To create this Set you will need:

A Tube and a Close-Up

I used Art by Jennifer Janesko

Tubes and License HERE

Xenofex 2 - Constellation



Let's Begin!


Choose a Dark color for your BG

Choose a Medium shade of the same color for FG


New Image - 600x400

Fill with the Light color


New Layer

Select All - Contract 25

Fill with the Dark Color



New Layer

Make a FG/BG Gradient on the FG

Sunburst - Angle 45 - Repeats 0


Custom Selection

Top - 0

Right - 339

Bottom - 400

Left - 258

Fill with the Gradient


Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance

Duplicate Layer


Use your Pick Tool set at Scale to Make it like This:

See Sample Tag for Placement

Duplicate - Mirror


Go back to the first Bar you Made


Move to the Right Side

Duplicate - Mirror

Make sure all your Bars are where you want them

Hide the two bottom Layers - Merge Visible


Highlight your Layer that's Just above the BG

Select All - Float - Defloat

Copy your Close-Up and Paste as a New Layer

Move to where you want it

Invert Selection - Delete - Deselect

Change the Blend Mode to one you like

I used Luminance(L)

Merge Down

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 100 and 20


Highlight your Bars Layer


Copy your Tube and Paste as a New Layer

Move to where you want it

Give it a suitable Drop Shadow


New Layer

Select All - Contract 2 - Delete - Deselect

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 100 and 5

Drag this Layer to just under the Tube Layer


Add your Name, CR and License #





Copy your Bars Layer

Open Animation Shop(AS)

Paste as a New Animation

Insert Image Effect

Choose Underwater

Animation Frame Checked

Hit the Customize Button

Check Apply Sunlight Dappling

Intensity 7

Water Depth 15

Wave 1 - X 0 - Y 7

Wave 2 - X 9 - Y -1

Wave 3 - X 0 - Y -10

Wave 4 - X -9 - Y 3

Wave 5 - X -2 - Y -8

Wave 6 - X 9 - Y 5

Wave 7 -X 6- Y -3

All else X 0 - Y 0


Delete the First Frame

Now you should have 5 Frames

Edit - Select All

Edit - Copy

Back in PSP

Edit - Paste as New Image

Now you'll have a New Image with 5 Layers


On each of these

Xenofex 2 - Constellation

Hit the Random Seed Button Once for each Layer

Drop Shadow - 0, 0, 100 and 5 on each Layer


Go back to your Tag

Delete the Bars Layer


Go Back to your New Image

Select and Copy the Bottom Layer

On your Tag Paste as a New Layer

Repeat this until all Five Layers are on your Tag

Hide all but the Bottom one


Let's get what we need for the Forum Tag and Avatar

Shift+D to copy your Tag, twice


On the First Copy

Delete Tube, Name, CR and Border Layers

Resize to 300 High

Lock and All Layers Checked

Set your Crop Tool to 150x150

Move the Crop Box to the Bottom Left Corner

Hit the Green Arrow to Apply

Add the Border

Add your Initial

Set aside for now

This is your Avatar


On the Second Copy

Remove the Border Layer

Set your Crop Box to whatever size you like

I'm using 600x300

Add the Border and Name

Make sure your Copyrights are in place

Set this aside for now

This is your Forum Tag

Edit - Copy Merged


Back to your Tag now

Edit - Copy Merged

In AS Paste as a New Animation

Back in PSP

Hide the Bottom Layer and Un-Hide the Next one up

Edit - Copy Merged

In AS - Paste After Current Frame

Back in PSP

Un-hide the Third one up and Hide the Second one

Edit - Copy Merged

In AS - Paste After Current Frame

Continue until you have all 5 frames in AS


View Animation to make sure it's the way you like it

Save as a Gif

Animate the Forum Tag and Avi the same way

That's it, you're done!


If you try any of my Tutorials

I would love to see what you made!

Please leave a link in the comments section on my Fanpage


Tutorial Idea, Tags/Avis ©Shirley Franklin