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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
This tutorial was written by me on 12/09/2015 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:
PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
2 Tubes of choice by the same artist. I'm using the art of Maryline Cazenave. You can buy these tubes at CDO here & here.
Do not use these tubes without properly obtaining a license first.
Scrap kit of choice, I'm using IB-MarylineCazenave-44-3 by Monti. also available at CDO.
 Xmas Mask 2 by Designs by Vaybs
Font of choice, I used Santa's Sleigh
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, remember to save often so you don't lose your work.

Open frame 2 from your kit. Duplicate and close the original. Resize 85%, all layers unchecked. Add a new raster layer and send it to the bottom and flood fill white.

Open paper of choice, I used paper 3. (preview below shows a different paper, I changed my mind later in the tut) Copy and paste as a new layer onto your tag. Make sure this is below your frame layer. Resize 60%, again all layers unchecked.

Activate your frame layer again, click inside the 2 stars of the frame with your magic wand. Expand by 6. Keep Selected. Take your selection tool and draw a small rectangle around the little spot where the two frames are linked.


Invert selection. Activate the paper layer, press delete and deselect.

Open your first tube of choice, duplicate and close the original. Copy your tube and paste as a new layer on your tag. Resize as needed, I resized mine 70%. Arrange under the top star. You want your tube to be a little bit bigger then the star, see my tag for reference.

Open your 2nd tube, copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Arrange this tube under the bottom star, resize if needed. I chose to mirror mine, but this is optional. If any part of your tube hangs off the edge of the canvas, move the tube over a bit so you can see all of it, then draw a selection around the part that would be outside the right side of the frame and delete.


When you have that part removed, move the tube back to where you had it before. Give both of your tubes a drop shadow, I used 0, 0, 60, 10. Repeat the same drop shadow on the frame. Keep the tubes under the frame for now, we'll rearrange them later.

Activate the white bottom layer. Select all and add a new raster layer. Open a paper of choice, I used paper 3 again. Copy and paste into selection on your tag. Deselect. Be sure you have your mask open and minimized. Still on the paper layer, add mask from image and merge group.

Activate the frame layer again. It's now time to add our elements. See my tag for reference on where to place items.

Element 17, resize 90%. Rotate to the right 45 degrees, place on the bottom left of the frame. Duplicate, mirror and then flip. Arrange on the top right of your frame, but move it just above the mask layer. Element 14, resize 60%, place above the spray that is above the mask. Element 15, resize 50%. Element 20, resize 30% and sharpen once. Add any other elements of choice. When done be sure to give all of your elements the same drop shadow as you did your tubes and frame.

If you're going to resize your image, now is the time to do it. I resized mine 80%. Be sure all layers is checked.

Now, hide all layers except the white background, the 2 tubes and the frame. We're going to remove what sticks out from the bottom of the stars and make the top of the tubes coming out of the top of the star. So it's important that your tubes be placed where there is a gap between the tube and the frame where the top part of the tube is going to be on top of the frame. This eliminates any part being cropped wrong. Zoom in if you need to, to be able to see and move the tubes slightly if needed. The two black circles in the preview below shows an example of the gaps needed. See my tag for reference on how the top part of the tube is above the star.





Hide one of the tubes for now. I'm going to hide the bottom tube and work on the top one.

Activate your freehand selection tool, draw a line along the bottom part of the star that has any parts of the tube sticking out under it and then around that section of tube.


Make sure the correct tube layer is active and press delete. Deselect. Now unhide your 2nd tube layer and do the same thing.


Now remember those gaps I had you check? Zoom in so you can see your work and you're going to select around the top part of those tubes. Be sure the tube you're selecting around is active.


Now promote to layer. Activate the tube layer again and press delete. Deselect and move the promoted layer above the frame layer.

Now repeat with the bottom tube. You might need to hide the top tube for now so you can see better.


Once you have both your tubes done you can now unhide all layers. Activate your mask layer and click on your crop tool. Click on layer opaque. Take note of the borders where it'll be cropped, you should have no tubes, mask or drop shadows outside the crop square. If you do, then you can drag out the side of crop square to accomodate the excess. Crop your tag when you're ready.

Add your copyright info, license and tagger's mark. Be sure to credit the scraps if required.

