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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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This Tutorial was written on November 22nd, 2011 by Ashly
It is of my own creation and any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

Please do not copy and do not post elsewhere.
This tutorial is written as if you have a general knowledge on how to use the program.

***What you'll need***
Program of Choice.
I am using Photoshop CS5

Tube of choice.
I am using the artwork of FoursXsDesigns
You must purchase her work for use and you can do so HERE
This particular image is part of the Christmas Gift from PTE

Kit of choice.
I am using a scrapkit called “Holiday Ice” by Designs by Sarah
You can purchase that for use HERE

Mask of Choice
I am using BigMask_006 by Vix
You can find her masks HERE

Filters Needed
Xero – Porcelain
Alien Skin Xenofex 2 – Constellation (animation)

~*~*~ Let's Get Started~*~*~

Open up a new canvas
600px x 600px.
Flood fill with white

Open Frame 1
Copy and Paste onto your canvas
Scale down by 80% and Rotate -10 degrees

Duplicate this layer and on the bottom one Rotate it -10 degrees
Open pp8
Resize to 600px by 600px
Copy and paste into your canvas
Have it as your top layer in your layer pallate.
Ctrl + Click on the top frame thumbnail layer there to select the frame
Go to your paper layer, invert your selection and press delete
Deselect
Change the blend mode of this layer to “Color”
Merge those three layers down and add a drop shadow to the merged layer.

Open pp6
Resize to 600px by 600px
Copy and paste onto your canvas
Drag Below your Frame layer
Use your magic wand and select inside of your frames
Select → Modify → Expand, by 5
Invert the selection and on the paper layer press delete
Deselect.

Now We're going to go to the tube :)
Choose the layer you'd like to use for this one.
I did the Half body with the snowflake as the piece holding the fuzzy bit around her neck together (Layer 2)

Copy and Paste into your canvas.
Resize and position as you'd like it.
Duplicate it and drag this layer below the frame layer so you have one just above and one just below it.
Erase any parts on both tubes that are extending past the frames that you don't want to.
To the Bottom add a drop shadow.

To the top tube
Filter → Xero → Porcelian
All a default, except the blue channel all the way to the left to 0.

Filer → Sharpen → Unsharp mask
All at default.

Open pp11
Resize to 600px by 600px
Drag to just above your white background layer
Apply your mask here.

Now we're going to embellish.
Do so to our liking, resized, rotated and position as you want.

I used the following:

~Just about the mask layer~
Flakes
leaves
tree 3 (no drop shadow)

~Above the frame layer, below the top tube layer~
Ornament2
Ornament1
bow3
bow3
bow2
button1
button1

Add your name to your tag.

Image → Trim
Top left pixel color, all boxes checked.

Resize if you'd like to.

*****Most Important*****
Add your copyright information!!!

If you don't want to animate then you're done!!
You can save as a .jpg or hide the white layer and save as a .png

~*~Animation~*~
Go to your top most tube layer and duplicate it twice so you have 3 of the same layer.

Use your lasso tool to select around just the hair on the tube.
Select on the bottom of the three tube layers here.

Filters → Alien Skin Xenofex 2 → Constellation
Star Size – 4.00
Size Variation – 85
Edge Star Density – 3
Overall Star Density – 2
Overdrive – 100
Twinkle Amount – 75

Do this filter on the other two layers, just hit randon seed on each one.

Now deselect.
Go to your animation window.

Have it set to play forever, delay set at .15 sec.
Hide the top two tube layers we're working with.
Add a new layer and hide the bottom layer and unhide the middle layer
Add a new layer hide the middle tube layer and unhide the top tube layer.
Press play to see it running.
If you're happy with it save as a .gif
You're done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!!
I'd love to see results and if you have any questions feel free to ask me!!
Huge Huggles!
Ashly

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Hey everyone!! Thanks for stopping by! My name is Ashly and I'm a 27 y/o SAHM to 1 little girl. I love designing in my free time as a way to destress a bit and have been making tags and siggies for about 6 years now but, am still continually learning. You can email me at: garyswifey06@gmail.com

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