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Sunday, November 24, 2013


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This Tutorial was written on November 23rd, 2013 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.
Do not translate or script.
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 a tube by Gary Rudisill
Do not use he work without a license
You can find it HERE

Scrapkit of Choice
I am using the scrapkit, “Jingle My Bells” by Jackie's Jewels
It was made to match this tube and exclusive to Mystical Scraps
Which you can purchase for use HERE

Mask of Choice
I am using WinterMask_1 by Dangerously Delicious Designs
Which you can find for download to use HERE

Additional Filters Needed
Xero – Porcelain
PhotoEffex – Scanlines
Xenofex 2 - Constellation

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

Start a new canvas
600px by 600px
Flood fill with white.

Open Frame2
Add it to your canvas
Scale down to about 70%
Add a dropshadow

Open PP7
Resize to 600px by 600px
Add to your canvas and have this below the frame layer
Use your magic wand and select inside the frame
Select → Modify → Expand, by 5
Invert the selection and on the paper layer, press delete
Deselect
Duplicate
Filter → PhotoEffex → Scanlines, change the width to 3
Change the blend mode to lighten

Open Frame4
Add to your canvas
Resize down by about 90%, rotate -15 degrees
Arrange beneath your other frame and papers

Open PP5
Add to your canvas
Resize down and position inside one of the frames how you'd like
Use your magic wand and select inside the frame of the two you're working on
Select → Modify → Expand, by 5
Invert and on the paper press delete
Deselect
Duplicate
Filter → PhotoEffex → Scanlines, change the width to 3
Change the blend mode to screen

Repeat this same process with the other of the two frames

Add your tube to your canvas.
Resize and reposition as you'd like to above the frames
Once you're happy with the size and position
Erase any of the legs that are still over the silver frame
Duplicate this layer
On the bottom layer
Filter → Xero → Porcelain
All a default except the blue channel, slide to 0
Add a drop shadow here
To the top layer
Filter → Blur → Gaussian Blur, 3.0px
Change the blend mode to screen
Lower to opacity to 70%

Add your tube in between the circle frame's papers layers
I flipped one of mine horizontally
Once you're happy with how they look
Erase any of the tubes that are outside the frame
Change the blend modes to luminosity
Duplicate them
On the duplicate
Filter → Blur → Gaussian Blur, 3.0px
Change the blend modes on these to screen
Lower the opacity of both to 50%

Open PP6
Resize to 600 px by 600 px
Add to your canvas just above the white background layer
Apply the mask here

Now if you're wanting to animate follow the next steps, if not you can do it to add some sparkle or skip it, whatever works for what you'd like to do :)
Hide the very top tube layers along with the white background
Ctrl + A (selects the whole canvas)
Edit → Copy Merged
Paste
You may need to reposition your new layer of the merged image so it's directly over the other
Now Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of this image so that you select just around this one
I added a new layer here a filled the selection with black
Now you can delete our merged image
Duplicate the black layer 3 times so we have a total of 4 layer of them
On the bottom one
Filter → Xenofex 2 → Constellation
For the settings just go over to Settings along the top, small star constellation
Change the Background fill to “make selection transparent”
Click okay
Do this for the other 3 layers, just make sure you click random seed once for each one
Hide all but the very first layer of these for now.

Unhide the two tube layers

Open up Puppy and add to your canvas
Resize and reposition where you'd like to
Once you're happy with this
Add a drop shadow that you'd like
Use the Quick Selection Tool and select just the puppy's nose
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V
You may need to adjust it's position once again so it's back where it belongs
Duplicate this nose layer twice
Change all three blend modes to vivid light
Merge them together
You may need to do a bit of cleanup and erase little bits around the nose
For now though just hide this layer.

Now we're just going to add the elements we want to, to the tag
Do this to your liking with the drop shadow of choice
I used the following from the bottom up with a drop shadow unless stated:

PineBranch
Snowflake2
Snowflake2
PineBranch
PineBranch
Snowpile (no drop shadow)
Snowpile (no drop shadow)
Ribbon1
PineBranch
PineBranch
PineBranch
Sign
Bulbwire
SantaLetter
Bow1
Holly&Berries
Gift3
Bell2
Bell2
Hat
Ornaments
Ornament2
Pinecone
Gift1
RibbonStar
Poinsetta
Bell1
Bow3
Milk
Cookies
Coffee
Bell1
Flower1
Bow2
Bird
FallingSnow (no drop shadow)
FallingSnow (no drop shadow)

Add your name
I short of did a similar style as the Jingle my Bells wordart in the kit

Image → Trim
Top left pixel color all boxes checked

Resize if you'd like to

****Most Important****
Add your copy right information

If you're happy with your result save to your liking and you're done!

Now if you'd like to animate let's get to that, we're all ready and set

Open your animation window, everything should be ready for frame one if you closed out all the ones I mentioned previously so, add a new animation window
Leave the dog nose hid for now but, hide the first frame of the sparkles and unhide the second frame
Add a new animation layer, hide the second frame and unhide the third frame, unhide the dog nose layer as well
Add a new animation layer, hide the third frame and unhide the fourth frame, leave the dog nose layer as is
Add a new animation layer, hide the fourth frame and unhide the first frame, hide the dog nose layer as well
Add a new animation layer, hide the first frame and unhide the second frame, leave the dog nose layer as is
Add a new animation layer, hide the second frame and unhide the third frame, unhide the dog nose layer as well
Add a new animation layer, hide the third frame and unhide the fourth frame, leave the dog nose layer alone
You should now have 8 layers of animation frames

Now set the delay to .2 sec and set to go forever
Press play and watch the sparkles go and the nose blink

Save as a .gif and you're done!

Below is an example of the non-animated tag
~Click to view at full size~

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