Add your name using font of choice and colors from your tubes or kit. The kit I'm using has a color palette and so I'm using the two red colors with the darker being the foreground. Size will depend on your name but I'm using 72 and the stroke is 1.5.

Give your name an inner bevel. I used this one.


Then give it a gradient glow with the glow width at 3.


Then drop shadow your name, I used 0, 2, 50, 5.

Delete the white background layer and merge visible. Save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!

There's also a matching Incredimail letter. Click on the preview below to download.

http://www.4shared.com/file/dVcdk6Tjce/mcsantafriends.html

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
This tutorial was written by me on 12/02/2015 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:
PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Tube of choice. I'm using the art of Jennifer Janesko. You can find this tube at CDO.
 Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
ScrapMonti_Paris-ToujoursDansNosCoeurs-mini by Monti's Scraps. Also available at CDO.
Font of Choice, I'm using Jackie O
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow

Let's begin, remember to save often.

Open a new image 600 x 250. Open a paper of choice, I used paper 3. Duplicate and close the original. Resize to 600 pixels wide. Copy and paste as a new layer on your workspace. Arrange as desired, I placed mine so the phrase is just under the top of the tag.

Open element 7. Copy and paste as a new layer on your workspace. Rotate to the right 55 degrees. Flip and then mirror. Arrange on the left size of your canvas. Drop shadow 1, 2, 40, 3.

Open element 18. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Move to the right side of your tag. Give same drop shadow as before but this time the Vertical is -1 and Horizontal is -2.

Open element 30. Copy and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, all layers Unchecked. Arrange in the middle of your tag. Give it a drop shadow of 1, 1, 40, 3.

Open element 35. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Give it the same drop shadow as before but change the horizontal to 2.

Open element 24. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Resize 50% and arrange in the bottom center of your tag. Give same drop shadow as before.

Open your tube of choice. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. Resize if needed. Arrange where you like on your canvas. Apply Xero Porcelain at default settings, except change the Strength to 98 and the blue slider to 0. Give your tube a drop shadow of 0, 0, 60, 12.

Open a paper of choice. I used paper 1. Duplicate and close the original. Resize 600 pixels wide like you did the bottom paper. Copy and paste as a new layer on your tag. I moved mine up so the bottom of the paper was also lined up with the bottom of the tag. This is optional. Select all. Selections, Clip to Canvas. Image, Crop to selection. Select all again, Contract selection by 3. Press delete on your tag and deselect. Give your border a drop shadow of 0, 0, 80, 8.

Add your copyright and license info, scrap credits if required, and tagger's mark.

Add your name with your chosen font, using colors from your tag/tube. Arrange where you like on your tag. Give it an inner bevel. I used this one:


Apply a gradient glow with the glow width at 3 and these settings. The color is the pale cream from the paper.


Then give your name a drop shadow. I used 0, 2, 50, 5.

Merge your tag and save as png or jpg. Congrats, you're done!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
So a challenge in one of my groups was to make tag a using a quote from your favorite movie. One of my favorites of all time is The 10th Kingdom. IMDB has lots of quotes for this movie and it was hard to pick, but I settled on one and made my tag. Since I couldn't find a similar word art, I made my own and have decided to share with you all. Each line in the word art is on a separate layer and the layers are labeled with the font that I used for that line, you can use all 3 layers or just one or two. You're welcome to use this on your tags and/or in tutorials. I just ask that you please direct others back to my blog to download it themselves. Below is the tag I made with the word art on it and you can download it on my 4shared here.


Sunday, October 18, 2015
Because the forum, Creative Addictions has all but died, I'll be moving my exclusive tuts to my blog. I'll try to update the posts here on my blog to reflect the change and they'll slowly be added onto here. I apologize for any confusion but I feel this is the best way to ensure that these tutorials do not get lost should that forum be suddenly shut down.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Hey everybody, so I made my first wallpaper yesterday. It's a simple one but I like it. It matches my recent tut that I wrote. I hope you enjoy it as well. I plan to do one for the PUT tag that the tut was inspired from as well. I made this in 2 sizes.

To save the wallpaper, click on the image, then when it pops up, right click and click on save image.

