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Monday, April 16, 2012



Tube of Choice. I'm using the art of KiwiFireStorm. You can purchase his art here.
Texture of Choice. I'm using this one here.
Animation of Choice. I'm using the Mist animation by Lovey. You can find it at the bottom of this post here.
Font of choice. I'm using Weltron and Shit Happens.

It is assumed you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written in CS5.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 625x225. Name the image "Tag"
Open your tube of choice, copy and paste it into the tag. Name that layer "Tube"
Open your texture and copy and paste it under the tube layer. Name it "background".
Create a new layer above the tube layer. Name it "Frame". Select all, modify border of 8 px. Flood fill that area with black. Do this a few times so that you have a clean line.
Add a stroke to the frame layer of 3 px using a color from your tube.
Create another layer between the tube and frame layer. Using your Rectangle Marquee tool, draw a rectangle out across the middle of the tag. Invert and flood fill with black. Deselect.
In the Layer Style window, drop the advanced blending down to 50% and add a stroke that is the same as the frame layer.
Above that layer you just made, using your text tool set to Weltron 24pt, make a line of dots. To do this, you just need to hit Alt+7. Don't make the line too big, feel free to experiment with what size you want.
Rasterize the layer and move it to the top left corner of the tag. Duplicate that line and move it to the bottom right of the tag. Use my tag as a reference.
Activate those two layers and hit Ctrl+G to create a group. Name this group "Line Animation"
Open your animation. Delete the bottom layer. Select all layers and hit Ctrl+G to group the layers. Duplicate group, but find the "Tag" in the dropbox menu and hit ok.
Move that grouped animation above the background layer. Close off all the layers in that group except the bottom one (Frame 2)
At this point, add your copyright information.
Now, find a nice script font. I'm using Shit Happens. Type your name out at 100pt and in the color white. Add a nice dropshadow to it.

If you are not going to animate, save here.

To animate.
Open your Line Animation group. Create another frame in the animation window. In the firt frame, your lines should be where we placed them. In the second frame, move them to opposite ends. So the top one will be at the right and the bottom one will be at the left. You will have to do each layer by itself.
On the first frame, hit the tween button. Tween with next frame and add 18 frames. You should now have 20 frames total.
Now, go back to the first frame and open the group with the other animation. Make sure frame 2 is showing in the first frame. Go to the next frame and close off frame 2 and open Frame 3. Repeat this process going up the frame layers until you do each frame.
Set the display to .1 seconds.
Save for Web and Devices and enjoy!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tube of Choice: I'm using the art of Jehsee, you can get his art here.
Kit of Choice: I'm using Flirty Goth 2 kit by Kristin. You can find where to buy it here.
Animation of Choice: I'm using an animation by Lovey. The animation is the Electrical Lovey-11. It can be found here.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600x600. Flood fill with white.
Copy and paste your tube into it, name that layer "Tube".
Resize the tube if needed.
Open the Frame 1 element. Resize by 85%. Copy and paste it into the tag. Name that layer "Frame".
Move the Frame layer under the tube. Open Paper 1, copy and paste it under the Frame layer.
Close off the paper and tube layer. Using the magic wand tool, click the inside of the frame. Expand the selection by 5 pixels. Invert the selection. Open the paper layer and hit delete. Deselect all.
Open the Wire element. Resize by 90%. Copy and paste it under the Frame layer.
Open the Star Chain element. Resize by 90%. Copy and paste it under the paper layer. Rotate it a little bit. Doesn't matter which direction.
Open the Star element and resize by 50%. Copy and paste it above the tube layer. Position it to the bottom right of the tube.
Open the Heart element. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste it above the star. Rotate it a bit to the left. Position it above the star to the top left of the star. Use my tag as a guide.
Open the Lollipop 2 element. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste it under the tube layer. Rotate it to the left a little bit and move it so that it's sticking out from the side of the tube.
Duplicate the Lollipop element, set the blend mode to Multiply. On the duplicated layer, add a color overlay using a purple from your tube. Set the blend mode on that to color.
Open the Eye element, resize by 70%. Copy and paste it above the star element. Position it under the heart, move it so that the drip from the heart is over it. Use my tag as a guide.
Open the Star and Bones element, Resize by 50% and copy and paste above the lollipop element. Move it to the left of the tube. Flip it horizontally.
Add your copyright information and name. If you aren't going to animate, close off the bottom white layer and save as a png.

If you are going to animate, open the animation.
Highlight the copyright layer and all the way down to the layer under the frame layer. Hit Ctrl+G to group the layers.
Select all layers in the animation, hit Ctrl+G to group them.
Move the animation under the first group you made and center it inside the frame.
Create 20 frames in your animation window.
On the first frame, make sure the Frame 2 layer is the only one open. In the next frame, close off the Frame 2 layer, and open the Frame 3 layer. Continue on this pattern until you do all the frames.
Set the display for all the frames at .2 seconds. Save for Web and Devices and enjoy. :)




Thursday, March 15, 2012



What you need:
Tube: I'm using the art of Shawli. You can purchase her are here.
Kit: I'm using the kit Hippity Hoppity Easter by JRB Scraps. You can purchase it here.
Animation: I'm using an animation from Lovey. You can find the one I used here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.




