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This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on April 2nd 2012.
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 & Image of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used CK McFab and Charade JF
MuRa’s Meister – Tone
Eye Candy 5: Impact – Nature
Lokas Software – 3D Shadow
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
WSL_Mask30 by Chelle

I used the awesome artwork of Brigid Ashwood
You will need a license from CDO to use her work
Please do not use Brigit’s work without purchasing a license first

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400×400
Flood fill with white
Add a new raster layer
Selections, All
Copy and paste your image into selection
Selections, None

Adjust, Blur, Radial Blur

Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for WSL_Mask30 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Grab your selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Circle / Mode: Add (shift) / Feather: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Position your cursor in the middle of the canvas x:200 y:200

Drag it out to the edge of the outer circle you can see on the mask

Now change the mode on your selection tool to Remove (ctrl)
Place your cursor back in the center of your canvas
Drag your mouse out till you reach the other edge of the circle you can see on the mask

Selections, Promote selection to layer
Selections, None

Back on your masked layer
Selection tool again, mode back on Add (shift)
Place your cursor back in the center of your canvas
Drag your mouse out till you reach the outer edge of the next circle

Change the mode on your selection tool to Remove (ctrl)
Place your cursor back in the center of your canvas
Drag your mouse out till you reach the other edge of the circle you can see on the mask

Selections, Promote selection to layer
Selections, None

Do this a further 2 times
You should end up with something like this

Hide your original mask layer and white background
Leaving your 4 promoted layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Unhide the 2 layers now

Add a new raster layer above your masked layer
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Tone

Apply the same mask to the tone layer
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Activate your merged layer
Duplicate 3 times, giving your 4 layers
On the 1st copy
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Impact – Nature
Select Smoke
Under settings choose 100pt, Vapid
Basic as below

On the 2nd copy
Repeat the smoke but press Random Seed once

On the 3rd copy
Repeat the smoke but press Random Seed once

Activate the original merged layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat, Invert
Now activate copy 1 and press delete
Do the same for the 2nd and 3rd copies
Selections, None
Rename the 3 copies, Smoke 1, Smoke 2 and Smoke 3
Hide Smoke 2 and Smoke 3 for now

Make sure Smoke 3 is the active layer (and still hidden)
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Effects, Plugins, Lokas Software – 3D Shadow

Select your preset shape tool
Set it to Ellipse
Foreground set to any color, background set to null
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Line style: Solid / Line width: 2

Holding down your shift key draw a circle round your masked layer

Do Not Convert to raster
Activate your tube layer
Select your text tool and choose your font
Foreground set to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Position your cursor over the edge of your circle
You will get a symbol similar to this +A) or +T) (depending on the PSP Version)
Click and add your text
Repeat the text so it goes round the circle
You may have to manually adjust the text size

When happy with your text, convert to raster
You can now delete your Vector circle

Move your text layer below your tube layer on the layer palette
Duplicate your text
On the original
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5

Keep your text tool active but change your font
Keep your foreground on null and change your background
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both still checked
Add your name
Position where it looks best
When happy convert to raster

Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Set the colors to compliment your image/text color

Add a drop shadow of choice I used
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 50 / Blur: 6 / Color: Black

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

Hide your white background layer and crop away any excess canvas
Unhide your white background layer again

Make sure Smoke 2 and Smoke 3 are still hidden
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Open up Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

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

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

With 3 frames in AS
Edit, Select All
Animation, Frame Properties
Set this to somewhere between 15 & 25
View, Animation

Happy?
Save as a gif file
All Done 🙂

On this sample I used the art of Cuddly Rigor Mortis, who is also licensed through CDO
Instead of smoke I used the Ripples, still found in EC5
Font used on the outer text is Amanda’s Hand, font used for the name is Chicken Basket

And another sample to show how easily this tut can be converted into a forum style tag
I used the art of PinUpToons, who is also licensed through CDO
The effect on the circles in Xenofex 2 Electrify
Fonts used are:
Smile: Freak Out Go Bananas, oooh what a picture: Chicken Basket and the name is Levitee Demo

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