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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
You will need:
Tube of choice. I'm using the art of Scott Blair. You can find his art at PTE.
Fonts of choice: I'm using Snowflake Letters and Faux Snow. Both can be found at
Scrap kit of choice. I'm using Bel Vidotti's A Taggers Christmas. It's a free kit and you can find it here.
Mask of choice. I'm using a mask from Vix, you can find the mask I use here. It's the third one down.
Eye Candy Gradient Glow.

I assume you have working knowledge of PSP. This tut was created in PSP9.

Let's get started!
Open a new image, 600x600 and your dpi set to 72, flood fill with white.
Draw a vector circle that will be just around your tube in an arc. If you need to copy and paste your tube to get it right, go ahead.
Now take your font tool and hover it over the edge of the circle you just made. It should turn into an "A" on a little arc as you hover over it.
Click on it and using the font Faux Snow, type out a bunch of letters. It doesn't matter which ones you use, they are all snowflakes.
When doing this part, do a darker color so you can see them. You can change it at the end.
When you get enough snowflakes to go around the circle all the way, select all of them in your text box and turn the color to white.
In your layer tab, find the one for the vector layer. Open it up and close off the circle layer. Convert to raster layer.
Now, apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow to it using a color from the tube. In my case, I used a red. Rename the layer to snowflake animation. Or something else to set it apart.
Here is the fun part. Open the scrap kit. Find a paper that fits your tube and copy and paste it above your white background.
I used paper 19. It's got a different name, but you can find it.
Now apply a mask of your choosing. I used Vix's Big Mask 018.
Using the deform tool. Resize the mask to fit the tag a bit better. Merge the group.
Now take some elements from that kit and arrange them how you like. Make sure they are above your snowflake layer. If they are too big, feel free to resize them.
Stick your tube in there somewhere and position it how you wish. It helps to stick some elements above the tube as well.
Let's create a new layer above your tube. Using your freehand selection tool. Draw a long circle. It doesn't matter if the size is perfect.
Flood fill that area you just outlined with white. Deselect. Add a Gaussian Blur of 20. Feel free to resize the circle if it seems to big for some snow.
When you are happy with your bottom snow layer, duplicate the layer. On the copied layer, set the blend mode to Dissolve. Drop the original layer down to about 50% opacity. Ta da! We just made ourselves a pile of snow. :D
Now here comes the fun part. If you are not going to animate, close off your white layer at the bottom, add your copyright information and your name. Save as a png and enjoy. If you want to animate, let's keep going.
Add your copyright information above the top layer. That way we don't forget.
Close off your white layer and Crop merged opaque. Now also close off the other layers under the snowflake animation layer. Also close off your snowflake animation layer in the process. Merge visible.
Now close off your merged layers and open up everything under the snowflake animation layer. Don't open the actual snowflake animation layer yet!
Merge visible again. Now open all your layers up. This was to make the animation process a bit easier.
Duplicate your snowflake animation once. Rotate that duplicated layer by 90 degrees. Now duplicate that layer you just rotated. Rotate by 90 degrees again. Duplicate the one you just did again and rotate by 90 degrees.
You should now have 4 layers of snowflakes. Close off all of them but the bottom one (or the original in this case)
Add your name above the top layer and let's get rocking. I used the font Snowflake Letters. You will have to type in all caps to get the font to look right. Add any effects you want.

Now, open Animation shop or whatever animation program you prefer.
Making sure that only the bottome layer of snowflakes is showing, copy merged the image and paste in animation shop as a new animation.
Go back to psp. Close off the bottom layer of snowflakes and open up the layer just above it. Copy merged and paste into animation shop after the current frame. Repeat this for the remaining two snowflake layers.
Set your frame properties to 25 and save as a .gif. Depending on what snowflakes you used, it may seem as if it's bouncing.



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