Open a new image with the dimensions 625x225. Name the image "Tag"
Open Paper2, copy and paste into the new image. Copy and paste your tube above that layer. Name the tube layer "Tube" and the paper layer "Background"
Create a new layer above the tube. Select all>Modify>Border. Make the border 8px. Flood fill that area with a color from your tube. Flood it a few times to get a clean corner.
Now, name that layer "Frame". On the frame, apply noise set at 45%. Make sure it is set to Uniform and the Monochromatic box is ticked. Apply a stroke of 4px in the color white to your frame layer.
Open element20. Copy and paste that above your background layer. Position the eggs to one side and then duplicate. Drag the duplicated eggs to the other side. Merge down so that you only have one layer of eggs.
Duplicate that layer, on the top layer, set the blend mode to screen. Create a clipping mask with the two egg layers and merge together.
Open Element10. Copy and paste it above the background layer. Position it to one side so that only half the petals are showing. Duplicate and move it to the other side, leaving half showing again. Merge down so you have only layer.
Open up Element7. Resize by 70%. Copy and paste it above the Tube layer. Position it in the bottom right corner with just half the bow showing. Duplicate the bow and move it to the other side. Position it so that a little less is showing than the other side. Merge down into one layer. Duplicate that layer and set the blend mode to Screen. Create a clipping mask with the two bow layers and merge those together.
Above your frame layer, add your copyright information. Rasterize that layer.
Now, add your name using the same color you made your frame. Apply the same noise to the name. Then apply the stroke as well, this time only 2px.
If you aren't going to animate, then save now as a .jpg.

If you are going to animate, open up the animation Scrambled Eggs. Delete the credit layer. Select all layers. Hit Ctrl+G to group them together.
Right click and hit duplicate. In the duplicate drop down menu, find "Tag" and then hit ok.
Move the group down above the background layer. Position it so that it's in the space that is open. Use my tag for reference if needed. Set the blend mode of the group to Multiply.
Open the group up and close off all the layers except the first one. Open up your animation window, duplicate frame until you have 18 total.
Here come the fun part. Activate Frame1. Make sure that the Frame one is showing from the group. Now, go to Frame2, and make sure that just the Frame2 layer is showing. Continue this for each frame.
When that part is done, select all frames and set the display to .1 seconds.
Save for Web and Devices and enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012



What you need:
Template. I'm using number 114 by Simone. You can find it here.
Tube. I'm using the art of Jose Cano. You can purchase his art here.
Filters. You will need DSB Flux-Electrosphere and MezzoForce-Ice. You can find both of them here.
Fonts of Choice.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS5.


Open the template. Delete the copyright information layer, and open your tube.
Copy and paste the tube above the Frame 1 layer.
Copy and paste the close up above the black layer. Duplicate and move around the tag. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with how the background looks.
When you have that done, merge those close up tube layers together. Set the blend mode to Luminosity. Duplicate the close up layer. On the duplicated layer, set the blend mode to soft light. Apply MezzoForce Ice on the default settings.
Now, merge the Zag layers together into one. Flood fill that layer with a color from your tube. Open your tube or close up, copy and paste it above the zag layer. You may have to do it twice and position them in the framed areas. Merge those tube layers into one.
Create a clipping mask with the tube layer and the zag layer. Set the tube layer to Luminosity and then merge the two together. Merge the Frame layers together. Apply a black stroke of 3px to the frame.

Create three new layers above the zag layer. Name them Ani1, Ani2, and Ani3. Hovering your mouse over the thumbnail of the Zag layer, hold ctrl and click on it.
In your Ani1 layer, apply DSB Flux-Electrosphere. Use whatever settings look coolest. Repeat this for Ani2 and Ani3, changing the settings each time. Set the blend mode on each of those layers to Overlay. You can change the blendmode if you want a different effect. Deselect all.
Group those three layers and name them Animation.

Using a nice fat font, I used Velvenda Cooler, and the color from your tube, type out something under the Zag layer. Make it rather big. Use my tag for reference if needed. (I had mine set to 72px)
Rasterize the type and bring up the layer style window. Set the Fill opacity to 60% and add a nice drop shadow to it.

