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Hello! I'm Crystal, aka darkly dreaming. I'm 34 and live in the Midwestern USA. I've been back into PSP since November of 2010. Prior to that I tried PSP for about a year back in 2005 or 2006. I've just recently begun trying my hand at tutorials. If you try one of my tuts and would like to show me what you made, please email me at darklydreaming33@hotmail.com. Happy Tagging!
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Saturday, December 31, 2011

PostHeaderIcon New Year's Party 2012

This tutorial was written by me on 12/31/11.
Any resemblance to other tutorials is a coincidence.
Click on image to view full size + animation.

Supplies:
1) Tube of Choice. I'm using "Jana" by Jose Cano. This is a PTU tube, which can be purchased at PTE.
2) Scrapkit of Choice. I'm using the PTU kit 2012 by Scrap It Studio.
3) Kandee New Year's Template 1 by Kandi and Dee, available here.
4) Mask of choice. I used 11211jek2 by Janice at Jus Graphix , available here.
5) Simple Glitter animation by Tall Chic Designs here.
5) Fonts of Choice

Plugins:
1. Eye Candy Gradient Glow
2. Xero, Porcelain
3. Eye Candy Glass

Let's get Started....

1) Open Template. Duplicate (shift d) and close original.
2) Change canvas size to 750x750.
3) Delete copyright, streamers, and 2012 layers.
4) Open Paper 9. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 135%. Send to bottom. Apply Mask. Merge mask group. Resize by 125%.
5) Select Mat black layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 135%. Selections Invert, delete. Add drop shadow of choice.
6) Delete original Mat black layer.
7) Change blend mode on Mat patterned layer to Soft light.
8) Select Black side squares layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 6. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 135%. Selections Invert, delete. Add drop shadow of choice.
9) Delete original Black side squares layer.
10) Select Star border layer. Apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow with settings: 5, 25, 100, medium, black.
11) Select Red oval layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 4. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Add drop shadow of choice.
12) Delete original red oval layer.
13) Apply Gradient Glow to dotted oval layer.
14) Select Long Frame backs layer. Open paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Select none.
15) Delete original Long frame backs layer.
16) Add drop shadow to Long frames layer.
17) Select Red squares layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 4. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections invert, delete. Add drop shadow of choice.
18) Delete original red squares layer.
19) Select Black Stripes 2 layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none. Add drop shadow.
20) Delete original black Stripes 2 layer.
21) Repeat steps 19-20 on black stripe 1 layer.
22) Select glitter oval layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 6. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Add drop shadow.
23) Delete original glitter oval layer.
24) Select large frame back layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 4. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Add drop shadow.
25) Add drop shadow to large frame layer.
26) Open close up tube. Select large frame back layer. Select All, float, defloat. Copy and paste close up tube. Selections Invert, delete. Change blend mode to Luminance(L).
27) Delete large frame back layer.
38) Open main tube. Copy and paste as new layer underneath the party word art layers. Duplicate. Apply Xero, Porcelain to top layer. Change blend mode to Hard Light and lower opacity to 77. Apply drop shadow of choice to bottom layer.
39) Select party white layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 6. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete.
40) Delete original party white layer.
41) Select party noise red layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 4. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Apply DSB flux, Bright Noise: 45, darker.
42) Delete original party noise red layer.
43) Repeat step 41 - 42 on Party lined red layer. Only instead of applying DSB flux, Apply Eye Candy Glass and make the color #e7533b.
44) Merge all of the party word art layers together. Resize by 80% and arrange to your liking.
45) Open 2012 element. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste as new layer. Add drop shadow. Apply gradient glow.
46) Colorize mask layer, glitter oval, and two side square layers: Hue 15, Saturation 255 (or to hues that match your tube).
47) Open ribbon 2. Colorize. Copy and paste as new layer below our main tube layer. Drop shadow. Duplicate, flip.
48) Open Bow 1. Colorize. Image Free rotate left 45. Image mirror. Resize by 75%. Copy and paste as new layer. Add drop shadow.
49) Open glasses 1. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 75%. Add drop shadow. Arrange underneath our square paper fill layer. Then take eraser and make our ribbon layer active and erase the parts of the ribbon at the top that cover the glasses and part of our frame.
50) Open sparkler 1. Colorize. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 75%. Arrange just above our mask layer. Duplicate, Image Mirror.
51) Open glass. Copy and paste as new layer. Image Free rotate Left 15. Add drop shadow. Duplicate, Image Mirror.
52) Resize if you want to. Then add your copyright info + name and export as .png if you're not going to animate. If you're going to animate, just resize and add copyright info.

