PSP X2 AND the new PSP X 6 on this tutorial but any version of
PSP will work .
I wrote this
tutorial back in 2007 but as of today April 7, 2014 I am
re-vamping it.. fixing links etc
Scrapkit I used
the beautiful set of Doreen Stolz 'Holly Jolly Christmas'
(the store she
was in is not there anymore)
I re-colored all
elements to match
the tube. In the supplies zip
I included the
Bkg papers, both bows, gold stars, deco &
word art. Also is the WNbase.pspimage which has
an alpha channel
on it for the frame.
I used the
artwork of ęSuzanne Woolcott
You can not buy her tubes
anymore.. but if you are lucky enough to of
bought them when they were
available GREAT.. you must use your license # on the tag.
Mine is # SW 881
supplies include the base PSPIMAGE with saved alpha channels
In the above finished animated
tag.. it looks a lil different than
some of the captures.. its because
I re- made the tag.
Open all your papers and elements you're planning to use for
your tag here...
the WNbase.pspimage that was in the supplies zip..
it looks blank..
but there is an alpha channel saved on it.
Fill the raster 1 layer with white... then ADD a NEW Raster
Selections/Load-Save selection/ load selection from alpha
Load. Your canvas should look like below.
#5. Fill the frame with one of your bkg papers that you
Apply an Inner Bevel using
these settings below.
#6. Also a 3D drop shadow
#7. Copy and paste your bkg
paper below all layers but ABOVE white bkg layer.
You will have to resize your bkg
paper after you copy and paste it onto your working image.
PICK tool Make sure
you are on the bkg paper layer on the layer palette.
(K on the keyboard if you are
using PSP X 5 or 6 ) it will put
a deformation box around your
bkg paper... use the center handle and
rotate the paper either to
the left or right...
Doing the same with the 2nd
bkg paper, copy and paste a second bkg paper
this paper and use pick tool to do the same thing except turn
it in opposite direction.
This second bkg paper is not
I copied and pasted the tube I
wanted to use...
I used the graphic of the tube..
with the snow bkg.. first NOT the tube itself
Moved it over to the left.. as
As you can see the Gorjuss
picture does not fill the whole center frame up..
there is a spot on the right side
where its not filled...Clicking my Clone tool I
right clicked on a part of the
dark sky then left clicked and 'painted in the empty space..
so that all of the inside of the
round frame is filled with the Gorjuss picture background.
#8. 'Decorate' your tag
with whatever elements
you would like to use... I put in the zip a few
so that you would have a choice..
don't have to have it to look just like my finished tag.
imagination soar here.. this is something that can't be
you just have to develop this ability by doing many
Make sure you put every element on its own
layer.. that way you can move things around
ALWAYS add 3D drop shadows
on your elements, and also
don't forget to name your layers on the
this way it wont be so
#9. Above.. I show that I
cut the ends off of the raffia bow and added some star
elements between the layers..
#10. Once you get all the
elements added and placed on your graphic *don't forget 3D
#11. What I did next
is add the tube again right under the frame and above the bkg
graphic. She has to be
resized.. about 88% just so
she is pretty much the same size as the girl bkg graphic
Added a 3d drop shadow on her and
made sure she was in same position as the graphic below.
Merge All the top layers. thats
the bow, frame, girl tube ,
the rafia bow and what ever other
elements you used.
Merge all the bottom layers White
bkg, papers, decos, stars, the round girl bkg . See the above
capture to see what I am talking
about. You should have just 2 layers showing now.
NOW...Duplicate the bottom
bkg layer twice.. so you have all
together 3 duplicated
bottom layers and ONE top layer.
Look at the layer palette in the
capture above. Don't forget your
copyright info on the tag too.
#12. Ok now you should have
4 layers on your layer palette...
#13. Use your Selection
tool in a circle shape and draw a round selection over the
round black center pic.
Look at the pic above this... it
shows a selection around the black circle... in PSP version X
5 & 6 you
can right click and move the
selection to the right spot... but in earlier versions of PSP
to go to Selections/ Edit
Selection it turns to orange circle..
move it then go back to
selections and click edit selection again.
Bottom line is to get that
selection perfectly ON the black circle.. no going out of that
#14. Open your Xenofex
2 /Constellation. Use these settings below.. or if you
want you can
always 'tweak' my settings to
ones you like better..
Apply this on the first bkg on
the layer palette with the
selection around the black it
would be the 2nd one down.
You have the bottom 2 layers
I didn't rename the layers and I
it would of make it easier to
tell you which one to do. Sorry
Now highlight the next layer down
3rd and apply the Xenofex / constellation on it.. do not move
settings just click the random
Back to PSP highlight the bottom
(last) layer , go apply Xenofex 2/ constellation on it..
radom seed button again.
Bottom line: all 3 bottom
layers should of had Xenofex 2/constellation applied on
using the random seed
button on the last 2
#15. Your layer palette
should look like the one above in step #10 ..
now X out (hide) 2 of the
bottom black round bkgs...layers on the palette..
Go to the top of the canvas window and right
COPY MERGE go to your animation shop
and right click on its desk top and paste as a new animation..
#16. Back to PSP....Now hide the
2nd bkg layer black round bkg..
that you had showing and UN hide
the next one down..
click on top.. and COPY MERGE again.. go to your
animation shop and right click on the new animation we're
and paste behind currant frame... Back to PSP and
Hide the black round bkg that's showing and UNHIDE the
last bottom one..
right click COPY MERGE...
back to Animation Shop and right click
on frame and paste behind
current frame... you should have
three frames there now..
check your animation by clicking
on this animation preview button
... to see if it looks alright.
Always do that before you send it
in email to where ever..
don't want it to have a
mistake and you not notice but every one else does..
#17. What I did
before I saved the animation...
I selected all frames then
Shift + X so that it would export it back to
PSP. Notice in the layer palette
it's named them frame 1, frame 2, & frame 3
Using your magic wand tool (set
on 20 tolerance 0 feather) I selected areas of
the bow and anything else you
want to select.. and applied noise tool to it
Using 21% 24% and 26% noise
on each of the animation frame layers
X to close it.. No to save.. but
YES to save updated back to Animation shop..
Save it as a GIF... use
the setting.. of 255 colors.. and Optimized Median Cut..
Hope you enjoyed this
tutorial.. till the next one..