At this point, add your copyright information above the top layer. Now add your name in a nice script font. I used the color white, but you can use whatever you want.
If you are not going to animate, save here. :)

If you are, open your animate window and get ready for some fun!
Create 4 frames in your animation window by hitting the duplicate frame option. In frame 1, make sure the Ani1 layer is open and the others are closed. In Frame 2, make sure Ani2 is the only one open. In Frame 3, only Ani3 should be showing. In Frame4, we want Ani1 showing.
On Frame1, hit the tween button. We are going to tween with the next frame and add 3 frames. Do this again on Frame 5 and Frame 9. You should have 13 frames at this point. Delete the very last frame so that you now have 12 frames. Set the display time to .1 for all frames.
Save for Web and Devices and enjoy.
Thursday, February 16, 2012





What you need:
Tube. I'm using the art of Keith Garvey. You can find his art here.
Kit. I'm using the kit "Over the Rainbow" by giZZy. You can find the kit here.
Font of choice. I'm using Respective.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was made using CS5.



Open a new image with the dimensions 600x600. Flood fill with white.
Copy and paste your tube into the image. Resize if needed.
Open Element 9. Resize by 80% and copy and paste into the image behind the tube. Rotate it a bit to the left.
Open Element 26. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste it into your image under the tube. Position it so that some of the tube is going back into the frame and some is under the feet of the tube.
Now, open paper 4. Resize by 80%. Copy and paste it under your frame. Position it up a bit so that the sidewalks blend into each other.
Close off all the layers except the frame. Using your magic wand tool, click inside the frame. Expand by 10 pixels and invert. Activate the paper layer and hit delete. Deselect all.
Activate your sidewalk layer. Using your lasso tool, draw a circle around the back end of the sidewalk. Make sure some of it in the front is not in that circle. Apply a Gaussian Blur of 3 px. Deselect.
Using the lasso tool again, select a smaller area just behind the frame and apply a gaussian blur of 1px. It should make your sidewalk look like it is fading into the background.
Open Element 34. Copy and paste above your sidwalk layer. Position it on the corner on either the left or the right side. Duplicate and move it to the opposite side.
Open Element 31. Resize by 60%. Copy and paste it above your sidewalk layer. Position it so that the sidewalk is leading up to it. Some of the element should be peeking out the top of the frame.
Open Element 23. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste it above your frame layer. Move it to the left so that it looks like it's peeking out.
Create a new layer above your city layer (the layer above the sidewalk) Using your lasso tool, draw out a rough oval. It can't be huge, but make it decent sized. Flood fill that area with white. Deslect. Apply a Gaussian Blure of 20px. Duplicate that layer and then merge the duplicate down. Rename this layer to Animation.
On your animation layer, go to the layer style box. Add an outer glow. Change the color to a gold (color pick from the sidewalk if you want) and set the opacity to 100% and the blend mode to Normal. It should look like a cloud with gold edges. Position it to the right of the image so that it's hanging off a bit. Drop the opacity to 70%.
Add your copyright information and name. If you are not going to animate, close off the bottom layer and save as a .png.

This animation is pretty simple. :D

Create three frames in your Animation window. On the second frame, move the animation layer over to the left. Only do this on the second frame.
Now, go to your first frame. Tween with the next layer and add 7 frames. On frame 9, do the same thing. Go to your last frame (17) and delete the frame.
On Frame 1 and 9, set the display to .5 seconds. On the other frames, set it to .2 seconds.

Save for web and devices and enjoy!
Saturday, February 11, 2012



What you need:
Tube. I'm using the art of Rene Kunert. You can purchase her art here.
Kit. I'm using the kit Emolution 4 by Kristin. You can find her kits here.
Font. I'm using I'm Fashionista. You can use whatever you wish though.
Style. You can find the one I'm using here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tut was written using CS5.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600x600. Flood fill with white or a color that matches the background of your site.
Copy and paste your tube into the middle of the image.
Open frame 3. Resize by 90%. Copy and paste into your image under your tube. Rotate either direction by 90 degrees.
Now open a paper of choice. I used Paper2. Copy and paste it under your frame. Close off all the layers except the frame. Using your magic wand, click inside of the frame. Modify>Expand by 3px.
Open the background layer, Invert and hit delete. Deselect.
Open the Wire element. Resize by 80%. Copy and paste into your image under the filled in frame layer. Rotate by 90 degrees in either direction.
Now, copy and paste a close up into the image above the frame background. If you need to duplicate it to get it showing what you want behind the tube, do so. Set the blend mode to Luminosity.
Between the close up and background layer, over your mouse and hit Alt, creating a Clipping Mask. Merge those together.
Open the Flame element. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste under the tube layer. Free rotate it a bit. However you think looks best. Position it to the left of the tube, towards the bottom.
Open the Charm element. Resize by 60%. Copy and paste it above the tube layer. Position it around the same area as the flame. Use my tag as a guide.
Open the Knuckles element, resize by 30%. Copy and paste it under the tube layer. Rotate it a bit and position it to the right, use my tag as a guide.
Open the Heart element. Resize by 30%. Copy and paste it above the knuckles. Rotate it and position. Use my tag for help in positioning.
Open the Doodle element. Resize by 60% and copy and paste into the image, above the frame.
Rotate it 90 degrees Clockwise. Position it to the left side of the tube. Add a black stroke of 2px.
Duplicate and flip it horizontally. Apply transformation. Now hit the right arrow key until it's on the other side of the tube lined up how you want it.
Rename those layers Ani1.
Add your copyright info and name. For the name, use a nice bold font. Apply a style from the ones I linked above.
Crop around the image.

