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Sunday, February 21, 2021

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This tutorial was written by me on February 21, 2021. 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 Adobe Photoshop 2021 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 tube "Every last drop" from her new package 123.  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

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

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome animation from packs 94 and 95.  You can purchase her animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  962 by Rachel Designs.  You can download it from her blog here
You will also need mask 78 by Vivienne's Paintbox.  You can download it from her blog here.

I am using the png version for this tutorial.  Thank you for your awesome masks.

Please see Rene's Animation How-to for PS here.  

Font of choice for your name. 

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

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

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).

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.

Let's get started.

Open a new 800x800 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.

Drag Rachel's mask into the tag.  Resize 128% and move to the top right of the canvas.  Duplicate, mirror and move to the lower left of the canvas.  
Hold down the Ctrl key and select the original mask layer.  Right click and merge layers. 

Drag paper 48 into the tag.  Click the check mark.

Standing on the paper layer, right click the layer and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 174 into the tag. Resize 210% and move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 131 into the tag. Resize 65% and move to the left of the tree.  Duplicate and move to the right of the tree.

Drag element 163 into the tag. Resize 74% and move over the tree.

Drag element 146 into the tag. Resize 75% and move to the bottom of the trees.

Drag element 168 into the tag. Resize 33% and move to the top left of element 146.

Drag element 9 into the tag. Resize 25% and move to the top right of the trees.

Drag element 134 into the tag. Resize 43% and move to the bottom left of element 146.

Drag element 139 into the tag. Resize 39% and move to the bottom center of element 146.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 98 into the tag. Resize 64% and move over the tree.

Drag element 166 into the tag. Resize 43% and move to the bottom left of the house.

Drag element 101 into the tag. Resize 48% and move to the left side of the house.

Drag element 165 into the tag. Resize 54% and move to the bottom of element 166.

Drag element 5 into the tag. Resize 55% and move onto the bottom pond.

Drag Vivienne's mask 78 into the tag.  Resize 37% and move to the bottom of the pond.  Duplicate the mask and move down and slightly to the right.  
Duplicate the mask one more time and move down and slightly to the right. Holding down the Ctrl key, select each of the mask layers.  Right click on the masks in the layer pallet and merge layers.

Drag paper 48 into the tag.  Click the check mark.  Right click on the paper layer and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 77 into the tag. Resize 60% and move to the top of the pond.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 103 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the bottom of the pond.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 64 into the tag. Resize 35% and move to the bottom of the rock.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 2 into the tag. Resize 26% and move to the bottom of the rock.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 177 into the tag. Resize 60% and move to the right of mask.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 59 into the tag. Resize 37% and move to the bottom of the tree stump.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 167 into the tag. Resize 39% and move to the top of the tree stump.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 161 into the tag. Resize 51% and move to the bottom right of the chest.  

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 55% and move to the bottom of the mask.  See my example for placement.

Drag element 63 into the tag. Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 81 into the tag. Resize 32% and move to the bottom left of the rock.

Drag element 155 into the tag. Resize 71% and move to the bottom of the globe.

Drag element 171 into the tag. Resize 50% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 18 into the tag. Resize 45% and move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 122 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the bottom of the tall grass.

Drag element 121 into the tag. Resize 22% and move to the bottom of the white flowers.

Drag element 73 into the tag. Resize 36% and move to the bottom left of the blue flowers.

Drag element 86 into the tag. Resize 44% and move to the bottom right of the water pump.

Drag element 4 into the tag. Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the mask.

Drag element 172 into the tag. Resize 32% and move to the bottom right of the lantern.

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.

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 layer just under Vivienne's mask.  Right click and paste layer style.    

Now click on the layer above the paper layer of Vivienne's mask, hold down the shift key, click on the top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    Drop shadow complete :)

Add your copyright and name.

Select the tube layer.  Right click and duplicate.  On the duplicate, right click and clear layer style.  Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian blur set to 3 and click ok.  

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 289 psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 24 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.

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 23, hold down your control key and select each layer so the next one will be 21 then 19 etc.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  

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 chest layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 20%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it over the chest.  Rename this coins group.

Close the original animation and don't save changes.

Open Kiya Designs 292 psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 25 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.  We need the same amount of frames as the animation above.

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 23, hold down your control key and select each layer so the next one will be 21 then 19 etc.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  

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 paper layer above the bottom mask.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 65%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it over the top of the mask.

Close the original animation and don't save changes.

Now holding down the Ctrl key, click on the bottom mask thumbnail.  You should see marching ants.  Standing one the animation 292 group layer, go to Layers>Layer Mask>Reveal selections.  Change the blend mode to soft light.

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 Timeline viewer is open on the bottom of PS.  I you do not see a row that has Timeline on the bottom, go to Windows, Timeline.

Select the drop down box in the center of the Timeline viewer.  Select Create Frame Animations.

Next is animating.

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

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 13 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 12 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. Unless I state differently.

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.
Only click on the eyeball beside Coin Group.  This animation will not be visible yet.  That is ok.

Here is where the fun begins and you will need to pay attention to which frames you are selecting as we need to make the second animation appear.  I learned this trick from Rene Kunert.  She has awesome animation tutorials.  
I have the link to her site at the top of this tutorial.

Frame one should be highlighted in the timeline viewer.  Duplicate this frame by clicking on the + beside the trashcan on the bottom left of the viewer.
You should have Frame two now highlighted.  Expand the Coin group and click on they eyeball next to frame 1 of the coin animation.  

Select frame 1 in the Timeline viewer and delete it by clicking on the trash can.  You should not have 12 layers again with frame 1 highlighted.

Below is an the listing of which frame to select and which Coin animation layer to make visible by clicking on the eye.

Select the following:

Frame 2 - Coin animation layer 3.
Frame 3 - Coin animation layer 5.
Frame 4 - Coin animation layer 7.
Frame 5 - Coin animation layer 9.
Frame 6 - Coin animation layer 11.
Frame 7 - Coin animation layer 13.
Frame 8 - Coin animation layer 15.
Frame 9 - Coin animation layer 17.
Frame 10 - Coin animation layer 19.
Frame 11 - Coin animation layer 21.
Frame 12 - Coin animation layer 23.

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 12.  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 other and typed in 0.15 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>Export>Save for Web(Legacy).

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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