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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 tube “Whisper” by
You need a license to use Gary’s art, available at

The matching kit, also called “Whisper” is by
This is a beautiful kit that also works well with
Gary’s tube “Windsong”.
Check out Angela’s blog for information on
where you can purchase the kit.

For the animation, you will need Animation Shop.

You will also need a mask, I used mask 18 from

I used the font
by Jellyka.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, copy paper 1 and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Paste frame 2 as a new layer, resize 45% and move up and to the right a little.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and make a new layer below it, copy paper  3 and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 30%, position in the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3 as a new layer, resize 30%, position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7 as a new layer, resize 70%, drag down to just above the mask, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31 as a new layer, resize 60% and place in position.

Paste element 6 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 25%.

Paste element 36 as a new layer, resize 23% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 50%, drag below the two flowers and position on the right; you will need to erase most of it. Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position it on the left.  Apply the drop shadow to both.  I re-coloured these layers the blue colour of the paper in the frame but the only reason I did this was to keep less colours in the tag as the less colours, the better quality on animations. 

Paste element 31 as a new layer, resize 25%, position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36 again, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25 as a new layer, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19 as a new layer, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33 as a new layer, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste element 29 as a new layer, resize 35%, drag right down to just above the paving and position on the left, duplicate and move the duplicate so a little shows on the right, apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Paste element 2 as a new layer on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and, if you are not continuing with the animation, export on a transparent background as a png.


Animation:

First click on the paper that is below the frame and duplicate it. Then, starting at the bottom with your white background layer, close off all the layers up to and including these two paper layers and merge visible; change the name of this layer to “Top”.   Open the copy of the paper layer and rename it “Paper” then close it off.  Open the rest of the closed of layers including the original copy of the paper  and again merge visible, rename this layer “Background”.  Open all your layers up, you should now have just the three, Top, Paper and Background.

Copy Paper and paste it in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Go to Effects – Insert Image Effects and choose “Underwater” from the drop down menu with the settings as my first screenshot below.  Click on “Customize” and select the settings my second screenshot.  Pull out the nodes on the Waves to look something like mine, they don’t have to be exact.  Click on “OK” to apply the effect.  You should have 11 frames, scroll back to the first frame and delete it as this frame won’t have any effect on it and so will make the animation jump.






Back in PSP,  copy Background and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Your underwater animation now has 10 frames so you need to duplicate this image so it also has 10 frames.  Click on the underwater animation to activate it, go to Edit – Select All – Edit – Copy and then paste it onto Background .

Back in PSP, copy Top and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation, again duplicate so you have 10 copies, select all the frames as you did your Underwater animation and paste on your tag. 

Change the frame properties on your new animation to 20 (Animation – Frame properties), run it through the Optimization Wizard and same as a gif. 








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