Let's animate...

53) Open your simple glitter animation in Animation Shop. Select All frames. Ctrl A.
54) Back in PSP Edit Copy special, copy merged. Paste into Animation shop as new animation. Right click and insert frames, empty. 28, 2. You should have 29 frames now which matches the number in glitter. First, go to animation, properties and choose opaque and color of your choice for the background. Then, with all frames on both animations selected, Drag from frame 1 of simple glitter to frame 1 of the tag where you want. I did this 3 times, once for each glass.
55) Save file as an .mng.
56) To add your name, back in PSP add your name. Edit copy and paste as new animation in AS. Repeat step 54 to drag your name into the tag. Then export your .gif.

Thanks for trying my tut!

Friday, December 30, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Goddess

This tutorial was written by me on 12/30/11.
Any resemblance to other tutorials is a coincidence.
Click on image to see full size.

Supplies:
1) Tube of Choice. I'm using one called "Jenia" by Elias Chatzoudis. This is a PTU tube, which can be purchased at PTE.
2) Scrapkit of Choice. I'm using the PTU kit Totally Zirconia by Alikas Scraps available at SATC.
3) Mask of choice. I used WeeScotsLass Mask 302, available here.
4) Goddess Template by Dee at Dee's Sign Depot, here.
5) Font of Choice

Plugins:
1) DSB Flux, Bright Noise
2) Eye Candy Gradient Glow
3) Xenofex2, Constellation
4) Xero, Radiance

Let's get started...

1) Open template. Shift d to duplicate. Close original.
2) Delete info, center blue strip and background layers.
3) Open paper 8. Copy and paste as new layer. Send to bottom. Apply Mask. Merge mask group.
4) Select Black Rectangle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 2, copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete.
5) Select Black Rectangle layer again, Select All, Float, Defloat. Add new raster layer, Selections, Modify, Expand by 4. Flood fill with gradient: Foreground #e9e15c, Background #e65bac, Linear, Angle 45, repeats 4. Select none. Apply DSB Flux, Bright Noise with settings 30, darker. Add drop shadow.
6) Delete original black rectangle layer.
7) Select Orange 1/2 circle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Copy paper 3 and paste as new layer. Selection Invert, delete. Select none. Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation with settings: Glimmer, Star Size 7.95; Size Variation 25, Edge Star Density 1, Overall Star Density 8, Overdrive 100, Twinkle amount 64, Twinkle rotation 45, Keep original image checked, Random Seed 9754.
8) Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on Orange 1/2 circle layer.
9) Repeat Step 7 on Left Orange Circle and bottom right blue circle layers.
10) Select Left Blue Circle Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Flood fill with our gradient. Select none. Apply our Bright noise and add drop shadow of choice.
11) Repeat step 10 on bottom right orange circle layer.
12) Select Top Blue Square layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 4, copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 70%. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
13) Repeat steps 5-6 on Top Blue Square Layer.
14) Repeat steps 12-13 on Bottom white square layer.
15) Select Grunge layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 9. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none. Apply Bright noise.
16) Delete original grunge layer.
17) Select Stars layer. Apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow with settings: 5, 25, 100, medium, and use our background color #e65bac.
18) Link all the goddess word art layers together so that you can move around and arrange where it fits with your tube.
19) Select Small white circle. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer, resize by 50%. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
20) Repeat steps 5-6 on small white circle layer.
21) Change blend mode on center black strip to Soft Light.
22) Select Left Orange circle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open close up tube. Copy and paste as new layer (I mirrored mine first and resized by 70%). Selections Invert, delete. Select none. Duplicate. Change blend mode on bottom layer to Hard Light. Change blend mode on top layer to Screen and lower opacity to 61.
23) Delete original Left Orange circle layer.
24) Repeat steps 22-23 on bottom right blue circle layer. (I used my main tube mirrored.)
25) Drag the black strip down to where you want it depending on your tube.
26) Open main tube, copy and paste as new layer. Duplicate. On top layer, apply Xero Radiance. Change blend mode to Screen and lower opacity to 71. Add drop shadow of choice to bottom layer.
27) Open as61. Copy and paste as new layer just above the black strip layer. Resize by 90%. Add drop shadow. Arrange at the right of tag.
28) Open as54. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste as new layer just above the stars layer. Arrange at the top left of our tag. Duplicate a couple more times and arrange how you'd like. I mirrored and flipped one of mine.
29) Open as20. Copy and paste as new layer at the top right of tag. Arrange layer just above our mask layer. Duplicate, Image Mirror, Image Flip.
30) Open as26. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 55%. Add drop shadow of choice. Arrange so it covers the bottom of the spring at the bottom right.
31) Resize your tag here if you'd like.
32) Add your copyright info + name and export as .png.

