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Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Last Curtain Call





In this tutorial I am using the art of Anna Marine.
You need a license to use Anna’s art, you can get one here.

I am using a gorgeous scrap kit called “Femme Fatale” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Sarah!

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’s mask 133, here.

I used Jellyka Estrya’s Handwriting font,
You can get it here.



 
Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to counteract the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_femme_fatale_pp8. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_frame2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and over to the left a little. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used sb_pmt_femme_fatale_pp9. Make a new layer on your canvas below the frame layer, paste the paper into the selection and de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position inside the frame, apply the drop shadow. 

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_clock and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_branch2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and erase the bottom part of the stalk out, apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_dress and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate ten degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Now we have those elements roughly in position, we are going to work on the bottom part of the tag. Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_paper and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate ten degrees to the right. Drag down so its just above the mask layer and place in position so the roll part is show at the top. Duplicate this layer and move down so just a small part is showing at the bottom. Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_leaves1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and place in position so the leaves are showing at the bottom and to the left of the frame. Duplicate this layer, mirror and flip it and position so the leaves are showing along the top. Duplicate this second copy and mirror it, drag it up so its above the paper element and position on the right. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.  I erased a leaf on the bottom, left hand layer that was overlapped by the top copy.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_shatteredglass, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 70% and place in position, apply the drop shadow. Erase those long pieces out that come outside the tag on the right hand side.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_ribbon1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_flower6 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_key and paste as a new layer. Resize 35% and rotate 25 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I sharpened this element twice.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_flower8 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_femme_fatale_cat and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to five or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result!









Monday, 26 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012




In this tutorial I am using the art of Jessica Dougherty.
You need  license to use Jessica’s art.
I purchased mine from CILM
but they are now available here.

Scrap kit used is “Happy New Year” by
You can get it here.
Thank you Sarah!

You will also need a mask, I used Brutal Designs mask 11, here.

Font used is Cocktail Bubbly,
a free font, here.


 
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Unless otherwise stated, drop shadow is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_happy new year_pp6. Open a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_word art1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_glitter spray1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, apply the drop shadow and move over to the right hand side.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_glitter spray2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, mirror, apply the drop shadow and move over to the left.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_swirl2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, apply the drop shadow and move over to the right.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_clock and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and move slightly up and to the left. Apply the drop shadow and then repeat the drop shadow with the vertical and horizontal set to -2.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_cluster and paste as a new layer. Resize 62%, drag down below the swirl layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_stars, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 40%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal back to 2.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open a couple of the flowers or other d├ęcor elements, resize to your liking, drag down below the tube layer and place in position. I used sb_pmt_happy new year_flower2 resized 50% and sb_pmt_happy new year_flower 5 resized 40%. Don’t forget to apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_sparkles and paste as a new layer, resize 80% and place in position.

Open sb_pmt_happy new year_champagne bucket, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery.




Saturday, 24 December 2011

Snowstorm




In this tutorial I am using the art of Susan Justice aka McKivergan.
You need a license to use Susan’s art,
I purchased mine from AMI but they are now available here.

I am using a beautiful kit called “Holiday Ice” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Sarah!

You will need Animation Shop and a snow animation if you wish to do the animation.
I have uploaded the snow animation here.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

 Font used is Arlekino, here.



Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

I re-coloured the paper and some elements to complement the tube.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_holiday-ice-pp8. Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Monti’s mask, resize 90%.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-snowglobe and paste as a new layer. Resize 85% and rotate 4 degrees to the right. Apply a drop shadow vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 40, blur 10.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed to fit inside the globe and place in position. Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 60, blur 5.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-decor3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down below the globe layer, place in position and apply the same drop shadow as you did for the globe.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-tree2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position and apply a drop shadow vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 30, blur 10.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-tree3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-snow, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 70% and apply Monti’s circle mask. Position along the bottom of the globe.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice-tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice_branch and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_holiday-ice_bow3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

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


If you are continuing with the animation, close off the snow globe layer and all the layers above it leaving just the background, mask and the two tree layers. Click on one of those layers to activate and merge visible. Close off that layer and open your copyright info and text layers, the bow, branch, tree and snow layers. Click on one of those layers and merge visible. Open the close layers. Your layers palette should now look like my screenshot below, I have renamed the layers to make it easier.




Close off the merged top layer so you can see what you are doing. Take your freehand selection tool and draw a selection around the globe as in my screenshot below.




