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Sunday, October 25, 2009



This is the tag we'll be making and what you'll need:

• Lighter Side of Goth made by the very talented Fi, it is available for purchase through the Digital Chaos link on her blog. She has extremely affordable kits there! However, you can find a FTU if you wish not to purchase the kit.

• Tube I used was by Jamie Kidd, and it is available for purchase at CILM. Do not use this tube unless you have a license to do so.  CILM is now closed but you can now purchase her tubes at CDO here.

• Template I used was by Ali template #132

• Wordart piece of choice or if you'd like to use the one I did, you can get it at Viring Art.

• Filters I used were Xero Porcelain, Eye Candy 4000 Glass and Gradient Glow, DSB Flux (bright noise), Super Blade Pro (coconut ice setting), and Filter Factory E (Metal Peacocks).

• Font used was Loyal Fame.



Okay let's get this started, I know it looks long but just a lot of repetition I promise!

1. Open up your template, duplicate, close out original. Delete the credits layer on the template. Increase canvas size to 800 x 800, we can re-size later as need be. Just so I can see things better, I chose to add a layer at bottom and flood fill white. This can be deleted or hid later.

2. Select the raster 3 layer, this is 2 darker gray rectangles, select all, float, defloat, choose your paper (I used paper 05 from Fi's kit), paste as a new layer, invert selection and delete. Select none and delete original dark gray rectangle layer. Voila beautiful pink hearts!

3. Now you're on raster 2 I hope? If not go there please. Add a new layer, using your eyedropper, choose a pretty pink color from the paper, I chose to use #fc5173. On raster 2, select all, float, defloat, invert selection, choose the layer you just flood filled pink, and press delete. You should be left with just those rectangle shapes. Select none, delete the original raster 2 layer.

4. Make sure that you are on the thin long pink rectangles layer you just created. Go to Effects, Texture Effects, Weave and choose whatever settings you like, I used: 2, 14, 1, white for both colors and fill gaps checked.

5. Now lets put a bit of a border on those long rectangles, I used my fave filter these days ..... Eye Candy 4000 gradient glow and used these settings:




6. Be on layer raster 4, this is your currently white frame around the larger rectangles, I decided to make those black, so I added a new layer, flood filled black, back to layer raster 4, select all, float, defloat, invert selection, on black flood filled layer, delete, select none, and delete the raster 4 layer. Now let's make the black frame shine a lil, I applied a gellish inner bevel. Select all, float, and defloat and apply Super Blade Pro coconut ice setting.

7. Let's go to the black star, select all, float, defloat, here we are going to use the Metal Peacocks filter, I just used the default settings and then select none.

8. Now lets put that pink frame around the star, with raster 6 selected, add new layer, flood fill with the pink we used before, go back to raster 6, select all, float, defloat, invert selections and on the pink layer, deleted. Select none and delete raster 6. Add inner bevel like before and also do the Super Blade Pro setting as in other frame.

9. Okay now go to raster 7 layer, we want to make those stars pink and stand out! Using your magic wand, tolerance of 1, select in each of the stars, add a new layer, and on new layer using the pink color flood fill in each of those stars. Delete the original layer of black stars. On the pink layer, apply gradient glow that we used earlier on these stars. (Leave selected if you are going to animate and carry on to next step).

10. Duplicate pink stars layer 2 times. On 1st layer, apply DSB Bright Noise, I used Mix and 29 for the intensity. Hide that layer, and select the second one, repeat plugin but press mix button again. Hide that layer and repeat process for third layer.

11. Add your pretty tube of choice, resize and position as need be. Here's how I did mine, on big star layer, select all, float, defloat, pasted tube, re-sized by about 80%, invert selection, grabbed my eraser tool and removed the parts that hung over star on bottom part of it (not top though, we want her head peeking out lol). Okay now make sure that you are on your tube layer, select all, float defloat, click onto your star frame layer, and using that eraser tool, erase the parts of the frame that are top of her head. Select none, doesn't she look great in there? Let's hope so!

12. Hide your white background layer, and do a copy merged command, on top of the white layer, paste as a new layer, then line up your merged layer to the rest. Still with me? Not much more to go I promise! You can re-active your white layer now if you wish. Apply a guassian blur of about 35 to that merged layer you just pasted and apply the Metal Peacocks filter again using default settings. Then I decided to lighten it up a bit and applied a brightness/contrast of 100, 0. Ahhhhh beautimous! Now lets crop some of that white stuff outta there and do our re-sizing. Please be sure that your image doesn't exceed 72 dpi if you are using a PTU tube, the agencies require this. After sharpening tube, I apply Xero and Porcelain to give it a nice pretty glow, I applied this filter twice on this tag. At this point also add any drop shadows you wish.

13. Add your copyright and watermark, making sure that the copyright information is clearly visible at first glance.

14. Let's add our wordart, now with mine I always export them as a brush that way you can always match your brush to your tag lol. So once you have your brush ready, add a new layer, I made sure my pink color was in the foreground and applied. Then I applied a gelly inner bevel and then a gradient glow of choice, I modified my earlier one a little bit and then re-sized the wordart by 70%.

15. Now just add your text, I used Loyal Fame which is available at dafont. The effects I used were inner bevel like before, Eye Candy 4000 glass, gradient glow (same one as on wordart brush), drop shadowed, and rotated to the left by 19.

16. Whew! Now just to animate! Hiding 2 layers of the noisy stars, copy merged and paste as a new animation in AS. Hide that visible noisy stars layer, and unhide the second one, paste after current frame, and repeat for the 3rd noisy stars layer. I chose to have the white background because it tends to optimize better. Sometimes it works not to but it sure didn't when I tried it on this one lol. Optimize and then save as a gif. Voila you're done!



This tutorial was written by Tonya on August 23, 2009 and absolutely no part of this tutorial may be taken or used without my express permission. Any likeness to another tutorial is purely coincidental and unintended.

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