Thanks for trying my tut.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Let Me Blow Your Horn


This tutorial was written by me on 12/27/11.
Any resemblance to other tutorials is a coincidence.
Click on image to view full size.

Supplies:
1) Tube of Choice. I'm using "Kelly" by Ismael Rac. This is a PTU tube, which can be purchased at xeracx.net.
2) Scrapkit of Choice. I'm using the PTU kit New Years by Scottish Butterfly which you can get at Vivid to Vintage Scraps.
3) Kandee New Year's Template 2 by Kandi and Dee, available here.
4) Mask of choice. I used Vix BigMask018 , available here.
5) Fonts of Choice

Plugins:
1. Eye Candy Gradient Glow
2. Xero, Porcelain

Let's get Started....

1) Open Template. Duplicate (shift d) and close original.
2) Change canvas size to 750x750.
3) Delete copyright, white frame, bottle and glass layers.
4) Open Paper 10. Copy and paste as new layer. Send to bottom. Apply Mask. Merge mask group.
5) Select left top square Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 1. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none. Apply Gradient Glow with settings: 5, 25, 100, fat left slider on white, right slider on black. Apply drop shadow of choice
6) Delete original left top square layer.
7) Repeat steps 5-6 on Right top square layer.
8) Repeat steps 5-6 on red rectangle layer, but using paper 3.
9) Repeat Steps 5-6 on black squares layer using paper 2.
10) Repeat Steps 5-6 on black rectangle layer using paper 3.
11) Add drop shadow to glitter rectangle frame layer.
12) Add a new raster layer above our pixel words layer. Flood fill it black. Click on pixel words layer, select All, Float, Defloat. Selections Invert. Click on our black flood fill layer and hit delete. Select none. Apply gradient glow with settings: 5, 25, 100, medium, white.
13) Delete original pixel words layer.
14) Repeat Steps 5-6 on squares layer using paper 3.
15) Repeat Steps 5-6 on red rectangle frame and red glitter frame layers using paper 1.
16) Repeat Step 5-6 on red circle layer using Paper 3.
17) Repeat Steps 5-6 on hearts layer using Paper 3.
18) Repeat Steps 5-6 on confetti layer using Paper 1.
19) Select Horn red layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Copy and paste paper 3 as new layer. Selections Invert, delete.
20) Delete original horn red layer.
21) Open ball. Copy and paste as new layer in the center. Add drop shadow.
22) Open your main tube. Copy and paste as new layer. Arrange. Erase the bottom part of our tube. (I highlighted the ball layer, Select All, Float, Defloat, Selections Invert, then clicked back on my tube layer and used the eraser tool to remove the bottom part. Select none). Duplicate. Apply Xero, Porcelain to top layer. Change blend mode to hard light and lower opacity to 79. Add drop shadow of choice to bottom layer.
23) Link all Baby layers together and drag it to the left a bit.
24) Open ballons. Resize by 70%. Copy and paste as new layer underneath main tube layers on the right side. Add drop shadow. Duplicate, image mirror.
25) Open martini. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 70%. Add drop shadow. Arrange. Duplicate, Image mirror.
26) Drag the confetti layer up above the ball layer, but below main tube layers. Duplicate, Image mirror.
27) Open Curly ribbons. Paste as new layer at the left. Duplicate. Image Mirror. Merge down. Arrange just below our happy new year pixel words. Apply Gradient glow with previous settings.
28) Open confetti. Copy and paste as new layer at bottom right. Duplicate. Image mirror. Merge down. Duplicate. Image flip. Merge down. Apply gradient glow. Drag to just under the curly ribbons.
29) Open eye mask. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste as new layer above our main tube. Add drop shadow.
30) Crop and resize your tag. Add copyright info + name. Export .png.

 Thanks for trying my tut!
Thursday, December 22, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Elias Winter Wonderland



This tutorial was written by me on 12/22/11.
Any resemblance to other tutorials is a coincidence.
Click on image to view full size + animation.

