A Very Pink Christmas


Supplies:

Tube: https://www.cdoestore.com/product-p/sheenapike-40-3.htm
Scrap: https://www.cdoestore.com/product-p/scrapkarma_myangelschristmas.htm
Font: https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/berson-dream/ref/7253/
Mask: I am using masks number 160, 193, and 196 from package 4. https://tutorials.renekunertart.com/masks/
Animation: https://www.cdoestore.com/product-p/rebeldezignsanimation-583.htm

Please do not use any of the licensed supplies without purchasing them first.


First off, unzip all supplies.

Open the mask you would like to use.  You don’t have to use the one I have chosen.

Select > All
Edit > Copy
Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode
Edit > Paste
Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode (uncheck)
Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection
Layer > Layer Mask > Apply
Layer > Matting > Remove Black Matte
Right click the layer thumbnail in the layers panel
Select Pixels
Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection
Layer > Layer Mask > Apply
Save this as a .psd on your desktop (or wherever you want)


Open a new canvas.  I always use 800×800 pixels.  Be sure your resolution is 72 Pixels/Inch. This keeps your tag at web viewing standards.

I usually add a color fill layer to the tag so it is easily changed should I use it on a different color website.  Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color…
White usually works with most websites.

You can drag and drop items straight from your file browser into the canvas. This makes it faster to place items.

Browse to the mask that you just saved in your computer’s file browser.  Drag it onto your tag. Don’t forget to set the Transformation by double clicking the layer on the canvas, or clicking the checkbox at the top of the window. Or you can just hit enter. wink

Next, choose the paper you would like to use on your mask. Drag the paper onto the canvas above the mask, just like before.

Now you have two layers in your layers panel. (because I totally needed to tell you that)

In your layers panel, right click on the paper layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.

That’s it! How easy is that?


Now, time for the elements! This is where the real magic begins.

Instead of telling you exactly where to put what and what size to use, I am just going to show you a animated image of what I did. This way, you can create your own version of the tag without doing exactly what I have done.

When placing your elements, you can transform them again by going to Edit > Free Transform. Just be sure you hold the shift key to constrain the proportions.

As you can see, it is pretty random.  Actually, it’s pretty chaotic… LOL! I just place the items where I think they might work.

Now, back to the frame element layer. You have a frame, right? If not, you can skip this part.  We need to add a fill layer to the picture frame.

Highlight the layer UNDER the frame in your layers panel.  Now drop the paper you would like to use onto the canvas.

Grab your selection wand from the tools panel.  If you can’t find it, check out the basics page for a better understanding of the tools layout.

The Selection Wand options should look like this at the top of your window:

Click on the center portion of the frame.
In the upper menu of Photoshop, click on Selection > Modify > Expand…
Expand your selection by 2px.
Now highlight your paper layer. 

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

Now you have a fill to your frame. Easy Peasy!


We definitely want to add some shadows to our elements.  Without shadowing, the tag will just look flat. The secret to a good tag, is a good shadow effect.

Right click (or ctrl+click) a layer and choose “Blending Options.”
I add a drop shadow and an outer glow.  The glow enhances the effect a bit.

Now after you have hit OK, right click the layer again and choose “Copy Layer Style.”
Highlight all of your element layers (click the top one, then shift + click the bottom one) and right click again.  This time, choose “Paste Layer Style.”

It makes a HUGE difference to add shadows:

Let’s get rid of that overhang, though…

Highlight the top element layer in the layers panel.

Hold shift and then highlight the bottom element layer. DO NOT INCLUDE the mask and paper layers that are under all of your elements. DO INCLUDE the paper layer that you have inside your frame.

Go to Layer > Group Layers.

This will add a closed group to your layers panel. You will need to open it back up by clicking on the little arrow beside the group icon.

Hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and click on the thumbnail of the top element layer. You will notice that it now has the “marching ants” around it.

Now hold the CTRL and Shift key at the same time and click on the thumbnails of all of the rest of the elements. DO NOT INCLUDE THE PAPER LAYER INSIDE THE FRAME.

Check out that paper layer. You see the black and white thumbnail that is attached?

Hold the CRTL and Shift keys and click on that black and white thumbnail. This is to ensure you don’t include the entire paper layer in your selection.

If you did include it, then go to Select > Deselect and start again.

Once you have all of your elements selected, your tag should look similar to this:

Highlight the group in your layers panel.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

This will get rid of all shadows surrounding the elements.

Now we want to have a little bit of a shadow on the tag, though! So right click on the group in the layers panel and choose “Blending Options.”

Let’s add some shadow back on there.

This may seem like an unnecessary step, but it does make a huge difference.

Here is the before and after: (use the slider to compare images)


Now that we have all of that done, time to add the next details.  Tube and text.  Fun!

