As My Guitar


This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on March 28th 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. Do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere on the net.
Scripting and translating of this tutorial is strictly forbidden.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X2 but this will work in any version
Tube & Close Up(s) of your choice
Fonts of your choice
Animation Shop

I used the awesome artwork of Anthony Guerra, I own Anthony’s Unlimited License which is no longer for sale
You can however purchase Anthony’s work from CDO

A Wee Note: I originally made this tag back in January 2009, yes over 2 years ago
I was going back through old blanks looking for tags for my Hot Swap partner, when I came across this one.
I love this tag as much now as I did back in ’09, so I asked my testers if I should tut it and they said YES!, so here we are

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 600 x 250
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position so it’s central to your canvas
Copy and paste your close up as a new layer
On your layer palette, drag your close up layer BELOW your tube layer
Move your close up over to the left hand side of the canvas
Resize if needed – I resized mine by 65%, all layers unchecked
You want your close up to fill the gap between the edge of the canvas and your tube
Copy and paste another close up (or the same one)
Position on the right side of the canvas, filling the gap between your tube and the edge of the canvas
Again resize your close up if needed – I resize by 60% all layer unchecked
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Rename Main

Duplicate your Main layer
On the copy
Adjust, Hue & Saturation, Colorize

This setting gives a really nice, crisp grey colour
Rename Grey
Hide this layer for now

Add a new raster layer (above Grey layer)
Name it Border
Flood fill with a dark grey or black – I used #535353
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 8 pixels
Press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise

Activate your Grey layer (we want to keep the border layer the top layer)
Grab your text tool and choose a bold font – I used Impact
Set your foreground to null, background to white
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your message of choice – I put ‘AS MY GUITAR LIES BLEEDING IN MY ARMS’
Position your text at the bottom of your canvas just above the border
Objects, Align, Horizontal Center in Canvas
Convert to raster
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Rename Text

Add your artists coprights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Rename Credits

Still got your text tool? Good
Change to a scripty type font (or one of your choice) – I used Alexbrush (payfont)
Change your background to black, leaving your foreground as null
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Position where it looks best on your tag
Convert to raster
Rename Name

Add a new raster layer above Name and below Border
Flood fill with White
Lower the opacity to 50

With your white layer the active layer, grab your selection tool
Ensure feather is set to 0 nd anti-alias is checked
Click on your Custom Selection Tool

With these settings:

Layers, Promote selection to layer
On the new promoted layer, rename it White 1
Hide White 1

Activate your Grey layer
Layers, Promote selection to layer
On the new promoted layer, rename it Grey 1
Hide the Grey 1

Click on your Custom Selection Tool again
This will over right the original selection, so no need to deselect
Activate White layer
Left: 5 / Top: 47 / Right: 595 / Bottom: 86
Repeat promoting the white and grey layers, renaming White 2 and Grey 2
Hide both White 2 and Grey 2

Click on your Custom Selection Tool again
Activate White layer
Left: 5 / Top: 86 / Right: 595 / Bottom: 125
Repeat promoting the white and grey layers, renaming White 3 and Grey 3
Hide both White 3 and Grey 3

Click on your Custom Selection Tool again
Activate White layer
Left: 5 / Top: 125 / Right: 595 / Bottom: 164
Repeat promoting the white and grey layers, renaming White 4 and Grey 4
Hide both White 4 and Grey 4

Click on your Custom Selection Tool again
Activate White layer
Left: 5 / Top: 164 / Right: 595 / Bottom: 203
Repeat promoting the white and grey layers, renaming White 5 and Grey 5
Hide both White 5 and Grey 5

Click on your Custom Selection Tool again
Activate White layer
Left: 5 / Top: 203 / Right: 595 / Bottom: 242
Repeat promoting the white and grey layers, renaming White 6 and Grey 6
Hide both White 6 and Grey 6
Selections, None

Phew! 🙂

Ok now delete your White and Grey layers

Your layer palette should be in this order (from the bottom)

You will notice my credits are the top layer, thats because they sit on the border

If your layers are not in this order – rearrange them now

Unhide Grey 1 and White 1
Lower the opacity on White 1 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new Animation
Back to PSP

Hide Grey 1 and White 1
Unhide Grey 2 and White 2
Lower the opacity of White 2 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Back to PSP

Hide Grey 2 and White 2
Unhide Grey 3 and White 3
Lower the opacity of White 3 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Back to PSP

Hide Grey 3 and White 3
Unhide Grey 4 and White 4
Lower the opacity of White 4 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Back to PSP

Hide Grey 4 and White 4
Unhide Grey 5 and White 5
Lower the opacity of White 5 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Back to PSP

Hide Grey 5 and White 5
Unhide Grey 6 and White 6
Lower the opacity of White 6 to 50
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Staying in AS

Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties – change this to 25
Click on Frame 2
Hold your shift key and click on Frame 5 – this will select frames 2,3,4 & 5
Edit, Copy
Click on Frame 6
Edit, Paste after current frame
Animations, Reverse Frames

THATS IT!!!!
Save as a gif file and give yourself a HUGE pat on the back!

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