Please read my "About my Tutorials" page before starting, thank you.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Royal Blue






In this tutorial I used another tube from Barbara Jensen's pack 34.
You need a license to use Barbara's art,
available from her store, here.

The gorgeous kit I used is called "Royal Blue" and is by
The kit is also exclusively available at Barbara's store.

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here.

Font of choice.

Remember to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of 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 pp2.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 80%.

Open el28 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and move a little up and to the left.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pp4.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper layer. 

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  If you are using one of Barbara's tubes, duplicate it and close the original, pick your layer options, merge visible and paste on your canvas.  I resized my tube 75%.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e27 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and rotate 10 degrees to the left,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el16 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and place in position.

Open pp2 and copy, select the interior of el16 and expand the selection by 10,  make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not deselect.

Copy the tube again, mirror it and paste as a new layer.  If you are using one of Barbara's layered tubes, you will need to copy merged and paste it as a new image, then mirror it, copy again and paste on your canvas.  Resize the tube if required (I resized mine 80%) position inside el16, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the tube and the frame and change the blend mode on the tube to Luminance (Legacy).

Open el5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and rotate 50 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el22, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 80%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place both layers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el8 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el5 again and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and rotate 50 degrees to the left as before, then mirror and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el29 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Stocking Faery





In this tutorial I used the art of Amy Brown.
You need a license to use Amy's art,
I purchased mine from CILM but they are now available here.

The kit I used is Amy Brown Artist Series 04 by
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass' mask 141 here.

Font is Blackletter, here.

This is a very simple tag and suitable for beginners.




Resizing and rotating elements causes them to be a little blurry so they need to be sharpened; for more info, check out my Tips and Tricks page.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



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

Open pd12-pp-05 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open pd12-wreath and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%.

Select the interior of the wreath with your magic wand and expand the selection by 50.

Open pd12-pp-04 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas below the wreath and paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the wreath.

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

Open pd12-ribbon-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-holly-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position, erase the bottom of the stalk where it's too long and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-holly-03 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-ornament and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-glitter and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 and don’t forget to send me your result!


Silver Bells




In this tutorial I used the art of Sherin Moustafa.
You need a license to use Sherin's art, available here.

The kit I used is called "Silver Bells" and is by
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem's mask 22, here.

For the animation, you will need Animation Shop and
the snow animation here.

Font is Amonite, here.




Don't forget to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


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

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_pp10 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 87%.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_frame and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and fill with a pale grey, I used #e9e9e9.  Do not deselect.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Do not deselect. 

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_cityscape1 and paste as a new layer.  Position nicely in the frame and again  hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.

Go back to the tube, go to Adjust - Hue and Saturation - Colorize, change both values to 0 and hit ok.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the cityscape.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_glitterstamp and paste as a new layer.  Drag down so its just above the mask and place in position so it shows in the top, left hand corner.  Duplicate and move the duplicate to show in the bottom, right hand corner.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_branch and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_berries and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position, erase the stalk that shows at the bottom of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_christmastree1, paste as a new layer and bring to the top, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_flower1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open decorbitt_silverbells_bow4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_bell1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open dcorbitt_silverbells_bell2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, drag down below the first bell and place in position, erase the thread tied to it and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text (I used Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Chrome on the text).  If you are not continuing with the animation, export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.



Animation:

Now open the snow animation in Animation Shop.  Go to File - Export Frames - To Paint Shop Pro.  The animation will now open in PSP in layers.  Go back to Animation Shop and again go to File - Export Frames - Break link with Exported Frames. 

Activate your frame layer and again select the interior with your magic wand but this time expand the selection by 30 (it needs to be larger as it now has the shadow on it). Activate the layer below the frame (the cityscape) and paste each layer of the animation as a new layer starting from layer 1.  Be sure not to move any of the snow layers as otherwise the animation will jump.  Invert the selection and hit delete on each snow layer to remove the excess then deselect. 

Close off all the snow layers apart from the last one.  Right click on your tag and "Copy Merged" then paste in animation shop as a new animation.  Close off that layer of the snow and open the layer below it, right click and Copy Merged again and paste in animation shop "Before Current Frame".  Do this for all the snow layers working down.

Check your animation is running correctly by going to View - Animation.  If all is well, run your tag through the optimisation wizard and export as a gif.  Remember, if you want to save your tag without the text so you can add different names later, you can save it as a mng file (more info on my Tips and Tricks page).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here and don't forget to send me your result, I love to see them and include them in the gallery!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Ruby Red



In this tutorial I used the art of Barbara Jensen.
This tube is from her awesome new pack 35 and is available
at her store here.