Open the snow file in Animation Ahop. Go to file – export frames – to Paint Shop Pro. The animation will now open in layers in Paint Shop. Go back to Animation Shop and again go to file – export – break link with exported frames.

Back in Paint Shop, click on the tube layer to activate it, then copy each of the snow layers and paste them as new layers onto your tag being careful not to move any otherwise the snow will jump about. When you have pasted all the layers, invert the selection and hit delete on each layer to remove the excess snow, de-select. Open the closed top layer.

Close off all the snow layers apart from the last one, layer 10. Right click on your tag and “copy merged”, paste in animation shop “as a new animation”. Back Paint Shop, close off that snow layer and open the one below, again right click and “copy merged”, in animation shop “paste before current frame”.  Do this with each of the snow layers. 

Run your tag through the optimization wizard and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  A very Merry Christmas to you all!



 

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Aphrodite


In this tutorial I am using the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias’s art,
you can get yours here.

I am using a custom made for the tube collab kit by
“Aphrodite”.
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 177, here.

I used the font Cleopatra,
a free font, here.



After resizing/rotating, elements get a little blurry and need to be sharpened, to sharpen them up go to adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask with the values radius and clipping 5, strength 50.

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd11-pp-04.  Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open pd-frame-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd-pp-10. Make a new layer on your canvas below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open the close up of the tube, mirror, copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Resize and position in the frame to your liking, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, de-select.  Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and the frame layers.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_laurel leaves and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and position on top of the frame, apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-sparkle-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, position on top of the laurel leaves around the frame. Close out your white background and mask layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers. Move the merged layer slightly over to the left.

Open pd-burst-02, paste as a new layer and drag down below the merged layer.. Resize 85%, move slightly up and to the right.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_glitterspat1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and move up a bit. Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and move down.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_glittersplat2 and paste as an new layer. Resize 90% and position between the first two splats.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_column2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%, and position on the right hand side, apply the drop shadow.


Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_glitter smear and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and position at the bottom below the frame.

Open pd11-flower-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-cloud and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and lower the opacity to around 75.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_flower1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-flower-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_aphrodite_collab_golden apple and paste as a new layer. Rsize 50%, drag down below the last flower layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-ribbon-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would of course love to see your result!




 

 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Mama Claus





Mama Claus


In this tutorial I am using the gorgeous art of Alicia Mujica.
You require a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.
This tube comprises a close up as well as a full body.

I am using a lovely kit called “Again Christmas” by
Check out the links on the right hand side of Schnegge’s blog 
to see where she sells her kits.
Thank you Schnegge!

I used two masks on my tag, Insatiable Dreams mask 372, here and
 Becky’s mask 035, which I have uploaded for you here as Becky
no longer has her site

For the texture on the close up tube, I used penta.com color dot.

Font of choice.

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Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30.

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used p09_AgChr_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection, apply Insatiable Dreams mask. Resize 75%.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used p11_AgChr_Schnegge. Make another layer on your canvas, you should still have the selection, paste the paper into it and apply Becky’s mask. De-select and again resize 75%.

Open frame02_AgChr_Shnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.

Open another of the papers and copy, I used p05_AgChr_Schnegge.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open your close up tube, mirror if required and paste as a new layer. Resize if needed and position nicely in the frame. When you are happy, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Lower the opacity to around 80 and apply penta.com color dot filter on the default settings.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off your background layer and both mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers.

Open deco06_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open swag02_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position so its showing on the right hand side of the frame.  Apply the drop shadow.

Open doodle01_AgChr_Schnegge, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open swag01_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position along the bottom of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open deco02_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open woodentrain_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 65% and place in position, apply the drop shadow and erase the parts out that are over the bow on the swag so it looks like the train is below it.

Open elf01_AgChr_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, drag him down below the swag layer and position him so he is peeking out at the side.  Apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize if needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!

 


Frost Bite


In this tutorial I am using the art of Suzanne Woolcott.
You need a license to use Suzanne’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a really lovely freebie kit called “Frost Bite” by
Pimp’d Designz.
The kit is day 6 of Pimp'd Designz' 15 days of Christmas freebies.
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 161, here.

Font of choice.




As always, remember to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical 2,  horizontal -2, opacity 60, blur 5.

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

Open paper pd11-pp-01. Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd11-frame-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open pd-11-pp09 and copy. Make a new layer below your frame layer and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not de-select.

