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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 “Shameless” by
This tube has some awesome layers, I used loved the zombie eyes and
had to use them!
This tube is sold exclusively at

I used the kit “Haunted House” by
This is an older kit of Carita’s which can be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 0120, by Simone at

If you wish to do the animqation you will need
Animation Shop
and the freebie bat animation also by Simone at
(click on Animations and search "Animated Bats).

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all and paste paper 6 into the selection, apply the mask and resize it 85%.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 45% and place in position.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 5 into it, deselect. 

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 70%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 70% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27 as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow, repeat the drop shadow.

Paste element 28 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position, apply the drop shadow and then again repeat it.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow, again repeat the shadow.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 50%, mirror and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube again, drag it between the paper and the frame and place in position, select the interior of the frame again, expand the selection as before and hit delete on the tube to remove the excess, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Luminance (Legacy)” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 70% and place in position above the tree.

Paste element 22 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer, on the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.  If you are not continuing with the animation, save your tag on a transparent background as a png.


Animation:
Open Simone’s animation in Animation Shop and resize it 50%.

Back in PSP, starting with the white background layer, close off all the layers below the fog and then merge visible.  Open those layers you closed, close off the merged layer and again, merge visible.  Open the first merged layer. Copy the bottom merged layer and paste it in Animation Shop then duplicate it so you have 16 frames, which is the same number of frames as the animation.  Click on the animation to activate it, go to Edit – Selection All – Edit – Copy, now click on your tag and go to Edit – Select All – Edit – Paste - Into Selected frame and paste the bats onto your tag so the bottom of them are on the fog layer.   Back in PSP, copy your top merged layer, paste it in Animation Shop, duplicate it as before and then select, copy and paste on top of your tag the same as you pasted the bats. Run your tag through the Optimization Wizard on the default settings and save it as a gif.


















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