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Please DO NOT claim any of my tutorials as your own.

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Animated Tutorials

Hi everyone.
As you have noticed I am now writing animated tutorials.
I would like to thank the amazing Artist and designers for their gorgeous creations to play with.
My tutorials are written using PSP and Animation shop but there is a difference as I mostly use the .psd file for the animation and sometimes, but not often, I will use the mng file. My tutorials are very lengthy. You can always do just the tag and save it as a pspimage file and come back and try the animation part later. If you have any questions you can find me on Facebook here.

Have fun!!

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Mannequin


his tutorial was written by me on August 27, 2022. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using PSP 2018 but this tutorial should work with any version.

Animation shop (optional)

PTU Tube:  I am using Kiya Design's gorgeous tube "The Mannequin".  You can get this beauty from her store here.
Do not use this tube without a proper license.

FTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "All Steamed Up" created by Mizteeques.  Thank you for your awesome kits.  You can download it from Mizteeque's blog here.

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome animation 298 from pack 102.  You can grab it at her store here.

FTU png mask 94 by Vivienne.  Thank you for your fantastic masks.
You can download it from her blog here.

Please remember to read the artists/designers TOU.

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

Vivienne's Paintbox has awesome drop shadow settings that I use a lot.  You can find the settings here and check out her awesome tutorials :)

Let's get started.

Remember to save your tag often in case psp crashes.  I always save my tags as a pspimage.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

Open a new 800x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Flood fill with white.

Drag Vivienne's png mask 94 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 80%.  Select all, float, defloat and add a new raster layer.  Open paper 17, copy and close the original.  Select the new Raster layer. Go to Edit>Past into selections.  Select none and delete the original png mask. Resize another 90% and move to the upper left.

Element 67, resize 50% and move to the top slightly to the left.  Drop shadow.

Drag element 6 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 70% and move to the upper left of the mask. Drop shadow.  

Drag element 34 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 50%.  Add a new raster layer and drag it under your frame.  Select the frame layer.  With your magic wand, click in the center of the frame.  Select>modify>expand by 5.  Select the raster layer under the frame.  Open paper 4, copy and close the original.  Standing on the new raster layer, Edit>Past into selections.  Keep selected.
Create another raster layer, open element 39, copy and close the original.  Select the new raster layer, Edit>Past into selections.  Select none.  Go to Adjust>Sharpen.  Drop shadow element 39 and the frame.  Merge the paper layer, element 39 and the frame layer.  Duplicate the merged frame.  Free rotate, 90 degrees to the right.  Drag this layer under element 6 and move to the upper right of the mask.

Drag element 54 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 30% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 63 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 30% and drop shadow. 

Select element 6 layer. 

Drag element 52 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 40% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 44 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 60% and drop shadow.  

Select the top layer.

Drag element 79 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 70%.  

Drag element 82 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 50% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 57 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 50% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 19 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 40% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 36 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 30% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 83 into PSP.  Move to the bottom center of the tag.

Drag element 30 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 40%, move to the lower left and drop shadow.   

Drag element 8 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 20% and drop shadow. 

Drag element 32 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 20% and drop shadow. 

Drag element 13 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 10% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 29 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 40% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 28 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 10% and drop shadow.    


Open Mannequin tube in PSP.  Make the layers you want to use visible and hide the other layers.  Go to Edit>Copy Special>Copy merged. and paste into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the center of the tag.  Do not drop shadow yet.  

Please do the following if you are going to animate.  If you are not going to animate then skip to the end to where is says Select the original Tube.

Right click on your tube layer in the layer panel and duplicate.  Standing on the duplicate, go to adjust, blur, gaussian blur set to 3 and click ok.  Now select your original tube layer.  Go to Selections, select all, float, defloat.   Selections, invert.  Select the copy tube layer and hit delete on your keyboard a few times.  Select none.  Now standing on the duplicate blur layer, right click and duplicate again.  Set the top duplicate blend mode to screen and lower the opacity to 30%.  Select the original duplicate blur layer and sent the blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 40%.  Select the original tube layer and drop shadow.

