This tutorial was written by me on November 1st, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. It was written for PSP 9.
I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.
As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.
What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is this beautiful kit by the amazing Crazy Carita which is an exclusive for Barbara Jensen and will be available in a week or so at Barb's store HERE. It's named Frosty Flakes. And of course the tube is Barb's, it's one of her newest releases and can be found on her site as well. She's called Toast of the Town and has many gorgeous layers to work with including some awesome Christmas layers. The gorgeous mask is Essex Girl's Floral Octagon and can be downloaded HERE from her site. Plugins needed are Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact, Eye Candy 4000, Xenofex 2 and Xero. Animation is by Lovey, I've added it in a download HERE for ease of finding. Lovey's blog is HERE. She has tons of amazing anis. And finally, the font is Holly Time and can be downloaded HERE.
Let's get started...
Begin by starting a new 700 x 700 white image which we will resize in the end. Then copy and paste el22 into your new canvas and resize it by 80%. Then go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings which you will use on all of the elements in this tag except the roses:
Once you've applied this effect add a slight drop shadow something like this:
Next, copy and paste el8 over your frame, resize it 50% and use your Raster Deform Tool to rotate it down and left. Duplicate and mirror. Duplicate the original el8 layer and on the original layer again use your Raster Deform tool to rotate it up and right, then duplicate and mirror. Apply the same drop shadow to these four holly layers. Once you have then placed, merge them together to conserve space in your layer palette.
Now you can use my image as a reference for size and placement of the remaining elements and don't forget your drop shadows.
For the Christmas Tree layers, el23, make one slightly smaller and put on the opposite side of the frame...see my image. Merge the two tree layers together and then duplicate thrice for a total of four Christmas Tree layers. Close the top three layers and select the original layer and then go to Effects/Plugins/Xenofex 2/ Constellation and use these settings:
Close the original layer, unhide and select the layer above it and go to Effects/Constellation and use the same settings only hit the Random Seed button once, repeat for the remaining Christmas Tree layers.
Now, add a new Raster layer above your background layer and flood fill with a dark blue color from your frame. Resize this layer 80% and apply your mask.
Above your mask layer copy and paste paper of choice and resize it 50%, I used paper 1. Set the Blend Mode of this paper to Hard Light and then draw a dark red preset circle below your paper fitting it into your frame. Then merge down from your paper layer to your background layer. We'll come back to this in a bit.
Next, copy and paste your tube on to top of your canvas. Place her slightly to the right of your work...see my image. Go to Adjust/Automatic Saturation Enhancement and use these settings:
Then go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings:
Next go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Porcelain and use these settings:
Now grab your Selection tool with the following settings and select the lower portion of your tube to soften the bottom edges:
Now add your name, then go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Chrome and use these settings: NOTE: for crisp edges on your fonts, set your Antialias to Sharp.
Then go to Adjust/Hue & Saturation/Colorize and use these settings:
Duplicate your name and then go back to Adjust/Hue & Saturation/Colorize and use these settings:
Once again grab your Selection tool with the same settings you used previously and select the upper portion of your name and hit delete a time or two to feather the two colors together and then merge the two name layers together and add the following drop shadow:
And finally for your name go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Corona and use these settings:
Now add your copyright and we'll animate. For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use pixel, ceriph or copy fonts. You can google and find literally hundreds of these fonts. Most work best at size 6 with your Antialias set to Off.
In your layer palette, select the very bottom layer which should be the layers you merged together from your paper layer to your background which I mentioned we would get back to. Click on top of your canvas and go to Copy and then open Animation Shop (AS)...File/Jasc Software Products/Launch Animation Shop. Once it's opened, hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation. Open Lovey's ani into Animation Shop and you will notice it has 41 frames with the copyright frame. Delete the copyright frame and it leaves you with 40 frames. Thus the reason we made 4 Christmas Tree Layers to coincide with the number of frames in this ani, we will simply duplicate ours to get us to 40 frames.
Anyway, at this point you need to resize Lovey's ani as it is too large to fit into our frame. Hit SHIFT + s and your resize window will open, use these settings:
Now, go to your animation you just pasted and click on the top of it and go to Duplicate Selected. Repeat this until you have 40 frames. If you duplicate too many, simply select the extra frames and hit delete to get rid of them. Now on both your animation and Lovey's animation be sure you have all frames selected and that the 'slider' bar at the bottom of both anis is all the way to the left to put you on the first frame of each. To select all frames go to Edit/Select All. Now drag the first frame of Lovey's ani into the first frame of your ani. Do not let go of your mouse until you have it where you want it. If you mess up, just go to Edit/Undrag and then repeat.
Minimize this newly created animation for now and go back to PSP. If you're going to make tags for others, hide your name and hide the merged layers on the bottom from your paper to your background layer. Be sure the top three Christmas Tree layers are hidden in your palette and hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit C to copy merged, go to AS and hit CTRL + v to paste a new animation and go back to PSP. Hide the bottom Christmas tree layer, unhide the one above it and hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit C to copy merged and then go back to AS and this time hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit L to paste after current frame. Repeat this last step for the two remaining layers. Now in AS you should have an animation with four frames. Go to Edit/Select All and then Edit/Copy. Select the fourth frame, the last frame and hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit L to paste after current frame. Select the last frame and again hold down CTRL + SHIFT and hit L to paste after current frame. Repeat this until you have 40 frames.
Now be sure you have selected all the frames and that your 'slider' bar is all the way to the left on this new animation. Maximize the previous animation we were working on and be sure it also has all the frames selected and that the slider bar is all the way to the left putting you at the first frame on each of these animations. Now carefully drag the last animation into the one you worked on previously placing your frame over your paper fitting the paper into your frame. If you left your name off go back to PSP, select your name layer, copy it and paste it into AS, duplicate it 40 times for 40 frames and drag it into your work.
Check your animation by going to View/Animation and if you're pleased, resize it and save it as a .gif and you're done.
Thank your for trying my tutorial. I hope you had fun and maybe learned something in the process. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about any of my tutorials.