outlet, Volume II, Pool Shadow filter to each layer with the following settings :-
Diagonal - 234
Center - 5
Horizontal - 80
Diagonal - 73
Horizontal - 196
Vertical - 78
Intensity - 45
Lightness - 206
Diagonal - 69
Center - 108
Horizontal - 68
Diagonal - 86
Horizontal - 66
Vertical - 45
Intensity - 25
Lightness - 191
Diagonal - 161
Center - 12
Horizontal - 210
Diagonal - 159
Horizontal - 78
Vertical - 173
Intensity - 51
Lightness - 201
Close out the second and third copy, right click and "copy merged", paste in animation shop as a new animation. Open the second layer, again right click and "copy merged", page in animation shop "before current frame". Do the same thing with the third copy.
Go to edit - section all - animation - frame properties and change the value to 20.
Run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!