If you are not going to animate, close off the white background layer and save as a .png.

If you are feeling brave, let's animate! There are a few steps to do first though.

Select all the layers above your Ani1 layers. Hit Ctrl+G to group them. Now, create a new layer above the close up tube layer. It should fall under the frame.
Using the Rectangle tool, draw out a wide white bar across the top of the close up layer. Make sure some of it is outside the layer a bit.
Apply a gaussian blur of 10 px. Duplicate that layer then merge it down. Apply a gaussian blur of 20px. Duplicate and then merge the duplicated layer down. Apply a blur of 30px. Drag the blur down a bit so a little of the top is peeking through. Set the blend mode to Color.
Name this Ani2. Hover between the Ani2 layer, and the close up layer with your mouse. Hit alt to create a clipping mask.
Here comes the fun part. :D

Close off the right Ani1.

Set up your animation window. Duplicate the frame twice so that you have three frames. On Frame 2, close off the Left Ani1 and open the right one. Drag the Ani2 down to the bottom of the close up layer.
Frames 1 and 3 should be the same.
On Frame 1, hit the Tween button. Tween with next frame and add 5 frames. Now, on Frame 7, do the same thing. Go to frame 13 and delete that frame. On frame 1 and 7, set the display to .5 seconds. On all the other frames, set it to .1 seconds.

Save for web and devices and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012





What you need:
Tube-I'm using the art of Garrett Blair. You can find his art here. Please remember that all your purchases of his art go to help him in his time of need.
Kit-I'm using a kit by Tragedy, you can find it here. (Will be posted 2/10/12)
Animation-I'm using an animation by Lovey. You can download the animation here. It is the third animation down.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tut was written using CS5.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600x225.
Resize your tube by 80% and copy and paste into your image. Center your tube.
Open a paper of choice. I'm using Paper19. Copy and paste it below your tube.
Create a new layer above your tube. Select all, Modify Border of 8px. Flood fill with a color of choice. I'm using black. Apply a stroke of 3 px in a contrasting color.
Open a set of arches. Copy and paste it under your tube. Position it so that the smaller arches are touching the edges of the frame. Center the arches under the tube.
Open the jewelry box element. Copy and paste it above the arches. Position it so that it's covering the bottom part of the arch. Use my tag for reference. Duplicate and move it over to the other side.
Open Frame6. Copy and paste it above your background layer. Drag the frame to the side of the image so that only the side of the frame is showing. Duplicate and do the same to the other side. Merge the frame layers together.
Duplicate the frames. Set the top layer to screen. On the bottom one, apply a default gradient via the Layer Style box. Set the gradient to overlay.
Now, add your copyright information above the top layer.
Add your name and any effects/styles you wish above the copyright info.

If you are not going to animate. Save as a .jpg.

If you are going to animate, select the layer with your copyright information, hold shift, and then select the layer just above the background. Hit Ctrl+G to group the layers.

Open your animation. Delete the first frame (the one with copyright info) and select all layers. Group them together like we just did on your tag. Resize the image by 50%.
Right click on the group and hit duplicate group. In the menu for that, find your tag in the drop down menu. Hit ok

Drag the group so that it's above the background. Position it to the side of the tube under the arch. Set the blend mode of the animation group to Luminosity. Duplicate the group and move it over to the other side.

set up your animation window, Hit the duplicate frame button until you have 20 frames.
In the first frame, make it so that Frame2 is the only layer showing. Make sure this is the case for both groups of animation. On the next frame, close off the bottom frame and open the next layer up in both groups. Repeat this until you get all of the frames done.

Once you have that done, set the display to .1 seconds for all the frames.

Save for Web and Devices and enjoy!

Sunday, February 5, 2012





What you need:
Tube of choice. I'm using the art of Elias Chatzoudis. You can purchase his art here.
Scrap kit: I'm using a FTU kit by Vaybs. You can find it here.
Animation: I'm using an animation by Simone. You can find the one I used here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600x250. Name it Tag.
Open your tube. Copy and paste the close up into the tag. Position it how you want.
Duplicate your tube. On the bottom layer, double click and bring up the Layer Style window. Click on the gradient, set it to overlay. Leave the gradient on the basic black to white one.
On the top tube layer, set the mode to multiply. Merge visible.
Open your paper of choice. I'm using Paper9. If you use the same paper, line it up so that some of the skulls are showing. Move the paper so that it's under your tube.
Create a new layer above your tube. Select all, modify, border 8px. Flood fill with a color from your tube. Do this a few times to square it off. Apply noise set to 15%. Apply an outside stroke of 3px in black.
Open Element 46. Copy and paste into the tag above the background layer. Open another paper. I used Paper7. Copy and paste it under the filmstrip.
Close off everything except the filmstrip. Using your magic wand tool (tolerence set to 32), click inside the filmstrip. Click while holding shift down to get all sections showing.
Now, open the layer under your filmstrip. Expand by 5. Invert and on your filmstrip background layer, hit delete. Deselect.
Go back to your tube, copy and paste the full tube under your film strip. Hover your mouse between the tube layer and the film background layer. Hit alt and create a clipping mask. Set that tube to Luminosity. Then merge the tube down to the background.
Using your text tool using a pixel font of your choice (alias set to none), in black, type out the following:

She likes to shake her ass she grinds it to the beat
She likes to pull my hair when I make her grind her teeth
I like to strip her down she's naughty to the end
You know what she is, no doubt about it
She's a bad, bad girlfriend!

Now, rasterize that layer. Duplicate it a few times and position it between the tube and the filmstrip. Use my tag as a guide. Close off all the layers except your text layers. Merge visible. Reopen the other layers.
Open Element73. Resize by 50% and then copy and paste it above your film strip. Rotate it a bit, however much you would like, and position it towards the bottom of the tag.

Add your copyright information above the top layer. Rasterize your type. Remember to credit the lyrics. "Lyrics by Theory of a Deadman"

Now, above your copyright info,in a nice script font, type out your name in the same color you used for your border. Apply an outside stroke set to 2px and the color black. Add a drop shadow if you wish.

If you are not going to animate, save as a .jpg.

If you are, let's clean this up a bit.

Click on your copyright information layer, hit shift and click on the word art layer. You should have highlighted all the layers except your name and the background. Hit Ctrl+G to group the layers up.

Open animation 71. Uncheck all the layers except the bottom one. Select All Layers. Hit Ctrl+G to group them up.
Now, right click on the group and hit duplicate group. In the drop down box, find your tag and then hit ok.
Go back to your tag. Now you can see we have some sparkles. Move that group just above the background layer. Position it behind your close up tube layer.

Now, down in your Animation window, hit the duplicate frame button until you have 31 frames.
Open the animation group. In each frame, open the layer that matches the frame number. Make sure you close off any other layers that are open in each frame. For example, in frame 2, you make sure the Frame1 layer is closed off and the Frame2 layer is open. So on for each layer.
Once you finish that, click on frame 1 in your animation window. Hold shift and click on Frame 31. Right click on the little arrow pointing down and set the delay to .1 seconds.
Save for Web and Devices. Enjoy!


Saturday, February 4, 2012






What you need:
Tube of Choice. I'm using the art of Jose Cano. You can purchase his art here.
Kit of Choice. I'm using a Free to Use kit called Goth Girl. You can find it here.
Style of Choice. I'm using the wonderfully free styles of Sonarpos. The one I use can be found here.
Font of Choice. I'm using Low Gun Screen. You can download it here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tut was created using CS5.

Open your tube. Create a new image with the dimensions of 600x250. Name it "Tag"
On your tube, close off all the layers except the first one. Copy and paste it into your tag. Go back and close off the top layer and open the second layer. Copy and paste that into your tag.
Now, in your tag, hit shift and click on the two layers you have. Right click and hit "Link Layers". Now position how you wish.
Open a paper from the kit. I'm using P4. Copy and paste it into your tag. Drag it to the bottom.
Create a new layer above your tube layers. Select all, modify a border with 8 px. Flood fill with a color from your tube. I suggest hitting flood fill a few times to square it off. Deselect.
Now double click the frame you just made and pull up the Layer Style box. Under the Blending Options, drop the fill opacity down to 50%. Now, go to stroke and add a black stroke set to 3px.
Open a wire element. I used Wire2. Copy and paste it above your background layer. Drag it over to the left of the image. Duplicate and drag the duplicated layer to the right of the image.
Open Frame F4. Resize by 80%. Copy and paste it above your wire layers Position it in the center.
Open a set of stars. I used Stars3. Resize by 60% and copy and paste above your frame. Position to the left of the tube near the bottom. Duplicate, transform>flip horizontal. Move that star layer to the right.
Now, add your copyright info above the top layer. Rasterize layer.
Using the font Low Gun Screen, type out your name. Apply a style from Sonaparo's 261.

If you are not going to animate, save as a .jpg

If you are going to animate, close off the bottom tube layer. Down in your animation window, duplicate frame twice. You should have 3 frames.
In the second frame, close off the top tube layer and open the bottome one.
Go back to frame one. Now, hit the tween button, it should look like a diagonal line of dots.
Tween with next frame and add 3 frames. Now go to Frame 5. Hit tween again. Same settings as before. Set frames 1,5, and 9 to display for .5 seconds.
Set the other frames to display for .1 second.

