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Monday, October 19, 2020

Scintillating Scarlet


This tutorial was written by me on October 19, 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 tube "Licorice" from her new package 119.  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 "Scintillating Scarlet " 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 pack 54.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  2 by Vivienne's Paintbox. Thank you for your awesome masks.  You can download it from her blog here. I am using the jpg 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.

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.

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.

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 paper 34 into your tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull the corners of the paper until it fills the canvas.  

Drag Vivienne's mask into the tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull the corners of the paper until it fills the canvas.  Standing on the mask layer, click on the Channels tab in the layer pallet.  Holding down the ctrl key, click on the thumbnail of the RGB layer.  Select the layers tab and select the paper layer.

Standing on the paper layer, go to layer, Layer mask, reveal selection.  Delete the original mask layer above the paper layer.

Drag element 154 into the tag. Resize 80% and move to the top of the mask.

Drag frame 19 into the tag.  Resize 80% and move to the top left of the mask.  Duplicate, mirror and move it to the left and down slightly.

Drag frame 16 into your tag.  Resize 70% and move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 144 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 140 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the top right over the leaves.

Select the layer under the frame.  Drag paper 5 into the tag and resize 70%.  Move it into the frame.

Select the frame layer, using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections, modify, expand by 5.

Select the paper layer.  Go to Layers, Layer mask, reveal selection.

Select the frame layer.

Drag element 117 into your tag.  Resize 40% and drag this under the frame and paper layer.  Move to the top middle of the frame.  Duplicate 6 more times and move the roses around the frame.  Once happy with placement, hold down your shift key and select all the rose layers.  Right click and merge layers.

Drag element 129 into your tag.  Resize 40% and drag this layer under the rose layer.  Move to the top of the frame between the opening of the roses.  Duplicate 4 times for a total of 5 layers.  Move them around the frame in the open spaces between right roses.  Holding down the shift key, select all the daisy layers, right click and merge layers.

Select the frame layer.

Drag element 147 into your tag.  Click the check mark and mirror.  Move to the left of the frame.

Drag element 75 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the top left of the frame.

Drag element 128 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the lower left of the clock.

Drag element 132 into your tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull on the top left corner until you find a size you like.  Move to the left of the frame.

Drag element 71 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the black rose.

Drag element 105 into your tag.  Hold down the shift key and pull on the top left corner until you find a size you like.  Move to the bottom left of the film reel.

Drag element 92 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the black heart.

Drag element 138 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the right of the envelope.

Drag element 19 into your tag.  Resize 55% and move to the right of the black rose.

Drag element 30 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the left of the bottle.

Drag element 118 into your tag.  Resize 45% and move to the bottom left of the frame.

Drag element 40 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom of the frame.

Drag element 95 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move over the red roses.

Drag element 23 into your tag.  Resize 10% and move to the bottom of the glass.

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 70% and move to the bottom right of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 135 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 90 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 58 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the Parental advisory sign.

Drag element 13 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 131 into your tag.  Resize 80% and move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 45 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the corset.

Drag element 101 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 34 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the cards.

Drag element 81 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 5 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the top of the cage.

Drag element 61 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the cameo.

Drag element 62 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the cameo.

Drag element 36 into your tag.  Resize 10% and move to the bottom left of the cage.

Drag element 63 into your tag.  Resize 10% and move to the bottom right of the chess piece.

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 under the paper layer.  Right click and paste layer style. Select the frame layer, holding down the shift key, select the top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.  Drop shadow complete :)


Select the tube layer,  Right click and duplicate it.  On the duplicate, right click and clear layer style.  Go to filter, blur, gaussian blur set to 3.  Change the blend mode to soft light.

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 16 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 16, hold down your shift key and select the top layer.  This will select all the animation 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 paper layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 50%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it inside the frame.  Holding down the alt key, select the mask thumbnail and drag it onto group 1.  You should now have two masks.  One on the paper layer and one on group 1.

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.

When the pop up shows 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 17 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 16 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 16.  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 0.1 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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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Witch's Helper


This tutorial was written by me on October 17, 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 a beautiful tube called "Witch with Helper" created by Amber.  Please do not use this tube without a proper license.  
You can purchase this tube at VM Artist's store here

PTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous matching kit called "Witchy" created by Tiny Turtle Designs.  You can purchase the kit here.

PTU Animation:  I am using Rebel Dezigns animation 74 from package 25.  You can purchase her fun animation at CDO here.

Mask:  87 & 85 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 first method for this tutorial.

