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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 fabulous art of Jehsee.
You need a license to use Jehsee’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a free to use kit called School of Rock by
Made by Justine,
you can get it here.
 Thank you Justine!

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 7,
you can get it here.

For the animation, you will need Alien Skin, Zenofex 2, Electrify plugin.

Font of choice.

Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing as otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper 6.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask. Resize 95%.

Open paint and paste as a new layer.  Go to adjust – blur – motion blur, change the angle to 66 and the strength to 100 and hit ok. Repeat the motion blur.

Open frame 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%.  Select the interior parts of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5.

Open another of the papers, this time I used paper 7.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and merge down onto the paper layer.

  Open fence 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Blank Note Pad and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and rotate ten degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments. Don’t crop your tag because the electrify effect takes up space but resize if you want it smaller.

Duplicate your tube twice so you have three copies.  Close the eye on the two copies and make sure the original is activated.  Apply Alien Skin, Xenofex 2, Electrify with the settings in my screen shots below.  


Close off this layer and open the second copy, again apply the plugin hitting on the random seed button to change the position of the electricity.  Repeat with the third copy.

Add your copyright information and text.  You should still have the first two copies of your tube closed.  Right click on your tag and “copy merged”.  Paste in animation shop “as a new animation”.

Close off this copy and open the second copy. Again, right click, copy merged and paste in animation shop “before current frame”.  Do the same thing with the third copy.

Change the animation speed to 25 for each frame (animation – frame properties) and then put 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.  I would of course love to see your result and include it in the gallery!


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