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Saturday, May 22, 2021

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This tutorial was written by me on May 22, 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 new Bonus layered tube "Just Peachy".  Please do not use this tube without a proper license. 
This beauty is available with any tube order of $9.00 or More.  She is only available until June 4th at midnight.  You can purchase Barbara's tube here.

FTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "Canada Day" created by Mizteeque's Digital Designs.  Thank you for your awesome kits.  You can download it from her blog here.

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome animation 267 from pack 87.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask: I am using Mizteeques mask 245. Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here. I am using the png version for this tutorial.  

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 Mizteeque's mask into the tag.  Resize 33.91% and move to the center of the canvas.

Drag paper 1 into the tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull up and down on the corners until the paper fits the canvas.  Click the check mark.

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

Drag Just Peachy close up into PS.  Select the layers you would like to use and group them.  Drag the group into the tag.  Close the original tube.  Standing on the group layer, right click and convert to Smart Object.

Move to the upper right of the mask.  Change the blend mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 80%.  Right click on the tube and create a clipping mask.

Drag Frame 1 into the tag.  Move over your close up tube.  Right click and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 45 into the tag.  Click the check mark and move to the lower left of the mask.

Drag element 13 into the tag.  Mirror, click the check mark and move to the left of the close up tube.

Drag element 39 into the tag.  Resize 50% and mirror.  Move to the bottom right of the frame.

Drag element 36 into the tag.  Resize 50% and mirror.  Move to the bottom of the cabin.

Copy element 45 and drag it above the cabin layer.  Move to the upper left of the close up tube.

Duplicate element 45.  Resize 73.77% and move to the lower right of the copy of element 45.

Drag element 20 into the tag.  Resize 27.66% and move to the lower left of the copy of element 45.

Drag element 18 into the tag.  Resize 46.93% and move to the bottom of the cabin.

Drag element 19 into the tag.  Resize 12.30% and move to the bottom of the hockey stick.

Drag element 8 into the tag.  Resize 54.30% and move over the trees by the close up's lip.

Drag element 30 into the tag.  Resize 47.95% and move to the top of the frame.

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 68.46% and move to the left of the mask between the trees.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 38 into the tag. Resize 71.52% and move to the bottom center of the tube.

Drag element 4 into the tag.  Resize 25.82% and move to the bottom of the leaf cluster.

Drag element 14 into the tag.  Resize 27.25% and move to the bottom of the flower.

Drag element 31 into the tag.  Resize 25.61% and move to the bottom of the hockey puck.

Drag element 28 into the tag.  Resize 57.17% and move to the bottom of the leaf cluster.

Drag element 34 into the tag.  Resize 24.18% and move to the bottom right of the flower.

Drag element 33 into the tag.  Resize 19.47% and move to the bottom of the cupcake.

Drag element 16 into the tag.  Resize 28.07% and move to the top left of the leaf cluster.

Drag element 27 into the tag.  Resize 24.39% and move to the bottom left of the maple leaf.

Drag element 40 into the tag.  Resize 23.16% and move in front of the maple leaf.

Drag element 41 into the tag.  Resize 31.35% and move to the bottom right of the syrup.

Drag element 42 into the tag.  Resize 25.82%, mirror and move to the bottom right of the pancakes.

Drag element 37 into the tag.  Resize 45.29% and move to the right of the cupcakes.

Drag element 26 into the tag.  Resize 46.93% and move to the bottom right of the beaver.

Drag element 43 into the tag.  Resize 28.07% and move to the bottom left of the pancakes.

Drag element 46 into the tag.  Resize 65.30% and move to the bottom of the tag just above the banner.

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.  

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, I selected element 45, 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 :)

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.  Change the blend mode to soft light.

Open Kiya Designs psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 25 layers in this animation and it does not have the group layer.  

We need to group all the layers.  Starting from layer 25, hold down your shift key and select layer 1.  This will select all the layers. 

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 frame layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Move to the bottom of the frame.  

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 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.

In the center of the Timeline viewer you will see a drop down box.  On the drop down select Create Frame Animations.

Next is animating.

Click on the little icon (four white 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 26 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 25 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 Timeline viewer. It will be highlighted in white.

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 the eyeball 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, hold down the shift key and click on frame 25.  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>Export>Save for Web(Legacy).

A new pop up window will appear.  Change the settings to my screen shot below.  My screen shot will look different but the settings are the same.

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