When I animate a tag, I normally duplicate my tube x2 to help reduce the grainy look on the finished tag.

Drag element 75 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 20% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 56 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15%, mirror and drop shadow.  

Drag element 22 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 40% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 2 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 25 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 31 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 40 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 45 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 30% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 42 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 37 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.

Drag element 7 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.   

Drag element 48 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 40 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 10% and drop shadow.   

Drag element 26 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Drag element 18 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and drop shadow.  

Make an adjustments needed.

Hide the white background layer.

Select your crop tool on the left side tool bar.

On the top crop toolbar settings select the last icon on the right.  (Merge opaque) and adjust the cropping box to a size you like and make sure it does not cut off any of the elements.  Click the green checkmark.

I resize mine to 650 pixels on the width as this is the size that fits on my blog nicely.

Add your copyright.  (please read Kiya's TOU on how to use her copyright credits.)

If you don't want to animate, hide the white background layer.  go to File, Export, PNG optimizer.   Check out Vivienne's Paintbox how to's for the png settings.

Animation:

I prefer to use the PSD instead of the MNG file as you can manipulate the animation more in PSP.  You can apply masks, drop shadows or different effects.

Open Kiya's 298.psd animation in psp.  Shift + D to duplicate it and close the original.  Do not save any changes as a psd file will merge into one layer.  We do not want this to happen.  

We need to group all the layers you are going to use in the tag.  Starting from layer 1, hold down your Ctrl key and select layer 3.  Repeat selecting each odd layer until you reach layer 25.   This will select the layers we need.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All layers selected? 

Go to Layers, New layer group.  Scroll all the way to the top and you will see Group 1 with all the layers as sub layers.  

Select group 1, copy and close the original.  Select your tag layer and paste.  When you paste grouped layers it will always go to the top.  Standing on group one select the link icon to link all the layer.  Click the arrow beside the new group to hide all the sub layers.

Standing on Group 1, drag the group down the layer panel to a spot you like.  I dragged it up to just above the sparkle layer.  Resize by 50%.  Select the pick tool and standing on Group 1, move the group so it is just behind the tube.  Hide all the sub layers of the animation by clicking on the eyeball leaving only frame 1 visible.

Ok we are now finished our tag and ready to animate.

Open Animation shop and go back to psp.

With only frame 1 of the animations visible, edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation shop.

Edit, paste as new animation or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

**Back to psp.
Hide Frame 1 by clicking on the eyeball and unhide frame 3 by clicking on the eyeball. Edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation Shop.

We need to paste after current frame.  Go to edit, paste after current frame.  Keyboard shortcut  Shift+Ctrl+L**

Repeat from **to** until you have 13 frames in animation shop.  It will tell you on the bottom right corner how many frames you have.  

Select all the frames in animation shop.  Go to animation>Frame properties and set it to 15.

Go to file Save as, gif and click next and next until you hit finished.  I use the default settings.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.

Have Fun!!
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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Dragon Queen


This tutorial was written by me on May 8, 2022. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PS.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using PSP 2018 but this tutorial should work with any version.

Animation shop (optional)

FTU Tube:  I am using Kiya Design's gorgeous tube "Dragon Queen".  You can get this beauty from her store here.

FTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Magic" created by TADD.  Thank you for your awesome kits.  You can download it from PFD here.

FTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome Freebie animation.  You can grab it at her store here.

Please remember to read the artists/designers TOU.

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

Vivienne's Paintbox has awesome drop shadow settings that I use a lot.  You can find the settings here and check out her awesome tutorials :)

Let's get started.

Remember to save your tag often in case psp crashes.  I always save my tags as a pspimage.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

Open a new 800x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Flood fill with white.