The equally awesome kit I used is called "Ruby Red" by
The kit is also available from Barbara's store.

You will also need a mask, I used Vix Big Mask 18.
I love these new big masks, thank you Vix!
You can get it here.

Script font of choice.




Remember to sharpen up the elements after resizing/rotating as it makes them a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow unless otherwise stated of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pp1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and merge down onto the first layer. 

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%.

Open pp2 and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper layer and move over a little to the left.

Open el25 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5. 

Open your tube, paste as a new layer and bring to the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow, remembering to change it back to the original settings.  If you are using one of Barbara's tubes, open it, duplicate and close the original, choose your layer options and then copy merged and paste on your canvas.  I resized my tube 70%.

Open el23 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 70%, drag down below the tube, position on the right of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open el22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, rotate 80 degrees to the right and mirror, place in position, erase the bottom of the stalk and apply the drop shadow.

Open el5 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el17and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Close off your tube layer so you can see better what you are doing and draw an oblong selection around the right hand part of the element something like my screen shot below.  Hit delete then right click on your canvas and "paste as a new layer", the part you deleted will paste back on your canvas.  Deselect, line the two pieces of the element back together and then drag the piece you cut off below el5. You can now reopen the tube layer.



Open el28, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 55% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45% and rotate 250 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el32 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el21 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40% and rotate 40 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, when you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text then 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!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Winter Spirit


 
 

In this tutorial I used the art of Eos Sparks.
You need a license to use Eos' art,
I purchased mine from PSP Tubes Emporium but
they are are available here.

I used a beautiful wintry kit called "Winter Spirit" by
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Horseplay's Pasture mask 11, here.

Font of choice.


 

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

Open pd12-pp-03 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Open pd12-mask and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and move over to the left.  I know it’s a mask but I liked it as it was lol.

Open pd12-frame-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and move to the right.

Open pd12-pp-01 and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, do not deselect.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed, position inside the frame, invert the select and hit delete to remove the excess.  Apply a drop shadow to the tube of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5 and then lower the opacity to around 40.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 40, blur 10.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the same drop shadow as you did for the frame.

Open pd12-swirl-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the tube and position behind it, apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-branch-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-polar-bear and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and place in position, no shadow on the bear.

Open pd12-flower-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, drag down below the bear, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-ribbon-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-star and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-snowdrift and paste as a new layer. Resize 90%  and place in position.

Open pd12-snowflake-04 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30, place in position and apply the drop shadow but changing the vertical and horizontal to 2.

Open pd12-snow-04, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 80% and place in position along the bottom.

Open pd12-snow-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and place in position.

Check the positions of your elements and make any necessary adjustments. When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text and then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background although this tag looks best on a white background.

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 them in the gallery!




Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Magic Time


  

 

In this tutorial I used the "Red Christmas Collection" by
Zindy S.D. Nielsen and Creationz by Jo.
This fabulous collection comprises two gorgeous tubes
"Santa's Cutie" and "Merry Christmas" by Zindy
and an awesome matching kit by Jo.
You can get the Collection  or individual items at
Zindy's store here.

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here.

Font is Dreamer One, here.


You will need to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as this makes them a little blurry; for more info, check out my Tips and Tricks page.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.



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

Open CBJ_RCP10 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85% and lower the opacity to around 60.

Open CBJ_RCStickFrm and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45% and position to the right.  With your freehand selection tool on point to point, draw a selection around the interior of the frame like my screenshot below



Open CBJ_RCP2 and copy, make a new layer below the frame and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not deselect.

Open the close up of the tube and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete.  Deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  The tube opacity is already set to 40 which is fine.

Open CBJ_RCPaperTree1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open CBJ_RCFlower1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_RCBerries and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_RCFrayedGFlor2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_RCVMiseltoe and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open CBJ_RCRibbon1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, mirror and flip, paste in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open CBJ_RCWordArt, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open CBJ_RCFlowerScatter and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and flip, drag down so its just above the mask layer and place in position.  Duplicate this layer and flip and mirror the duplicate, place in position so a little shows on the right of the frame and erase the rest.

Open CBJ_RCABranch2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Again, check the positions of your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Tethys

In this tutorial I used a beautiful tube by SkyScraps and
matching kit from Scrapz n Pleasure
both called "Tethys" and both available at
Both the tube and the kit are currently at a discounted price.

You will also need a mask, I used Horseplay's Pasture mask 11, here.

