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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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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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