Drag TADD element Magic into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas and move to the top center.
Standing on the Magic layer in your layer panel, Right click the mouse and select 
Duplicate,  Move this layer to the lower left of the tag.
Duplicate again,  Standing on this duplicate layer,  Got to Image>Mirror and move to the lower right.

Drag element 60 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 70% and move to the upper left of the tag.  Drop shadow.

Drag element 42  into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 80% and move to the left of the tree. Sharpen and apply a drop shadow.  Using your eraser tool,  erase the bottom stairs.

Drag element 46 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 60% and and move to the lower left.  Drop shadow.

Drag element 49 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 55% and and move to the top of the book.  Drop shadow.

Drag element 35 into into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 75% and and move to the bottom of the book.  Drop shadow.

Open Dragon Queen tube in PS.  Make the layers you want to use visible and hide the other layers.  Go to Edit>Copy Special>Copy merged. and paste into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the upper right of the book.  Using your eraser tool, erase the bottom of the tube.  Do not drop shadow yet.

Please do the following if you are going to animate.  If you are not going to animate then skip to the end to where is says Select the original Tube.

Right click on your tube layer in the layer panel and duplicate.  Standing on the duplicate, go to adjust, blur, gaussian blur set to 3 and click ok.  Now select your original tube layer.  Go to Selections, select all, float, defloat.   Selections, invert.  Select the copy tube layer and hit delete on your keyboard a few times.  Select none.  Now standing on the duplicate blur layer, right click and duplicate again.  Set the top duplicate blend mode to screen and lower the opacity to 30%.  Select the original duplicate blur layer and sent the blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 40%.  Select the original tube layer and drop shadow.

When I animate a tag, I normally duplicate my tube x2 to help reduce the grainy look on the finished tag.

Drag element 55  into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 70% and move to the bottom of the tube. Drop shadow.

Drag element 48  into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas. Resize 55% and move to the bottom of the unicorn.  Drop shadow.

Drag element 51 into PSP.  Copy and past on your working canvas.  Resize 15% and move to the bottom left of the pillow.  Drop shadow.

Make an adjustments needed.

Hide the white background layer.

Select your crop tool on the left side tool bar.

On the top crop toolbar settings select the last icon on the right.  (Merge opaque) and adjust the cropping box to a size you like and make sure it does not cut off any of the elements.  Click the green checkmark.

I resize mine to 650 on the width as this is the size that fits on my blog nicely.

Add your copyright.  (please read Kiya's TOU on how to use her copyright credits.)

For the name, I used Angista Script with a background color of #7ebed9 and foreground color #ffffff the following settings:  Click on the image to enlarge it.


I added the following inner bevel and applied a drop shadow.


If you don't want to animate, hide the white background layer.  go to File, Export, PNG optimizer.   Check out Vivienne's Paintbox Tips and Tricks for the png settings here.

Animation:

I prefer to use the PSD instead of the MNG file as you can manipulate the animation more in PSP.  You can apply masks, drop shadows or different effects.

Open Kiya's Freebie 02.psd animated in psp.  Shift + D to duplicate it and close the original.  Do not save any changes as a psd file will merge into one layer.  We do not want this to happen.  

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 1, hold down your shift key and select layer 16.   This will select all the layers.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All layers selected? 

Go to Layers, New layer group.  Scroll all the way to the top and you will see Group 1 with all the layers as sub layers.  

Select group 1, copy and close the original.  Select your tag layer and paste.  When you paste grouped layers it will always go to the top.  Standing on group one select the link icon to link all the layer.  Click the arrow beside the new group to hide all the sub layers.

Standing on Group 1, drag the group down the layer panel to a spot you like.  I dragged it up to just below the tube layer.  Resize by 13%.  Select the pick tool and standing on Group 1, move the group so it is just behind the dragon.  Hide all the sub layers of the animation by clicking on the eyeball leaving only frame 1 visible.

Ok we are now finished our tag and ready to animate.