This one is 1600 x 900

This one is 1920 x 1080

Monday, September 7, 2015
This tutorial was written by me on 09/07/2015 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.
 
 
For this tut you will need:
PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Pack 66 from Cuddly Rigor Mortis or tubes of choice
Ladyhawwk Designs or kit of choice.
You can purchase both tubes and kit from CDO
Do not use without purchasing a license first
Font of choice, I used Carl Beck Script
Eye Candy 4000 gradient glow
 
Let's begin. This tag has a lot of layers. It's very important that you save often as you go.
 
Open your template in psp. Duplicate and close the original. Delete the credits layer. Unless you're going to be using Rac tubes, delete the xeracx layer. You're going to put the artist's name on there that you're using. For my example tag I'm using Cuddly Rigor Mortis, or CRM for short. You need to be sure you have as many tubes as the letters of your artist's name, plus your main tube, unless you wanted to repeat one of the tubes.
 
Click on your text tool. Font is Impact, it's a windows font so it should be already on your computer. Foreground and background black, stroke 1. Size 100. Click in the center of your template. In all Caps, type out your artist's name. Align center of your canvas. Using the vector nodes, drag your name larger if needed. When you're satisfied with size and placement, convert to raster. Rename this layer the name of the artist.
 
Activate your white background layer. Increase canvas size to 603 x 451. Flood fill the empty parts white again.

Activate the shape layer. Select all, float, defloat. Copy a paper of choice, I used paper 5. Paste as a new layer. Invert selection and press delete and deselect. Delete the original shape layer.

Activate the thin rectangle2 layer. Copy and paste another paper of choice. I used paper 6. Resize the paper layer so it's just a little bigger then the rectangle is wide. I resized mine 60%. Make sure all layers is unchecked. Align the paper up with the top rectangle so the part of the paper you want to show is covering it:


Activate the rectangle2 layer again. Select all, float, defloat and invert. Activate the paper layer again and press delete and deselect. Duplicate the paper layer. Mirror and then flip. You might have to arrange it a bit so it covers the bottom rectangle. Your duplicate paper layer should be on top of the original paper layer in your palette. Merge down 1 time and delete the 2 original rectangle layers. It should now look like this:


Activate the stalker layer and move it down in the layer palette so it's above the proud layer. Merge down 1 time. With this layer active, click on your Manual Color Correction tool. We're going to change the pink of the text to a color to match our main tube. So your source color is the pink. I put the color code on the screenshot below. The target color is the color your changing it to, I used black.


Activate the while background layer. Select all. Crop to selection to get rid of any paper that might be off canvas.

Activate shape layer again. Select all, float, defloat. Expand selection by 3. Add a new raster layer and flood fill white. Deselect and move the white layer under the shape layer. Add noise at Uniform, 50%, monochrome checked. Give this layer a drop shadow of 0, 0, 60, 8.

Activate the layer with the 2 rectangles and repeat as above.

Activate the stars2 layer. Merge down 1 time and rename stars. Add noise to the stars but this time at 100%. Select all, float, defloat. Expand by 2. Add a new raster layer and flood fill white. Deselect and move the white layer under the stars layer. Give it the same drop shadow as above. Activate the layer with the proud stalker lines and give them a drop shadow of 0, 0, 50, 5.This is what you should have so far.


Have you saved your progress? Do it now, cause now it's about to get harder. Activate the artist layer. Copy and paste all of the tubes that are going to go within the names as new layers. Resize each down so they're about the size as the parts you want in the letters. To make sure they're where you want them, select all, float, defloat. Then you can move them where you need to. If you need to resize 1 or more, deselect, resize as needed and then do the selections part again just to see if it's where you want it. So when you're done it'll look kinda like this.


Now deselect as we're going to add each tube one at a time to the letters. So hide the tubes that are going to be in the letters. Activate the artist layer again. Mine is labeled CRM as that's the artist I'm using. Select your magic wand with match mode at RBG value, tolerance and feather at 0. Click inside just the first letter. Unhide that first tube and activate it. Invert selection and press delete. Deselect and rename this layer the matching letter. So for mine, it's the letter C so that's the name of this layer with the tube.


