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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


TUBE OF CHOICE: I used the fantastic artwork
of Suzanne Woolcott.
You must have a license to use her art.
You can find Suzanne's art and get your license HERE.

SCRAPKIT: Girl Gurl by Jenny's Designz.
This is a FTU kit.
You can find it HERE.

FONT OF CHOICE: I used Cafe Rojo.

I used Photoshop for this tut.
In this tut we'll be learning how to
recolorize elements and animate falling flowers.
If you don't wish to animate, just skip the steps marked *BLUE*

Open a canvas, transparent background, 600x600 pixels.
Open paper2.
Resize to 17% Height, 25% Width.
Center on canvas.

Open paper3.
Resize to 16% Height, 15% Width.
Position this so the top and right sides of the paper
are lined up with top and right sides of the siggy.
You should be able to see the border of
paper2 on the left and bottom of the sig.
Now grab a soft edged eraser.
Erase the bottom edge of paper3
so you can see the flowers on paper2.

Open paper4.
Resize to 45% Height, 42% Width.
With a soft edged eraser
Erase around the edges
so you can see the border of paper3.

Make a new layer.
Find your Rectangle Tool in your toolbar.
Mine is on the left of the screen
underneath the T (text) tool.
You may have to right click to show your options.
Select Rectangle Tool.
In your top toolbar go to Color.
This should be right there next to Style.
Click the Color box.
Use these settings:

Click OK.
With your Rectangle Tool:
Holding your left click down on your mouse,
Line up your tool with the top of the tag
starting over at the left of your siggy
next to the white border of paper2.
Drag the cursor toward the right
all the way over to the edge of the tag.
Still holding down the mouse
drag the cursor toward the bottom
of the siggy just a little bit
until you get a thin rectangle at the top.
Release your mouse.
Still on this layer,
Right Click in the Layer Palette.
Select Convert to Smart Object.
Right Click again.
Click Rasterize Layer.
You should have one thin rectangle at the top of your tag.
Duplicate this layer.
With the duplicated layer highlighted
place your cursor on your siggy.
Right Click.
Select Rotate 90% CW (clockwise).
Line this layer up with the right edge of your tag.
You should now have what looks like
a continual border around your siggy.
Still on your duplicated rectangle layer
Right click in the Layer Palette.
Click Merge Down.
Now your two rectangles are one layer.

If you are not going to animate,
skip the steps marked in *BLUE*
*Duplicate this layer.
Highlight the first rectangle layer.
Go to your toolbar and Click Filter.
Select Noise, Add Noise.
Use these settings:

Click OK.
Highlight your second rectangle layer.
Repeat the steps for adding Noise above
changing the number 30 to 35.
Click OK.*

Open fantacydust.
Center on canvas.
Duplicate this layer.
Right Click.
Select Merge Down.
This makes the dust more visible.

Open clouds.
Resize to 75%.
Center at bottom of canvas.

Open scattered mix.
Resize to 55%.
Place in upper left corner.

Open glitter cluster frame jenny.
Resize to 40%.
Center on canvas.
Now we will recolorize this to match our tag.
(It's ok. Jenny gives permission for this in her TOU.)
With this layer highlighted
Go to Image in you toolbar.
In the drop down menu
Select Adjustments.
In the next drop down menu
Click Hue/Saturation.
Use these setttings:

Click Ok.
Cool, huh?
Remember that next time you want
to recolorize something.
(Please make sure it's ok to do by reading
the designers TOU first.)

*Duplicate this layer.
Highlight the first frame layer.
Repeat the steps for adding Noise
changing the number to 15
and uncheck Monochromatic.
Highlight the second frame layer.
Repeat steps for adding Noise
changing the number to 18.

Open doodle.
Resize to 30%.
Flip 90% CCW (counter clockwise)
Place in upper left corner.

Open flowers.
Resize to 15%.
Place at bottom of siggy.

Open your tube.
Resize to your liking.
Place in center of canvas.

I placed a drop shadow on these layers:
my tube
cluster frame
scattered mix

Make a new layer.
Type your name on the taggie.
I used the color 950e6c.
Stroke 3, Outside, color ec9ffd.
Right click to Convert to Smart Object.
Then Rasterize Layer.
I put another stroke on the name layer.
Stroke 2, Outside, color f7f7fb.
Resize your taggie now to your liking.

You must now do this:
Put the artist's name, website, and your license number
of the tube you used on the siggy!!
Add your name (ie: Designed by Your Name) behind this info.
Make sure this info is legible and clearly seen.

If you don't want to animate, Save as PNG.
(If you want to maintain your layers
Always Save as PSD first.
Then you can save it as a PNG.
When doing both these steps
It is important to change the title of the tag.
When I Save as PSD,
I always name the tag what I want.
Then, when saving as a PNG,
I add the number 1 behind the name of the tag.
Like this:
Unicorn Dreams, Save as PSD
Unicorn Dreams1, Save as PNG
Otherwise, your PNG will overwrite your PSD
Merging your tag into one layer only.)

Open the Animation Window.
Set the time for .2.
For the first frame:
Show all paper layers
first rectangle layer
scattered mix
first cluster frame layer
your tube
your name layer
your copyright layer
Second frame:
Show all paper layers
second rectangle layer
scattered mix
second cluster frame layer
your tube
your name layer
your copyright layer

Here's the easy way to animate
the scattered mix layer.
In Frame 1 of animation window
place the scattered mix layer
where you want your animation to begin.
I placed mine in the upper left corner
with only the bottom flowers showing on the tag.
Now the second animation frame:
Move your scattered layer to where you
want the animation to end.
I placed this toward the lower right corner.

Ok. Here's the cool part. LOL!
Look underneath your animation frames.
See that toolbar down there?
In between the Play buttons
and the Duplicate Selected Frame icon
there is a nifty little icon that looks like
several small squares
running in a downward diagonal row.
If you hold your cursor over that
it will say
Tween's animation frames.
Click it.
A window will pop up.
Use these settings:

Click OK.

You now have 12 frames of animation.
Go ahead and hit Play.
Your scattered mix layer is now fully animated.
Now we just have to animate your rectangle
and Cluster Frame layers.

For all odd numbered frames:
The FIRST layers of rectangle & cluster frame should show.
Hide the second layers.
For all even numbered frames:
The SECOND layers of rectangle & cluster frames should show.
Hide the first layers.
They're done.

When animating layers
In the first frame of animation
place the layer you are animating
where you want the animation to start.
In the second frame of animation
place the animated layer
where you want the animation to stop.
THEN use the Tween tool.

Save as PSD. Then Save for Web & Devises.

I hope you had fun with this tut
and that you can use the fading technique
in other taggies you create!

*This tut was created by me, Redneck Tuts by Savage. 
Any resemblance to any other is purely coincidental.*
Artist: ©Suzanne Woolcott www.gorjussart.com SW6149


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