Open your tube and mirror, paste as a new layer on your canvas and resize if required, position nicely inside the frame,  invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow and lower the opacity to around 70.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow to that also. Close off your white background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the close layers and move the merged layer over slightly to the right.

Open pd11-print-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 85% and drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-town and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and duplicate. Using my tag reference, place in position either side of the merged layer erasing any that shows on the wrong side. Apply the drop shadow. I put my shadow on a separate layer and erased the part at the bottom that was on the snow.

Open pd-print-01, paste as a new layer and place in position.

Open pd11-tree2, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 65% and place in position. The tree already has a drop shadow so no need to apply another.

Open pd11-snowman and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-snow-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and place in position along the bottom edge of the tree.  If any goes over the merged layer, erase it.

Open pd-snow-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize also by 50% and place in position along the bottom part of the first snow layer. Again erase any that goes over the merged layer.

Open your tube again, reverse the mirror and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!





2012



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2012

In this tutorial I am using the art of Olivia De Berardinis
You need a license to use Olivia’s art,
available here.
A reclining tube works best on this tag.
I am using a fantastic kit called “Party of the Year” by
You can get the kit here.
Mask used is Melissaz Creationz mask 1, here.
For the year date, you will need a thick, bold font and
 Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact plugin.
The animation is a freebie by Reika Rafita,
you can get it here, its animation 4.
Thank you Reika!


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Don’t forget to sharpen your elements are resizing, this is essential for a good looking tag, otherwise it will be blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).
Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.
Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.
Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-02.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 90%.
Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, apply the drop shadow and move over slightly to the left.
Open pd-clock-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, apply the drop shadow and move over slightly to the right.
Open pd-fireworks-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, drag down below the frame and clock layers and duplicate, place both layers in position.
Open pd-branch-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. You will need to go back to this layer and erase the part that shows below your tube.
Open pd-star-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open pd-fireworks-02, paste as a new layer and place in position.
Open pd-ribbon-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and apply the drop shadow.  As you will see, I greyscaled my tube. There were two reasons for doing this, firstly it matched the kit better and secondly, this is a large animation and the quality is much better on a tag with less colours.
Set your foreground colour to black and your background colour to white, open the text tool, choose your font and with the line width set to 3, type in 2012 (because of the position of my tube, I put the first 2 in separately and stretched it out larger so the tube fitted on it better).  Apply the Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Extrude plugin with the settings in my screenshot below.



Select the interior white part of each of the numbers and expand the selection by 1. Open one of the papers, copy it and paste as a new layer, I used pd-pp-01. Resize the paper 70% and position it over the numbers, invert the selection and hit delete. Merge this layer down onto the layer with the numbers and then apply the drop shadow. Drag your tube layer above this layer and place in position.
Check the positioning of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text.
Close of your copyright and text layers, the tube layer, the number layers and the ribbon and branch layers. Click on one of the other layers and merge visible. Close off the merged layer, re-open the other layers and again click on one and merge visible. Re-open the bottom merged layer.
Open Rieka’s animation in Animation Shop. Copy the bottom merged layer and paste it in animation shop as a new animation. You will see that Reika’s animation has 18 frames so we need to duplicate our merged layer until that has 18 frames also. Activate Reika’s animation, go to edit – select all – edit – copy. Click on the first of your merged layer frames and again go to edit – select all, right click on the first frame and go to “paste into selected frame” and paste Reika’s animation into the frames.
Back in Paintshop, copy your top merged layer and paste it in Animation Shop as a new animation. Again we need to duplicate it so we have 18 frames, then copy and paste it onto our tag the same way as we did Reika’s animation.
Put your tag through the optimization wizard. On the second page where it says Animation Quality Versus Output Size, click on “customize” and check the “Optimized Octree” box. This will make the tag smaller in size – don’t forget to change it back!
 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have a questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Soft Winter





In this tutorial I am using an exclusive kit and tube pack
"Soft winter Collection".
The collection includes two tubes by Zindy and
of course the beautiful kit by Creationz by Jo and 
is on offer at a reduced price until Christmas.
You can get the collection at Zindy's shop, here.
Thank you Zindy and Jo for allowing me to use this
awesome collection!

You will also need a mask, I used one of my favourite masks,
Monti’s circle mask, here.


Font used is Mordred,
a free font, here.


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing or rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

I wanted to keep my tag mono coloured so I re-coloured the tube and some of the elements from the kit.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SW_Paper7.   Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80% and lower the opacity to around 75.