Open Animation shop and go back to psp.

With only frame 1 of the animations visible, edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation shop.

Edit, paste as new animation or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

**Back to psp.
Hide Frame 1 by clicking on the eyeball and unhide frame 2 by clicking on the eyeball. Edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation Shop.

We need to paste after current frame.  Go to edit, paste after current frame.  Keyboard shortcut  Shift+Ctrl+L**

Repeat from **to** until you have 16 frames in animation shop.  It will tell you on the bottom right corner how many frames you have.  

Select all the frames in animation shop.  Go to animation>Frame properties and set it to 15.

Go to file Save as, gif and click next and next until you hit finished.  I use the default settings.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.

Have Fun!!
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Saturday, August 29, 2020

New Blog and tutorial site

Hi Everyone.

As some of you know I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

My hands have not been great lately so I am now going to create tutorials in Photoshop.

I am using my old CS 5 so feel free to join me on my new site.

I am leaving this one open but I find animating is much easier for me in Photoshop.

It should not be to hard to try and convert the tutorial from Photoshop to Paintshop with the exception of the animation.

You can find my new site here.  There is also a link up above in the link bar.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Autumn Mouse


This tutorial was written by me on August 23, 2020. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using PSP 2018 but this tutorial should work with any version.

Animation shop (optional)

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Autumn Mouse" created by Hania's Design.  You can purchase the kit at Elegance Fly here

PTU Tube:  I am using Sheokate's beautiful tube Valentine Mouse.  Please do not use this tube without a proper license. I am using the extented license tube for this tutorial.  You can purchase this beautiful tube at Elegance Fly here.

FTU Animation:  I am using Rebel Designs's freebie 4 animation.  Thank you Rene for your awesome animation.  You can download it from her site here.

Mask:  I used the one that came with the kit.

Please remember to read the artists/designers TOU.

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

Vivienne's Paintbox has awesome drop shadow settings that I use a lot.  You can find the settings here and check out her awesome tutorials :)

Anytime you resize an element or tube you should sharpen it.  Go to adjust, sharpness, sharpen.

Let's get started.

Remember to save your tag often in case psp crashes.  I always save my tags as a pspimage.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

Open a new 750x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Add a new layer and flood fill with white.

Open element 60, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70% and move down to the bottom left.  Duplicate, resize 90%, flip and move to the top right.  Merge down.

Open element 19, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 80%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the top left of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Open element 49, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the top right of the mask.

Open element 31, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Move up and to the left slightly.  See mine for placement.

Open element 75, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Drop shadow and move to the top of the tree so it covers the sharp edge of the web.

Open element 25, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the middle of the web.

Open element 99, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, mirror and sharpen.  Move to the bottom of the mask slightly to the right.  Select the magic wand and click inside the frame.  Selections, modify, expand by 20.  Add a new raster layer and drag this under the frame layer.  Open paper of choice.  I am using paper 59, copy and close the original.  Select the new raster layer and paste into selections.  Select none and drop shadow the frame.  Move the paper up and to the right slightly.

Open element 26, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, sharpen and drop shadow.  

Open element 40, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the right of the frame. 

Open element 45, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom of the mask.

Open element 59, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 50%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left of the frame. 

Open element 03, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the top of the sign. 

Open element 39, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left of the frame. 

Open element 93, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom right of the frame. 

Open element 24, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 20%, sharpen, mirror and drop shadow. Drag this under the mushroom house layer and move to the bottom right of the house.

Open element 5, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left of the branch. 

Open element 58, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 50%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left of the stump. 

Open element 41, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left so it is on top of the cheese. 

Open element 68, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 50%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move to the bottom left of the door on the house. 

Open element 48, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40% and sharpen.  Move to the bottom left of the cheese.  Duplicate, mirror and move to the bottom right of the mushroom house. Drop shadow each layer.