Supplies:
1) Tube of Choice. I'm using "Rudolfia" by Elias Chatzoudis. This is a PTU tube, which can be purchased at PTE.
2) Scrapkit of Choice. I'm using the PTU kit Santa Express by Angels Designz which you can get at Vivid to Vintage Scraps.
3) Kandee Christmas Template 8 by Kandi and Dee, available here.
4) Mask of choice. I used Vix Mask3 Christmas 2010 , available here.
5) Fonts of Choice

Plugins:
1. Eye Candy Gradient Glow
2. Xero, Porcelain
3. DSB Flux, Bright Noise
4. Xenofex 2, Constellation
5. Eye Candy Glass

Let's get Started....

1) Open Template. Duplicate (shift d) and close original.
2) Change canvas size to 750x750.
3) Delete copyright, white dotted lines, snowflakes & background layers
4) Open Paper 1. Copy and paste as new layer. Send to bottom. Apply Mask. Merge mask group.
5) Select Red circles Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 2. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
6) Select Red Circles layer again. Select All, Float, Defloat. Selections Modify, Expand by 5. Add new raster layer. Set foreground color to #d11a0d and background color to white. Select Gradient Linear with Angle 90 and Repeats 2 and flood fill layer. Select None. Apply DSB flux Bright Noise with settings: Darker 40. Add drop shadow.
7) Delete original Red Circles Layer.
8) Repeat Steps 6-7 on Gradient Circle Layer, but use Paper 10 resized by 70%.
9) Repeat Steps 6-7 on Green Rectangle Layer using Paper 7 resized by 70%.
10) Select White Oval Layer, Select All, Float, Defloat. Add New Raster Layer. Flood fill with our gradient. Apply our Bright Noise settings from before and add drop shadow.
11) Delete Original white oval layer.
12) Select Red Oval Layer, Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 8, copy and paste as new layer, resize by 80%. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
13) Delete Original Red Oval layer.
14) Repeat Steps 12-13 on Gradient Strip layer using Paper 9 also resized by 80%.
15) Repeat Steps 12-13 on Green Strips layer using Paper 7 (no resizing).
16) Select Gold Rectangles layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Add new Raster Layer. Flood fill with our gradient. Apply Bright Noise and add drop shadow.
17) Delete original Gold Rectangles layer.
18) Select Word Art Layer, Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 10. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Apply Eye Candy Glass with settings: 16.75,  75,  Inside Marquee, -2, 35, 50, 0, 50, Glass Color #715840.
19) Delete Original Word Art Layer.
20) Select Word Art Back Layer, Select All, Float, Defloat. Add New Raster Layer, flood fill with white. Apply our bright noise settings. Then Apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow with Settings 5, 0, 100, Medium, Black.
21) Delete original Word Art Back Layer.
22) Link our New Word Art and Work Back layers together. Click on each layer one by one and then click the tick inside the link box so they're both at 1.
23) Arrange word art along the bottom of the tag.
24) Open your main tube. Copy and paste as new layer.  Duplicate. On top layer apply Xero, Porcelain. Change blend mode to Soft Light and lower opacity to 71. On bottom layer, add drop shadow of choice.
25) Open Snowglobe. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste as new layer under our word art layers. Sharpen then add drop shadow.
26) Open Tree. Resize by 75%. Copy and paste as new layer under our word art layers. Arrange at the right side of tag. Add drop shadow.
27) Open bow 2. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste as new layer. Add drop shadow.
28) Open Snowflake Doodle. Image Flip. Image resize by 70%. Arrange at the top left. Duplicate. Image Mirror. Bring the ends together like mine. Right click on top layer and merge down so they're on the same layer. Add drop shadow. Send layer to bottom.
29) Open string. Resize by 70%. Copy and paste as new layer. Arrange on tag. Add drop shadow. Take eraser tool and erase where the string runs off the edge of the canvas.
30) Resize your tag now to desired size. I resized mine by 88%.
31) Add your copyright info. If you don't want to animate. Add your name and export your .png. (If you're going to make more than 1 tag, just do your copyright info now. That way you can save a blank animated tag and make it easier on yourself to add additional names).

Ok, Let's animate...