Open SW_GlitFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open SW_GlitterFrm and paste as a new layer.  Resize 47% and align it up in the centre of the first glitter frame. Select the interior of this frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used W_Paper5. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open SW_Snow and paste as a new layer. Position nicely inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position inside the frame, again hit delete to remove the excess.  Do not de-select.

Open SW_Ice and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, position nicely in the frame and again hit delete to remove the excess. You can now de-select. 

Apply the same drop shadow as you did for the first frame on the two glitter frames and on the tube. On the ice, change the horizontal and vertical to 1.

Open Sw_FlakeFrm and paste as a new layer. Resize 43%. Drag this layer down so its just above the ice layer and apply the drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal back to 2.

Open SW_SnowLeaves, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 30% and rotate 70 degrees to the right.  Duplicate this layer, rotate the duplicate 90 degrees to the right and then flip it. Place both layers in position and apply the last drop shadow to each.

Open SW_Flws2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and rotate 90 degrees to the right. Place in position over the horizontal leaves and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_Branch and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 40% and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_RibbonPnk and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right, resize 30%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_Cones and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SW_Bird and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and make any adjustments. Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!















 

Colour Me Happy





In this tutorial I am using the art of Alphadesire.
You require a license to use Alphadesire’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a wonderfully colourful kit called
“Colour me Happy” by
Check out the links on the right hand side of Schnegge's blog
to see where she sells her kits.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 209, here.

Font used is 2 peas weathervane. 


 
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating, this is essential for a good looking tag as otherwise it will be blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used p08_cmh_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open bracketframe_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate 20 degrees to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pp05_cmh_Schnegge. Draw a selection through the centre of the green part of the frame with your freehand selection tool, make a new layer below the bracketframe layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the bracketframe layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open flower04_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag down below the frame and paper layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open leaves03_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open leaves02_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open crayon_cmh_Schnegge, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 50% and rotate 40 degrees to the right. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open beads01_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 65%,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open candy_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and rotate 20 degrees to the right. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dragonfly01_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dragonfly02_cmh_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize also 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.



Sunday, 11 December 2011

Winter Chill





In this tutorial I am using the beautiful art of Sherin Moustafa.
You need a license to use Sherin’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a gorgeous kit called “Winter’s Chill” by
Check out the links on the right of Jo's blog for
the stores where you can purchase the kit.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font of choice.

You will need Animation Shop and the snow animation, here 
 if you wish to do the animation. 


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating, this is essential to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.




Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used CBJ_WC_paper15.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and de-select. Apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open CBJ_WC_FlakeDoodle and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_WC_GemStars and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_WC_BlueGlitterFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 33%.

Open your tube, paste it as a new layer, drag it down below the glitter frame layer and place it in position in the frame. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, go back to the tube layer, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess outside the frame. If your tube doesn’t fill the frame as mine does, you will need to put a paper or background colour behind it. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Now decorate your frame with some of the elements from the kit. I used CBJ_WC_Flower1 resized 40%, CBJ_WC_Flower2 resized 35%, CBJ_WC_Flutter2 resized 15% and rotated 20 degrees to the left and CBJ_WC_Holly, resized 30% and coloured to match the rest of the elements. Apply the drop shadow to all your layers.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any adjustments.

Open CBJ_WC_Hanger1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25% and place in position. This element is a slightly different blue and I wanted to keep my tag in a mono colour for better optimization in Animation Shop so I recoloured it. Place the element in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_WC_DoubleBow and paste as a new layer. Resize 15% and place in position. Erase any of the hanger ribbon that shows above the bow.

Go back to your tube layer, duplicate it and bring the duplicate to the top (if you have a paper or coloured layer below the tube layer, merge the two together first). Resize this layer until it fits inside the glass ball on the hanger and then drag it below the hanger layer.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text. If you do not wish to animate, save as jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.



Now for the animation.

Merge the bow layer down onto the hanger layer and bring the merged layer to the top. Close this layer and the small tube layer off and merge visible. You now have 3 layers.

