This tutorial was created with Photoshop CS2 but can be done with other versions and/or programs.
Artist's Tube of choice: I am using the FTU work of Popeye Wong. Pops has always been generous with his work, so he is a General Permission Artists. Thanks so much hun! You can find this tube HERE , Her name is Quote of the Day.
Scrap Kit of choice: I am using the wonderful PTU kit Spell Autumn by Disya's Designs. You can find this kit HERE
Animation of choice: I am using animation 151 by Simone. She makes wonderful animations and you can find it HERE
Fonts of choice: I am using FFF Fuego for the © and Jack Lantern BB for the name/text.
Filters of choice:
Xero - Porcelain
Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 = Perspective Shadow
Ok, grab a cuppa, and a munchie, and let's go!!
Please remember to save your work often. Always remember to name your layers. If you feel that you have messed up UNDO is your bestest friend!
First let's open up our tube. Right click on it and Duplicate. Close the original. We do this because if you take a look at the Image Size, our tube is saved at 300dpi. Since we are using it for the web, and the fact that artist usually consider using anything larger a big no no, we have to resize it. We Duplicated it so we wont resize our original tube.
So if you haven't already, Right click on the image window and choose Image Size. Note the original dimensions of the image ( 767 x 1000 ). Change the Resolution from 300 to 72, then change the width and height back to 767 x 1000 px. Minimize your tube for the time being.
Open Paper2 from the kit. Duplicate and close the original. All the elements in this kit are saved at 300dpi too. This means we have to resize this paper the same way we did our tube. The good news is that once we resize the paper, we wont have to resize any more elements because we are going to use the paper for our entire canvas. So go ahead and resize the paper now.
Right click once again on the paper's window and this time choose Canvas Size. Change the size of the canvas to 900 x 900 px. I know it is big but we will resize later. Drag your canvas window out a bit so you can see your canvas.
Grab your eraser tool, and with a really soft setting, run your eraser around the straight edges of the paper so that it looks feathered. Do as little or as much as you want.
On the left hand side of the paper, I wanted some of the tree to hang out, but I didn't want to take the time to cut out the background, so guess what?? I cheated LOL! Drag and drop element 17 onto your canvas. Position the tree right on top of the tree in the paper. In the Blending Options put a drop shadow on the tree you can use my settings, or settings of your own.
Bring up your tube, and drag and drop it onto your working canvas. Go to Image>Free Transform>Scale and while holding Shift+Ctrl drag a corner to scale down your tube to a size that you prefer. Don't forget to hit the checkmark to apply your transformation. Poisition where it suits you best with the Move Tool.
Go to Filter>Sharpen> then Filter> Xero – Porcelain and apply it with the default settings. The Filter>Alien Skin Eye Candy 5>Perspective Shadow, with these settings
Onto the elements! I wont get into all the elements that I placed, as you see there is a lot! LOL! Drag and drop each element that you wish to use. Resize them as you like. Rotate them if you wish. Move layers around. Do what ever you want! This is only a tutorial after all. Let it all be your own. If you use sparkles or the dreamy leaf spray use hard light or a different layer blend mode to give it some lighting effects.
Got everything where you want it? Good! Let's take a last look at our tag and add some drop shadows to add more depth... Add drop shadows to some or all of your layers, it is up to you. I usually use a large soft black shadow on most of my layers.
Now before we animate, we need to resize our image. Go to Image>Trim and make sure that Transparent Pixels, Top, Bottom. Left and Right are all ticked, then hit ok.
Right click on the canvas window and choose Image Size, and resize your image to what you prefer. I changed my largest size down to 750 px.
Add your © info and your name. Add whatever styles you would like to them.
If you are not animating your tag, you can stop here! File>Save for Web as PNG-24 and you are the proud owner of a new siggie!!
If you wish to animate please continue on......
Create a new layer and with your Paint Bucket flood fill that layer with whatever background color you want it to have. I chose the same color as my blog's background color. Drag the layer all the way down to the bottom.
Now to the animation! I usually send you to Rebel Dezigns but I am gonna try explaining this on my own this time. Bare with me.......
First we need to make sure our Timeline is open. If it isn't go to Window>Timeline, and it should now be at the bottom of your workspace. Click on the button that says Create Frame Animation.
On your image. Click on the layer, in the layers palette, where you want your animation to be ABOVE. I wanted mine to be behind everything but above my paper layer ( obviously LOL ) So. I clicked on the paper layer.
Open up your animation. If you are using the same one as I am it should be animation 151 the autumn leaves. You want the PSD version, not the MNG. Click on your bottom layer in the layers pallete, scroll all the way up to the top layer, and while holding Shift click on the top layer. All your layers should be selected now. Go to Layer>Group Layers.
Right click on the animation's window and go to Image Size. Resize to 300 x 223. You may want to go bigger or smaller. That is all up to you.
In the layers palette, right click on the group and duplicate. When the pop up window appears, click on the menu arrow and select your tag that you have been working on and hit OK. Your group should now be seen in your layers Palette.
Click on the group layer, and if you look in your palette options you should see a button that says Pass Through, click on that and choose Linear Dodge ( Add ). This will get rid of any unwanted dark shadows in your animation. Now right click on the group and choose Ungroup Layers. Close all your FRAME layers EXCEPT Frame 1.
If you take a look at your animation window you will now see that your 1st frame is already there. Duplicate that frame by clicking on the Duplicate Selected Frames button at the bottom of your animation window..... It looks like the same icon for creating a new layer in your regular layers palette ( folded piece of paper )
In your LAYERS PALETTE, hide Frame 1 and unhide Frame 2.
Back to your animation ANIMATION WINDOW, duplicate that current frame
Back in the LAYERS PALETTE hide Frame 2 and unhide Frame 3. If you are doing it correctly the Frame in the ANIMATION WINDOW should be the same frame number as the Frame layer in the LAYERS PALETTE.
Repeat for the rest of the 34 frames.
Did I lose you yet? I hope not. If a visual tutorial is more helpful, stop in over at Rebel Dezigns. giZZy has a great video tut that will show you exactly how to do it.
Phew!! the hardest part is over.
With your last frame already being selected in the animation's window, go all the way back to the very first frame, and with your Shift key depressed left click on Frame 1. Click on the the selection arrow for Select Frame Delay Time and choose 0.01. Next click on the Select Looping Options button ( just under where you just changed the delay time ) and choose Forever.
Click on Frame 1 so that it is the only frame selected and go to File>Save for Web, with these settings
That is it!! You made it my friend!! You are now the proud owner of a new animated siggie!!
This tutorial was created by me, Mary Oakes aka Ariez Moon, on 10/24/2014. Any similarity to any other tutorial is purely coincidental. Please abide by my TOU and the TOU of Artists and Designers that you may use.
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope that I did not do too bad of a job writing it. If you have any problems, questions, comments, or suggestions just give me a hollar in my Cbox, or connect with me on FB. I will get back to you as fast as I can.
As always, Happy PSPing.... and Photoshop too :) !!