Font is Amadeus, here



Your elements will need to be sharpened after resizing/rotating because this makes them a little blurry; you can check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of 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 SNP-tethys-paper06.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open SN-tethys-elements15 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and move over a little to the right.

Open SNP-tethys-paper07 and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, paste the paper as a new layer below the frame, resize 50%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper.  Do not de-select.

Open the tube and paste Calque 2 as a new layer.  Resize 60% and position inside the frame, again hit delete to remove the excess tube and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube and change the blend mode on the tube to "Luminance (Legacy)".

Open the tube again and paste Calque 3 as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position next to the frame and apply the drop shadow. 

Open SNP-tethys-elements22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements24 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, move over so it shows on the right of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements29 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements41 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements36 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements46 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up above the frame, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements17 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements21 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open SNP-tethys-elements06 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position so a little shows at the side of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open SNP-tethys-elements09 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Again, check the positions of your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.  Be careful when you crop not to chop into the mask or you will get a nasty straight edge. 

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

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Magic of a Moment



 
In this tutorial I used the art of Delphine Demers.
You need a license to use Delphine's art,
available at CreativeDesign Outlet.

The kit I used was inspired by this tube which is 13-1 and is by
The kit is also available at Creative Design Outlet.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem's mask 22, here.

Font is 4 Stix DNA, here.




Don't forget to sharpen up those elements after resizing! This is essential for a good looking tag as otherwise they will be a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of 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 Paper06_IBdemers131_Schnegge.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open the tube, duplicate and close the original.  Go to Selections - Select All - Selections - Float - Selections _ Defloat - Selections - Modify - Feather.  Type in 30 for the Feather Amount, invert the selection and go to Edit - Cut. Do the Cut several times until the tube is feathered out, I did it about six times.  Deselect then copy the tube and paste it as a new layer on your canvas.  Resize it 75% and move a little to the left.

Open Frame01_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Move the frame over to the right and drag it down below the tube.

Open Paper04_IBDemers131_Schnegge and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not deselect.

Open the tube again and paste as a new layer.  Resize the tube 60% and rotate it 10 degrees to the right, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube and lower the opacity of the tube to around 40.

Open Element13_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element06_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Drag down so its just above the mask and duplicate, resize the duplicate 70%, place both flowers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open Element01_IBDemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, move over to the left so a little shows to the side of the main tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element08_IBdemers131_Schnegge, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 70% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element03_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Wordart_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element10_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element12_IBdemers131_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the position of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 and don't forget to send me your result, I love to see them and include them in the gallery!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Happy Turkey Day!

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In this tutorial I used a fun Thanksgiving day kit called
"Turkey Day" by
You can get it here.

You will also need a  mask, I used Gem's mask 22, here.

The animation is very simple and all you will need is
Animation Shop,
there are no outside filters used.

Font is 2 Peas Weathervane,  here.



Remember to sharpen up those elements after resizing as otherwise they will be a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, 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 pd12-pp-07.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 80%.

Open pd12-tree and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, move over to the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-frame01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and place in position.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd12-pp-08.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Open pd12-spoon and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-ribbon-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, rotate 90 degrees to the left and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-12-crow and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-acorn and paste as a new layer.  Resize 15% and duplicate.  Rotate the duplicate 120 degrees to the right, place both acorns into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open pd12-turkey and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, when you are done, crop your tag and add your text.



Duplicate the paper layer that is below the frame.

Starting from the top, close off all your layers down to and including the copy of the paper layer that is below the frame and then merge visible.  Close off that merged layer and open all the other layers apart from the second paper layer and again merge visible.  Rename the bottom layer "layer 1", the middle layer "layer 2" and the top layer "layer 3".

Your layer palette show now look like my screenshot below.




Click on the "layer 2" to activate it, copy it and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Go to Effects - Insert Text Effect.  Select "Marquee" from the drop down menu.  Check the box "Custom Color" and choose a colour for your text, I used #714d3f, a brown taken from my turkey.  Next, click on "Font" and pick your font, I used the default font size 36.  Then click on "Customize", uncheck the box "Center text vertically" and change the position of the text to make it a little higher.  I set it to 70 but you may need to adjust this depending on the exact position of the rest of your layers.  Effect Length should be 2.0 secs and Frames Per Second 10 fps.  Click on "OK".

Go back to PSP and activate "layer 1", copy it and paste in Animation Shop "As a new animation".  Your marquee animation has 21 frames so we need to duplicate this bottom layer to the same number of frames. 