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

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.

Select Vivienne's mask 87 and drag it into the tag.  Your free transformation box will appear.  Click the link icon between the W and H and type 43%. Click the check mark.

Drag paper 19 into your tag.  Click the link icon between the W and H and resize 55%.  Click the check mark.

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

Drag element 24 into your tag.  Click the check mark.  Move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 61 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the top left of the tag just over the tree.

Drag element 50 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the right of the mask.

Drag element 6 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move over the tree on the left.

Select the layer under the frame.  Drag paper 6 into the tag and resize 85%.

Select the frame layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Select, modify, expand by 5.

Select the paper layer.  Layers, Layer mask, reveal selection.

Drag element 19 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the paper by the headstones.  Holding down the alt key, left click on the mask thumbnail on the paper layer.  Drag this onto the fog layer.  Let go of the alt key and mouse button.  You should now have to mask layers.  One on the paper layer and one on the fog layer.

Drag element 64 into the tag.  Resize 60% and move to the left side of the gate on the paper layer.

Drag element 76 into the tag.  Resize 40% and move to the right side of the scarecrow.

Select the frame layer.

Drag Vivienne's mask 85 into the tag.  Resize W 40 x H 47 and move to the bottom of the frame.

Drag paper 26 into the tag.  Holding down the shift key, pull out the sides until it covers the mask width.  Click the check mark.  Move over the mask, right click and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 73 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom center of frame.

Drag element 63 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the left of the frame.

Drag element 68 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom left of element 63.

Drag element 30 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom left of leaf.

Drag element 11 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom left of the frame.

Drag element 52 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom center of the pumpkins.

Drag element 69 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom left of the pumpkins.

Drag element 8 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the pumpkins.

Drag element 78 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the right of the frame.

Drag element 3 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the mirror.

Drag element 17 into your tag.  Resize 25% and move to the top of the frame.

Drag element 71 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the cauldron.

Drag element 22 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the cauldron.

Drag element 28 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the top of the cauldron.

Select the main tube.  (If you want to use the hat select both layers then hit ctrl + G to group the layers). Click and drag it over to your tag.  Hit Ctrl + T.  In your tool bar. Click on the link between the Width and Height to lock them.  When we type in a number it will resize both the width and Height as the same time.  Type 30% in the Width and then click on the check mark at the end of the tool bar.  Move the tube to the bottom left corner of the mask.  If you grouped the tube, right click and convert to a smart object.

Drag element 14 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom of the tube.

Drag element 89 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom center of element 14.

Drag element 86 into your tag.  Resize 35% and move to the bottom left of the tube by her knee.

Drag element 83 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the headstone.

Drag element 96 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right so it covers the tube's boot.

Drag element 85 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the headstone.

Drag element 109 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the right of the potion bottle.

Drag element 43 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 19 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom left of the pumpkins.  Duplicate and move to the right and down slightly.

Drag element 23 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom left of the skeleton 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, select the layer under the paper layer.  Right click and paste layer styles. 


Now click on the layer above the paper layer and hold down the shift key, select the frame layer.  Right click and paste layer styles. 

Now click on the layer above the paper clipping mask layer and hold down the shift key, select the top layer.  Right click and paste layer styles. Drop shadow complete :)

Select the tube layer, right click and duplicate.

Standing on the duplicate layer, right click and clear layer style.  Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur and type in 3.  Click ok.  Change the blend mode to soft light. Lower the opacity to 90%.

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 Rebel Dezigns 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 so it matches the animation layers of the tube.

We need to group all odd the layers.  Starting from layer 25, hold down your control key and select each odd layer so the next one will be 23 then 21 etc.  Once all the odd layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All odd 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 frame layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 70%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it over 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 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.

When the pop up shows 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 14 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 13 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 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 13.  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.


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  I would love to see your results.GWC-Unveiling-2020-tag2
Friday, October 16, 2020

Crumbling Parchment


This tutorial was written by me on October 15, 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 tube "Lonely Heart" from her new package 119.  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 "Crumbling Parchment " 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 144 from pack 46.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  I am using the one included in the kit.

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.

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.

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.

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 element 122 into your tag.  Holding down the shift key, drag the top left corner until you find a size you like.  Click the check mark.

Drag paper 37 into your tag.  Holding down the shift key, drag the top left corner and bottom right corner until it fits the canvas.  Click the check mark.  Standing on the paper layer in the layers pallet, right click and select create a clipping mask.

