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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!

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