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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 used the art of Martin Abel.
You need a license to use Martin’s art,
I purchased mine from CILM but they are now available here.
I used a total of 4 tubes.

The scrapkit I used is TK Dezign’s part of the Tech Savvy Collab.

Unfortunately this kit is no longer available but I have left the
tut up for people that already have it or have a substitute.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 241, here.

You will also need Animation Shop for the animation.
This animation has quite a lot of frames so I have kept the actual tag
quite simple and used tubes without too much colour to enable a good optimization.

Font of choice.

Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing to counteract the blurriness it causes, check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 500 and flood fill with white.

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-paper9 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 95%.

Open tk_COLLAB-techsavvy-frame3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%.

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-paper9 again and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, deselect. Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer. 

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-element1 and paste as a new layer on the top, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-element2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize also 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk_COLLAB-techsavvy-element5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 63%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-element4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-COLLAB-techsavvy-element10 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Check the positions of all your layers and add your copyright information and text.

Now for the animation:

To make it easier, we will merge some of our layers together.  Your bottom three layers in your palette should be the white background layer, the mask layer and the paper layer that is below the frame. Close off all your layers apart from these three and merge visible, rename this layer “Bottom”.  Close off this merged layer and open all your other layers apart from the frame, again merge visible, rename this layer “Top” and rename the frame layer “Frame”. Open your closed layers. Your layers palette should now look like my screenshot below.

Open another of your tubes, drag it down below the frame layer, resize as necessary and place in position in the frame.   Again select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and invert, go back to your tube and hit delete to remove the excess and apply the drop shadow. Close this tube layer off and do the same thing with the other 2 tubes.

Open up the layer with the first tube again and duplicate it twice.  Lower the opacity of the original tube to 25 and rename it Tube1-1, lower the opacity of the second copy to 50 and rename it Tube1-2, leave the opacity full on the third copy but rename it Tube1-3.

Repeat this with the other two tubes, renaming the second tubes Tube2-1, Tube 2-2 and Tube2-3 and of course the third tube Tube3-1, Tube3-2 and Tube3-3.  Close off all the tube layers apart from Tube1-1. Your layers pallet should now look like my screenshot below.

Right click on your canvas, “copy merged” and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Close off Tube1-1 and open Tube1-2, right click and “copy merged” again, in animation shop “paste after current frame”.  Do the same thing with Tube1-3 pasting after the last frame.

Close off all Tube 1 layers and open Tube2-1 and do the same thing with each copy of the tubes, pasting each one in animation shop after current frame then repeat with the Tube3 layers.

Change the animation properties for Tube1-1, Tube1-2, Tube 2-1, Tube2-2, Tube 3-1 and Tube3-2 to 20, that is all the layers with a lower opacity tube.  Change the animation properties for Tube1-3, Tube2-3 and Tube3-3 to 40.  Run your tag through the optimization wizard and save as a gif.

Don’t forget that if you want to save your tag with no text on it so you can add the name and make tags with it layer, just save it as a mng file without going through the optimization wizard.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any problems, please email me here.  I would as always love to see your result and include it in the gallery!


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