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Monday, September 7, 2020

Timeless Navigator




This tutorial was written by me on September 7, 2020. The results are of my own imagination.  Any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental.  

Please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own.

This was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PS.

Please keep in mind that I write the tutorial as I am creating it.

Sometimes I may not explain properly where to place things so please see my example if you are ever in doubt :)

Supplies needed

I am using CS5 but this tutorial should work with any version.

You can download the 7 day trial of PS here.

PTU Tube:  I am using Barbara Jensen's beautiful Bonus tube "Flushed".  Please do not use this tube without a proper license. I am using the layered tube for this tutorial.  You can purchase Barbara Jensen's tube at Barbara's store here.  You can get this beauty for free with a tube order of $9.00 or more.  This beauty is available until September 11th.

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Timeless Navigator" created by Pink Paradox Productions.  This kit is available for purchase at Barbara Jensen's store here

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome new animation from pack 43. You can purchase her fun animation at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  83 by Vivienne's Paintbox. Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here. I am using the png versions for this tutorial.  

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

Please read all the Artist's/Designer's TOU.

Let's get started.

Remember to save your tag often in case PS crashes.  I always save my tags as a psd image.  It keeps all the layers and if you make tags for others you will always have the template.

To open an image, I click on the element or paper in the file folder and drag it into PS.

To transfer an element or paper in PS to my tag, I left click and drag it into my working canvas.  

The other way is to left click and drag the element from the folder right onto your tag. 

Either way you will get the same results :).  I will be using the both method for this tutorial.

For resizing and rotating I use the Ctrl+T command.

To mirror or Flip go to Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal (mirror) or Flip vertical (Flip).

Let's get started.

Open a new 750x800 transparent image.  We will resize later.

Go to layers, New fill layer, solid color.  When the pop up window appears type in FFFFFF and click ok.

Select Vivienne's mask 83 and drag it into the tag.  Your free transformation box will appear.  Click the link icon between the W and H and type 35%.  Click ok.

Drag paper 23 into your tag.  Pull the left corner up to the top.  Pull the right corner to the bottom and click on the check mark.

Standing on the paper layer in the layers pallet, right click and select create a clipping mask.

Drag element 145 into your tag.  Click the check mark. Move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 151 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 64 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 6 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the clock.

Drag element 106 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 60%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom right of the wings.

Drag element 47 into your tag.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the wings.

Drag element 71 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the clock.

Drag element 162 into your tag.  Click the check mark. Move to the top left over Saturn.

Drag element 154 into your tag.  Click the check mark. 

Drag element 54 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the top left just under Saturn.

Drag element 152 into your tag.  Click the check mark. 

Drag element 159 into your tag.  Click the check mark. Move slightly to the right.

Drag element 1 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Edit, transform, flip horizontal.  Move to the right just under the top clock hand.

Drag element 40 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the center of the column.  Hit ctrl + T and we need to rotate the image slightly.  On the box to the right of the H type in 15 and click the check mark.  Move to the right next to the triangle pointing left.


Drag element 103 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom right of the mask.

Drag element 75 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the top left by Saturn.

Drag element 125 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 60%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the center of the column.

Drag element 62 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the column.

Drag element 119 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom right of the watch.

Drag element 22 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom left of the mask.

Select the layers you would like to use on your tube by clicking on the eyeball to make the layers visible.  Click on the eyeball of a visible layer to hide it.  Holding down the Ctrl key, Select each visible layer.  Once all layers are selected hit Ctrl+G on your keyboard to group the layer.  Select your move tool and select group 1.  Drag this into your tag.  You can close the original and do not save the changes.  Standing on group 1 in the layer pallet, right click and convert to smart object.  Your group layers are now one single layer.  Hit Ctrl+T on the keyboard and click on the link between the H & W.  Resize 65% and move to the bottom left of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 158 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 50%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 108 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 25%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 109 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 30%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom right of the sun.

Drag element 24 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the cloud.

Drag element 18 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right side of the flower.

Drag element 27 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 25%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the right of the sun.

Drag element 49 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom of the suit case.

Drag element 10 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 30%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom of the blue flower.

Drag element 29 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 40%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom center of the cloud.

Drag element 50 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 10%.  Click the check mark.  Move to the bottom center of the book.

Add any other elements you like and make any adjustments to the layers.

Crop away any extra space.  

Image, Image Size and resize 650 on the longest side.  See my settings below.


Oh almost forgot we need to drop shadow all of our elements.  I actually do the drop shadow at the end :)

Select the element on the bottom of your tag in the layer pallet and double click it.

A layer style window will pop up.  Click on Drop shadow. and use the following settings.


Now right click on the layer you just applied the drop shadow.  Click copy layer style.


Now click on the layer above and hold down the shift key, click on the top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    Drop shadow complete :)


Add your copyright and name.

If you do not want to animate.  Hide the white background layer Save your tag and export as png.

Might want to grab a coffee :)

Open Kiya Designs psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 20 layers in this animation and it does not have the group layer.  That is ok as we are going to learn how to do this so it matches the animation layers of the tube.

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 20, hold down your control key and select each layer so the next one will be 19 then 18 etc.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All layers selected? 

Next we need to group these layers.  Go to Layers, Group layers or Ctrl+G on the keyboard.  You will see group 1 folder at the top. Make sure Group 1 is selected.

Select the layer you would like the animation to be placed.  I selected the stamp layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it to the top right side of the moon behind the tube.

Close the original animation and don't save changes.

Click on the little white arrow beside Group 1 to expand it.  Click on the eyeball of each layer to hide it but leave frame layer 1 visible.  Click on the arrow beside group one to hide it as we do not want to accidentally make any changes.

Next make sure your animation viewer is open on the bottom of PS.  I you do not see a row that has Animation (Frames) on the bottom, go to Windows, Animation.

Next is animating.

Click on the little icon at the right end of the animation screen then select make frames from layers.

See my screen shot below.


You are going to see a big mess in the animation window but we are going to fix this.

Click on the first frame and click on the trash can in the animation window.  Repeat this until you reach the first frame of the animation.  

Now you should be at the first frame of the animation.  Click on frame 21 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 20 frames in the animation window.  This is the amount of frames for our animation.

This next step is very important.  Any changes you do from here you must be on frame 1 in the animation window. It will be highlighted in blue.

Go to the bottom of your tag in the layers pallet.  Make sure you have animation frame 1 selected.

Click on the eyeball beside each layer to make it visible.  For the white base layer you may have to click on it a couple of times to make it visible in all the animation frames.  It's a Photoshop thing.  Do not touch the group layer.

Next, I want to slow down the animation.  With the first frame selected in the animation window, hold down the shift key and click on frame 20.  This will select all the frames.

Next, click on the little black arrow beside the 0 sec as we want to change the speed.  A pop up window will appear.  


I selected 0.2 Sec.  Now click on the play button to view the animation.  Click on it again to stop it.

Click frame 1 again so we don't accidentally make any changes.

Now to save our tag as a gif.

Go to File, save for web device.


A new pop up window will appear.  Change the settings to my screen shot below.  Click on the image to enlarge it if needed.  Click save.  My screen shot will look different but the settings are the same for animating.


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.

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