Drag element 78 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 123 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom center of the mask.

Drag element 138 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 89 into your tag.  Resize 20% and move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 11 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom left of the house.

Drag element 84 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the house mask.

Drag element 76 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the right of element 11.

Drag element 12 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the top right of the mask.

Drag element 132 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of elements 11 and 76.

Drag element 136 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom right of the snakes.

Drag element 52 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the dead tree.

Drag element 139 into your tag.  Resize 80% and move over to the center of the tag.

Drag element 133 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom of the frosted tree.

Drag element 61 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move over to the bottom right of the frosted tree.

Drag element 3 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move over the clock.

Drag element 28 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the clock.

Drag element 6 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the pumpkin.

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 right of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 70 into your tag.  Resize 15% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 85 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom center of the tube.

Drag element 44 into your tag.  Resize 45% and move to the bottom left of the mirror.

Drag element 41 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the candles.

Drag element 29 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the mirror.

Drag element 5 into your tag.  Resize 25% and move to the bottom right of the jewelry box.

Drag element 9 into your tag.  Resize 5% and move to the bottom right of the pumpkin.

Drag element 53 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom left of the doll face.

Drag element 2 into your tag.  Resize 25% and move to the bottom right of the skull.

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 top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    Drop shadow complete :)


Select the tube layer and duplicate it.  On the duplicate, right click and clear layer style.  Filter, blur, Gaussian blur set to 3.  Change the blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 90%.

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 16 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 16, hold down your shift key and select layer 1.  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 frosted tree layer.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 45%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it to the bottom center of the tree.

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.

When the pop up shows 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 17 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 16 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 16.  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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Taste of Halloween




This tutorial was written by me on October 16, 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 Nocturne's beautiful new tube "Witches".  Please do not use this tube without a proper license.  You can purchase this beautiful tube at PFD here.

FTU Kit:  I am using a gorgeous kit called "A Taste of Halloween" created by Mizteeques Digital Designs.  You can download the kit from her blog here.   Thank you for your awesome kits.

FTU Animation: I am using Sophisticat Simone's awesome bats animation.  You can download it here.
Thank you for your awesome animation.

Mask: I am using the mask 365 by Mizteeques. You can get it here.

Mask 86 by Vivienne's Paintbox.  You can get it here.

Thank you for your awesome masks.

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

Font of choice for your name.

Plug in: None

Drop shadow of choice.

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 Image, Image rotation, Flip Canvas Horizontal (mirror) or Flip canvas vertical (Flip).

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 Mizteeques mask into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the top left of the canvas.

Drag Vivienne's mask into your tag.  Resize 30% and move slightly down and to the right.

Holding down the ctrl key, select Mizteeques mask in the layer pallet.  Right click and merge layers.

Drag paper 11 into your tag.  Holding down the shift key, drag the top left and bottom right corners of the paper until it fits the canvas.  Standing on the paper layer, right click and create a clipping mask.

Drag element 78 into your tag.  Resize 80% and move to the top left of the mask.

Select the layer under the frame.  

Drag paper 4 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move it into a spot you like within the frame.

Select the frame layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Select, modify, expand by 5.

Select the paper layer.  Layers, Layer mask, reveal selections.

Select the frame layer.

Drag element 40 into your tag.  Resize 70% and move to the top left of the frame.  

Drag element 46 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the top left of the frame.  Lower the opacity to 85%.

Drag element 54 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the left side of the frame.

Drag element 69 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move it over the tree.

Drag element 48 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom right of the tree.

Drag element 31 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom of the cauldron.

Drag element 55 into your tag.  Resize 70% and move to the top right of the frame.

Drag element 64 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the right of the mask.

Drag element 25 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the right of the head stone.

Drag element 7 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the head stone.

Drag element 4 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom of the flowers.

Select the tube layer you would like to use and drag it into your tag.   Resize 30% and move to the right of the frame.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 42 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 51 into your tag.  Resize 80% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 43 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 5 into your tag.  Resize 60% and move to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 38 into your tag.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom right of the tube by the pumpkin.

Drag element 56 into your tag.  Resize 20% and move to the bottom right of the tube by the pumpkin.

Drag element 12 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the light.

Drag element 18 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the tube.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 21 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 60 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom right of the pail.

Drag element 23 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom left of the skulls.

Drag element 33 into your tag.  Resize 25% and move to the bottom of the potion.

Drag element 11 into your tag.  Resize 30% and move to the bottom of the books.

Drag element 16 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the bottom right of the books.

