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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 amazing art of Screaming Demons.
I so love Screaming’s art!
You need a license to use it, they are available here.
If you use a different tube, be sure to check that animation is allowed.
You will need either a large tube or one with a close up.

The kit I used is called “Zombie Rocker” by
This is an awesome kit, thank you Cora!
You can get it here.

You will also need Monti’s circle mask here.

For the animation you will need Animation Shop.
The animation is very easy, in fact its just 3 mouse clicks and
I have done lots of screenshots
 so I hope you will give it a try!

Font is Sex Pistols, here.

You will need to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry; for more info check out my Tips and Tricks page.  We will also sharpen the tube after we have done the animation but I will show you how to do this in the tutorial.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.

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

Open pd12-pp-01 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply Monti’s mask.  Resize 95%.

Open the tube, copy the close up and paste it as a new image.  Mirror, apply the drop shadow and then apply Monti’s mask twice.  Copy and paste on your canvas, resize 70%, change the blend mode to “Overlay” and move over to the right.

Open pd12-frame-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, rotate 80 degrees to the left, move into position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed (I resized 55%), place in position and apply the drop shadow only if you are not doing the animation.  If you need to erase any from the bottom, do so later when you have the rest of the elements in position.

Open pd12-fence and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, duplicate and close off the duplicate for now.  Rotate  the original10 degrees to the right (unsharp mask after you have resized and again after you have rotated so its nice and sharp), place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase the part that is inside the frame and also the part on the right hand side which is over the close up.  Open the duplicate, mirror and flip it, place in position so just a small amount is showing on the bottom, right of the frame, apply the drop shadow and again erase the part inside the frame.

Open pd12-splatter and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85%, place in position and again erase the part that is inside the frame.

Open pd12-pin, paste as a new layer and drag up above the frame.  Resize 35% and place in position.  Erase a part of the pin so it looks like its going through the frame and then apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-chain and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, hang on the pin and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-music-notes and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers, make any necessary adjustments and erase any of the bottom of the tube that you need to.

Crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.  If you are not continuing with the animation, export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

Ok, lets make Sid rock!

First I enlarged my canvas again.  I know I told you to crop it, but cropping it and then enlarging with the tag in the centre gives more room and makes sure the tag is in the middle. Duplicate Sid and close of the original.

Activate your warp brush.  I have done two screenshots, the first showing where you will find the warp brush and the settings for the Corel versions of PSP and one for earlier Jasc versions.  Make sure the mode is set to Expand and the size to 350.



Position the point of the warp brush something like my screenshot below. I have indicated where the tip of the brush will go with the arrow but look also at the circle which indicates the size of the brush. You only want to make Sid’s body move from the waist up, you don’t want his guitar expanding, just his body so the bottom of the circle should go roughly across his waist, it doesnt matter if it goes off the canvas at the top.

You will notice that using the warp brush will make Sid a bit blurry so we need to use the sharpen brush to counteract this.  We cant unsharp mask because it will sharpen the entire tube not just the part that is expanded so we will use the sharpen tool.  Set the size on 300 and the opacity on 50, click with it quickly twice in more or less the same spot as you did the warp brush.  More screenshots below.



When you are done, apply the drop shadow to both Sid layers and crop the tag again.

There, that wasn’t that difficult when you came to do it was it!  Now we just need to take the tag into Animation Shop.  Close off the expanded layer of Sid and open the original one, right click on your canvas, “copy merged”, go into Animation Shop and “Paste as a New Animation”.  Back in Paintshop, close off the original layer and open the expanded one, again right click, copy merged, take into Animation Shop and “Paste After Current Frame”.   The animation will be running too fast, so change the speed of each frame to 40 (Animation – Frame Properties).  All you need to do now is run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as gif!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any problems or any suggestions on how this tutorial could have been written better, please email me here.  I would really love to see your result and include it in the gallery!


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