32) Hide our main tube layers and Open Snow. Copy and paste as new layer above the "overlay screen ok to delete" layer. Rename layer Snow 1. Duplicate 5 times. Renaming each one as you go Snow 2, etc.
33) Hide all layers, except Snow 1. Drag snow 1 up so that the big snowflake is toward the top of your frame. Click on Snow 2 layer. Image Rotate Left by 45. Then drag up so the big snowflake is a bit below where it is on Snow 1 layer.  Unhide Snow 3 layer now and drag it down a bit so the big snowflake is below where it was on Snow 2 layer (note it's easier to drag and move these snow layers if you lock snow 1 before moving snow 2, and then lock snow 2, etc before 3. Then just remember to unlock them all when we're done positioning snow.) Unhide Snow 4 layer. Image Rotate Left by 45. Then drag it down so the big snowflake is below where it was on Snow 3 layer. Then open snow 5 layer and drag down so the big snowflake is at the bottom of the frame.
34) Click on the "overlay screen ok to delete" layer. Select All, Float, Defloat, selections invert. Then one by one, click on each of our snow layers and press delete. Select none when done.
35) Repeat Step 32 but paste just above our snow globe element. Renaming each of the 5 layers, Snowglobe1, etc.
36) Repeat Steps 33 on the snowglobe layers. Just make sure to move and rotate your snow so that it'll look like it's falling.
37) Select our selection tool, selection type circle and draw a circle over our snow globe area. Selections Invert. One by one, click on the snowglobe snow layers and hit delete. Selecte none when finished.
38) Rename our tree layer, tree 1. Duplicate 4 times. Renaming each tree 2, tree 3 etc. Close all layers except tree1. Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation with settings A few small stars, keep original image marked, and edge star density at 6. (leave other settings how they come up). Then open tree 2, apply constellation, but hit random seed. Do this choosing a new random seed for all remaining layers.
39) Keep our main tubes hidden for now. Close off all layers except layer 1 for the Snow, Snowglobe, and Tree. Edit, copy special, copy merged. Paste as new animation in animation shop.
40) Back in PSP, hide layers 1, and open all layers 2. Edit copy special, copy merged, paste after current frame in animation shop. Repeat until you have 5 frames in animation shop.
41) Back in PSP. hide everything except our main tube layers. Edit copy special, copy merged. Paste as new animation in animation shop. Right click and choose insert frame, empty, 4, 2. So now you have 5 frames of our tube. Ctrl A to select all frames. then click on our tag animation. Ctrl A to select all frames there too. Then drag from frame 1 of our tubes animation to frame 1 of our tag, and place the tube in place. This should copy her onto all 5 tag frames.
42) Ctrl A to select all frames on our animation. Animation properties, opaque, choose color of your choice. I picked white. (otherwise since we used a mask, you'll get build up behind it).
43) All frames still selected, Animation, Frame properties, 30. View animation. If happy, save as a .mng if you're going to be adding your name and others. If you already added your name, export your .gif.
44) If you need to add a name, go back to the tag in PSP. Add your name as you normally would. Then when happy with it, copy just that layer and come into Animation shop. Paste as a new image. Right click and Insert Frames from Empty 4, 2. So your name should have 5 frames as well. Then Select All frames on your name, and All frames on your tag, make sure you're on frame 1 of each, and drag from frame 1 of your name to where you want it on frame 1 of your tag. View animation and if happy, save your .gif.

Thanks for trying my tut!
Sunday, December 4, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight


This tutorial was written by me on 12/4/11.
Any resemblance to other tutorials is a coincidence.
Click on image to view full size + animation.

Supplies:
1) Tube of Choice. I'm using "Xmas Big Box" and "Xmas Girl" by Ismael Rac. These are PTU tubes, which can be purchased at xeracx.net.
2) Scrapkit of Choice. I'm using the PTU kit Santas Coming to Town by Crystal's Creations which you can get at Vivid to Vintage Scraps.
3) Kandee Christmas Template 6 by Kandi and Dee, available here.
4) Mask of choice. I used Vix Mask 440 , available here.
5) Font of Choice

Plugins:
1. Eye Candy Gradient Glow
2. Xero, Porcelain

Let's get Started....

