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This is an animated Signature Tag tutorial created in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI and EZ Gif Animator.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial.
Please send me your finished tag. I would love to see your results!!
Contact me via the link at the bottom of this page.
What's needed:
An Intermediate knowledge of PSP;
Corel PSP - Get a Free Trial .:Here:.
No Filters/Plugins needed
I used the Art of Popeye Wong You can download this tube ::HERE::
Here are links for animation software:
Animation Shop 3
EZ Gif Animator
Ulead Gif Animator

Download the supplies
Mask, Preset Shape, Font and Gradient are included in the supplies
File size: 84.4 kb

Now Let's Get Started!
Click and Drag me
You are welcome to take this pointer with you,
You can keep track of where you are
(just click and drag).

Open a blank 550x550 px canvas. Open your tube. Edit/copy close the tube. Edit/Paste as New Layer. Choose 2 colors from your tube and place in the foreground and background of the Materials palette.
In the Materials palette click 'Gradient'. Select 'Foreground-background' (see diagram below for settings)

Diagram 1 Materials Palette

Flood fill the bottom layer. (Your tube should be the top layer, close it off for now).
Layers/Load Mask from disk or (New Mask Layer if the mask is open on your work space). Apply mask 'Becky_Mask008.jpg' with all these ticked - Source Luminance; Fit to Canvas; Show all Mask. Invert Transparency is NOT checked.
Layer/Merge/Merge Group. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with these settings: V=1, H=0, Opacity=50, Blur=0, Color=Black. Duplicate this layer. Layers/Merge/Merge Down.
Open your tube layer (resize if necessary) and position it on either side (or the bottom if you are using a laying figure) of the disk. Add your text and copyright info. Layers/Merge/Merge Visible. Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow with these settings: V=5, H=1, Opacity=60, Blur=9, Color=Black.
Layers/New Raster Layer. In the Materials palette click on the foreground and select 'Gradient'.

(See the diagram below for settings)

Diagram 2 Materials Palette

Flood fill this layer. Get the 'Selections' tool, (see diagram below for settings)

Diagram 3 Selections Tool

Draw a circle to encompass the circle on the layer. Selections/Invert; hit the delete key on your keyboard. Selecions/Select None. Apply the same drop shadow as the Mask/Tube layer. Duplicate this layer 2 times.
Activate the 2nd disk. Adjust/Brightness/Contrast, Highlight/Midtone/Shadow with these settings: Shadow=0, Midtone=100, Hightlight=100. Activate the 3rd disk and apply with these settings: Shadow=15, Midtone=75, Hightlight=80. ( You may want to play with these settings to suit your disk)
Activate the Mask/Tube layer and place in center of the disk, (see my tag for example) DO NOT MERGE. Duplicate the Mask/Tube layer 2 times. Activate the top layer. Get the 'Preset Shape' tool and activate the SK Hearts 13 (included in the supplies if you don't already have it). See the diagram below for the color/gradient settings (gradient has been provided in the supplies if you do not already have it).

Diagram 5 Materials Palette

Draw a heart approximately 50x50 px Anti-alias checked, Create as Vector, Width=2.0, Meter=10. Layers/Convert to Raster Layer. Duplicate this layer 2 times. Activate the 2nd Heart; Image/Resize 80%, all layers unchecked. Now activate the 3rd layer and resize by 60%.
Arrange the Hearts to line up in the center of the Heart mask as in the diagram below.

Diagram 4 Hearts

Now you should have 9 layers. 3 Mask/Tube, 3 disks, and 3 Hearts. You should know the drill by now but anyway (lol), close all layers except layer 1 of each group. Click on the first layer, Layers/Merge/Merge Visible. Close this layer.
Click in the 2nd layer and open it. Keep it highlighted and open layer 2 of the heart and disk groups. Repeat the merge visible process. Close this layer and click on layer 3 of your Mask/Tube layer. Open the remaining 2 layers and repeat the merge visible process. Whew! Now you have 3 layers/frames for animation. Image/Resize - 80%, All Layers - checked.


Activate and open the 1st layer. Edit/Copy. Open your favorite animation software. Edit/Paste as new animation. Back to PSP. Click on and open your 2nd layer, Edit/Copy, back to animation software, Edit/Paste after current frame. Back to PSP repeat process with the 3rd layer. When you have the 3rd in frame in your animation software click on your 'Frame Properties and set the frame speed to 35 and save as a.gif file.

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This tutorial is created and written by me. Any resemblance to another is totally coincidental and unintentional. This tutorial is to be used for non-commercial purposes only. You may share the link to this tutorial in PSP groups.

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