Highlight the frame element layer.

Now drag and drop your tube onto the canvas. Resize and adjust it to your liking. Always make sure you constrain your proportions while resizing.  Hold the Shift key while you drag the corners.

Add the same drop shadow as the elements.

(I know the tube is slightly off color from the kit, but I thought it worked ok to bring out the tube a bit. Don’t judge me!)

Don’t forget your copyright text!


Highlight the group in the layers panel.

Grab your text tool and add the name you would like in a color that matches the tag.  Position it just where you want it and add a layer style.  This is mine:

That leave us with the non-animated version of the tag!  If you wold like to keep the JPG version, you can save here.  Simply File > Save As…  and choose the jpg option from the drop down box at the bottom of the dialog.


Here’s where it starts getting complicated. We want to add animation!

Make sure your Animation Panel is open.  Window > Timeline (or Animation, if you are on earlier versios)

You will need to click the “Create Frame Animation” button. If you do not see this button, please refer to THIS page for more information about the timeline.

You will see that your first frame is already there.  But… ignore it!  We don’t need it.

Highlight the layer that you want the animation to appear ABOVE. I have chosen to put this animation behind the frame and over the elements. So I chose the topmost element layer that lies behind the paper layer inside the frame.

File > Open… choose an animation that you’d like to use.  I am going to show you how to use the 25 frame animations that I have at CDO.  To conserve space, we will be cutting the animation time in half.

I am using RebelDezignsAnimation-1753 from the package link in the supplies list.

You will see that all 25 layers are open and unhidden in the layers panel.
Highlight all of the odd numbered layers.  Hold the ctrl (or cmd) key and click each one.

In the menu choose Layer > Group Layers

If you would like to use the entire animation, just highlight all of the layers and group them.

Now right click on your group in the layers panel and duplicate.  BUT DON’T HIT OK, YET!

In the duplicate dialog, choose your tag from the dropdown box.  If you haven’t saved by this point, you should see an “Untitled-1” option.  (but you definitely should have saved before now.  Remember, always save often.)

After you have chosen your tag, hit ok.  You can close the animation file without saving.

Back to your tag.

You can resize and rotate the group using the Edit > Free Transform option.  Be sure you are resizing the whole group, not just one layer.  Don’t forget to hit the check mark at the top of the window to apply the transformation.

On the right side of your animation panel, click the 4 horizontal lines.  Choose the option that says “Make Frames from Layers.”

Now, this made a mess of things, didn’t it?? LOL!  But no, not really. 

Oh wait, you don’t see ANYTHING there, do you? Oops! Inside the layers panel, UNHIDE the group that has your animation inside it. This will unhide everything that needs to be unhidden. Photoshop is funny like that.

You will see that it created a frame for every layer in your tag.  And that’s ok!

Click on the first frame in the animation panel.  At the bottom of the window, there is a trashcan icon.  That deletes the frame.  Delete all of the frames that aren’t part of the animation.  You should be left with 13 frames that contain only the animation layers.

They look shadowy, but they won’t when we are done.

You will see that your tag only has one animation layer visible in each frame.  We want this!

You can collapse the group again now, so you don’t mistakenly unhide layers in there. Click on the little arrow icon beside the group icon in the layers panel to close it up.

In the animations panel, click on the first frame.  You MUST BE ON THE FIRST FRAME to do any kind of editing from here on out.  ALWAYS make sure you are on the first frame.  ALWAYS!  I can’t stress that enough.

Are you on the first frame of the animation yet?  Good.  Now we can continue.

In the Layers panel, unhide the background layer by clicking the little square box beside the layer thumbnail. An eye should appear…

Unfortunately, if you look in your animation panel, most of the time, that only unhides the background layer for the first animation frame.  Just hide it again, and then unhide once more. 

Photoshop has a strange sense of background layers.  It doesn’t play nice.  Thankfully, the bottom-most layer is the only one you have to click 3 times.  (I sure hope you got all of that.  It is hard to explain…)

Now, one by one, unhide all of the layers to your tag.  DON’T touch the animation layers, though!  Those are already spaced out the way they should be.  Leave those alone.

After you have unhidden all of your tag layers, you can click play at the bottom of the animation panel to check out your creation!

Oh, right!  Don’t forget to set your frame delay.

Highlight all of your frames in the animation panel. Highlight the first frame and then hold shift. Click on the last frame. Now all frames are highlighted.

Click on the little arrow beside the time of the last frame. This will bring up a popup for more “delay” options.


Now you will need to save your animation as a gif file.

In your animation dialog, use these settings:


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you would like to have another tutorial with something specific, them please let me know by using the contact form of this site. I am always open to “guest” CT work, as well.