Winter Kisses

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on November 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 X4 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Sweet Home Oklahoma
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Eye Candy 5:Impact – Bevel & Gradient Glow
My WinterWishes Template 2 Here

I used the awesome artwork of Barbara Jensen
You will need a license from Barbara’s store to use her work
Please do not use Barbara’s work without purchasing a license first

Let’s Start
For this tutorial you will need the Manual Color Correction Tool, you can find a mini tut on this tool Here, I will abbreviate in the tut and just write MCC

Open WinterWishes_02_JustFi
Press shift + D to duplicate and close the original
Image, Canvas Size, increase the height to 700
Choose Bottom Central placement
Resize if you prefer a smaller finished tag, I resized to 400 high, all layers checked
Delete the Info Layer
Activate the Background and flood fill with white

Select the Outer Text layer
Using your MCC, recolor the text to a color from your tube
Duplicate your text layer
On the original, Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 3

Activate Large Circle
Using your MCC, recolor this layer Black

Hide Snow 2 and Snow 3 layers

If you resized to make the canvas smaller
Activate large Circle Glitter Edge layer
Adjust, Sharpness, Sharpen

Activate Inner Circle
Using your MCC, recolor this layer to a color from your tube

Activate Rectangle
Using your MCC, recolor this layer to a color from your tube
Activate Winter Inner Text
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 1 pixel
Activate the Rectangle layer again
Press delete on your keyboard once
Selections, None
Lower the opactiy of the Winter Inner Text to about 60
Activate the Winter Outer Text and recolor
Adjust, Sharpness, Sharpen
Hide all layers except Winter Outer Text, Winter Inner Text and Rectangle
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Unhide the layers again but keep Snow 2 and Snow 3 hidden

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position below the Merged layer
Resize if needed – I resized by 85%, all layers unchecked
Select your freehand selection tool with these settings:
Selecyion Type – Point to point / Mode – Add (Shift) / Feather & Smoothing – 0 / Anti-Alias – checked
Draw a selection round part of your tube that will appear in front of the winter sign
I selected the left arm
I also lowered the opacity of the merged layer so I could see the tube through it

Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Selections, None
Move the promoted layer above the merged layer

Activate Large Circle Glitter Edge and duplicate it
Move the duplicate above your tube layer
With you eraser tool, erase the parts of the circle where you want your tube on top
I draw selections round mine so you could see them better

Activate the Large Circle Glitter Edge layer again
With your magic wand (settings below) click outside the circle
Mode – Add (shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance – 10 / Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – Checked
Selections, Modify, Expand by 1
Activate your tube layer
Now carefully erase any parts of the tube you don’t want
I erased the legs
Selections, None

Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube – I used Lokas Software – 3D Shadow

Add the same drop shadow to the promoted part of the tube too
Clean up and stray shadow

Activate the Lips layer
Using your MCC, recolor to a color from your tube
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Impact – Bevel

Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Impact – Gradient Glow

Activate your Background layer and add a new raster layer
Set your foreground to one color from your tube
Set your background to a complimenting color
Change your foreground to a fore/back gradient
Style – radial / Angle – 0 / Repeats – 13
Flood fill the new layer with the gradient
Resize this layer by 90%, all layers unchecked

Layers, Load/Save mask, Load Mask from disk
FindVix_Mask432 or one of choice
Source luminance / Fit to layer & Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Duplicate your mask layer
On the original – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 3
Lower the opacity on both mask layers to about 36

Activate the Lips layer
Select your text tool and choose a font
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Use the nodes to stretch and angle your text if required
When happy convert to raster

Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Crop away any excess canvas
You can save as a jpg/png now just delete the white background layer

To Animate
Ensure Snow 2 and Snow 3 are both still hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

Back to PSP
Hide snow 1 and unhide snow 2
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Back to PSP
Hide snow 2 and unhide snow 3
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame

Stay in AS
Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties
Change this to 20
Save as a .gif file
All Done

A non-animated version 🙂

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