Activate the artist layer again. Click inside your second letter with your magic wand. Again, unhide and activate the tube you arranged for that layer. Invert selection and press delete. Deselect and rename that layer the matching letter. Continue doing this for each of the letters and matching tubes. When done it'll look like this:


And your layer palette should be like this:


Now, hide just those tube letter layers, so for me it's the top 3 layers. Invert view and merge visible. Change view back to all. Rename this layer tubes:


While still on the tubes layer. Select all, float, defloat. Go up to selections, modify and click on Set Selection Borders. Border width is 1, both sides ticked and anti-alias checked. Add a new raster layer, and flood fill with a complimentary color to your tubes. I chose black. Don't forget to get the little parts inside letters like O, P and R. I missed that on my original tag. lol Deselect when done and activate the tubes layer again and give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 80, 12. You can now delete the original artist name layer.

Make sure the top layer in your palette is active. Now it's time to start adding some elements from our kit. Copy element 22 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%. Arrange how you like it. I put mine so the knot in the string is in the middle of the R. Give it a drop shadow of 0, 0, 60, 5.

Copy and paste element 14 from your kit. Mirror if needed and resize down 30%. Arrange so it's sitting on the corner of the top rectangle. See my tag for reference. Give it the same drop shadow as the string. Add any other elements you like, being sure to drop shadow each one.

Copy your main tube and paste as a new layer. Make sure it's on top of your layer palette. Resize if needed, I resized mine down 63%. Arrange on tag where you like it. Give it a drop shadow of -3, 3, 50, 10. Repeat the drop shadow but this time 1, -1, 40, 5.

Activate the white background layer. Copy and paste a paper of choice, I used paper 2. Add mask from image and merge group. Use your raster deform tool to move and drag out if needed so it shows evenly on your workspace. See my tag for reference.

Now if you're going to resize your tag, now is the time to do it. I resized mine 80%, all layers checked.

Now hide the main tube layer for now and activate the string layer. We're going to weave it in and out of the letters and parts of the template. Zoom in about 300% so you can easily see what you're doing.

Using your selection tool, select around a part you want to go underneath part of the template or letter. Make sure you allow for the drop shadow on the string so you don't chop any parts off:


Promote to selection, activate the original string layer and press delete. Move the promoted layer under the template part you want it to be under. So it'll look like this:


Doing this to the letters is a bit more difficult. I'm going to put the part of the string that goes over the C underneath it. So we'll do the same we did before so when we're done it looks like this:


Continue doing this until you have the string woven throughout the tag. See my tag for reference.

Activate the mask layer. Crop layer opaque. Make sure you don't crop off any parts of the main tube, template or drop shadows. You can delete the white background layer now. Activate and unhide your main tube. Add your copyright, license and tagger's mark.

Now's a good time to save a copy of your tag for your blank if you're going to be making tags for others. Just be sure when you add your name you're not doing it on the original file.

Add your name using colors from your tube(s). Give it an inner bevel of choice. I used this one:


Then give it a gradient glow. Normally I'd just do a simple white glow but it just didn't work with these colors so I used this one, with the glow width at 3:


And finally give your name a drop shadow. I used 0, 2, 50, 5.
 
Merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!

Here's a 2nd example. This was my original tag that I did. I remade my example tag as the kit used for this tag is the PUT Bundle pack 223 and so the kit can ONLY be used with PUT tubes. The font used for this tag is Copper AltCaps.


Saturday, April 4, 2015
This tutorial was written by me on 04/04/2015 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:
PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Tube of choice - I'm using the artwork of Anna Marine
 You can purchase this tube at CDO. Do not use this tube without purchasing a license first.
Macaroon color palette or other color palette of choice
Font of choice, I used SandyTextHmk
Filters used:
Mura Meister Copies
Xero Porcelain
AAA Frames Foto Frame

Let's begin, don't forget to save often!

Open your color palette and tube in psp. Duplicate both and close the originals.

Open a new workspace 600 x 250. Flood Fill white.

