Bleed For Me

This bundle package from Sarah Richter and Honored Scraps
Font: Abraham
Mask(s) of choice
Beverage of choice

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 pallet
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.

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.

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. 

Next, choose the paper you would like to use on your mask.

Drag the paper onto the canvas above the mask.

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

Now, time for the elements!

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.

As you can see, it is pretty random.  I just place the items where I think they might work.

Now, back to the frame element layer.  We need to add a fill to the round picture frame.

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

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

The 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.

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 a layer (topmost works fine) and choose “Blending Options.”
I add a drop shadow and an outer glow.  It 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 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:

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

Choose where you want your main tube to be placed. 

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 you did before.  Don’t forget your copyright text!

Highlight the top layer of the layers pallet.

Grab your text tool and add the name you would like.  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.

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 tube layer in the layers pallet.

File > Open… choose an animation that you’d like to use. 

You will see that all 25 layers are open and unhidden in the layers pallet.
Highlight all layers.  Hold the shift key while clicking the top and bottom layers.
In the menu choose Layer > Group Layers

Now right click on your group in the layers pallet 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 pallet, 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.  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 pallet.  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 25 frames.

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

You can collapse the group again now, so you don’t mistakenly unhide layers in there.
In the animations pallet, 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 pallet, unhide the background layer.

Unfortunately, most of the time, that only unhides the last 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.

Let’s add a second animation to the tag.  Highlight the text layer of your tag.
Make sure you are on the first frame in the animation panel.

Open HalloweenBonus4 animation and repeat the same group/duplicate method as the first one.

Close the animation without saving and head back to your tag.

Use the Move tool to place the animation directly over the top of the text.

Hold the ctrl/cmd button on your keyboard and click on the thumbnail for your text layer.  This will add the “marching ants” around the text.  Highlight the group with your fresh animation.
Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

Expand the group by clicking on the arrow beside the folder icon in the layers pallet.

 Hide all of the layers of this animation.

This is tricky, so pay attention…

 Duplicate the first frame of your animation by clicking the little folded paper icon at the bottom of the animation panel.

In the layers pallet, unhide Frame 1 from the animation you just placed.

Now back in the animation panel.  Highlight and delete the first frame in the animation.

Highlight frame 2 in the animation panel.
Unhide Frame 2 in the layers pallet.

Highlight frame 3 in the animation panel.
Unhide Frame 3 in the layers pallet.

Highlight frame 4 in the animation panel.
Unhide Frame 4 in the layers pallet.

See where this is going?  Repeat this for all of the frames/layers.


If you save the PSD file for this tag to use later, you will need to select/mask the text animation again.
Make sure you are on the first frame in the animation panel.
Delete the mask from the group by right clicking the thumbnail and choosing Delete Layer Mask.
Select the text by holding ctrl/cmd and clicking the text thumbnail in the layers pallet.
Highlight the animation group. Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.
You will NOT need to adjust the animation.

Are you ready to view your masterpiece?  Press the play button at the bottom of your animation panel.  Beautiful, isn’t it?

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

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! 


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