1) Open Template. Duplicate (shift d) and close original.
2) Change canvas size to 850x750.
3) Delete copyright and gold stars layers.
4) Open Paper 7. Copy and paste as new layer. Send to bottom. Resize by 110%. Apply Mask. Merge mask group.
5) Select Red Star Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 6. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
6) Delete original Red Star Layer.
7) Add drop shadow of choice to Red star with gradient glow layer. Apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow with settings: 5, 0, 100, Medium, White.
8) Select Green Rectangle Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 9. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select None.
9) Add drop shadow of choice to White rectangle layer.
10) Select Gradient Shape layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 7. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 70%. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
11) Delete original gradient shape layer.
12) Select Shape Gold Frame Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none. Add drop shadow.
13) Delete original shape gold frame layer.
14) Repeat Steps 12&13 on Gold Oval layer.
15) Select Green Oval layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 1. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
16) Delete original Green Oval layer.
17) Make your rectangle layer with the santas on the paper active. Use your color selector tool and pick the light green color in the paper as the foreground color. Then Pick the Dark green holy color from the shape layer as the background and pick our Color Replacer tool. Change the light green color on that santa paper to the dark green from the other paper by double clicking.
18) Repeat this on the Star paper. Changing the dark red color to a brighter red color that matches the red holly paper or your tube.
19) Select Top Gold Circle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 8. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Select None. Use our color replacer tool to replace the green on the paper with a brighter green from the holy paper. Apply previous Gradient Glow.
20) Repeat step 19 on Bottom Gold Circle Layer.
21) Select Top Dotted Circle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open Paper 5. Copy and paste as new layer. Selections Invert, Delete. Select none.
22) Delete original Top Dotted Circle layer.
23) Repeat steps 21-22 on Bottom Dotted Circle layer.
24) Select bottom Gold Circle Layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Open close up tube. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize (if using same tube I did by 50%). Selections Invert, delete. Select None. Duplicate. Apply Xero, Porcelain to top layer. Change blend mode to soft light.
25) Delete original bottom Gold Circle Layer.
26) Repeat Steps 24-25 on Top Gold Circle Layer.
27) Open Main tube. Copy and paste as new layer. Arrange to the left. Duplicate. Apply Xero, Porcelain to top layer. Change blend mode to Soft Light. Add drop shadow of choice to bottom layer.
28) Select Word Art Layer. Apply DSB Flux, Bright Noise with settings 46, Mix.
29) Link Your Word Art Layer and Word Art back layers. Then drag them over a bit. See my tag for placement.
30) Open Element 33. Resize by 70%. Copy and paste as new layer at the right. Use Color replacer tool and change the red color on the chimney again to a brighter one. Add drop shadow of choice. Arrange below our word art layers.
31) Open Element 18. Copy and paste as new layer. Resize by 80%. Arrange behind our main tube layers. Add drop shadow of choice.
32) Open Element 15. Copy and paste as new layer above our Santa in the chimney. Resize by 90%. Add drop shadow of choice. Apply DSB Flux Bright Noise with settings 20, Mix.
33) Open your other tube of choice. Copy and paste as new layer above our Santa Paper layer. Select Green rectangle layer. Select All, Float, Defloat. Click back on the tube layer, Selections Invert, delete. Select none.
34) Delete green rectangle layer.
35) Resize tag here. Then add your copyright information. If you don't want to animate. Add your name and export your .png. (If you're going to make more than 1 tag, just do your copyright info now. That way you can save a blank animated tag and make it easier on yourself to add additional names).

Ok, Let's animate...

36) Open Element 8. Copy and paste as new layer above our santa paper layer, but below the close up tube. Rename layer Snow1. Duplicate 3 times; changing the name to Snow 2, Snow 3, Snow 4.
37) On Snow 2 Layer: Resize by 80% and then Free Rotate Left by 45.
38) On Snow 3 Layer: Resize by 70% and Free Rotate Left by 90.
39) On Snow 4 Layer: Resize by 90% and Free Rotate Left by 135.
40) Select our Santa Paper layer. Select All, float, Defloat. Selections, Invert. Then click on each snow layer and hit the delete key. Select none.
41) Hide Snow layers 2, 3 and 4. Leave 1 open. Go to Edit, Copy Merged. Then Paste into Animation Shop as new animation.
42) Back in PSP, hide layer 1, Open Layer 2 and Copy Merged, Paste into animation shop after current frame. Repeat for Layers 3 and 4 until you have all 4 layers in animation shop.
43) Ctrl A to select All frames. Then go to Animation, Frame Properties and change it to 35. Animation, Animation Properties, and pick opaque and choose the background color of your choice. View animation. If you're happy with it, Save as a .mng so you can add your name and others (if you didn't already had your name). If you have your name already, go ahead and save as .gif.
44) If you need to add a name, go back to the tag in PSP. Add your name as you normally would. Then when happy with it, copy just that layer and come into Animation shop. Paste as a new image. Right click and Insert Frames from Empty 3, 2. So your name should have 4 frames as well. Then Select All frames on your name, and All frames on your tag, make sure you're on frame 1 of each, and drag from frame 1 of your name to where you want it on frame 1 of your tag. View animation and if happy, save your .gif.

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