Ok working on your color palette, click on one of the corners and drag out just a bit so you can see the grey around it. Using your selection tool, draw a selection on just the picture portion of the palette:


Copy and paste as a new layer onto your workspace. You can now deselect on the palette and minimize it for now. On your workspace with the pasted image, apply Mura Meister Copies on Wallpaper (rotate) at default settings. Apply the filter 1 to 3 times more until you have a fairly even assortment of all of the colors on the tag. This is what mine looks like (as I'm recreating the tag as I write this tut) and because the filter does it randomly, no 2 tags will be exactly the same as this is different from my original:


Now apply to this layer a Radial Blur with your settings on Twirl, Strength is 40, Twirl degrees is 20, Elliptical checked and all other options at 0. You should now have something like this:


Copy your tube, paste as a new layer, resize as needed. I resized mine 90%, all layers unchecked. Arrange your tube on 1 side. Duplicate and mirror. Move the duplicate below the original tube in your layer palette. Change the blend mode to soft light and the opacity to 80%. Arrange her a little different then the original, I moved mine up a bit.

Activate your original tube, apply Xero Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0. Give her a drop shadow of 0, 0, 80, 10.

Activate your white background layer. Select all. Go to Image, Crop to Selection.

Now activate your blurred layer. Apply AAA Frames Foto Frame with the width at 10 and the opacity at 40. Leave all other settings at 0. Activate the duplicate tube layer and apply the filter again. Finally activate the original tube layer which should be top in your palette and apply the filter a 3rd time.

Now with your top layer still active, add a new raster layer. Select all, flood fill black. Contract selection by 1 and press delete. Deselect.

Add your copyright, license info and tagger's mark.

Add your name using chosen font and colors from your tag or color palette. I used #fe5f4c for the foreground and #ffe3be for the background. Give it an inner bevel, I used this one:


Then give your name a drop shadow, I used 0, 2, 50, 5.

Merge visible and save as a png or merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats, you're done!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This tutorial was written by me on 03/24/2015 and assumes you have working knowledge of PSP. Any similarities to other tuts is purely coincidental and not done on purpose.


For this tut you will need:
PSP - I use version X3 but most versions will do
Animation Shop
Tube w/closeup of choice - I'm using the artwork of PinupToons
This tube was the October 2014 bonus tube from CDO
Template by me here
Mask 53 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs
Filters used:
Eye Candy 5 Textures & Impact
Xero Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Glass & Gradient Glow
Font of choice, I used La Portenia de la Boca

Special thanks goes to:
Kiya Sama
for her permission to write this tut as it resembles one of her own

Let's begin, remember to save often.
Open template and your tube, duplicate and close originals. Delete the credit layer on the template.

Please note: Do not use your magic wand to select any of the circle layers since it'll leave them with jagged edges.

We're going to start with layer 1 and work our way inwards. You can change the color of this as we do in future steps but for now let's just leave it black. Apply Eye Candy 5, Textures, Swirl with these settings:


Now activate layer 2. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer. Flood fill with a medium light color from your tube. I used #c62f2f. Deselect. Delete the original layer. Rename the new flood filled layer Outer Light.

Activate layer 4 and repeat with the same color. Rename this layer Inner Light when you're done.

Activate layer 3. We're going to select it in the same fashion but this time you'll flood fill with a darker color from your tube. I used #700708. Do the same with the layer 5 layer. Rename these Outer Dark and Inner Dark.

So now your layer palette from the bottom up should be raster 1, layer 1, outer light, outer dark, inner light, inner dark.

Activate the outer light layer again. Apply Texture Effects, Weave with these settings:


Apply the same weave effect to the inner light layer and layer 6.

Now activate layer 7. Select as before, new layer and flood fill with a slightly lighter color than your light circles. I used #cb2f2f. Delete the original layer and rename the new layer Center.

Copy your tube closeup and paste as a new layer. Arrange her over the center circle. Resize if needed. Apply Xero, Porcelain at default settings but move the blue slider to 0. Give her a very slight drop shadow at 1, -1, 30, 5.

Activate the center layer again. Select all, float, defloat, invert selection. Activate the closeup tube layer and press delete. Deselect. Change the blend mode to hard light.

Activate the center layer once more. Select all, float, defloat as before. This time expand the selection by 1. Add a new raster layer and move it above the closeup tube layer, flood fill with black. Keep selected. Contract selection by 3. Press delete and now you can deselect. This covers up the edge of the center circle.

Now we're going to add the following drop shadow to only some of the layers. Layer 1, outer light, inner light and layer 6. Apply 0, 0, 100, 15.
Activate outer dark layer. Now you're going to give this one the same drop shadow but this time make sure you check the box to put the shadow on a new layer. Do the same for the inner dark layer.