Click on the marquee animation and go to Edit - Select All - Edit - Copy.  Click on your "layer 1" set of frames to activate them, right click and "Paste into selected frame".  Position the marquee animation directly over the same paper on "layer 1".

Back in PSP, activate "layer 3", copy it and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation. Again, duplicate this layer so you have 21 frames then go to Edit - Select All - Edit - Copy and paste it on your main animation. 

Finally, go to Edit - Select All - Animation - Frame properties and change the display time to 15 to slow the animation down slightly.

When you are done, run your tag through the optimisation wizard and safe as a gif.

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


Sexy Xmas


In this tutorial I used the art of Keith Garvey.
You need a license to use Keith's art.
I have a license from PSP Tubes Emporium for this tube,
it was included in the store's Christmas gift last year
and is now available from Keith's store here.

The kit used was custom made for the tube by
and is called "Sexy Xmas",
you can get it here
(currently with 40% discount).

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here.

Font is Pharmacy,  here.



As always I remind you to sharpen up your elements after resizing as otherwise your tag will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, 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_sexy-xmas_pp2.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 75%.

Open sb_pmt_sexy-xmas_frame 2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and move over a bit to the left. 

Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and fill with a dark grey, I used #424242, deselect.   We will come back to this later.

Open sb_pmt_sexy-xmas_tree and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

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

Open sb_pmt_sexy-xmas_bow 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, drag down below the cluster, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I used the half body tube resized 80%.

Open sb_pmt_zipper flower 1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_zipper flower 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open your tube again or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer between the frame and the grey layer.  Resize as needed and position nicely in the frame (I used the close up resized 70%).  Again, select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand it by 20, invert the selection, activate the tube and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Go to Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds and apply using my settings in the screenshot below, then lower the opacity of the tube to around 70 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.






Again check the positions of your layers, when you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 contact me here.  As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!




Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas Fever


In this tutorial I used the art of Eugene Rzhevskii.
You need a license to use Eugene's art.
I purchased mine for this tube from My PSP Tubes but
they are now available here.

The kit I used is called "Christmas Fever" and is by
This is a fantastic, brightly coloured kit with tons of elements,
I loved it!
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass' mask 84, here.

Font is AL Dreamboat, here.




Remember to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating, otherwise your tag will look a little blurry; you can check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open SkyScraps-pp3 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Open SkyScraps-e54 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 110%, move to the left very slightly and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, move over to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize if needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized 85%.

Open SkyScraps-E28 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, drag down below the Christmas tree and place in position.

Open SkyScraps-pp3 again and copy.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not deselect. 

Open your tube again and mirror it, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the tube and the frame. 

Open SkyScraps-E9 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up so its just below the main tube, mirror, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E8 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open SkyScraps-E14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_10 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E20 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E5, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E12 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, drag down below the train, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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!

Candy Christmas





In this tutorial I used the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias' art.
My licence for this tube is from PSP Tubes Emporium but
you can now purchase it here.

The kit I used is a called "Peppermint Twist" by
Gemini Creationz.
There are some lovely elements in this kit, I loved the sweets!
Check out Gemini's blog here for info on where you can purchase
her kits.

You will also need a mask. I used Vix Big Mask 019 here
 (click on masks on the right and scroll down, its in Big Masks Set 2).

Font is 2Peas Winter Essentials, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise your tag will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, 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 gemini_PeppermintTwist_paper03.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_frame05 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and move over a little to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used gemini_PeppermintTwist_paper08. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection. Do not deselect.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one, mirror it, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed and position inside the frame (I resized 80%), invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Do not deselect.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_Snowfall and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and position nicely in the frame then hit delete to remove the excess.  Do not deselect.  When we have finished with the frame, you can erase any snowflakes that are stuck on the end of the tube's nose or other place they don’t look too good!

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_Icicles and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position in the frame and again hit delete to remove the excess.  You can now deselect.

Apply the drop shadow to the frame, tube and icicles and lower the opacity of the tube to around 75.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_bow01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed (I resized mine 85%), place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_tree and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow, erase the part that shows below the bottom of the tube.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_decor02 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up above the frame, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_gift and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize another 80%.  Place both gifts into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_mintleaf and paste as a new layer. Resize 35% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_mintflower and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position, erase the bottom part of the stalk and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_feltflower01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_feltflower02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_sucker02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_candy02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist-candy04 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shasdow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_candy-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When your are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 and don't forget to send me your result; I love to see them and include the in the gallery!