Season’s Greetings

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This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on November 15th 2016
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. All tutorials are for non-profit personal use only. No distribution allowed except via text link.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X8 but any version will do
Animation Shop
Tube of Choice
Font of Choice – I used Bakery
DSB Flux – Bright Noise
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
MB and SW Mask 69 by Staci
Hungry Hill’s Portion of the CDO Christmas Collab 2016

I used the awesome artwork of Elias Chatzoudis
You can purchase his work and a license from CDO
Please do not use Elias’ work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400 x 400 and flood fill with white
Open Frame 2 and resize to 200 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame 1
Image, Free Rotate, 10 degrees to the left

Open a paper of choice – I used paper 5
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame 1 Back
Move below the Frame 1 layer
Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Activate Frame 1 and select inside
Selections, Modify, Expand by 5 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate Frame 1 Back and press delete
Selections, None

Open Frame 1 and resize to 150 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame 2
Image, Free Rotate, 10 degrees to the right
Move up slightly and have it overlapping Frame 1
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Open another paper of choice – I used paper 4
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Frame 2 Back
Image, Free Rotate, 10 degrees to the right
Move below the Frame 2 layer
Activate the frame
Select inside with your magic wand same settings as a before
Selections, Modify, Expand by 5 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate Frame 2 Back and press delete
Selections, None

Activate Frame 2 and duplicate 3 times for a total of 4 layer
Rename the copies, F2 A, F2 B and F2 C
Activate F2 C
Effects, Plugins, DSB Flux – Bright Noise
Intensity: 35 / Direction: press Mix once
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Hide this layer
Repeat the Bright Noise on F2 B, clicking Mix once again
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Hide this layer
Repeat the Bright Noise on F2 A, clicking Mix once again
Change the blend mode to Overlay

On the original Frame 2 layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 46 / Blur: 7.92 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Add the same drop shadow to Frame 1

Activate F2 C but keep it hidden
Open Cones and resize to 150 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Cones
Position over the bottom of Frame 2
Add the same drop shadow

Open the Star Ornament and resize to 150 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Star
Position so the string is at the top of the two frames
Add the same drop shadow

Open Mistletoe and resize to 150 pixels high
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Mistletoe
Position over the string of the Star
Add the same drop shadow

Open Candle Garland and resize to 300 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Garland
Position along the bottom of the tag area
Duplicate and on the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 2
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to 59
On the original layer add the same drop shadow

Activate the Star layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Resize if needed, I resized by 55%, all layers unchecked
Position your tube where it looks best
Duplicate and on the copy apply the same Gaussian Blur
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to 69
On the original add the same drop shadow

If like mine your tag is way off center
Hide the white background and crop away any excess canvas
Image, Increase Canvas Size to 400 x 400, central placement selected
Unhide the white background and flood fill with white again

Activate the white background layer
Open another paper of choice – I used paper2
Resize to 400 pixels
Copy and paste as a new layer
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for MB and SW Mask 69 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Resize by 90%, all layers unchecked

Activate your tube layer
Select your freehand selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Point to point / Mode: Add (shift) / Feather & Smoothing: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Draw a selection round any part of the tube you want in front of the Garland
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On the Tube layer – Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top – rename Top Tube 1
On Copy of Tube layer – Selections, Promote Selection to layer
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top – rename Top Tube 2
On both Tube and Copy of Tube press delete
Selections, None
On Top Tube 2, change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to 69

With Top Tube 2 active
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Bakery
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type out your message, I wrote ‘Seasons Greetings’
Position where it looks best
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel
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Duplicate and on the original – Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
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Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 25%
Add the same drop shadow as used throughout
Activate the copy of text – Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Now add your name using the same settings

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Hide the white background layer
Crop away any excess canvas
At this point you can save as a jpg/png

To Animate
Ensure layers 2 and 3 are both still hidden
Unhide the white background layer
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to Animation Shop (AS)
Edit, Paste as a new animation

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

Back to PSP
Hide 2 and unhide 2
Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Over to AS
Edit, Paste after current frame
Save as a gif file
All Done 😀

Another, non-animated sample featuring the art of Cuddly Rigor Mortis, who is also licensed through CDO, you can find this tube {here}. Font used is Jasmine Reminiscentse
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