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, select the top layer.  Right click and paste layer styles.  Drop shadow complete :)


Select the tube layer, right click and duplicate.

Standing on the duplicate layer, right click and clear layer style.  Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur and type in 3.  Click ok.  Change the blend mode to soft light.  Lower the opacity to 80%

Repeat the above step for the cat layer.

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 Simone's bat 2 psd file in PS.  You will notice that there is 16 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 16, hold down your shift key and select  layer 1.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.   

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 cloud layer above the frame.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 40%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it to the center 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 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.

When the pop up shows 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 17 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 16 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 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 16.  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.


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

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Midnight Memories


This tutorial was written by me on October 15, 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 tube "Sage" from her new package 119.  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 "Midnight Memories " created by Pink Paradox Productions.  This kit is an exclusive kit and is included with Barbara's Tube pack 119.  You can purchase the tube pack in the link above.

PTU Animation:  I am using Kiya Designs awesome animation 93 from pack 29.  You can purchase her awesome animations at Barbara Jensen's store here.

Mask:  359 by Mizteeque. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Select mask 359 and drag it into the tag. Resize by width 35% and height 38%.  Move to the upper left of the canvas.

Drag paper 12 into your tag.  Resize 38%.  Standing on the paper layer in the layers pallet, right click and select create a clipping mask.

Drag element 66 into your tag.  Click the check mark and leave it where it is.

Drag element 28 into your tag.  Click the check mark and move to the top left of the mask.

Drag element 49 into your tag.  Holding down the shift key, drag the top corner until you find a size you like.  Move to the lower right of the mask.

Drag element 68 into your tag.  Click the check mark and to the top of the clock.

Drag element 59 into your tag.  Click the check mark and to the top right of the clock.

Drag element 62 into your tag.  Click the check mark and to the top right over the fern.

Drag element 57 into your tag.  Resize 50% and to the bottom left of the clock.  Duplicate and move to the top right over the baby breathe.

Drag element 2 into your tag.  Resize 40% and move to the left over the clock.

Drag frame 9 into your tag.  Resize 70% and move to the top left over the clock.

Select the layer under the frame.  Drag paper 2 into the tag and resize 50%.  Move it into the frame.

Select the frame layer, using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections, modify, expand by 5.

Select the paper layer.  Go to Layers, Layer mask, reveal selection.

Select the frame layer.

Drag element 63 into your tag.  Resize 60% and to the bottom left of the frame.

Drag element 4 into your tag.  Resize 60% and to the bottom left of the frame.

Drag element 39 into your tag.  Resize 50% and to the bottom left of the frame.

Drag element 43 into your tag.  Resize 40%, rotate by 15 degrees and move to the right of the mailbox.

Drag element 60 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom left of the mailbox.

Drag element 55 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom left of the card.

Drag element 25 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom left of the flower.

Drag element 13 into your tag.  Resize 60% and to the bottom of the frame.

Drag element 3 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom of the owl head.

Drag element 11 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom left of element 49.

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 right of the mask.  See mine for placement.

Drag element 42 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 31 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom left of the tube by the mask.

Drag element 9 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom left of the tube.

Drag element 9 into your tag.  Resize 30% and to the bottom right of the top hat.

Drag element 23 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom center of the tube.

Drag element 30 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom right of the tube.

Drag element 48 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom right of the lantern.

Drag element 51 into your tag.  Resize 20% and to the bottom left of the adore.

Drag element 33 into your tag.  Resize 10% and to the bottom right of the half mask.

Drag element 10 into your tag.  Resize 40% and to the bottom of the typewriter.

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 top layer.  Right click and paste layer style.    Drop shadow complete :)


Duplicate the tube layer, on the duplicate, right click and clear layer style.  Filter, blur, gaussian blur set to three and click ok.  Change the blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 80%

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 16 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 16, hold down your shift key and select layer 1.  Once all the layers are selected (the layers will be highlighted in blue) we need to group them.  All odd 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 paper layer under the frame.

Back to the animation.  Click on Group 1 and drag it into your tag.  Ctrl+T and resize 40%.  Move to a spot you like best.  I moved it to the center of the frame.  Once happy with placement, hold down the alt key and left click on the mask thumbnail in the paper layer.  Drag the mask onto group one layer.  You should now have two masks.  One on the paper layer and one on group 1 layer.

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.

When the pop up shows 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 17 and hit the trash can.  Repeat for all the remaining frames.  You should be left with 16 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 21.  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 0.1 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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