Select the layers you wish to use.  Edit, copy special, copy merged.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 18%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move down to the bottom so it looks like she is sitting on the leaves.

Open element 69, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the tube in front of the lantern.

Open element 92, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 70%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the tube so it looks like it is resting on her leg.

Open element 65, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom of the tube in just to the left of the right knee.

Open element 72, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left corner of the straw.

Open element 64, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the tube in front of the right knee.

Open element 04, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the tube by the knee of the extended leg.

Add any other elements you like and make any adjustments to the layers.

Crop away any extra space.  Resize 650 on the longest side, all layers checked.

Add your copyright and name.

If you do not want to animate.  Hide the white background layer Save your tag and export as png.

Animating the tag.  Make sure your tag is saved as a psp image file as you do not want to loose it if psp crashes.

Might want to grab a coffee :)

Open Rebel Dezigns psd file in psp.  Shift + D to duplicate it and close the original.  Do not save any changes as a psd file will merge into one layer.  We do not want this to happen.  You will notice that there is 25 layers in this animation and it does not have the group layer.  That is ok as we are going to learn how to do this so it matches the animation layers of the tube.

We need to group all the odd layers.  Starting from layer 25, hold down your control key and select each odd layer so the next one will be 23 then 21 etc.  Once all the odd layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All odd layers selected? 

Next we need to group these layers.  Go to Layers, New layer group.  Scroll all the way to the top and you will see Group 1 with all the odd layers as sub layers.  

Select group 1, copy and close the original.  Select your tag layer and paste.  When you paste grouped layers it will always go to the top.  Standing on group one select the link icon to link all the layer.  Click the arrow beside the new group to hide all the sub layers.

Drag this group down the layer pallet to a spot you like.  I dragged it down to just above the cloud.  Resize by 50%.  Select group 1 and mirror.  Select the pick tool and moved it up to the top of the tree.  See mine for placement.  

Expand the group layer and hide all they frames by clicking on the eyeball beside each frame.  Leave frame 1 visible.

Ok we are now finished our tag and ready to animate.

Open Animation shop and go back to psp.

With only frame 1 of the animations visible, edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation shop.

Edit, paste as new animation or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

**Back to psp.
Hide Frame 1 by clicking on the eyeball and unhide frame 3 by clicking on the eyeball. Edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation Shop.

We need to paste after current frame.  Go to edit, paste after current frame.  Keyboard shortcut  Shift+Ctrl+L**

Repeat from **to** until you have 13 frames in animation shop.  It will tell you on the bottom right corner how many frames you have.  

Go to file Save as, gif and click next and next until you hit finished.  I use the default settings.

Select all, Ctrl+A on the keyboard.  Animation, Frame properties and change the animation speed to 15.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

You are my Sunshine

This tutorial was written by me on August 23, 2020. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using PSP 2018 but this tutorial should work with any version.

Animation shop (optional)

PTU Tube:  I am using a beautiful tube called "Autumn Breeze" created by Verymany.  Please do not use this tube without a proper license.  
You can purchase this tube at Verymany's store here

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous matching kit called "You are my Sunshine" created by Wicked Princess Scraps.  You can purchase the kit here.

Mask:  Autumn.mask.05 by Fecnikek. Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here

Mask:  85 by Vivienne's Paintbox.  Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here. I am using the png image for this tutorial.

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: Eyecandy 4000 - Jiggle

Drop shadow of choice.

Please read all the Artist's/Designer's TOU.

Vivienne's Paintbox has awesome drop shadow settings that I use a lot.  You can find the settings here and check out her awesome tutorials :)

Anytime you resize an element or tube you should sharpen it.  Go to adjust, sharpness, sharpen.

Let's get started.

Remember to save your tag often in case psp crashes.  I always save my tags as a pspimage.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

Open a new 750x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Add a new layer and flood fill with white.