Save for web and devices. Enjoy!
Monday, January 30, 2012
This tutorial was inspired by the song "For the Love" by Blue October. Feel free to listen to it while you play. :)


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What you need:
Tube of Choice. I'm using the art of Barbara Jensen. You can find her art here.
Kit of Choice. I'm using Sterling. It's a Free To Use kit and can be found here.
Animation. I'm using number 25 from Simone. It can be found here.
WordArt. Right click and save this image here. It's a .png word art.
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I assume you have a working knowledge of Paintshop Pro and Animation Shop.

Open a new image, 600x225 with a transparent background.
Copy and paste your tube into the new image, resize if needed.
Open your paper of choice. I'm using Paper7. Copy and paste it below your tube layer. Position it how you like, just make sure the entire background is filled.
Open your frame of choice from the kit. I'm using Frame 2. Copy and paste it into your image. Move it under your tube layer and position it so that it's behind the tube. We aren't going to use this as a "frame". Just some decoration.
Now find a flower you like. I am going to use the Flower Pin. Copy and paste that above your frame. Resize if you need to. Then move it down so that half of it isn't showing. We only want a few petals showing. Duplicate this image and mirror it.
Open a heart element. I'm using the white heart (Pearl Heart). Copy and paste it above your frame layer. Free rotate to the left by 45 degrees. Duplicate that heart and mirror it.
Create a new layer at the top of your image. Select all>Contract by 8>Invert. Flood fill with a grey or black. Drop the opacity to 80%. Add a gradient glow to it. If you don't have Eye Candy, use a drop shadow.
Open the wordart I have provided (or feel free to make your own) and copy and paste it above the background layer. Position it to the left or right of the tube. Duplicate that layer and drag it to the other side. Depending on the background you picked, either the white or black words will show.
Here comes the fun part!
Close off your background and word art layers. Merge visible. Now, close off your top layer, merge visible. Add your copyright information to the top, as well as your name. Merge those down to the first layer.

If you are not going to animate, save now.

In Animation shop, open the animation you have picked. I am using Simone's Animation 25. Cull this animation by removing 1 frame every 2 frames. You should be left with 30 frames. Crop around the animation. so that you don't have a massive image. Delete the first two frames. Minimize this animation. Go back to PSP.
In PSP, close off the top layer and copy merged. Paste into Animation Shop as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+L until you have 28 frames. If you look in the bottom right of the program, it will tell you how many frames you have.
Select all frames. Go back to Simones Animation. Select all frames. Copy and then paste into the other image by Pasting into current frame. Position it above the left wordart. Where the white wordart part is at the top. View animation. If you don't like it, hit undo and repeat until it's where you like it.
Go back to PSP. Close off the bottom layer and open the top layer. Copy merged and paste into Animation Shop as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+L until you have 28 frames.
Select all frames. Copy and paste into selected frame in your working image. (The one you just pasted the animation into)
View Animation. If it looks good, optimize and save as a .gif.

Enjoy!

To make an avatar to match: Create a new image in PSP with the dimensions of 150x150. Copy the bottom layer of your banner into the new image. Copy and paste your tube above it. Create the border like we did before. Add your name or initial and copyright information. Save as .jpg. You can animate it if you wish. I prefer not to.

Sunday, January 29, 2012
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What you need:
Tube of Choice. I'm using the tube Precious by Rene Kunert. You can find her art here.
Filters: DSB-Radical Mosaic, Xero-Porcelin, Penta-Color Dot, Twist (default filter), Pixelate (default filter), and Eye Candy Gradient Glow (optional)

I assume you have working knowledge of PSP. This tutorial was written in Paintshop Pro 9.

Open a new image 600x600 (transparent)
Open your tube and paste into your new image.
Using your ellipse tool set to circle, draw out a mid sized circle in the middle of the image with the background set to white and the foreground set to null.
Convert to raster layer and position so that it is covering part of the tube that you'd like to showcase.
Selections>Float>Defloat>Invert Activate your tube layer and hit delete. Deselect all. Move the tube layer above your circle.
Duplicate your tube. On the top layer, using the Change to Target tool, color that layer with a color of your choice. Set the blend mode of that layer to Multiply.
Apply Xero-Porcelin on default settings to that layer. Merge visible. Resize your circle by 85%. Close off that layer.
Copy your tube back on the image again. Repeat the above steps, this time focus on another part of the tube.
Open both of your layers. Position them so that they are sort of overlapping each other. Merge them into one layer. Duplicate that layer twice. Bring the duplicated layers to the bottom. Rotate and flip them around in whatever way looks best. Merge the duplicated layers together.
Apply DSB-Radical Mosaic to the bottom layer. Apply Gaussian Blur set to 10%. Apply Twirl at max settings. Now apply Pixelate set to 22/22.
Drop the opacity on that layer down to 80%. On your top layer, add a gradient glow using a darker version of the color you picked.
Resize the bottom layer by 80%. Copy merged opaque.
Using a nice fat font set to white background, type out something. I used the word Beauty. Drop the opacity to 40% and apply a drop shadow with these settings:
Vert: 1
Horizontal: 3
Opacity: 60%
Blur: 5
Color: Black
Apply that drop shadow to your main tube layer. Apply it again, just changing the Vert/Horizontal to -1 and -3.
Create a new layer and flood fill that with white. Move that to the bottom. Duplicate your twisted layer three times so you have four of them.
Close off the top two, on the bottom, add Penta-Color Dot with the Value set at 100 and the distance set at 5. Leave the other settings alone.
Close off that layer, and go to the one above it. Apply Color Dot but this time change the distance to 7.
Now close off that layer, on the next one above it, apply Color Dot and change the distance to 9. Do it once more for last layer like that, just change the distance to 11.