Open the snow file in Animation Shop. Go to file – Export Frames – to Paint Shop Pro. The file will open in PSP in layers. Go back to Animation Shop and go to file again – export frames – break link with exported frames.  Now you need to copy each frame of the snow animation onto your tag between the tube layer and the merged hanger/bow layer. Just copy and paste each one as a new layer and be sure not to move them!  When you are done, activate the tube layer and go to selections – select all – selections float – selections defloat  – selections invert. Hit delete on each of the snow layers to remove the snow that is outside of the globe. Close off all the snow layers apart from the first one. Right click on your tag and “copy merged”, paste in animation shop “as a new animation”. Close off this snow layer and open the second, right click and copy again and paste in animation shop “after current frame”. Do this with all 10 of the snow layers.  When you have done, run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would of course love to see your result!

 


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Badtaste Christmas





In this tutorial I am using the art of Badtaste.
You require a license to use Badtaste’s art,
available only at Dreamscape Imaging.

The scrap kit I have used is “Emo Christmas” by
Unfortunately this kit is no longer available but I have left the
tut up for people that already have it or have a substitute.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem’s mask 206, here.

Font of choice.

If you wish to do the animation, you will also need Animation Shop.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing as otherwise they will be a bit blurry (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 3, strength 30.

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used –emchristmastk-paper1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open –emochristmastk-glitter-brushed-purple and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow.

Open –emochristmastk-frame2 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 80%.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used –emochristmastk-paper2. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge the frame layer down onto the paper layer.

Open –emochristmastk-snowflakes and paste as a new layer. Resize again 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open –emochristmastk-clip-left and paste as a new layer. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open –emochristmastk-tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open –emochristmastk-wordart-1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text. If you do not wish to do the animation, export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

Now for the animation!!

Duplicate the tree layer 3 times so you have four copies, close out the 3 copies and activate the original.

Open your Lighten/Darken brush. I have included a screenshot below so you can find it if you are not familiar with it. I am using PSPX3 but you should be able to find it in other versions. I didn’t resize my tag and had the brush size set on 40, if you resized you may need to make it a little smaller. 


Click on one of the balls on the Christmas tree four times to lighten it. Do this on 3 or 4 of the balls. When you are done, close out this layer, open the second layer and do the same thing on 3 or 4 different balls. Do the same thing on the other 2 layers.
 
Now we need to take our tag into animation shop. Close out the 3 copy tree layers and have just the first original layer open. Right click on your tag, copy merged and paste as a new layer in Animation Shop. Back in psp, close out this tree layer and open the second one, right click again, copy merged and paste in Animation Shop “after current frame”. Do the same thing for the other 2 layers. Click on edit – select all then go to animation – frame properties and change the properties to 25. Run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and maybe it taught you about an new tool in PSP! If you have any questions, please email me here. I would, of course, love to see your result!








 



Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Your Gift





In this tutorial you will need a body tube and close up tube.
 I am using the amazing art of Arthur Crowe.
You need a license to use Arthur’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a scrap kit called “Winter Love” by
This is a beautiful kit full of lovely elements,
you can get it here.
Thank you Sarah!

I used two masks, Gem’s mask 22, here and
Melissaz Creations mask 1, here.

Font used is Arlekino, you can get it here.


I always remind you lol but don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.


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

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp10 and copy. Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection. Apply Gem’s mask 22. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp6 and copy. Again make a new layer on your canvas, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Melissaz’ mask 1, de-select. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_frame1, paste as a new layer and resize 60%. Select the interior of each part of the frame and expand the selection by 10.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp10 and copy. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_snowflakes1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and position towards the top interior of the frame. Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess. De-select.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off the background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position on the right hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. Position on the left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_frame7, duplicate and close the original. Resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below the frame layer and fill with a dark colour from your tube, I used a dark brown from his hair. Do not deselect. Open your close up tube and mirror it, copy and paste as new layer. Position nicely inside the frame, resizing if needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess then lower the opacity to around 45. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge visible, copy, paste on your original canvas and place roughly in position, you can adjust it later.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch 5 and paste as a new layer. Duplicate this layer and mirror and flip the duplicate. Place in position along the bottom of the frames and apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Now we will put our main tube on so we can then position the rest of the elements around him. Don’t forget to apply the drop shadow to the tube. I put the shadow on a separate layer so I could erase the part along the bottom cut off edge.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_flower5 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. Drag down below the tube and place in position on the left hand side, apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branches and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pear and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position on the right hand side of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and rotate 90 degrees to the left. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_ribbon1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pinecone and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_snow, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 55% and place in position along the bottom edge of your tube.

Check the position of all your layers and make any adjustments. Erase any parts like the stalk on the flower that are showing below the tube. Erase a bit of the snow that is over the red branch so the bottom part of the branch is above it.

When you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result!