Select the white layer, copy Autumn.mask.05 and close the original. Paste as a new layer. Resize 25%.  Select all, float, defloat and add a new raster layer.  Open paper of choice, I am using paper 6, copy and close the original.  Select the new raster layer, edit, paste into selections.  Select none and delete the black mask layer. 

Select the top layer, copy Vivienne's mask 85 and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Move to the bottom right of the mask.  Select all, float, defloat and add a new raster layer.  Open paper of choice, I am using paper 9, copy and close the original.  Select the new raster layer, edit, paste into selections.  Select none and delete the black mask layer. 

Open flower 11, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 35%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the first mask just over the tree.  See mine for placement.

Open cluster 3, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 60%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the first mask just over flower 11.  See mine for placement.

Open cluster 5, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, mirror, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of the first mask.  See mine for placement.

Open tree 3, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Drop shadow and move up and to the left of the mask. See mine for placement.

Open Wordart1, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 50%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the lower left of the tree.  See mine for placement.  Change the blend mode to hard light.

Open Wordart2, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the upper left of the tree.  See mine for placement.  Change the blend mode to soft light.

Open Flower 20, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the first mask.  See mine for placement.

Open Fruit 5, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the first mask.  See mine for placement.

Open owl, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 30%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move over the basket with his head at the U.  See mine for placement.

Open flower 9, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 25%, mirror, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the apple basket.

Open leaf 17, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 60%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the top of Vivienne's mask.

Open leaf 4, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left the the brown leaves, duplicate and move to the right.

Open cluster 1, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 35%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right the the leaves.

Open leaf 15, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the top right of the first mask. See mine for placement.

Copy your tube.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow. Move up slightly.

Open cluster 7, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 50%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the tube covering the sharp edge of the skirt. See mine for placement.

Open cage, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of cluster 7 in front of the tube's legs.

Open dog, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 35%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom right of cage so it is sitting on the mask.

Open clock 2, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of cluster 7.

Open cluster 2, copy and close the original.  Select the top layer and paste.  Resize 40%, sharpen and drop shadow.  Move to the bottom left of the tube covering her legs. See mine for placement.

Add any other elements you like and make any adjustments to the layers.

Crop away any extra space.  Resize 650 on the longest side, all layers checked.

Add your copyright and name.

If you do not want to animate.  Hide the white background layer Save your tag and export as png.

Animating the tag.  Make sure your tag is saved as a psp image file as you do not want to loose it if psp crashes.

Might want to grab a coffee :)

Select the tube layer and duplicate it 3 times for a total of four tube layers.

Rename Jiggle 1, Jiggle 2, Jiggle 3 and Jiggle 4.

Click on the eyeballs for Jiggle 2, Jiggle 3 and 4.  We will be working with Jiggle 1.

Select Jiggle 1 layer.

Select the free hand selection tool with the following settings.



Make a selection around the hair and skirt.  Keep the selection active until we have finished using jiggle on all the layers.  See my screen shot below.



Effect, eyecandy 4000, Jiggle with the following settings.  Click random seed once and click ok.




Hide Jiggle 1 and unhide Jiggle 2.  Apply eyecandy, jiggle but hit the random seed then click ok.

Repeat the steps above for Jiggle 3 and 4.

Time to animate.

Hide all the Jiggle layers and unhide Jiggle 1.  

Edit, copy special, copy merged.

Open animation shop.

Edit, paste as new animation or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

**Back to psp.
Hide Jiggle 1 by clicking on the eyeball and unhide Jiggle 2 by clicking on the eyeball. Edit, copy special, copy merged.

Back to Animation Shop.

We need to paste after current frame.  Go to edit, paste after current frame.  Keyboard shortcut  Shift+Ctrl+L**

Repeat from **to** until you have 4 frames in animation shop.  It will tell you on the bottom right corner how many frames you have.  

Select all, Animation, Frame Properties.  Change the Display time to 20 and Click ok.

Go to file Save as, gif and click next and next until you hit finished.  I use the default settings.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.

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