Add your copyright information and name. If you are not going to animate, save now.

Now, make sure your copied layers are all closed off except the bottom one. Copy merged and paste into a new animation in Animation Shop.
Go back to PSP and close off that layer and open the one above it. Paste into Animation Shop after current frame. Do this until you have all the copied layers done. (These should be the twisted ones)
Once you have 4 frames in animation shop, highlight the first 3 frames. Copy and paste those as a new animation. Select all frames in that animation, Reverse frames.

While those frames are all still selected, copy them. Go back to your first animation. Activate the last frame and then paste after current frame. You should now have 7 frames. Select all frames, set the frame properties to 8.
Optimize and save as a .gif. Enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2012
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You need:
Tube of choice. I'm using the art of Barbara Jensen. You can purchase her art here.
Kit of choice. I'm using the kit Love Light by giZZy. You can purchase the kit here.
Mask of choice. I'm using Jenny's Sparkle Mask. You can find it here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Paintshop Pro.


Open a new image 600x600
Open element 17, or any of the other frames in the kit. Copy and paste into your image as a new layer. Resize by 85%
Copy and paste your tube of choice above the frame layer. Resize as much as you need to. I did my tube by 85%
Activate your frame layer. Using your magic wand tool, click in the middle of the frame. Activate your tube layer, invert and use your eraser tool to erase just the bottom of the tube.
Deselect. Open a paper of your choice. I'm using Paper 1. Copy and paste as a new layer under your frame.
Activate your frame layer again, using your magic wand tool, click in the middle. Expand by 5. Go back to your paper layer. Invert and hit delete.
Open Element 41, copy and paste above your tube layer.Resize by 50% and position at the bottom of the tube. Use my tag as a guide if you need to.
Open Element 4. Copy and paste under the tube layer. Resize by 70%. Position it to the left of the tube so that some of it is just hiding under the tube.
Duplicate that layer, mirror the duplicate.
Open element 35. Copy and paste so that it is the bottom layer. Resize by 50%. Position it towards the bottom on either the left or right side. Duplicate and hit mirror.
Now, open the glitter page number 9. Copy and paste it under your roses. Apply mask of choice. Merge group and resize by 90%
Open element 14, copy and paste above your mask. Resize by 50%. Recolor red. Move to one side of the frame. Duplicate and move the duplicate to the other side of the frame.
Crop merged opaque. Open Element 31. Copy and paste under your tube layer. Resize by 50% and position so that it's coming out from behind the tube. Duplicate and mirror. Merge those layers together.
Open Element 49. Copy and paste under your tube. Resize by 50%, duplicate and mirror. Moved the mirrored one down a bit.
Open Element 16. Copy and paste as the top layer. Resize by 80%. Position it so that it looks like it's perched on the heart.
Add your name and copyright information. Save as a .ping. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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You need:
Tube of Choice. I'm using the work of Barbara Jensen. You can purchase her art here.
Scrap kit of Choice. I'm using Wedding Bells by giZZy. You can purchase the kit here.
Font of Choice. I'm using Sweetly Broken. You can download it here.

I assume you have working knowledge of Paintshop Pro.

Open your tube. Before we get started, if you are using the same tube as I am, we need to recolor the clothing to match.
First off, find the orange clothing layers. Activate the layers. Now change the blend mode to luminosity. Tada!

