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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Kit- "A Little Birdie Told Me" by Farrah's Designs here. This is part a FTU blog train done by some of the designers and CT from Designer's Scraps. Make sure you check out all the stops!

Tube- Artwork by Suzanne Woolcott. You can find her Gorjuss girls here. You must have a valid license to use this art work.

Font- Eight Fifteen, a FTU font here

Plug Ins->dots and crosses

Animation of choice- I used 'Sparkles Animation 3 Patricia' which you can get here (thank you, Marty for letting me know the link for this!)

Basic knowledge of Animation Shop is needed for this tutorial

Here we go :)

Open a new canvas whatever size you want our banner to be. 
I like mine 650x200

resize and c/p paper 1 onto canvas
resize and c/p paper 2 onto canvas-see my tag for placement
resize and c/p paper 5 onto canvas-see my tag for placement
add drop shadows

resize and c/p frame onto canvas
Image>rotate>free rotate to the right 15%
duplicate and mirror frame layer

Using your magic wand tool, click inside each window of one of your frames
selections>modify>expand by 5
c/p tube of choice under frame
on tube layer, hit delete on your keyboard
duplicate and mirror tube layer
merge tube layers

Duplicate your tube layer
Adjust>blur>gaussian blur 3
change blend mode to screen, opacity 66
duplicate and change blend mode to soft light

add main tube of choice, place above frames and center it
add drop shadow

add elements from the kit:
flower 1
flower 1- duplicate, mirror
flower 2- duplicate several times and place along bottom of banner

Once you have everything how you want it, crop your tag back to the original size

Highlight your background layer
selections>select all>float>defloat
selections>select selections borders:
Inside, 4
add a new raster layer and flood fill with color or gradient of choice
move this layer to the top of your tag>dots and cross:
72, 10, 2
effects>inner bevel

highlight bottom layer again
selections>select all>float>defloat
selections>modify>select selections borders
Inside, 6
add a new raster layer
flood fill with color or gradient of choice
move to the top under your other frame layer
add noise about 60%
add dropshadow:
1, 1, 50, 2
-1, -1, 50, 2

add copyright and license info
add name and any text

If you aren't going to animate, merge your layers and save.

To animate:
close off your border layers, copyright, license, and main tube layer
copy merged

Open as a new animation in animation shop
duplicate this so you have the same amount of layers as in whatever ani you're using
Highlight your ani frames- select all>copy
Highlight your banner- select all>paste into selected frame

back to psp.
Unhide your borders, copyright, license and main tube layers
Hide the rest of the layers
copy merged and open as a new animation in AS
duplicate so you have the same amount of layers as your previous image
select all>copy
highlight your banner you just added the ani to
select all>paste into selected frame
View your animation
if you're happy with it, save as a .GIF file

For the avatar:
Open an image 150x150
I closed off layers from my banner until I got to the tube images under the frames
Copy merged, paste as a new layer on avi canvas
Add borders following the directions for the banner
but change the first border to 2 pixels
and the second to 4 pixels
Add copyright, license and name
merge and save!!

Thank you for trying my tut! If you have any questions or would like to show me your results, please email me:


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