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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 “White Owl” from
You can purchase this beautiful creature from

The kit is “Gypsy Afternoon” from
Another lovely kit that you will find at

I used mask 4 from set 73 by

You will need Animation Shop if you wish to do the animation.


Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0,  horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 15.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 23  into the selection, deselect, apply the mask, duplicate and merge the copy down onto the original.

Paste element 53, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 94, resize 40% and mirror, drag below element 53, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 95, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 55 and resize 40%, drag below both trees, position so just a little shows on the right, erase the part that shows on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 56, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Pate element 45, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42 on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 78, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 93, resized 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pase element 8, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 68, resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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



ANIMATION:

Duplicate element 56 four times so you have five copies and close off copies, 1, 3 and 4.

Activate copy 2 and open your Lighten/Darken tool using the settings in my screenshot below.  Right clicking will darken and left clicking will lighten.  We want to lighten some areas so click three or four times on the element in different spots.  Close off this copy, open copy 3 and repeat clicking in different places.  Repeat it all again with copy 4. 




Right click on your tag and “Copy Merged” ,paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Close off copy 4, open copy 3, again right click and copy merged and paste in Animation Shop “Before current frame.”  Repeat the above until you have all the copies as frames in Animation Shop.  Change the Animation properties on the tag to 25 to slow it down, then run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.








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