Now, open a new image with the dimensions of 600x600. Copy merged on your tube and paste into the new image.
Resize by 85%.
In your scrap kit, find the frame element. It should be Element29. Copy and paste into your working image. Resize by 70%.
Using your free rotate tool, rotate to the right 45 degrees. Resize again by 90%. Adjust>Sharpeness>Sharpen. Just once will be fine.
Move your frame layer under your tube layer. Position your tube so that it's sitting just above the bottom corner of the frame. Go back to your frame layer.
Selections>Select All>Float>Defloat. Now, go back to your tube layer and with the eraser tool, erase the bottom part of the tube.
Deselect.
Now find a paper you like, I'm using Paper 3. Copy and paste into your image as a new layer. Move that layer under the frame layer. Resize your paper by 75%.
Reactivate your frame layer. Using your magic wand with the tolerence set to 10, click inside the frame. Modify>Expand by 5. Invert and go back to your paper layer and hit delete. Deselect.
Using your crop tool. Crop merged opaque 600x600.
Open the heart with the music staff on it, Element 42, copy and paste into the working image. Resize by 30%. Move it above the frame layer. Mirror it and position it towards the bottom of the frame, just behind the tube.
Open element 11 (the glasses) and do the same thing you did for the heart layer. This time, instead of hitting mirror, leave it be. Move it above the tube layer and position it at the bottom.
Open Element 25. Copy and paste it under the heart layer.Resize by 50%. Position it so that it looks like it's coming out of the heart. Using your change to target brush, color the top flower layer a color from your tube.
Open Element 43. Copy and paste it under the bottom flower layer. Resize by 50%. Position it towards the top of the frame, but so that the bottom part is hidden. Recolor it the same way we did the flower.
Open Element 39. Copy and Paste it into the new image. Move it so that it's the bottom layer.Resize by 75%. Duplicate that layer and set the top layer to Multiply.
On your frame layer, apply a drop shadow with the following settings:
Vertical: 2
Horizontal:2
Opacity: 66%
Blur:8.7
Apply it again, but change the horizontal and verical to -2.
Do this for your tube layer as well.
Crop merged opaque.
Using your text tool, type out your name in white using the font Sweetly Broken. Have it set to 100px and using the text tool, rotate it a bit.
Rasterize the text layer and add a drop shadow with the following settings:
Vertical: 2
Horizontal:2
Opacity: 60%
Blur:2
Apply it again but change the Vertical and Horizontal to -2.

Add your copyright information and save as a .png. Enjoy!


Friday, January 6, 2012


Tube of Choice: I'm using the art of Rene Kunert. You can purchase her art here.
Textures of Choice: I'm using my own textures that you can get from my dA here.
Font of Choice: Champagne & Limousines.
Mask of Choice: I'm using number 16 from here.
Filters: Xero-Radiance. 

I assume you have working knowledge of Paintshop Pro. 

Open a new image 600x600. 
Copy and paste your tube into the new image. Resize if you need to. 
Using your Rectangle Tool, set the background to black and your foreground to null, draw a rectangle around your tube. Make sure that it's a bit smaller than your tube itself.
Align it so that it's centered in the image. Convert to a raster layer. Position your tube how you want. 
Now, open your texture of choice. If you are using my texture pack, it's Texture2 that I used. 
Copy and paste that texture between the tube and rectangle layer. Activate the rectangle layer. Selections>Select All>Float>Defloat>Inverse. Go back to the texture layer and hit delete. Deselect.
Now do the same thing with the tube layer. That way everything is nice and inside the rectangle. 
Set the blend mode on the texture layer to Luminance. Merge visible. Duplicate that layer. Set the top layer to Screen and drop the opacity to 75%. If you are using a different color scheme and tube, feel free to mess with the blend modes to see what you like best. 
Now, merge visible again. Duplicate your layer again. Close off the top layer. Resize the bottom layer by 75%. 
Reopen the top layer. Using your raster deform tool, move the bottom layer to the right of the top layer. Try to center it. Use my tag as a guide. Duplicate the small layer and then hit mirror. Merge down.
Duplicate the bottom layer (the two small ones) and set the blend mode on the top small layer to multiply. Then apply Xero-Radiance on the default setting. Close off the topmost layer and merge visible. 
Activate your top layer (the big one) and hit Selections>Select all>Float>Defloat>Modify>Expand by 5 pixels. Create a new layer. Flood fill that layer with a color of choice. In my case I'm going to use white. Deselect and move that layer under your top layer.
Apply noise set at 100% and on Random. Go back to your top layer and merge down. On the bottom layer (the small ones) do the same thing, except only expand by 3.
Now, on the top layer, apply a drop shadow with these settings: 
Offset horizontal: 1
Offset Vertical: 1
Opacity: 80%
Blur: 2
Color: Black

Apply it again but change the Offsets to -1, -1. Apply the shadows the same way to the bottom layer.
Crop the image down using the Crop Opaque Merged option. set it to 475x500. Center it so that you have extra space to work with.
Open your texture again. Copy and paste it as a new layer. Make that layer your bottom layer. Apply your maske of choice.
Merge group. Using your Change to Target Brush, greyscale the masked layer. All you need to do is set the color choice to either white or black and just brush over the layer. :)
Drop the opacity of your mask layer down to about 70%.
Activate your top layer. Using your pen tool set to Draw Lines and Polylines, draw out a line set at a width of 5, color of choice, and diamond style. Position the line along the edge of the small tube layer. Use my tag as a reference. Convert to raster layer. Duplicate and hit mirror. Move the line in a bit if you have to.
Merge down and add your shadows like you did before. 
Add your copyright information. 
Using a font of choice, write out your name. Add the shadows like you did before and save as a .png. Enjoy!


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