Activate the outer dark layer again. Duplicate this layer 2 times for a total of 3 layers. Name them from the bottom up: outer dark 1, outer dark 2, and outer dark 3.

Apply the same Swirl as you did for layer 1. Activate outer dark 2, apply the swirl but click on the random seed 1 time. Hide this layer. Activate outer dark 3, apply the swirl, once again clicking on random seed. Hide this layer also.

Now activate the Inner Dark layer. Repeat the same as you did for the outer dark layer, making 3 layers and renaming them. Then apply the filter to each as before.

So now there should be 3 outer dark layers and 3 inner dark layers with the filter applied and a shadow on a separate layer for them both.

Now go up and activate the wordart layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a dark color from your tube. I used the same dark red as I did the dark circles. Deselect.

Apply Eye Candy 5 Impact Glass. My wordart is red so I clicked on Ruby on the settings tab. The basic tab looks like this: (The glass color is the same color used for the light circles)


Activate the white bottom layer for the wordart and give it a drop shadow, I used -2, 2, 60, 10. Be sure to uncheck the shadow on a new layer box.

Now go down and activate the white raster 1 layer. Add a new layer and flood fill with a color from your tube. I used the same dark red. Add your mask from image, merge group. It's a tad small so resize it up about 107%, make sure all layers is unchecked. While still on the mask layer, crop layer opaque.

Now go back up and activate the top layer in your palette. Copy your full tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as needed, I resized 83%. Arrange her how you like and duplicate this layer. Hide the duplicate and activate the original. Apply the same Porcelain filter as you did the closeup.

Activate and unhide the duplicate, give it a gaussian blur of 2. Change the blend mode to soft light and lower the opacity to about 60%.

Activate the original tube layer. Give it a drop shadow of -3, 3, 60, 10. Repeat with a drop shadow at 1, -1, 50, 5.

Ok if you're going to resize your tag, now is the time to do it. However, resizing in psp causes some of the circle layers to have a ugly edge to them, so we're going to resize in Animation Shop. Make sure your 2nd and 3rd dark circles for both outer and inner are hidden. Copy merged and paste as a new animation in AS.

Back to psp, hide outer and inner dark 1 and unhide the dark 2 layers for both. Copy merged, back to AS and paste AFTER current frame.

Back to psp and this time we're going to hide the dark 2 layers and unhide the dark 3 layers. Copy merged and paste after current frame in AS.

Now in Animation Shop, resize 85%. Click on frame 1, select all, copy and paste as a new image in psp.

All 3 layers will same Frame 1 but don't worry about that, it won't matter. Make sure the top layer is active. Add your copyright, license info and taggers mark. Merge all of your credits onto a single layer. Now duplicate twice. And move them so there's a credit layer on top of each frame layer. Your palette will look like this:


Now merge down each of the credit layers onto the frame layers. So when you're done you'll still have just the 3 frame layers again.

Now with the top layer active again, add your name using chosen font and colors from your tube. I used the same colors as I did for the template.

Convert to raster and give it a glass bevel with Eye Candy 4000 Glass and these settings:
Then give it a slight gradient glow with the glow width at 3:
Then give your name a drop shadow, I used -2, 2, 50, 5.

Now you're going to do just like you did with the credits. Duplicate twice for 3 layers, moving each one so they're on top of each frame:


Merge down each one so you have the just the 3 frame layers again. (Though I have a script that does this for me.) Now you can transfer this to AS two ways. You can copy each layer over as did before. Or you can just save your tag as a psp or psd file. Then open that file in AS.

Either way, once you have it back in AS. Make sure the 1st frame is active. Select all. Alt Enter to bring up the frame properties box. Change the speed to 15. Now save your tag and congrats, you're done.

*Tip, save the 3 frame tag minus your name, what I call an animated blank. Make sure you include in the file name the speed you have to change it to before you fully animate it. This makes it much easier when you have to make tags for others if most of the work is done for you. Also, you can save the full tag before you intially moved it over to AS as a blank also. Remember to save with layers intact (not merged) so if you make a goof it's much easier to go back and fix it.